I’d like to think we book bloggers are mostly chill creatures, just here to enjoy books and with our pockets full of cake crumbs and magic.
And yet. Haha…oh wow, we can definitely get annoyed. The little dragon part of our souls will unfurl its wings and roast some humans and potatoes alike if anyone insists on being downright annoying. And hey it happens! We bloggers put up with a lot! And we work hard over here, OK?! Don’t be mean, or we’ll tell on you.
So just in case you either (a) want to nod vigorously in companionable agreement over the annoyances we put up with, or (b) you secretly want to know just how to annoy a book blogger yourself because you are eVIL (how dare you) — I am writing a post on:
10 really annoying things that happen to book bloggers
Bless us for surviving this, seriously. Between authors murdering our feels and internet-humans sneezing on us, it’s A WONDER WE’RE ACTUALLY SOMETIMES A LITTLE HIGHLY STRUNG INSTEAD OF CHILL.
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1. WHEN PEOPLE STEAL YOUR HARD BLOGGING WORK.
And pfft to anyone who says “Well it’s the highest form of flattery!” If I made a sandwich and you waltzed up here and ate it, then no. I would not be flattered. I would eat you as revenge because that was my sandwich, you limp lettuce leaf. I made it. I wanted to eat it. You didn’t even ASK. It’s the same as stealing art — except art is a little less edible unless it’s paint and you can eat it if you want to see another dimension.
I’ve had blog posts, pinterest boards, tweets, and photos stolen. I’ve practically got one foot in the grave, one in a seafaring ship, and once I find my tricorn hat and my kraken under my piles of books, REVENGE HERE I COME. *
* Just kidding. Well, not about wanting to wear a tricorn hat. But I am not very much into revenge unless it is the petty kind like I eat your favourite cake in front of you but don’t share.
2. WHEN SOMEONE APPEARS OUT OF THE GLOOM TO EXCLUSIVELY HATE ON YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK.
I like discussions! I like seeing other perspectives, you know that whole “walk in someone else’s shoes”?? That’s a fantastic saying! I love your shoes! I will take them and run away and you will nary ever catch me! Ha ha ha!
But I just can’t when I say “I LOVE THIS” and someone appears to say “WELL YOU’RE SO DUMB THIS IS ALL THE REASONS IT SUCKS.” What does this even achieve except me wanting to sprinkle staples in your hair??? It’s negative and unnecessary. If I’m really raving about a book you hate — DON’T READ MY POST. Stunning idea.
3. WHEN SOMEONE JUST POINTS OUT TYPOS AND NOTHING ELSE.
Okayyy negative Nancy, I’m sure spelling ITS instead of IT’S is going to ruin the whole post. It doesn’t actually! It’s good to spell correctly, but you literally don’t need to stampede out of the snow to juuuuust point out problems. Look I’ll break it down for us so we can differentiate which typos are bad and which are not that big of a deal:
TYPOS THAT WON’T KILL YOU
- it’s vs its
- their vs they’re
- the vs teh
- cait vs cake (it’s the same thing anyway)
TYPOS THAT WILL KILL US ALL PLEASE FIX THEM
- i ate evil = I hate evil (this is important to be clear about ok)
- Legolas vs Legacy
- TBR (to be read) vs TBC (terrifying bear close)
- I’m not buying A Thousand Perfect Notes = I am definitely absolutely totally buying 42 copies of A Thousand Perfect Notes
- “I want to eat cake” vs “I want to eat Cait” (just so I have warning)
SO IS RAISING MY OWN PTERODACTYL SON IN THE BATHUB OBVIOUSLY.
I’m joking. That was me being facetious. Because raising my pterodactyl son in the bathtub is hard and blogging is hard and there is not enough cake for how hard my life is, clearly.
Bloggers work hard! We promote and champion books because we enjoy it, yes, but it doesn’t stop it from actually basically being an unpaid job! We spend HOURS coming up with content and organising things and most of us will spend some money on our blogs at some point. And we squeeze 5 hours of blogging into 15 mins before bed so like, we’re also time-turning wizards too. Take that.
5. WHEN YOU GET OVERLOOKED FOR COOL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NO GOOD REASON??
Or because you’re that terrible terrible thing…ready for it? (TAKE A BREATH).
NOT IN THE USA.
Gasp. How dare you, peasant.
