March 25, 2012

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: Out of Hibernation

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What a busy book week! The Hunger Games movie. I haven't seen it but hope everyone who did had a good time. Seems like a weird thing to say considering what it's about. 

Readathon signs up started, and today sign ups for Cheerleaders began. Bloggiesta's next weekend. It's like spring has brought everyone out of hibernation.

The latest dust up in the book blogging world involved an email to the BEA Bloggers participants. Here's the short of it: in this email they asked people for their blog stats. Some people were offended or suspicious or well...just didn't like it. If the convention is for bloggers to mingle, then why ask for stats? (Jessica from Read React Review has the long version.) The organizers later explained (on their Facebook page) what they were trying to accomplish by asking for this information. They admitted that they should have been clear about why they asked for it. 

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Obviously, this was a of a lack of understanding on their part of the book blogger mindset. It's become a trend among some publishers to only consider bloggers with X number of subscribers, or page views, or followers, or worshippers, or whatever, for review books. Bloggers have been judged on their stats. So, people tend to get prickly when asked for them. Kelly from Stacked wrote a post about stats not really meaning anything (I have thoughts on stats too but I won't get into it). 

This incident prompted other questions about the convention and led to The Reading Ape creating the book blogger unconference. If you've ever been to Book Camp (they're all over the place), that's what the unconference is aiming to be. So now there's the BEA sponsored convention and the unconference. Depending on your personality or what you want out of your trip to New York, one or the other (or both) may be the one for you. 

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You can take the week off and stay home in your PJs for Armchair BEA. This is truly a blogger-run for bloggers event that costs you nothing and you don't have to get on a stinky bus or crowded plane. There is a lot going on behind the scenes right now as the organizers plot (maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh) the week's events. DO IT! 

So that's that.

In other news, the Get Moving Fitness Challenge is nearing the finish line. I met my goal. Yay! With all the sunshine, I even got to run outdoors this week. What a difference that makes. Speaking of running, I watched The Nature of Things: The Perfect Runner. It ties in well with the book Born to Run that I read recently. Annnnnd... Then Heather Said offers some tips on running in the evening, which I prefer. Check those links out if you are interested in running.

Reading-wise, I finished Lady Chatterley's Lover. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm conflicted. Also, I finished listened to The Wolf Gift, which I really didn't like. It's not often that I dislike a book so hard but it happens. If it hadn't have been an audiobook, I wouldn't have finished it. Right now, I'm in the middle of The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig. It reminds me of Summer by Edith Wharton. I don't think it's going to end well.

No new books came into the house but I didn't pick up two at the library: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin and Bedbugs by Ben H Winter. Have you read them?

How was your week? 

2 comments :

  1. My was swamped. My month was swamped. I haven't had time to look at any blogs until this morning; yours in the first.

    So I missed out on the BEA controversery. I'll probably find some more about it while I wonder the internet today. I can't ever go to BEA since it's during the school year, so it's not an issue for me. My general reaction is that it's their conference, so they can do what they want. Sounds like the may risk losing some attendees, though. Never a good plan for a conference.

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  2. Do non-book blogging blogs experience controversy like what we see in the book world? I swear, every time I turn around someone is pissed off at someone. They all need to take a chill pill and get over themselves! LOL!

    I am not going to BEA because once again, the family business is not in a good place so the monies must be spent on food and other items of importance. However, if I had the money, I am not sure I'd go. Too political for me.

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