Hello all! Today I come to you with a post about the dark side to blogging about books and receiving free books from publishers.
Some people imagine this all to be a piece of pie. BUT NO. THIS IS NOT SO EASY. So I’ll break it down to a list of six. Six things that made book blogging a shade darker than publicly noticed.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
After being loosed upon a site like Netgalley or Edelweiss for a lengthy amount of time, you work your way through every available ARC of literally every genre your little heart adores. And then “gasp”! You have read all of them. You have read all of HarperTeen’s Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter release, all of Baker Publishing Group’s as well. And suddenly… You have nothing to read—and nothing to look forward to. You have to return to reading the books sitting on your shelf. None of those shiny, new ARCs. No! All you have are the dull books every mundane reader reads. And that incurs a special sort of reading slump. Oh joy.
YOU DON’T GET TO READ HOLIDAY-THEMED BOOKS DURING THE HOLIDAYS THEY ARE SET IN
All the Christmas books hit Edelweiss and Netgalley in October and November. So you get one. You read it. But that holiday FEEL doesn’t kick in! Why? Because you aren’t in the holidays. Go sob in the corner, dear book blogger.
YOU ARE PLEDGED TO POST YOUR HONEST OPINION
I’m scared to say I don’t like Queen of Shadowsby Sarah J. Maas in public. But what if I’m reading someone’s highly anticipated read of 2016? WHAT IF I HATE IT? The worst part is that I must write down every dislike for this book in a little review and SEND IT TO THE PUBLISHER WHERE THE AUTHOR WILL SEE IT AND HATE ME FOREVER. There are so many worries when you write a bad review as well. WHAT IF IT MAKES YOUR FAVORITE PUBLISHER HATE YOU AND NEVER GIVE YOU BOOKS AGAIN???? Well, then you will survive in body but die in heart and brain and spirit. That’s how it usually goes.
AND THEN THERE’S THAT AWFUL MOMENT… STRUGGLE FOUR.
You all know that moment. THE MOMENT WHERE YOU FORGET SOMETHING. Or you get something wrong. Say the character’s name is Willek but you call him Willet. Or Juliet and you call her Julie. AND THEN YOU SEND THAT AWFUL MISTAKE OFF TO THE PUBLISHERS. There is no getting that back people. Not after you click send. There’s also when you forget all of the character’s names but you can remember the exact plot. #pain
UM… YOU HAVE TO BLOG
Sure you have ideas. You have twelve blog post thoughts. BUT YOU HAVE TO WRITE THAT ALL DOWN. And even worse. YOU HAVE TO POST IT. Um, give me cake or give me death? There’s occasionally a time or two when I think I’d rather DIE than have to blog. BUT THEN I HAVE TO. Because you would all basically die without me to lift you up and throw up words into a blog post.
OOPS. YOU HAVE A REVIEWING SLUMP
So you haven’t reviewed anything in a large amount of ages. AND THEN YOU GET AN ARC. You rip through that ARC. AND THEN YOU HAVE TO REVIEW IT. And you have a reviewing slump. No words to puke all over your blog. UM OOPS. You basically are murdered by guilt for not reviewing. Sorry.
So this has been Struggles of a Book Blogger. Oh joy.
What struggles do YOU encounter in book blogging? Or just blogging in general? What do you do to fix them? Also, let me know if you’d like to see a post about HOW TO BOOK BLOG or a post about how I fix the struggles listed in this post! See y’all later.