Since this is the last day of Armchair BEA and we can write anything we want, I got a little silly. I hope you enjoy this!
Have you been watching Orphan Black? Those who have will know exactly what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you need to watch this show! It’s on the Space Channel here in Canada, BBC America in the States. Binge watch it now! It’s about clones, but it’s a mystery and a thriller. It has heart and an amazing cast, which is almost just one person. Several women (Tatiana Maslany) learn that they’ve been a part of a scientific experiment, a cloning experiment. They only find each other when someone starts killing the clones.
Since I’m obsessed with this show, I think about it a lot and I’ve discovered that Orphan Black has some things in common with book blogging.
Small audience, awesome fans.
Orphan Black is not a huge show, yet. It’s got a lot of critical buzz, but not big ratings (though the audience doubled the premiere of season 2). It has some seriously devoted fans though. Do you know they have a whole Tumblr full of gifs and fan art? Fans are members of the Clone Club, which includes Orlando Jones. Now I don’t know for sure but Orlando Jones is not a fan of my blog (you never know!). What I’m telling you is just because the audience of your blog may be small, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a devoted fan base. You probably have a reliable group of people who visit, comment on, and tweet your posts. They are your own Clone Club.
No two clones are alike.
Sure, they’re clones, but they all have separate personalities. Even though one actress plays all the roles of the clones, it’s easy to tell them apart. It’s the same with book blogs. We might all be blogging about books, sometimes we review the same books, but no two blogs are alike. We each have our own voice.
Even though one actress plays many roles, even within those roles is diversity. Cosima, a brilliant scientist, has a girlfriend, who may or may not be evil. Felix is Sarah’s gay foster brother. Art, the cop who just wants to know the truth, is a minority. Oh yeah, and then there’s Vic the dick.
Within the book blogging community, there are many niches: young adult, romance, fantasy, everything else! You can find opinions on just about any book you are looking for.
The Ladies kick ass!
The clones are tough. They are in fight or flight mode. They’re in danger, but know how to defend themselves. Then there is the mysterious Mrs S (Maria Doyle Kennedy). You do not want to mess with Mrs S.
Every year VIDA releases statistical data on the abysmal state of women reviewers and female authors being reviewed in major publications. Bloggers help to make up the difference. A vast number of book bloggers are women. Okay, we’re not the New York Times, but our voices are loud. We review more books than those publications, and not just the best sellers or the critically acclaimed. We’re also pushing for more representation for female authors within the industry by the discussions we have online.
Hey, there are guys too!
So, the actresses are great, but there are superb performances by the men. Besides Felix and Art, there’s Hot Paul, Dr Leekie, and the new guy, Cal. Yes, there are men book blogging too, in all niches.
“This is my biology, this is my decision.”
One thing that is reiterated throughout the series is how the clones are individuals. They make decisions for their own good first. Cosima decided to work for Dyad, Sarah decided to run. Bloggers are independent. There are blogging tutorials and how-to guides available but every blogger runs their blog their own way. Not everyone reviews ARCs, or the latest releases. Some people don’t even post “reviews.” We bristle at being told how to do things on our blogs. My blog, my rules.
“We’re better when we’re together.”
Even though the clones go their own way, when it comes to solving problems, four heads are better than one. The same can be said of blogging. Events like Armchair BEA, and Bloggiesta bring bloggers together to discuss ideas and solve blogging issues. Together our voices are more likely to be heard and effect change.
There will be blood (not literally, unless you get a paper cut).
Crazy stuff happens on this show. Alison hot glued her husband’s chest.Ouch! She had her reasons. Every episode someone gets hurt. I’m not saying book blogging is violent but at times things can get hairy. There are disagreements and drama. Feelings get hurt. Those things generally blow over quickly. On the other hand, your blog maybe so quiet sometimes you want to hit your head off a wall! You put your blood, sweat, and tears into a post only to have no one comment. It can be frustrating.
Don’t count anyone out.
So, it seems like someone is done, or someone has fallen so low they’re never getting back up. Next episode, everything changes!
Personally, I had a bad couple of blogging years. I lost my mojo. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t blog. Blogging was such a part of my life that even then, I couldn’t give up all altogether. I reviewed sporadically. I stopped accepting pitches and only read what I really wanted. I wondered if I’d ever get back to blogging. Then, recently, out of the blue, I wanted to blog again. I wanted to read everything! I had this sudden burst of blogging energy. I was revived! Refreshed! Resurrected! If you ever have a dry spell or writer’s block, hang in there. It doesn’t last forever.
Both are awesome!
This is the best show on TV right now! Book bloggers are the best on the internet!
Gifs via Tumblr.