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There’s been a fair amount of discussion about positivity in the book blogging community lately and it’s got me thinking about a couple of things. The first is that while I started the blog in 2011, I apparently haven’t been paying enough attention to the YA book blogging world to notice this shift others are seeing. I’ve always found that I straddle YA book blogging and SFF book blogging (there isn’t really Adult book blogging as far as I can tell), so I’m okay missing trends like this in either community since they kind of blur in my mind. However, the other thing I’ve been thinking about is how I go about making my own decisions about what to post here, what to say on Twitter, what to post to Instagram, what to say in a comment, etc.

My golden rule: I ask myself if what I’m about to do has usefulness to the members of the community I’m trying to build. 

Sure if I’m super excited about something, I don’t really agonize over running down a checklist, I just do the thing I’m excited to do. However, whenever I’m unsure because I could really go either way or because I have some second thought for some reason, I mentally ask myself questions along these lines:

  • Does it provide useful information to my readers or just clutter?
  • Might it brighten someone else’s day or dampen it?
  • Does it build my brand in the way I want or do I not want it associated with all the hard work I do?

Here are some of the ways these conversations in my head have gone lately (and this is of course for me personally, not telling anyone else what to do):

  • Book hauls – I’ve decided to stop posting book hauls here on the blog for a while. I found them to be more work and not much fun for me anymore and I am honestly starting to question the use of them much at all. I’ve started skipping them completely on other blogs because they only cause jealousy and overspending for me. So if that’s the feeling I was getting from seeing others book hauls, why would I want to post them here and potentially make other people feel that way? I also have taken this approach with Instagram lately where I feel little desire to post pictures of every new ARC I get my hands on or take lots of pictures of highly coveted ARCs since it just seems a good way of causing more jealousy in our community without any happy feelings for me.
  • NetGalley 80% badge – I noticed the other day that NetGalley is getting on the badge bandwagon and has a badge for being above 80% on your feedback-to-approval rating along with one for being a reviewer. I really love badges (it’s the gamer in me!) so at first I was tempted by the pretty. And then I realized it doesn’t matter much to me and it might make someone else stress that their own rating isn’t as high as they want it, so I decided not to put it on the blog.
  • Promo posts – I have been pretty against most promo posts from the outset here since I’ve never seen their usefulness. I’ve posted a cover reveal or two for smaller indie books because I genuinely think my readers would enjoy them and haven’t heard of them yet. But if I think most of you already know about a book because it is all over the blogging world, I don’t feel like posting about it until I have something unique to say such as my opinion after reading it.

Basically, if it doesn’t add anything positive and might have a negative, I don’t do it. If I was really excited about it, sure. But if I don’t really care one way or the other, why chance bringing down someone else?

Of course the flip side to this is not letting yourself start to overanalyze every little thing you do, but if you are generally only posting things that you are really excited about, that seems like a safe bet! And of course if there is something that I do that does have a negative impact on your life, I honestly want to hear about it so I don’t continue doing it in quite that way. There is almost certainly a middle ground between not doing something I find enjoyable and doing it in a way that hurts others after all! Moderation is key I suspect ;-).

Update: I feel the need to include a brief addendum since it seems from some comments that some of my meaning wasn’t clear. Some seem to have concluded that I shouldn’t approve of negative reviews by this same logic since I am trying to please everyone. That is not my meaning at all because I am asking if a post is useful to my community; negative reviews are very useful and I strongly believe in telling my friends when I don’t think they’d like a book. My aim is not to please everyone, my aim is to make sure that what I am posting does more good than harm, and honest information is a very good thing.

So what do you think? Could this be a way of moving our community towards a more positive focus?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

 

 

 

 

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  1. Great post! I’m glad to hear you’re figuring out what works for you. I’m still in a trial and error with a lot of things. For book hauls I tend to enjoy them for somethings like stacking the shelves. I use those to find new books coming out from authors I love or just a title I hadn’t heard of yet that I end up adding to my wishlist.

    I’m with you on the promo posts. I did one a month or so ago and didn’t really like it. With the way I blog, it felt more like clutter to me. So I doubt I’ll do another one.
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  2. I think that is a great policy. I agree with you about trying to post what will do more good than harm. As for me, I usually try and post reviews–positive and negative as I find them helpful–and just be myself. I try not to post too much about books others might want to read or brag about goals I’ve met so as not to make others feel bad as I know I feel. I don’t mind people posting they got arcs, but it’s the WAY they do it–if it’s braggy I mind.

