Very lazy blogger here. Not even interested in doing more than reading. I won't say I woke up feeling like P. Diddy but the headache is a reminder that I'm not 20 anymore. Anyway....
Today I gave a listen to Nicole and Jen discussing fairy tales on What's Old is New. They have some interesting things to say and I think it's a topic that could be discussed for an eternity. It's a timely topic considering I just signed up for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. I added a few books to my TBR pile because of it.
Which brings me to my next topic... Over at The Story Siren, Kristi had a discussion with Author X which generated a number of comments. While it was an informative piece, there was something that started to bug me the more I read. There was a lot of focus on bloggers selling books. Hmm. Is that my job? Not that I'm aware. If I've convinced a few people to buy books because of something I posted then that's great! I'm happy for that author. However, that's not what I signed on for. I just want to talk about the books I read.
When I see people expecting bloggers to sell books, that bothers me. There's people who do that for a living and God love them for doing it. It can't be easy. They have to contact people like me to review their clients' books and I'm not always easy to please. They have to talk up those books in every venue whether or not they feel like it. They are the ones driving traffic to authors' websites and Amazon page. A 'free' book isn't enough to buy my love. I'm not a promotional site and an author will find s/he has to share the spotlight with a dead guy with a book in the public domain. That's just how I do it.
I'm a Reader first and always. I've had great relationships with authors. I love what they do even when I'm disappointed with their work. If this Author X has had bad experiences with bloggers than either s/he had the misfortune to attract the few bad apples or s/he is not looking at the blogger/author relationship in the right way. We're not billboards. We're Readers. Talk to us like you'd talk to any reader whether they have a blog or not.
I've bought plenty of books because of blogger recommendations. Just because I've received review copies doesn't mean I'm not still buying books.
Please read that post and the comments of other bloggers.
What else? Oh, I have a couple of book reviews coming up this week and my first Affinity Readalong post. And if you have an ipod touch or iphone here's a couple of time wasters I've been enjoying. Tiny Wings is just so cute even though I'm terrible at it. Angry Birds Rio is out now. Same Angry Birds different plot.