Dear Diary: Confessions From A Blogger (25) How NOT to be a bad blogger
|Here is my confession: |
Hello again my lovelies! This week I had intended to talk about bloggers selling ARC's but honestly, I just couldn't bring myself to write a full length post about it. Every year it seems some idiot decides they are above reviewing law (it's a real thing yo) and is caught selling ARC's. It doesn't even really surprise me anymore when allegations come to light (sad, I know). So instead of a long winded rant about said idiots, I decided that I'd share my tips and tricks how NOT to be a bad blogger.
In no particular order...
5.) Do not complain about books you received for review. Books cost money to produce, even when they are ARC's. They also sometimes are sent way before release so artwork might not be finalized yet. Complaining about an unfinished copy being sent to you or a digital version when you wanted a paperback someone else may have received makes you sound covetous and will probably make authors pass you by in the future.
Instead, DO promote the ever loving shiz out of the book, review it honestly and make sure to give a big thank you to the publisher and author for choosing you to receive it.
4.) Don't plagiarize content. Listen, were all bloggers, we all eventually talk about the same issues or gush equally over the same pretty covers but straight up copying and pasting another bloggers work is not cool and never OK.
Instead, ask around for ideas if you can't think of any for yourself. Better yet, find something you're passionate about and just start writing. Before you know it, you'll have an article ready to share with thoughts and feelings all your own.
3.) Never commit to a deadline you can't keep just to receive free books or swag.
Instead, be open and honest about your review policy. If you cannot finish a book within the allotted time don't be afraid to email the Author or Publisher and tell them so. Yeah, they might not be happy but 9/10 they are understanding and at least grateful that you kept the lines of communication open.
2.) Don't tweet an Author a negative review. Do you like being told you're worthless and a waste of space? Didn't think so. Why would you feel an Author would then? Sharing your opinions is OK and encouraged but being a dickhead who makes sure that the Author can't escape from seeing your oh so important opinions about their work is not.
Instead, DON'T be a dickhead. Think before you act. It's pretty simple really.
1.) Don't sell ARC's. I don't know how many times this needs said but just in case you didn't hear me the first time let me repeat myself. DON'T SELL ARC's.
Instead, if you don't want an ARC, trade it, give it away, heck make it into Art for all anyone cares but don't sell it. It's not cool, it angers Authors, it makes you a jerk and it hurts the rest of us
Now that you've read my confession, Tell me some of yours:
What do you think about Bad Bloggers?
Do you have any tips of your own?
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.