    • Exactly! It’s all about tone and how frequently someone posts pictures of a book. I just don’t see the point of posting five pictures of the same hot ARC

  3. Great post! I try to be positive and I tend to be blissfully unaware of negativity anyway. Always have been that way :) I can see the badge attraction – the gamer in me wants it. The blogger obsessed with keeping my sidebar clutter free doesn’t lol. I hadn’t thought about the book hauls creating jealousy, but I don’t ever get much so I guess there’s little harm in my sharing :) it doesn’t bother me at all to see others getting tons of books either. I’m jealous in the “how cool” way or “ooh, wonder if I can get that”, not “why not me?” way. Love this post :)
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    • Hehe, yeah smaller posts don’t have quite the same tone as a post with piles of ARCs ya know? Thanks!

  4. I stopped doing a book haul post/weekly recap last year and replaced it with my own feature. I found doing the post tedious and it wasn’t generating traffic to my other posts. It gave me the opportunity to promote other bloggers via social media (tweets and FB posts) throughout the week rather than waiting until a certain day to share what I found interesting on the web that week.

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  5. I think that it’s great that you’re figuring out what works for you and makes you happy and going with it! I personally, stopped doing promo posts completely for a little while, and now went back to doing one every once in a while for a book that looks really good to me (every couple of weeks or so). I don’t want them to overwhelm my blog, but I don’t mind them now and again because I definitely have some readers who want the chance to win these books – so if I see a book that looks great to me, I’m okay with giving my readers a chance to win it!

    As far as book hauls go, I actually don’t get tons of books, but I do usually include a list of the books I got that week in my Sunday Post. I figure it’s a little extra promo for those books. If I had piles and piles of them, I’d feel like it was bragging, but it’s usually just a couple, so I guess I never really thought of it that way. I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude with which it’s presented. :-)

    Sounds like you have a good system that’s working for you!!
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    • Yeah, I do definitely still include sponsored giveaways when I think that my readers would like the book since everyone loves a giveaway!

      Definitely it all has to do with attitude, and honestly I do think that volume factors into it too. If a blogger is posting a picture of doubles of an ARC everyone wants, that’s kind of hard for me to smile about

  6. I think your way of thinking is very positive, and very helpful. I post based on what I like to see (although I should do more discussion posts), and so I have mostly reviews, with a few author interviews/cover reveals for books that I’m excited about.

    I do have hauls in my weekly reviews, but I definitely focus more on mini-reviews of the books I finished that week. I’m not sure if anyone really cares about them, but I find coming up with a one or two sentence opinion about them when I first finish really helps cements my thoughts in my head for when I actually get around to writing my review, which is sadly often much later.
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    • Very much agreed, I try to always post things that I think I would like to read myself.

      I totally do that with reviews as well, just on a post-it note and a couple sentences on Goodreads instead haha

  7. I think your intentions are pretty clear and I think they are really thoughtful. Ultimately you do stroll do what you want but you also try to take other people’s feelings into consideration and the adding of useful content to the community. I think this was such a great discussion topic and loved seeing ask the different reactions and opinions in the comments. I personally still love book haul posts because it’s how I find out about books I might not otherwise because I’m not as diligent at finding upcoming books as some other bloggers. But there is times when it gets excessive but thankfully I’ve only noticed that excess on social media sites like Twitter and instagram.
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  8. I really enjoyed this post. I think it sums up greatly what we all should be doing to enhance this community. We don’t want tos top being ourselves, but we do need to assess if the things we say and talk about in our posts are really useful in any way.

    • Thanks! That’s it exactly, be yourself but hopefully that entails being empathic and considerate as well!

  9. I guess it all depends on the reader as to what “adds value.”

    I skip right past book haul posts but I am aware that some people love them as a “discovery” tool. I don’t need to make any more new discoveries! But that is me.

    Promo posts I do do on occasion. I offer polite indie authors, if I think the premise is interesting, a spotlight of their book. Besides, I feel horrible telling struggling authors that I won’t review them. And I still don’t review the book, but to assuage my guilt I offer to do a promo; blurb, cover, excerpt, website, author info, interview ect… (if they want and if life lets me find the time.)

