For the past few months with all the hoopla about negative reviews and burning bridges and now the YA Mafia, I have been doing some major soul searching about my blog. I was told at a conference that having a ’large readership’ gave me a ’responsibility’. I tend to agree but where does that responsibility lie?
To my readers yes, but beyond that. I never started this blog to be BFF with authors, or to solicit ARCs (had no idea what an ARC was), or to brownnose my way into the industry. After three years of book blogging though I have learned some things. I really love publishing. This industry is so interesting to me beyond anything else I have ever forayed into. I would like to find a position someday using my tech background, social media savvy, and my ever growing curiousness about the business. So that brings me back to responsibility and what you say online stays forever and be nice and all of that jazz.
The truth of the matter is I am a subjective reader, I have had life experiences and while I try to always be open minded and I am always respectful there are just sometimes books that don’t click with me personally and more often than not when I state my reasons for not liking a book, I get feedback from my readers saying they want to read it, because those reasons are the exact ones that make them adore a book.
A book blog is nothing more than a recommendation engine. When I started Bookalicious in December of 2008 I had no idea that it would grow to what it is now. I love that I have a platform large enough to help people find books that they will love because that is why I went into book blogging. I never knew that publishers, and books, and publishing professionals were so easy to access. The name of my game was to get great books into the hands of readers. Therefore the recommendation engine mantra.
I have a great responsibility to the readers of my blog to provide them with reviews and recommendations and even writing those reviews is a craft I am still honing and those first reviews here were horrendously full of suck. However I don’t want to burn any bridges. I do want to ’be nice’. I am a nice person and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. When I have a few months of great reviews, where I am vetting hit after hit from the TBR I get emails and private messages asking me if I still have integrity, did I really like those books and the answer is yes. Why is it you lose street cred if you are reading what you love?
Bookalicious is a’changin’ and I hope for the better. I will unveil a new site soon that will make this site less about Pam and what Pam thinks and more community based. There will be fabulous ways for me to give back to other industry professionals, publishers, authors and bloggers. I want to share my platform with you, because in the end I am only one person and I want Bookalicious to grow even more and I want to be known as nice and smart and helpful. Not as vile and immature and the blogger who hates everything.
I can’t wait to show you what we are working on here and invite you to share your opinions. For now my book blogging peeps, be strong, have integrity, and never back down from something you truly believe in!
What do you think?