Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Do you have blog commitment issues?
So this question developed from a post I read by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup. She had this great post – How I Blog – and she talked about how she schedules posts that have a specific day commitment. And I realized, I have blog commitment issues. I called it a phobia in my comment to her, but now I realize, it’s straight up ISSUES!
Once upon a time, when I was a new blogger, I saw people doing blog tours and I thought, “Wow! How cool! I want to do that! I wonder if I could get accepted?” and I got put on all these lists and started signing up for tours and – what do you know?! I got accepted! And then the pressure began. I literally was staying up all night to get a book read and reviewed by the deadline for my post. While in grad school, when I needed to be sleeping or working or homework. Talk about stress! Now, don’t get me wrong, I discovered some great books through tours – one of my favorite authors I discovered through a tour and her book was one of those all-nighters! But the stress turned me off to tours.
And then the awful moment you don’t like a book you’re supposed to review for a tour? Oh man that sucks… because you’ve committed! You’ve told a tour company, who’s promised an author that there’s going to be a certain amount of publicity for their book on that day. And just because I didn’t love the book doesn’t mean I want to hurt the author’s sales and to think that they probably put some serious money into this publicity. And you know that the little spotlight post is going to do no good in comparison to the good review they were counting on and worse yet, it feels phony to post about a book that you didn’t like just because you committed to a tour.
So yeah… the tour commitment stresses me out.
But you can commit to just review books these days by a certain date, not ON a certain date. I think this seems better, but is deceptively worse. Because I get to thinking I have all this time. And then all of a sudden, I don’t. And because I don’t feel an obligation to post on a certain day, I never go through that stressed out reading… and instead, totally fail on my commitment. And every time I see the book waiting to be read I hear this voice in my head “you totally let that author down. What a cheat you are! You should never have accepted that book!” If that doesn’t give you a commitment complex, IDK what will.
So now I’m a this place where I’m technically not accepting books for review. Except I totally still get review books from authors I love (I will read them so fast no commitment necessary), the publishers that send me lists and I request them (they don’t care when I review, it seems as long as I eventually send review links), and every now and then that author that totally disregards my statement that I’m not accepting reviews and sends me an email. And I read it and think, “wow, I might really like that.” But when I respond and accept the book my email usually looks something like this:
Thanks for your email. I’m actually not technically accepting books for review right now, because I have more than I can keep up with at the moment. However, your book sounds really interesting and I think I would enjoy it. So if you want to send it, you can. But, I must warn you that I make no promises about when I will actually read it. It could be next week, next month, next year, next decade I’m sorry, I can’t promise more. My feelings will not be hurt at all if you decide not to send the book without a promise of a review in the near future.
Amazingly, I have not had one author that received that email NOT email me their book. Which shocks me, but at least I’m commitment free. Because seriously, I can’t handle it. I have blog commitment issues!
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