It's been nagging me for quite some time now. Many of you know that I actually started book blogging a year ago, but from back then, I've jumped from blog to blog. At the time, blogging was really different. Do not get me wrong, I am in no way stating that I am an "old blogger", or "professional blogger", or that I have tons of experience. I've just noticed a lot of change in the blogging atmosphere. Quite frankly, it scares me a bit.
Do you remember, a year ago, when blogging was all about sharing your love for books with other book nerds? Do you remember the joy and carefree-ness of it all? Is it the same today? Sure, most bloggers still find it extremely fun and they treat it like a hobby. But others, I feel… have unintentionally changed the reason why they started blogging. And that reason is to get advanced reader copies/review copies. People are getting greedy. A year ago, I started blogging because I loved talking about books. And somewhere along the way... honestly, I feel like I've fallen into the trap… to get books. It scares me that I REALIZE I'm blogging to get free books. IT'S TERRIBLE. I must change this.
To be honest, I think at least half of the bloggers out there share my terrible problem. So much drama has happened and people have gotten so demanding that I think it's just CHANGED everyone in some way or another. With more bloggers joining the blogosphere each day, blogs are becoming more competitive. These days, it's all "Bloggers who get the most books for review are the most popular blogs." At least, that's what I think. And then I think, all the little or less-known blogs have to try to live up to that, and people just start gaining followers the wrong way to become that "bigger blog".
Again, the greed. People are just starting to grab as many ARCs as possible and that's just… wrong. Like I said, I've fallen into this very trap. Awhile ago, I got all obsessed in getting review copies, because of wanting to live up to those "bigger blogs". But now, I'm just stressed and it's making blogging not-so-much fun. I've decided for myself that I definitely need to hold off on review copies for awhile.. if you think about it, it is completely disrespectful to the publishers out there who have provided us readers with review copies, and then you just.. don't review them? Yeah, not cool.
My point is, I think every blogger should just sit down, and think for a minute. How has the book blogging society changed you? Do you need to take a breather and hold off on review copies? What about you bloggers who were around a year ago? Do you think the blogoverse has changed? In what way?
**All opinions are my own.**