Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. If you are participating, feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments.
Here is our hot topic of the week:
Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?
When I first started blogging, it was all about blogging to get advanced review copies. I thought it was such a privilege to be able to read all these new and shiny books before they even hit the book shelves. Fast forward seven years. While it can still be exciting to read books before everyone else, it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Blogging is hard. Don’t think for one minute that it is easy to churn out reviews every week, answer comments and emails and read all the books. It takes time and commitment, and you are doing it for free. Oh yes, there might be some free books in exchange for the reviews, but let me tell you a secret... you can get all the free books you want at your library! So don’t make the mistake of getting sucked into reading tons and tons of books for other people.
Reading books to please publishers and authors will make you a sad, unhappy blogger. I found the pressure to try and keep up with the books I requested, as well as trying to write positive reviews got to be too much. My enthusiasm for reading and reviewing was waning so I knew I needed to make some changes.
I started by accepting less and less reviews copies. At first it was hard to not go on Netgalley or Edelweiss and request books, but once I broke the habit, it got easier. I started checking out more and more audiobooks and ebooks out online from my library, which saved blogging for me.
Now days, I am reading more and more of the books that I want to read without deadlines or expectations. I am slowly going back through and getting through many of the ARCS that are piled up, and once that is done, I will be free.
Blogging for myself is what is keeping me blogging. I don’t accept review requests anymore, and I have cut way way back on the books I request. Most of the time, I am reading books from the library that I want to read. That way, if a book isn’t working for me, not worries, I set it aside and don’t look back. I am so much happier.
So if you are not loving reading and blogging because you are constantly reading and reviewing books for other people, perhaps it is time to make some changes. Get back to reading and reviewing what you love, and you will find that you are far happier.
Next week’s TMST:
Are you more inclined/ less inclined to read books that are compared to other popular books or authors?