    I don’t know if anybody actually reads those posts but I hope they do, and I hope that the budding author gets a review or a sale out of it. Seems like the least I can do, even if they didn’t actually take the time to READ my review policy, lol.
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    • Oh definitely, I’m just trying to put words to this nebulous idea in my head ;-). I’m with you on the not needing more discoveries boat!

      Haha you have much more patience than I do for authors not reading my review policy! Or reading it and stating that they are ignoring it, sigh

  10. I feel the same way about Waiting on Wednesday. So many people already knew about the books I featured, so I found it so….repetitive.

    Anyways, I hope that you still blog for you. I like that you think about your readers, but I understand that there is a balance between what you want to do, and your content.

    • Exactly! I like the idea of showcasing books that you haven’t seen featured everywhere, but haven’t put that into practice yet, haha.

      For sure! Like I said, if I’m super excited about something, I don’t worry about it, it’s only when I’m on the fence ;-)

  11. I’m somewhere in between YA and SFF-Thriller and have missed all the drama. It probably helps that all the bloggers that I follow and read are civil and mature people and that I’m not on Instagram. I never got the impression that book hauls were showing off. Maybe they are, but not in a negative “Look what I got and you didn’t” way. I see them more as sharing the joy, the same way that people tell their friends what they got for Christmas.

    The general rules that I follow when I post something online (whether blog or any social network or forum) are: Would I mind if a future employer saw it? And: Would my grandmother approve of the tone? Both rules work well in any situation, but even better online, where there’s time to change things before posting.

    I love collecting badges too, which is why I love Literally, and I use NetGalley’s 80 % badge as a helpful reminder that if I’m in danger of losing it, it’s time to stop requesting books until I’ve finished a few. It works really well, because it stops me from having too many deadlines, which is something that I find very stressful. I don’t think that putting that badge on your blog will add to someone’s stress. Not more than the number of books they have for review will.

    I think the only way to move the community to a more positive focus would be to get people to understand that they won’t get everything they want. It can be applied to ARCs, but also to every single aspect of life. It seems to me that this is a big part of the problem. There’s a huge difference between wanting something and getting into a lot of drama because of it.
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    • I definitely agree that most people seem to just be sharing the excitement, but there have been times that it’s gotten definitely into the showing off category (generally with the same hot ARC pictured a bunch) and just spoils it all for me personally.

      Yes, love Literally’s badges so much! I’m glad the badge on NetGalley helps you.

      That is definitely something that everyone needs to work on, though it seems like it’s a two way street where the people who have something need to be considerate and the people who don’t have it need to remember that they can always buy it later.

  12. I’m not sure I have anything new or original to say but when has that ever stopped me:0). I agree with all your points. While sometimes I feel a little alienated and not apart of any community because I’m not a terribly focused reader genre-wise and I read a lot of backlist; I am glad when it means I have completely missed all the negativity and drama. My only exposure to it has been posts like this hat refer to it. I can’t imagine being competitive or nasty with fellow book blogger – if they post things I don’t like I just stop following them. I am also in the camp of not getting much useful out of book haul posts though I can see how others might. I’m already pretty overwhelmed by my TBR and figure any real stars will bubble up with lots of reviews. Finally, while I like ARCs, they also give me some anxiety because I don’t like being obligated to read a certain thing at a certain time so seeing someone with a big pile of ARCs just stresses me out for them though I’m glad it makes them happy! Nice post and yay for positivity and thoughtful posting!
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    • We always want to hear from you! EXACTLY! I only want to hear about a book if a blogger has read and loved it, since then I know that it might be worth adding to the TBR, otherwise I just end up with a bunch of possibly unenjoyable books cloggy things up D:

  13. I think you are right about the book hauls and book promo posts. I don’t read those often (on anyone’s blog) and just skip over them. I do like looking at book hauls from conventions or other bookish events, but such photos often come with the bloggers commentary on the event. So those are fun and informative and have a more personal air to them.

    • Yeah, highlights from a convention are always fun and showcase books to keep an eye out for, though sometimes I get overwhelmed when it’s just pictures of stacks and stacks of books D:

  14. This is an interesting post; someone should show it to all of those people who post on twitter, “I woke up!” “I ate cereal!” “I brushed my teeth!” “I pooped!” etc.

