July 17, 2011

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: That Ball of Flame in the Sky

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The sun! The sun! It came back! Yay! Now the complaints about the heat will begin. Complaining about the weather is the national sport in Canada.

The national book chain in Canada is something I can complain about. I posted a link to a story about Indigo wanting to sell fewer books and more junk. This makes me quite unhappy. In my town, Coles (part of Indigo) is the only bookstore. Right now, it's hard to find the books I want there. A couple of weeks ago I went with a list and came out with nothing. If I wanted the latest releases or best sellers, I could have come out with an armful but that's not what I was looking for. And they plan on selling even fewer books? We don't need another Walmart. No wonder I prefer shopping online for books on Book Depository or Amazon.

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In blogging news, Wallace at Unputdownables made a move toward monetizing her book blog and started a lively discussion about it. Wendy at Caribousmom gave her own thoughts on why she wouldn't be doing the same. I see both sides and I've gone back and forth about it myself. I've tried different things to make a few pennies but it's not easy money. The Mommy bloggers (I wonder if they hate that term) have found a way to do it so that companies actually court them with cash money.The biggest blogs are lucrative. Somehow the book bloggers have either missed or actively avoided this situation. Like Wallace, I don't have an outside income. The idea of doing something I love and getting paid for it is intriguing.

A few book bloggers have turned their skills into businesses and have done it quite well. Then there are those that I stopped following because I feel like I'm being sold something every time I'm there. I don't begrudge them their success but I miss the old days of book blogging when we were just unpolished gems and nobody cared. Now we have to sparkle. I don't want to obsess about stats or move my blogging platform (for all its faults I like Blogger). I've found my voice and I don't wish to change it. I want to make some dough without sacrificing that. I also want a body like J-Lo without the exercise or surgery but that ain't happening either.

What do you think? 

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Finally, I received a couple of books in the mail. It's so nice to get mail again. Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie came from the Agatha Christie Watch-along with Nicole from Linus's Blanket. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto is a fairy tale for adults that I won from Shelfawareness. I don't know much about it.

This week I'll be reviewing Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy which I want to run away to Europe with (the book not the man, just to be clear). At the moment, I'm listening to Beauty Queens by Libba Bray which is... interesting. 

What are you reading this week?



7 comments :

  1. My feelings on this are much the same as Wendy's. If anyone wants to monetize their blog more power to them, but it's really not for me. If I could somehow magically drawn an income by doing exactly what I do now I wouldn't say no, but magic aside I just don't want the time, availability, disposition or will to make it happy. However, I'm happy to see different bloggers following different paths. It's the diversity of the community that makes it so interesting.

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  2. Nymeth- Yeah, I spend a lot of time on blogging right now and I'm not getting paid. I don't know how much more I'm willing to do.

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  3. I started my blog for my self and while I like (ok love) getting review copies, I still don't want to have to do anything on my blog. I always want to do what I want. Which, while I'm a stay at home mom now and could use extra income, my blog is going to remain my own personal space, whether anyone reads it or not. So no ads for me.

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  4. I think each blog is as individual as the person writing it and everyone has to do what works for them. I don't plan to try to monetize mine because, frankly, I don't think anyone would pay for what I do.

    Can your local bookstore order books for you? I shop at our local indie and get her to order books for me quite often. I even did it over twitter the other day.

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  5. I thought about including ads and even tried it for a while last year, but have settled for just doing amazon affiliate links, which helps out with shipping for prizes more than anything else.

    I did change blogging platforms, but I did it because blogger drove me absolutely insane. Wordpress has some nice perks that I didn't even know about before I changed (like being able to click and drag images within the editor, etc.).

    I would love to have more time to funnel into my blog, but I have to be realistic. I have two kids that need my time too. The biggest thing though is that I don't want blogging to become a job that I dread going to. My goal is to have it stay something I'm passionate about - and if that morphs over time to include a more business aspect then that's fine with me as long as it's still something I get excited about doing every day. For now I'm happy with how things are.

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  6. I'm glad that you don't want to run away with Simon Van Booy. Because I do. And then we might have to battle it out for him.

    Lovely photo of your books. :)

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  7. I have two kids that need my time too. The biggest thing though is that I don't want blogging to become a job that I dread going to.Livres Gratuits

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