Thursday, 17 February 2011

Why Bloggers Rock

So, I don't know how many of you know, but there's been a lot of negativity about bloggers recently. I'm not gonna go into it, not going to link it, not saying anything else. This is about the positive.

Bloggers do a lot of crazy awesome good and just amazing things. Can I say every blog is great and helpful and totally honest and worth following, no. But the vast majority of bloggers make up this powerful, largely positive community of readers. Granted, you piss off the community and that's a force to be reckoned with, but that's not the point.

Most bloggers DO help. They sell books, they pimp, they gush to their friends and force books on them. They share their ARCs and swag. They buy more books than they get for review. They buy finished copies of books they get for review. So yes, that publisher spent money sending the ARC, but make a good deal of it back just from the blogger buying it, plus anyone they've convinced to buy it.

And we aren't limited to other bloggers. You, the readers of our blog who DON'T blog, get influenced. Our twitter followers. Our real life friends and family. Our tumblr followers. Our facebook friends. Our librarything/shelfari/goodreads friends. Authors, yes OTHER AUTHORS, will look into books based on a blogger's recommendations. and you know what, we do convince other bloggers to read books. I can't tell you how many books I NEVER would have picked up without blogging. Or books I never would have heard of.

I could keep going, but instead, I'm going to let some OTHER people tell you why bloggers are important and amazing people.

Imagine this. You just turned the last page of a book. Your mind is blown. You want to gush about it with everyone around you--your friends, your family, a total stranger you meet a grocery store. But you can't. They don't understand you. They just nod their head and smile. They don't care about this lovely book that should be read by millions. They don't care about books in general. So you turn to the internet--to Twitter, to Blogger, etc. You get one response, two more in the next hour. Finally, people who understand! Who are those people? They are bloggers.

That's just it. Bloggers open a whole new world, and there are millions of things you can do with them that you can't do in real life. I've realized that while you can feel shame talking about a book to a stranger in real life, you can do that with bloggers. It seems to me that most people in my life only read well-known books. They generally don't read books that are not placed cover-out on a shelf at a bookstore. With Bloggers, they read a bit of everything. So those lesser known books that you want to promote to your friends to no effect? Bloggers make it possible. Without them, there wouldn't be as much hype or buzz about any certain book.

Sometimes through reading Google Reader, I would come across a book I've never heard before (either it's a few years old and I haven't read it or it's so obscure) and decide to read it. People don't realize that blogging does make a difference. I'm sure that I am not the only one who has experienced this. And that's just it. What if that one post was not put up? Bloggers don't only review books. They sell out their souls into them. Their enthusiasm for the books illuminate from the computer screen.

And to be honest, they make me excited for certain books too. If not for bloggers, I wouldn't be dying to read a specific book. The wait wouldn't turn into such a excruciating torture. The moment I see someone talking about a book on Twitter or on Blogger, I immediately search that book up. If that one post was not put up, that means the amount of people who read the post would have never picked that book up. They would have never read the review and thought to think twice about the book. The internet is such a powerful tool, and bloggers are one of the few who know how to use it in the right way.


I love book bloggers...an entire community of people with a passion for books--reading them, thinking--even critically--about them, and sharing their thoughts with others. For books! They promote authors and reach out to readers, and even if the impact of what they do can't always be quantified outside of the book blogging community, that doesn't diminish the fact that they are a group of avid readers. And I love readers. :)

--Elissa Janine Hoole, Kiss the Morning Star (2012)

There are many reasons to love bloggers, but first and foremost is that they are my friends. And many of them, have grown to be my family. I spend more time chatting with other bloggers online than people that are around me at home and at work. We support one another and when something is wrong, there is always someone on the other end of twitter, or skype or an email account that will listen or offer a helping hand. We all share this one thing in common, the love of reading, and for most of us, its a huge part of our lives, so it makes since that we can meet and instantly form such a strong bond. I met my best friend through blogging and the relationship we have formed is something I could never have imagined possible, just from starting a review blog! Book bloggers are the best!

--Sherry, Flipping Pages for All Ages (she totally helped me with this project. Which further proves her point. Just saying.)

