Okay, so technically today is no longer my blogoversary. My blog is now officially older than two. Which means that it is already on its way to turning three. Wow, not going to think about that blogoversary yet.
Anyway… while this is no longer my blogoversary, it’s still a part of my blogoversary celebration. And to celebrate the fact that my blog is now two, I have yet another guest stopping by the blog to share her wisdom as an established blogger in the book blogging community.
She’s someone who I admire enormously – she’s a working mom and still manages to find time to read and blog about books, she is incredibly generous, and is so supportive of the authors she loves. She is also someone who inspired a short story by author K.A. Tucker. Unfortunately for her, things did not end well for her character. You can check the story out on her blog HERE if you’d like to read about her early demise.
Well, if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.
For just a little background….
I have no idea where I first met Mindy. It had to have been on Twitter. Chances are we got to talking about awesome fic boys. And it was likely a Jaime introduction. But I feel like I’ve known Mindy forever. I actually don’t remember being a blogger before we met.
Like me, she’s a bit of a Parajunkee Design Junkee. And like me, she has also seen the highs and lows of book blogging. But she’s more like Jaime on the whole “being social” front. She is not afraid to speak her mind. She is not at all afraid of heading to all the best book signings, events and conferences in her part of the country. And she has no problem taking a break when she needs one.
She is another blogger that I adore and know I can trust. She is so supportive and helpful. And I can’t imagine this community without her.
So, with all my ramblings out of the way, let me turn this over to the very awesome Mindy!
I feel so incredibly special that Rachel chose me to write a post for her Two Year Blogoversary Celebration. I absolutely adore Rachel, and I’m a major fan of all of her blogs. Love you Rachel and congrats!
Questions I ask myself as a book blogger and you should too!
Why am I a book blogger?
This is a question I have to ask myself quite frequently because even though there are a lot of awesome things about being a book blogger, there are also a few sucky things too.
Am I doing it just for free books?
For me, that’s a BIG no because I spend at least 5 times more now on books, going to book events, hosting giveaways and maintaining my blog than I did before I started blogging. Not to mention all the time I put into reading and writing reviews on the books themselves. But I do have to admit, getting to read books early or before they’re published is a huge plus for me.
Do I do it for the community?
YES! I love the book blogging community. I’ve met some totally awesome people through book blogging, people with whom I get to share one of my greatest of all passions! And I’ve grown to care for these people (bloggers and authors alike) so much that I consider them good friends. But the book blogging community isn’t all fluffy with pretty, pink frills. There’s sometimes major drama and it’s almost impossible to escape or hide from it, and, personally, I hate drama. The biggest downer for me is content thieves. I get super pissed off when I hear of someone (and not just a friend) who’s had their book pirated or their post(s) plagiarized. When this happens, the crazy comes out of me. And you truly don’t want to be on the receiving end, hearing me rant about thieves.
Is it important to me to have followers and traffic daily?
I can’t deny that I get all giddy and excited when I see a new follower, when I see that there are actually people stopping by my blog, and when people leave comments on my posts. And I can’t deny that is one of the main reasons I’ve continued blogging for as long as I have. But I’m not determined to find ways to just have “quick stop by and leave” visitors because I assume they’ll never return. I’d much prefer that my visitors stop by because they actually want to see my content and actually want to read the stuff I put so much effort into creating, in hopes that they like it enough to come back again.
Do I have a problem with envy? Or even egotism?
I’d like to say I’m not envious, but I do envy pretty much every blog I stalk. I envy them for their creativity, individuality, capability, enthusiasm and inspiration. I think those are all aspects that bloggers should aspire to be like! And I can’t say that I don’t get jealous when I see someone with a book that I’ve been dying to get my hands on. But even while I’m jealous, I’m still happy someone gets to read that book early…but they just may get stalked a little bit by me. And while I personally do not think I have an ego problem because of the reasons above (notwithstanding my problem with envy), I can be adamantly opinionated and not easily swayed about certain opinions because I (super ego I) truly believe those opinions are right, and everyone who disagrees is utterly wrong. Bahahaha! And to be completely honest…I’m not a fan of bloggers who seem to be suffering from narcissism and who appear to believe that everyone should be following in their footsteps or worshiping the ground they walk on. Nope…not a fan. So I’d prefer to avoid any egotistical thoughts myself.
Final piece of advice.
Be careful to NOT post or tweet something you may later regret. AND PLEASE!!! If you read a book early….do not reveal spoilers!
Again, thank you soooooo much Rachel for including me in such an awesome occasion, and I’m thrilled that I get to celebrate along with you. Congratulations Rachel for surviving 2 whole years, and good luck for many years to come.
I absolutely love that your advice came in the form of questions you post to yourself. I totally agree it’s so important to keep asking yourself these questions to be sure you’re blogging for the right reasons and not solely for the “free” books, the “popularity” or the egotism.
I, too, am not a fan of the drama, the thieves or the narcissists. But fortunately there are so many more amazing readers, bloggers and authors in this community than bad apples.
Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts and your wisdom and for being a part of my blogoversary event!
For those of you who have not yet “met” Mindy, you can find her here…
So I asked Mindy what her favorite read was these past couple of months and it just so happened to be a book I’m very much dying to read. Which is…
So, I am offering up for giveaway – to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location – to two winners a copy of BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards.