- Bloggers who link their post in my comment section.
Ahhh. If I am interested in your IMM or even your blog, I will click on your username. My blog is not your billboard! It actually does the opposite of what you've intended...turns me off. Links in comments are a sign (to me) that it's a new blogger trying to build a profile. My advice? Stop doing it, it's not doing you any favours. And commenting with one word and then a hyperlink doesn't fool me...heck, it wouldn't even fool Jessica Simpson.
Exception...I've reviewed an author and you've conducted an interview with that author. The interview sheds light on something in my review. Then by all means link.
To make a long story short. Link when you know for sure that I will find it of interest, don't when it is to serve your own gain.
- Publicity whores
There's a difference between getting the word out there and getting all your stuff out there and IN MY FACE every five minutes. Whether on twitter or facebook, I will unfollow/hide you if you continue to hit me with the publicity tsunami (especially once the retweet second, third and fourth waves hit). This applies to authors and bloggers alike. It has actually changed my perception of individuals as I think its really inconsiderate. It is spam. And I don't like spam in food or online varieties.
- Book tours
Now I am going to sound like a hag. I don't think book blogging tours work. I was for a very short time in a book blogging tour group until I realised it bored me. Tours flush the blogosphere with too much of the same product. Tour reviews and interviews are often stale and make blogging seem more like a job than booky fun.
I honestly think that targeting 3-4 influential bloggers (by this I mean articulate, well read, quality review writers), who enjoy the genre you write, would be a better bet. I honestly think that having one Steph Su Reads review (hopefully a positive one) outweighs ten blah-written reviews.
- Bad interviews
This rests on both contributors of an interview. To keep it brief - ask interesting, book and career relevant questions. Add some random things. Keep the author on their toes with questions about their book that show insight or a new perspective on their work. Keep the readers on their toes with some random fun questions that reflect the person, not just the author.
Authors...if a blogger asks the same questions you've been asked before...tell them. Believe me, I've been grateful when an author has informed me (nicely) of this. I don't want recycled questions and answers on my blog...what's the point? So think outside the square and challenge yourself, the author and your readers.
I LOVE Twitter. Love it, love it, love it. But there are a few people that I very much like that keep using it to ask questions that have no business being asked on Twitter. Your conduct with authors, in asking for interviews/ARCs, should NEVER be public. Or even worse, asking vaguely if any authors want to be interviewed as an undirected tweet. It's like trawling a net in the ocean to catch anything that's out there. In the end in reflects poorly on the blogger but it pisses me off on the manners front too.
It ultimately comes down to this. Do I want to read a blog where the blogger doesn't invest in what they are posting? If they are randomly trawling for interviews with anyone that puts their hand up...does this truly reflect this reading? No.
Then I start doubting myself and what a blog is supposed to be. My blog is me. My blog shares my opinions but perhaps I think of blogging differently. I don't interview anyone I haven't read. I don't interview anyone who's work I don't respond to. I figure my personal opinions and preferences have to hold weight and that dictates who I interview and how I ask for interviews. Lecture done.
- Blanket emails
If you can't figure out my name is Adele then you have no business emailing me about how much you love my blog! Seriously, it's there IN THE EMAIL ADDRESS ITSELF, which is on the MAIN PAGE!
- Online Booksellers that don't differentiate YA from Children's Books
Yes, that's right Book Depository you bug me. Most of the time I know what I am looking for but like all bookworms, I browse. But when I have to sort through all the children's fiction, it's a problem and I am not buying as much as I would have otherwise (though still a lot).
**Credit where credit is due - I griped about this on Twitter. The BDep. CEO spotted it, DMed me his email address to have a proper whinge. The whinge was nicely put, as much as whingeing can be and he responded. Gotta give the man some serious kudos. They are currently working on changing this NOW...not because of me though I like to think I played a part.
- My narcissistic tendencies
I look at my unchanging follower numbers and get blog-conscious. I see other blogs getting into the top hundreds and wonder how on earth they are making that happen? Do all those followers read their blog? I am lucky to get 2-3 comments per post. It's worse with the blogs that started the same month as me. They all kick my followers number in the ass. I am a petty, petty individual.
Maybe I could boost it with a competition...of which I don't typically run. But I am proud that my blog has 347 followers gathered from non-contest means. That means the followers actually wish to read it...that's got to mean something right? Though only 25 people bothered to take part in my survey. Sigh - I have to get over myself already.
I know some bloggers are friends with authors. It's bound to happen. We were all those book obsessed, somewhat dorky (whether on the inside or outside, or both) teens that treasured our library cards and lusted after Gilbert Blythe. There's a lot of common ground there.
But I think those friendships are better kept on the down low. I hate seeing bloggers talk about authors like they are their best friends. I have several authors that I am pretty chummy with and I have been VERY conscious of not talking about them. I never want them to think that my blog is more important than my friendship with them. I think I've done a pretty good job of it too. I've kept my mouth shut, I am interested in them as people and most people are none the wiser.
There is a line there though and it is fuzzy. I think that's why I am ultra careful. I don't even post when I receive signed books as it makes it a personal gift. Perhaps I am over reacting but it's something to think about.
Before you start calling me a hypocrite...Courtney Summers is my wife in a joking sense...I am NOT bragging about our actual matrimony. That would be crass and quite honestly, beneath me :) I am not a tweet kiss and tell kind of gal.
What gripes do you have?