This Kathleen Hale business has led to a few things:
- Bloggers being concerned about their safety and privacy
- Bloggers starting a “Blogging Blackout”—no book reviews for a while
- A few silly authors criticizing bloggers for participating in the blackout
- Bloggers getting discouraged, unmotivated, and wondering, “What’s the point?”
A blog is for YOU! Keep it that way!
Blogging is not about:
- Reading as many books as possible
- Getting all the ARCs
- Forging as many publisher relationships as you can
- Pleasing authors
- Pleasing publishers
- Reviewing for other people
That’s just not what blogging is. Blogging isn’t about you pleasing someone or making connections. You blog because YOU want to blog. You blog about books because YOU love books.
Having a blog is all about what you want and doing something that you love because it makes you happy. This is a hobby, not a job. You’re under no obligation, you don’t HAVE to read ARCs if you don’t want to, you don’t HAVE to read 100+ books a year if you’re struggling to meet that, and you don’t HAVE to aspire to please all the authors.
This is your blog and the only person you have to please with it is yourself.
- Stressed out over ARCs? You don’t have to accept/request them.
- Are authors/bloggers/random people criticizing your decisions? Screw them, it’s none of their business.
- You don’t have a post quota to fill. Don’t force yourself to post more than you’re able to.
I think some people have forgotten that we all started blogging because we loved books and wanted a space to rave about them. This is YOUR space and you can do whatever you want with it. If there are parts of that space that are stressing you out or no longer fun, stop doing them! You don’t have to request ARCs just because that’s what everyone else seems to do. You don’t have to try to post as often as possible, out of fear that your blog will fall off the grid. There are no rules there. When it’s your space, you can do whatever the hell you want!