Why does the length of time you have been blogging matter?

I started this blog in January of this year. Oooh a no0b right? Not exactly, I have been blogging both professionally, and personally for a very very long time. Eurobands.us is one of my older blogs. I had know how in the marketing world, blogging world, and coding world. My site is professional, clean, and I hope well read. So why do I keep reading “She has only been book blogging 2 months and got an ARC”, or “That wasn’t fair, I have been blogging for a year more than her”. I really think that is completely ridiculous and not relevant in any sense.

Time blogging does several things, it allows you to learn the ropes, make friends, and mass a following. Some need less time than others, some pick up on things more quickly, figure things out faster, have an awesome networking and marketing style. So while person A is blogging for 4 years and struggling to find a balance and a following, person B may have surpassed your 4 years of work in a matter of months. Pro blogger states the longer your blog is out there the better, and that is true! Imagine where these up and coming blogs that already surpass older ones will be in the same amount of time. I am in no way saying the older blogs should be passed over either, I just do not think that length of time is always a valid claim or complaint as to why you didn’t receive something and someone else did. *coughbookshelvescough* As book bloggers we are marketers first and foremost. Yes I do this for me, in my own way, and in an honest opinion way, but I am fully aware that the things I post here are for recommendation purposes. With this comes responsibilty for professionalism, and a responsibility to get the word out about said product. So I would like to know why length of time with a blog is relevant if you can do these things faster and better should you be passed over because you are a no0b?

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    How long is as relevant as how much you have to say.

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    Great answer! Some post way more than me, and there are SEO issues too. Some can code their site to optimize for search engines. I just think maybe there are more factors to look at besides how long a blog has been in business.

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    What does it matter how long someone has been blogging for the right to get an ARC. I started my own blog a year ago and before that I blogged at another place for a year and a half. No one knows what connections you have or how you get your books.

    If those want the precious ARCS, do your homework. Contact the publisher or author. The people who complain are jealous. Even though I get a great deal of books from publishers, there are still many others who get books that I don’t. I get over it and review what I have.

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    Exactly! While I do believe length of time matters, I do not believe it is the end all or the only thing to be taken into consideration. There are newer bloggers better than me and older ones better than me.

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    I think it also depends on how much time you have: time to post, time to comment on others’ blogs, time to chat on Twitter, and duh, time to read!

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    Another thing to take into account is that some people can/want spend more time on their blogs and networking than other people can. I know there are great blogs that have been going for years, but they don’t get many comments or visitors because they do other things with their time. Which is fine.

    It really just comes down to petty jealousy, you know? Which is sad.

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    For me, I wanted to get my feet unnder me not only with my blog, but the time I was willing to devote to it considering it is not revenue generating. Intially, I thought I was only going to be unemployed for a bit, and so my blog was a hobby.

    Two years later I know realize that I was retiring, I just didn’t know it. LOL

    Once I decided that I was going to be making the effort, I would begin to feel out how to get ARC’s. I never touted my length of experience, just my passion and the blog itself. I’ve always insisted that the publisher, publicist, or author look through my blog first. In a way, it is my resume/CV. My blog reflects my professionalism and passion. It does what I feel I cannot adequately convey myself.

    I think anyone who is familiar with the blogging community can separate the wheat from the chaff and choose properly when awarding ARC’s. And I do mean award. I’m not sure that many people realize the limited amount of galleys and ARC’s that are produced and why those who decide who gets what, does so carefully.

    Great post Pam!

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    Great response to the “not fair” kerfluffle.

    I get the feeling that some folks are in it only for the free stuff and that motivation is pretty transparent; I’m sure a company looking at a lackluster long-timer vs. a go-getter newbie would choose the go-getter because the visibility would be higher (not that all long-timers are lackluster :) ). I admit to a little green-eyed monster jealously because I didn’t win any of the ARC contests for THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and I would love (LOOOOVVEE) to get one for THE CHILDREN’S BOOK or HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY but I’m not going to throw the blog comment equivalent of a baby fit because I don’t get one. I’ll buy my pre-ordered copy when it comes in and then enjoy passing comments back and forth with everyone.

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    The length of time a person has been blogging makes no difference at all. All that matters is the quality of their posts. When I come across a blog I’ve never seen before I judge it on the quality of their most recent posts. The number they have in their archive is irrelevant to me.

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    I don’t think time spent blogging really matters. In fact, I never even look at how old a blog is and am sometimes surprised when I do find out if a blog is relatively new. I started last year but only really started networking recently and am learning so much.

    I really think it’s the content that matters most and for publishers I would think they would care more about visitor numbers, followers, etc. Like I said I’m new to figuring all this out but age of blogs doesn’t seem to be the top factor to look at.

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    The funny thing here is that the petty jealous behavior of certain people is getting them further away from their goal rather than closer. At the end of the day this is all about professionalism. When a company has free stuff to give away for review, who are they going to give their limited amount of items to? Someone with a consistent professional image or… one of those whiners?

    Everything you do on the net is seen by people, including the ones that have the good stuff, future employers, etc. Therefore any negative thing you do online can and probably WILL have a negative impact on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve with your online presence.

    The whole ‘this person is too new’-argument is a load of nonsense. I had the same thing at an employer at one time. My manager and all my co-workers agreed that I should be promoted to technical lead. Then came in someone from higher management with absolutely zero knowledge of my abilities who simply dismissed the request for promotion from my manager because I hadn’t been with the company for long enough.