    I don’t really see the point of book haul posts either. They don’t provide any information about the book, just a summary of what some blogger bought that week. Not to be rude, (after all, the theme is positivity) but I honestly have better things to do with my time than read about what books someone bought.

    I don’t know what the badges are (or net galley, for that matter), so while I have a muddled idea that maybe the purpose of the approval ratings thing is to show if someone is being helpful or not, it’s probably best to ignore me because I don’t know at all what I’m talking about. And I definitely don’t know anything about the politics of book promotion,but I personally prefer when authors just reveal their own covers on their own blogs. Why is it that book blogs do the reveals for them? It gets confusing.
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    • Haha, so true!

      I think that some people started or only do book hauls for books they received for review and then some only do books bought and I know I used to do both, but yeah, I mostly want to read what people think of the book, not just a picture of it!

  15. Nice post. I really don’t get the whole posting NetGalley badges of any type on my blog, so I don’t. I just don’t see that as something of interest to my readers. Personally, I like seeing everyone’s book haul posts because they help keep me up to date on both what is coming out, and also what ARCs are available as well. Sometimes its the first I’ve heard of a book, and sometimes its a realization that I can try to request the ARC for something I’ve been waiting for. But definitely only do what works for you on your blog. That’s what’s great about it, you have total control and get to post what you enjoy posting :)
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    • Thanks! Yeah, I used to use book hauls for that exact thing, and then realized I was drowning in books to read so I don’t really want to add everything new to my list, haha.

  16. Great post, Anya! It’s a really interesting situation, and to be honest, as someone on the very fringes who barely ever reviews YA and really doesn’t keep up with new releases, I’ve always found the whole competition element a bit strange…
    I’m lucky to mostly follow book blogs that have no obvious denomination and where the focus is on whatever book you recently read simply because it interested you, and not because you got it for promotional purposes. In fact, I don’t really understand the whole hype concerning ARCs – I mean, just because someone reads a book a few weeks before you, it doesn’t mean that the book will be any less good when it becomes your turn to read it :)

    As a relatively new book blogger, I did try to see what the whole ARC thing was about, and got a bunch of books from Netgalley. Now I very much regret it, and feel more obliged to read particular books rather than whatever I want to read at the time – and I’ve decided to read the books I’ve already received, but then I’m not going to request any other books. There are simply too many amazing books that are already on my shelves or in the library for me to care about reading something just because it’s new and free when I have no idea whether I might like it or not!

    Anyway, I hope my rambling makes some sense – essentially, for me, reading book blogs is about getting inspiration for books I might want to read, and that has nothing to do with when that book was published or whether the blogger got it for free. In fact, there’s a good chance I would me a lot more interested in getting an older book that someone loved :)

    • Thanks! Yeah, I’m really tired of the competitive atmosphere in some corners of the community since you’re exactly right, ARCs seem to have become a status thing instead of just being excited to read the darn book.

      It’s really great that you’ve found that place of wanting to read the books on your shelf since it definitely took me much longer to realize that very obvious thing, ha! And now I have to dig myself out of the obligations I agreed to…

      I’m so glad to hear that though since it makes it easier for me to not worry about posting about the latest books and instead read older ones if they look good :D

  17. I love the idea of trying to promote more positivity in the book blogosphere. LOL I wasn’t even aware that there was a 80% badge. I used to be above 80% but I recently snagged a few so I’m like 70 something at the moment I think. I do like STS posts, but I can definitely see why one would not like reading them.

    Great post, Anya! <33
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    • Thanks! Haha, yeah, I saw it pop up in my new NetGalley dashboard (btw kinda hate the new dashboard, gah!) and was like, huh, cool I guess? I think it even says to share it with friends on social media and I’m all, hmm, no thanks ;-)

  18. I really like your take on how to build positivity. I think I started out as more of a YA book blogger but now my reading tastes have shifted to be more firmly SFF, and I missed that trend in the YA community as well. I see a lot of ARC pictures on instagram, and yes, sometimes I’m disappointed that I don’t have one, but mostly it just makes me excited for when the book is out and I can read it for myself :) It shouldn’t be entirely on you to make us readers think positively – we ought to be able to see the bright side too!
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    • Yey, SFF bubble is the best! Haha, I’m definitely speaking as a reader as well as a blogger here in that I get sad seeing pictures on Instagram of books I thought I had a chance of getting but didn’t ya know?

