It's true, we are. We put so much time and effort and mental energy into our blogs. We don't get paid, but we're helping to sell books with every fangirl-y, gush-y word we type.
Why is that such a bad thing?
When I fall head over heels for a book, not only do I just want everyone else on the entire planet to experience that book, but I also want to support the author and publishing team that allowed me to experience that book.
Yeah, I'm helping sales by influencing others to purchase a book. No, I'm not receiving monetary compensation, but I don't need it. I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice (because if I could get money for breathing or eating or sleeping, I definitely would), I'm just saying that I'm perfectly content to work this hard without being rewarded by money.
I'm rewarded by so many other things. I know that's cheesy, but it's the 100% truth. I get rewarded by the amazing book I read and all the characters that I've undoubtedly become far too invested in, and I get rewarded by being a part of an endlessly fantastic community. Sometimes an author tweets me and that is like my dad buying me all of One Direction on Christmas. And, of course, I won't overlook the fact that I occasionally have the opportunity to read a book before its release or a publisher sends me a book for review. My point is, book blogging is incredible, and there are so many not-money perks that come along with it. So what if publishers are exploiting our hobby for money? It doesn't really make any difference in our blogging, does it?
As book lovers, many of us have claimed that reading has changed us for the better, that book blogging has changed us for the better. That being said, I figured we'd all be eager to help the publishers, as they are one of the major reasons we have the books that changed us (or, for me, saved us).
Maybe I just misunderstood what people meant. That's honestly very, VERY possible. So if I did, I'd love some clarity on the subject. Why is being the publishers' promotional tools such a negative thing?
Also, if you are one of the people upset by that aspect of this community, I encourage you to forget about any pressures from publishers, authors, and/or other bloggers. As I mentioned above, book blogging is a hobby. It should be fun! Blog for yourself. Blog in a way that you enjoy, that makes you happy! I know it's easier said than done, but baby steps will take you there!
How do you feel about this whole topic? Let's discuss!