    Seriously, it’s completely ridiculous and these whiners shouldn’t really be given any airtime IMHO.

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    I haven’t been blogging long– just under 4 months now. I haven’t blogged before, but I do have other relevant experience. I’ve taken my blog seriously.

    I’ve got what I think is good content. I’m steadily building an audience.

    And I haven’t had any trouble being taken seriously.

    I haven’t gotten every book I’ve requested, and I have no problem with that. I have been sent far more than I expected (and this is a bit of a problem at the moment, but a good one, and I’m figuring it out).

    More importantly, I’ve been taken seriously by the community. That’s the best thing I’ve gotten from blogging.

    When I started, I didn’t realize that either of these (free books or the community) existed. I was doing it for myself. I know which is the more valuable thing I’ve discovered.

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    Great post!

    I too am a short timer, I just started my blog in May. I like to think I’m somewhat successful in this endeavor as my stats keep increasing and there is continual interest by industry types in establishing relationships. This is all fine and good and I certainly appreciate it, but I doubt any of this attention has anything whatsoever to do with the length of time that my blog has been in existence. If anything I would imagine that if that was a factor I’d be continually overlooked.

    It’s all about the content….content….content. Add to that positive user experience (regardless of author point of view) and a giant helping of professionalism and you’ve got yourself a success.

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    Great post!

    I don’t think it SHOULD matter. I’ve been blogging for 4.5 years and I don’t even care if you or anyone else gets a ARC that I didn’t. If you’ve put the work into your blog, if you put the work into getting that book, you deserve it, in my opinion. It is so silly and petty and downright rude to attack another book blogger for getting perks. I just hope that the publishing community doesn’t look down on all of us for those who are acting like they are still in middle school.

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    Amen to what Heather just said!

    I am so over this whole topic. I don’t care how long you’ve been blogging, I don’t care how many ARCs you get, I don’t even care if the book you are posting about came the library, a publisher, a publicist, an author, a bookstore, your neighbor or the park bench you found it on. What I DO care about is what you have to say about the books you read. That’s what will bring me back to your blog.

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    LLLLOOOVEEE this blog layout.
    Anyway.. obviously the length of time only matters to the other bloggers who are not getting the ARC’s that they want.
    ARC’s do not magically appear. (well~the unwanted ones somehow do).. but the point is the publisher/promoter/publicist has to know who you are, and has to like what you have to say before they are going to trust you with something that is a part of their own company.

    Also needs to be said:
    You do not have to review ARC’s in order to be a good book blogger.
    A book blogger does not HAVE to review ARC’s.

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    Length of time doesn’t matter..newer bloggers usually want more ARCs than those who have been doing it for awhile. ;)

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    Very well stated! I agree, blogging time doesn’t matter. There was a point when book bloggers first came to be when that was an issue. It was one of the first questions I was asked when I started working with a particular publishing house. Lately, though, it doesn’t matter. Publicists are learning the value of bloggers. Networking, making connections with both other bloggers, authors, and publicists, matters as well.

    Reputation is important, too. Authors/publicists do pay attention to how you portray yourself online, be it on facebook, twitter, or other blogs’ comments. All of this is learned through experience, not necessarily time.

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    I think a lot of people saw this same comment and this same conversation on Twitter and realized there are some catty bloggers out there in our community. I started blogging in January of this year and have been surprised at how quickly my blog has grown. I chalk this up to not having a job for seven months and being able to take extra time to blog and to network, not because my blog is necessarily any better than anyone else’s. In fact some of my favorite blogs are those who are quieter. I look for quality reviews, a good personality, and I look to see if they have read something different than everyone else in the blogosphere. Nothing is more boring to me than a blog that has not one different book to offer up in a review. To others, this may not matter. I think the high school cattiness needs to cease (it is not the high school bloggers acting like high schoolers notice, it is adults) and we all need to realize that we have something to learn from each other whether someone has been blogging for 4 years of 4 weeks. Maybe your style is getting stale and you need to incorporate something fresh into it. You can always learn from others. There is no hierarchy here.

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    Amen to this. After I tweeted something about almost having 500 followers in time for an impromptu 500 followers giveaway, I saw somebody say, “I don’t get how someone gets 500 followers in 6 months. and I’ve been blogging 1.5 years and only have 150.” And then the proceeded to talk about it’s just because ppl hold a million giveaways and blah blah blah.

    I was so offended because I work really hard on my blog, get rarely any books for free and have had 2 giveaways in our 6 months of blogging and maybe 3 or 4 on my personal book blog that I’ve also done for 6 months. I don’t require people to follow.

    The thing this person doesn’t understand is that marketing and social media is what I do for my job. I’m passionate about it and it carries over. I have quality stuff on my blogs that yield discussion and have thought of new and innovative ideas for features. I don’t often to memes aside from the one I created (Top Ten Tuesday) and I’m not gimmicky. I network, I go to events, I buy my own books and I’m very involved with other people blogs. Most importantlly, I worry less about followers and more about talking about bookish things!

    It really upset me because it’s just what I do and I can’t help that it’s the one thing that I’m good at. I shouldn’t be faulted just because I’ve gotten more followers in a quicker time.

    I agree with your post 100%!! Thanks for posting this because I’ve been feeling bad about my accomplishments thus far and I realize I shouldn’t.

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