“Time Out: Don’t we do that pretty much all the time?”, you are likely asking. Well, yes. Obviously, that is true. But this is different. I have had this idea brewing for awhile now, it has come out of many, many other posts, and has formed over time, and now, I shall unveil it. This works for both readers and bloggers, but I think the ultimate message I am trying to convey will be more for the book bloggers, and even more casual reviewers.
I don’t know about you, but I basically can’t open my email, Bloglovin feed, or Twitter feed without encountering at least one “State of the Union” post. This is a good thing, don’t misunderstand. I am so glad that bloggers are discussing this stuff! It is so very important! What is being said? So very many things, but there are a few topics that have stuck out for me:
- Drama in Bookland There have been a few incidents lately during which a very small handful of people have made things very uneasy for the majority. Here’s a general rule of thumb for life in general: Don’t be creepy and scary and stalkerish. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone this, okay? It’s a given. The teach that on the same day as “don’t kill kittens” or something.
- Competition in Bloggerland I am sure authors have their own special brand of camaraderie and competition, but I am not involved in that. I am, however, involved with being a book blogger. I know I have seen several posts about people being a worn out by the competitive nature of things, the stresses involved, whether they’re self-inflicted or from outside sources. Is there competition? Sure, on some level, I suppose so. We are sharing our thoughts about books, which operate via a legitimate business model, so I think it’s fair to say that there will always be some bits of the business side that will trickle down. Don’t worry, this will have it’s own, full day topic!
- The “Shouldn’ts”, The “Musts”, the Unofficial Blogger Rulebook Um, I must have missed the day they handed out those handbooks, or maybe it got lost in the mail. Oh right, there isn’t one. I don’t know about you all, but I love the variety in the bookish community. I don’t want us to do the same stuff. If you write the same crap I do, then why would I want to read yours?! I can just listen to myself think. That isn’t fun. I like getting to know the individuals behind the blog, and each blogger’s own special style. Sure, there will be blogs that don’t tickle my fancy, but I guarantee that those blogs will work for someone else! That’s the beauty of it. Diversity = Everyone is Happy.
What was the point of that? It’s twofold: First, to let you know that this is going to be a series of discussions, lasting at least through February, probably into March. And the second part is to tell you that I need all of you to help me! Basically, I have a theory, and it needs to be tested. My theory is this: Every blogger is doing things right.
As long as you are happy, and not being rude to others, your blog is awesome. I know I feel a bit alone in my thoughts sometimes. I wonder if everyone else is having doubts, and worrying about stuff. I have talked to a few people who indeed have some of the same worries and fears that I have. And since I think people are a bit hesitant to come right out and share their worries and stresses, I wanted to show you all how even though we are all different, you’d be surprised at how many people do share your feelings. Because again, not everyone will, but I bet someone will.
So what am I asking? Easy! I made a questionnaire, and all you have to do is fill it out! It’s quick, I promise, and just basically asks your opinion on book junk. It’s anonymous, so you don’t have to feel weird about sharing (not even I will know who you are!), and it’s a chance to see what is happening in the blogging world! After 2 weeks (ish), I will close the form, and gather the results and continue on with the series, posting my thoughts and yours, and hopefully this will end up being a super positive experience that will make us think a bit about our bookish experiences and appreciate our commonalities and our differences!
Go forth, and fill out!
And of course, stay tuned for the results!! Also… does this remind anyone else of a Psych 101 study?