  19. I agree with everything you’ve said! I think it basically depends on the opinion of the poster on what to post or not (since it is their blog) and what they think is negative and positive (not talking about reviews, just in general). I personally like reading book hauls and STSs, because then I know what books I should look forward to buying or what people really liked reading. (I think TTTs are really good at this as well). But yeah, I think jealousy is a big problem in the book blogging community, but I don’t know how to stop that. Sadly our community is half competition :P

    But good post! And yes negative reviews are really helpful. they help me decide if I should or shouldn’t read a book (and they’re entertaining….but I DIDN’T SAY THAT)
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    • For sure! I guess I don’t find that utility in book haul posts since people rarely discuss their thoughts about the books since they haven’t read them yet ya know? So I’d just much rather read their reviews and skip the picture of a tower of books, haha. TTTs are great though for highlighting books that I might have missed or something :D I guess I’d like to figure out how to make it not about the competition ya know?

  20. I think you’re right: it’s good to stop and think before we post anything online. My standard usually involves some element of: how will this look to a future employer. ;) More importantly, I think that whatever we post, positive or negative, the biggest thing is to remain civil and courteous and honest. Treat others as you want to be treated and all that. :)
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    • Haha that’s a very good way to go too! I’m pretty sure that any future employer that didn’t like my blog posts I wouldn’t want to work for anyway, so that’s a good place to be.

      Yup, completely agreed, and that’s basically exactly what I’m aiming for :D

  21. Here here! I’ve never been partial to the book haul posts, and I really do always skip over them because I try really hard to avoid buying new books. Great post; you bring up some very good points about things to keep in mind when we’re leaving comments or deciding on what to post :)
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  22. You are of course free to do what you want on your own blog, and I absolutely take your point regarding book haul posts and promotions. But maybe it’s because I don’t read as much YA as you and am very clueless about the “hot” YA books, but I actually find those book haul features and promo posts that you used to do very helpful! Other people’s book hauls and cover reveals etc. are sometimes the only way I find out about interesting YA! :D

    Also, maybe the very fact that I don’t know that much about a lot of upcoming books in the first place, I don’t ever really feel jealousy. But I know it happens. I understand YA in particular is a very competitive area, and it just seems to me discussions of “ARC envy” all seem to be over YA titles because the ARCs for them tend to be so limited but so highly sought after (I admit it kinda makes me relieved I’m not a YA blogger, I don’t think I can take the stress!)

    In the end, I agree with Tammy – if you’re afraid of offending people or making people feel bad, by that logic you shouldn’t be writing negative reviews or joining reading challenges, or blog at all really, because there’s no guarantee that someone somewhere won’t get upset over anything you post. I think as long as your own attitude is positive, professional and civil, it’s fine whatever you decide to post. If someone wants to post book haul post because they are genuinely excited about the books they received, or they want to thank the publisher, I see no problem with that. On the other hand, if the blogger is clearing doing it to show off a highly coveted ARC or rub other people’s faces in it (posting a pic of an ARC repeatedly to instagram, etc) that’s just obnoxious. That’s the difference between the positive vs. the negative.

    And finally, regarding promos, I have no problem promoting a book I personally adored. In fact, I love doing it! On the other hand, I just can’t seem to bring myself to promote or even offer a giveaway of a book I didn’t enjoy. If I didn’t like it, it just doesn’t feel right endorsing it.

    • My own addendum to the addendum you added: if your intention is to post “useful” content, for what it’s worth, I actually do find book haul posts useful and promo posts as well! :) You said that “if I think most of you already know about a book because it is all over the blogging world”…well, as I alluded to above, sometimes it’s not as everywhere as you think. I’m pretty clueless!

    • That’s really good to know! Perhaps I can find a balance that makes me happy and still provides that information. I’ll think on it ;-)

      But yeah as I added in the addendum and I see you commented again, my focus is usefulness, not never offending anyone since I definitely know that’s impossible!

