Book blogging is an interesting little venture. In our tiny niche of the blogosphere, we have sort of a set of unwritten rules that we follow, more or less. There’s a finite number of post types, and there are some topics that we generally try to avoid. Most of us seem to do some combination of reviews, memes, recaps, discussions, and promo. And that’s all lovely and good, but sometimes I find myself thinking “hmm I really wish we’d talk more about “. And since last week I talked about all the things I see and love on blogs… here’s some things I want to see even more of!
What are those things? Well, that is what I am here to tell you about! And then you can tell me which of these things you’d like to read more of, or supply me with your own!
I know, this may seem a bit mean. But really, I feel like we shy away from talking too much about the books that really piss us off. And I kind of want to know which books made you stabby. Because let’s be real: A post full of books that disappointed is probably equally as helpful as a post full of books that we’ve flailed over. I know this is something I am guilty of too; I always want to look at the positive. No one wants to be “that guy” who complains all the time. But I am always low key excited when I see a prompt in a tag or something that asks me what book disappointed me, because YESSS, I need to share my rage with my friends.
Oh, the fun these could be! These do pop up from time to time, and I love it. I have done a few myself, though not as many as I’d have liked. Here’s a small example for you: About two weeks ago, I noticed that someone plagiarized a review from me and put it on Goodreads. It was pretty obvious, definitely not a stretch to see what had happened. I wanted to talk about it. Wanted to confront the person, wanted to post about it even. But did I? (Well, technically I just did, but shhh.) Nope, because I didn’t feel like stirring the pot.
Unlike this particular person, I suppose.
And sure, I have stirred a bit in the past. Like when I talked about ARCs, and how at some point, they kind of become memorabilia. (Please, try to tell me you’re turning down a Harry Potter ARC, I dare you.) But there are times when I don’t have the energy to face the potential backlash. And I assume that some of you feel that way too. But the thing I did notice on some of my more controversial posts is that for the most part, people in this community can discuss stuff without fighting. I also know, however, that the few can spoil it for the many, so I understand why people are leery.
Ah, being silly and/or ridiculous. I am also guilty of not doing this when I want to. Sometimes, I think I need to be “professional”. Sure, there are also times that I run out of fucks to give and rate books “Shrugpony”, but you get the idea. And, I also am aware that some people are more professional and reserved than others, and in that case, you do you! I am happy to read your posts regardless! But if you want to be more lighthearted and aren’t sure there’s an audience for it… I promise, there is. 😉
Remember that time I decided to talk about The 100 whenever I wanted? That was a glorious moment for me, blogging-wise. Because I love talking about The 100, maybe even more than I love to talk about books. (Wait, is that wrong of me?) So I was thinking that I’d love to see everyone talk about the things that make them happy- bookish or otherwise! I am not saying we should all abandon the bookish ship and start posting random shit about surfing or cooking or bunnies every day, but if you want to post about bunnies sometimes, I’m here cheering you on. #TeamBunnies.
I actually give zero fucks about bunnies, but I’ll totally read it anyway to support you.
This probably goes hand-in-hand with the “Shitty Books” point, but man, I love chuckling at unfortunate book covers. I know, I know, it also isn’t positive, but I won’t like, making up my post about Unfortunate Hunger Games covers was So. Much. Fun. And sometimes, I will DM my friends with what I call “Crimes Against Netgalley”, because I can find some real winners on there. If this your thing, I do love to check out A Reader of Fiction’s Cover Snark posts. They aren’t all unfortunate, but she does always include a few doozies. And I won’t lie, they make me smile.
Look, I don’t know about you, but I could use some damn money. And if I knew how to do that, perhaps I wouldn’t need to seek this information from others. But as it stands, I have made about $10 in 3.5+ years of blogging, so it stands to reason I am doing a shoddy job of it. Yes, this falls slightly into the wheelhouse of controversial, I suppose. But maybe if we all joined together, we’d figure out a way to make slightly more than $3 per year? A girl can dream, anyway.