This is more for my fellow bloggers than blog readers.
I have seen that every other “popular” blogger is starting up a blog tour company. That’s great for them, if there’s a market for it. But as a blogger who HOSTS these tour stops, I have to say I have been extremely bothered by the idea that I have to be CHOSEN to be on the tours I sign up for. I’m very organized with the way I add blog stops
to my calendar. When I sign up for a tour, I immediately add that to the calendar on the date I chose, so as not to double book. But it is extremely irritating when I block off a date, then learn I wasn’t CHOSEN to host on that tour. It means I had to turn down other tours I could have been on, because I didn’t want to make myself too busy. It also makes me feel like I’m not good enough as a blogger, and that I’m not part of the “popular clique” which seems to only choose their bloggy friends to host.
I have been blogging for over a year, and NEVER missed a scheduled tour stop or a deadline for reviewing a book. Though, it seems most book blogs gain a lot of their followers through giveaways, I’d rather my blog stand for promoting books rather than giving them away.
I understand that authors want their books to get the most exposure possible, but there has to be a better way to do things. Just my thoughts for the day.