We all know what goes on behind the scenes at our own blogs but rarely do we lift the curtain and share those experiences with others. Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger stems from the curiosity. This week I want to talk about Book swag.
Here is my Confession:
Whenever I receive a book for review, I usually find the package filled with bookish swag. These items usually include bookmarks, postcards sometimes pens (which I love) and much to my dismay very rarely the oh so glorious Magnet (which I really love) . Over my year plus of blogging I have gathered quite a large bit of swag and while very nice and thoughtful in all honesty I cringe when I see a package filled with the stuff. Even giving some of it away I'm always left with duplicates and sometimes triplicates. I've found creative uses for leftovers such as making the bookmarks into magnets or folding them up and shoving them under a table leg that is a bit wobbly. Heck I've even made them into packing confetti which while super cool and a fun project for the kids did leave me feeling a bit bad.
Listen I love swag, I do. Especially signed swag but I just cringe when I see a package filled with 30 bookmarks (poor trees) because it means I have to figure out what to do with them all. Now that is not to say all swag is created equal. I actually have several types of swag that I love receiving and in all honesty wish more authors would embrace. These items include magnets, keychains, buttons, T-Shirts, Cups. I even had hairclips made once but sadly lost the pair :( I know those items tend to cost more but I love them and it truly is a great way for me to not only display the swag and promote the author, I also get to use them.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret my current goal is to cover my fridge in book magnets. I have several signed/unsigned on it right now and love staring at the covers each time I grab something out of the fridge. I also plan on making a quilt out of the T-shirts I've received once I've gathered enough. I do wear each and every one I receive though so try my best to keep them looking crisp so that I don't ruin the images on them.
Anyway, I don't want to sound like I'm all anti swag, it has a place and I understand that. However, I really wish that Authors think out of the box when designing stuff to send, that is all.
Now that you've read my confession, Tell me some of yours:
Do you like swag?
What types of items do you like receiving?
What is the most creative way you have used paper swag (bookmarks & postcards)?
Do you have any particular items you collect more than others?
Leave your responses in the comments below, I love reading them. Have a question? Leave that as well and I'll try and answer it.
_________________________________________That about wraps up this weeks confessions from a blogger. Thanks for stopping by and reading,sharing, or commenting on this post. As always, it is appreciated.