      And honestly I have been seeing that behavior on instagram and been unfollowing some people specifically because of it and it makes me sad :(

      • Yeah I do hope you find a balance, because sharing your joy at receiving a book you are really excited about shouldn’t make you feel bad! And I see most of book blogging as a form of promo anyway, simply in different degrees. The thing is, an endorsement from your usual every day blogger means a lot more to me than the same message from a company or a retailer. Some people would say promo posts, whether it’s a cover reveal or something else, is free advertising, and that’s fair – but in my eyes, seeing a blogger’s excitement about a book just strikes me as more personal than just any soulless ad. Like I said, it’s one of the helpful ways I learn of new books, and I definitely listen more when I see it come from a blogger I know and trust

        Anyway, I don’t spend a lot of time on instagram, and luckily I haven’t seen a lot of that behavior first hand – but hearing about it still makes me shake my head. Flooding the feed with pictures of the same book over and over is just another form of spam, really. I’ve unfollowed people for less annoying behaviors.

        • Like I say in the beginning, if I’m really excited about something, I don’t agonize about it ;-). I just find it more useful to read the book and review it instead of posting pictures of a bunch of books I haven’t read yet I guess, haha.

          Yeah, there is definitely an aspect of promo in everything we do, though I agree that I am more interested in the posts where a blogger gives their impressions instead of just posting what a company gave them to post. I guess I only consider the latter promo spam. If a blogger has no real opinion beyond being excited a company wants them to do something, I’m not interested D:

  23. I think this is a great way to measure what to post or say in a comment.
    I stopped doing book hauls for the same reasons as you did.
    And wow 80% NetGalley badge. I AM jealous. :D But I do agree badges just add clutter to the sidebar and are not very useful.
    As for promo posts, they annoy me on other websites so I do not do them on mine either.

    We could talk and talk about how to move a community in a positive direction, but there will always be people who would like to complain and do drama. That’s just the way we are. :/
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    • I’m glad I’m not crazy about the book haul thing, ha!

      At least their badges are pretty, haha. Oh yeah, there will always be those people, but it’d be nice if as a community we made it clear that we don’t approve of that behavior, like if the majority doesn’t engage and leaves the crazies to their drama, ya know?

  24. I’ve never perceived peoples actions as ‘negativity’ but I will admit that I skip over book haul posts because as a broke chick with no ARC savy, I have no desire to see other’s showing off. Because that’s what it is. Showing off.

  25. I think keeping things positive is a great idea, but honestly life is made up of positive and negative stuff, and I wouldn’t want book blogging to be any different. If you’re worried about offending people, then you should never write negative reviews or join challenges (I get jealous every year when people post how many hundreds of books they read in a year!) You can’t please everyone no matter how positive you are. I personally love doing book haul posts, not to make people jealous but because it’s a written visual reference of what I need to read. I also like to tweet about new books because it’s a quick way to thank publicists and authors. But I definitely agree with you about promo posts. I never do them and I never read them-unless it’s a cover reveal for a book I’m excited about. Wow great discussion post, Anya! Clearly I had a lot to say:-D
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    • It’s not so much that I’m worried about offending people. I find negative reviews a useful thing because it provides valuable information and as long as that information is honest and not cruel, I find the benefits outweigh any potential hurt feelings though I’d like to avoid those too. It’s just when something like a promo post isn’t going to be useful to anyone really ;-)

  26. Interesting thoughts.
    I have never done a book haul post, though I do occasionally post pics to twitter. Never really saw them as a jealousy thing and in many cases they are the first I hear of a book I may really like.

    I don’t do badges for a different reason, I am not here to provide free advertising. I can’t for the life of me think of anything a NetGalley badge adds to the reading experience of my blog. So I don’t.

    Agree with your last post. I have no interest in cover reveals so they get skipped right out. I also was a bit miffed when audible contacted me after a review was live asking me to drop a sound sample–again back to the free advertising thing.
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    • Agh the audible thing annoyed me as well, I deleted that email quite happily, haha! But that’s exactly it, if those things aren’t valuable to your readers, why bother?

  27. I think it’s so important to stick with the content that you’re excited about for sure. I still love haul posts because it allows me to add books to my wish-list that I might never have heard of. I also love to see pics of books. If seeing those posts or Instagram pics brings you down it is best to avoid them for sure. Thanks for sharing

    • I think some of this is from me being overwhelmed with the number of books I want to read already and don’t want to add more to the lists, haha!

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