Because they value books+ support new authors. I owe much of my book and name recognition to generous bloggers. Love book bloggers

--Joy Preble, Dreaming Anastasia (2009) and Haunted (2011)

I follows lots of blogs and I find new and interesting posts everyday. As an author, it's important for me to keep up with what's happening in the publishing world from the readers point of view. Genre trends, reviews, what readers like and don't like... I get all that from book bloggers who ask nothing in return. I'm very grateful for their time and effort.
--Carol Oates, Shades of Atlantis

We're just a couple of average authors. Our book didn't sell in a million dollar, multibook deal. Our publisher isn't hiring skywriters to write messages about The Liar Society in the sky. We aren't related to Oprah or Al Roker (although, damn, we sure came close on that last one!). We're just a couple of sisters from Cleveland who love to read and decided we wanted to be writers when we grew up.

The very first thing we did when we started writing together was start a blog. This was our first post. As you can see, we were a couple of idiots who were about to find out the hard way that we were definitely NOT literary geniuses after getting rejected by over 100 literary agents with our first doomed novel. But that's a whole different blog post. The point is, as we racked up rejection after rejection something strange started happening. We found friends in the blogosphere. Friends who were aspiring writers like us and friends who were readers blogging about the books they love.

Eventually we wrote another book and this time we managed to land an agent and eventually a publisher. We continued blogging, tweeting and meeting people as we revised our book and slowly made our way through the publication process. Time after time, some of the friendliest and most engaging people we met were book bloggers. They read our blog, they followed us on twitter, they friended us on Facebook. When our book was posted on Goodreads, book bloggers added The Liar Society to their TBR list. When we cried over our cover, it was the supportive blog posts from book bloggers who convinced us that maybe it wasn't so bad after all.

And now, as we're a couple weeks away from our publication date, it's book bloggers who have rallied around The Liar Society. Every Waiting On Wednesday, every review, every tweet and every comment is helping us build buzz about our tiny book. We have no idea how The Liar Society will do when it hits shelves on March 1st, but we'll say this, if this book is a success, it will be due in large part to the support of the book blogging community. So, thank you all for your passion, your time and your incredible support over the past few years. We can't tell you how much we appreciate it.

--Lisa and Laura Roecker, The Liar Society (2011)

I personally love book bloggers. Even the ones who don't like my books! They don't get paid for what they do; they do it because they want to bring books they love to the attention of other people. They speak out against piracy and on behalf of authors and libraries. I remember getting together with a group of book bloggers after an event in Chicago. I had signed 3,000 books that day (most at a warehouse!) I was exhausted but their obvious love of books totally bouyed me up. One of them even gave me a ride back to my hotel in the boonies when my media escort conked out.


--Cassie Clare, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices (yeah, see, Sherry is demonstrating her own awesome here)

The blogging community is something I am in awe of since I have joined. Everyone helps each other out no matter what the issue from sickness to the 'What do I read next?' times. This is all very amazing since most of us have never met each other in person. We inspire others to read through reviews and posts that sometimes focus on things like Ren's (Nightshade) abs and Luc's hotness (Personal Demons). The best part of being a part of this is that we get the chance to talk to authors and help promote books. Bloggers love what they do and are passionate about it which is ultimately what makes them the best media marketing tool of the 21st century.


--Erika, Moonlight Book Reviews

So, you see, we are useful people. We are...well not THAT important, but we do help.
Some authors we help more than others, but the point is we're doing what we can for books we love.

The book blogging community is an amazing, astounding community that never fails to surprise me. And for any bloggers that may forget that:





(I'd use the unedited version, but I get that some may be reading this at school/work or are younger. But unedited version FTW)

--Julie

5 comments:

  1. Bloggers totally rock. I agree with everything everyone said. Some of my best pals are bloggers and I definitely look to your reviews (I'm looking at you, Julie) for what to read next.

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  2. Bloggers are important people - not just to me, either. Without book bloggers I wouldn't have found nearly as many books to read that I have now grown to love. Book bloggers keep novel whores happy, if we need a new book to read or we're going to the library and we need ideas then we can go to many book blogging sites and find suggestions. I love Book Bloggers. They (especially Lanna and Julie) are epic people.

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  3. I agree about the unedited version of the song! Lol. It's just so much more Pink-esque.

    This is an awesome post. I've found that, whenever I need help with anything, there are always members of the book blogging community out there to lend a hand. They're some of the sweetest, most selfless people around.

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  4. Yes to all of that. Some of my favorite reads have come from book blogs!

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