But honestly, it never ceases to boggle me how wildly unpredictable opportunities in the blogging realms are! Like why do I get rejected for 90% of my requests on Edelweiss and Netgalley!? (Despite having a good ratio!) Why do bloggers who WANT the ARCs miss them in favour of bloggers who probably won’t even read that ARC?!? Some bloggers get the Famous interviews. Some don’t. Some get all the follows and pageviews. Some don’t. None of it makes sense??? And then the sun will go and NOT SHINE WHILE I’M TRYING TO TAKE BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS and sheesh I’m done here. I’m crying in my batcave, I’ll get back to you.
6. WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU TO DECLARE YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.
I tend to think if it’s rude to ask it TO MY FACE, don’t ask it online either! Although apparently it’s a bizarre concept!?? It really bothers me when people assume things about others’ finances online. YOU JUST CAN’T KNOW. Online lives are notorious for just displaying the “pretty” side, but only a peahen would assume that it’s the full story. Come onnn.
I particularly hate it when people tell me how rich I am (like, I wish but yet?!?) or ask me to tell them how much I earn for a living and I just??? When about is it your business.
7. WHEN WE DO NOT GET OFFERED ENOUGH CAKE.
There’s literally nothing more to clarify about this. It’s a travesty and skies are falling because of it. Someone ought to bake more. Be ashamed, world, for failing us like this.
8. WHEN OUR REVIEW REQUEST CRITERIA GETS IGNORED.
Just…just read it. Starting off an email with, “Look I know you said you don’t take review requests…BUUUUT!” doesn’t help your case! It just makes me realise you already don’t respect my words!
FUN (NOT) EMAIL EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD
- getting emailed with “hi!” but no name because that was too hard to find
- or better yet, “Dear Paper Fury”…
- it’s not mY naME actually
- (although I would reply if someone called me Nick Fury, let’s be real)
- Being asked to BUY the book to review it.
- Being requested for sequels…how does that even make sense?!
- Emailed about adult books when if you spend 2 seconds on my blog you’ll know I’m a YA blogger
- Being followed up 4+ times…mate, please take a lowkey no from someone who hates confrontation
- being told “Now I know you love [insert book title] which is similar to mine” WHEN I’VE NEVER READ THE BOOK THEY MENTIONED THAT I SUPPOSEDLY LOVE??
- When you end up on mailing lists you NEVER SIGNED UP FOR???????????
9. WHEN OTHER BLOGGERS INVALIDATE OTHERS’ NEEDS.
Just because you don’t care if a series doesn’t match, or if spines aren’t the same height, or if your bookshelf is organised a certain way — dooooesn’t mean IT CAN’T BE VERY IMPORTANT TO OTHERS. This is like the second rule you should’ve learned in preschool. *
Just let people live! Unless they are already part of the undead! Then let people die for goodness sakes!
* The first being, if someone steals your cookies, you level all your 5-year-old anger into declaring a dire and despicable ice war which will last 100 years as they become your arch-nemises. This is how Sherlock and Moriarty did it anyway I guess.
10. WHEN SOMEONE SNARKS THAT BLOGGERS MUST HAVE SUPER PURE™ REASONS FOR BLOGGING.
You know why you should blog? BECAUSE YOU WANT TO. And also (keep calm now this may come as a shock) because it might help you to achieve something you want! Now, much like cleaning the house if you have a toddler, this is a bit of a controversial thing I’m suggesting. But I think it’s perfectly valid to blog for MANY reasons and they don’t have to be selfless! (Also I’m a Slytherin, yes. Hello.)
REASONS YOU CAN START A BLOG
- Because you’d like to receive free books to review! YES! This is a valid reason to blog! I know people say “don’t blog just for free books” and while, yes, you should blog because you enjoy it…but why not also get books?! I love getting books from publishers! I love working with them! And for someone with a smol-book-buying-budget, I need this.
- Because you’re launching a platform for your business! Maybe it’s graphic design, or your publishing a book, or starting a candle-making business or running a book box or an etsy store?! It’s perfectly OK to launch that off your blog. None of this “eh they’re only here to make money”…IT’S A VALID WAY TO MAKE MONEY IF YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK.
Because you want to rule the world.Oh oh…um, sorry wait typo. This is only my reason and you can’t borrow it.
- Because you just want to fangirl over books and make friends! Also a valid reason! You do not have to be writing massive discussion topics or championing a cause or anything! You can simply blog because it’s fun. Zero pressure, you fun octopi.