Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions (Feb. 20, 2012)

Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you're on friendly terms with them?

The basic answer here is "no". I do follow a lot of authors on Twitter and may occasionally reply to one of their tweets but I don't think I have ever had a prolonged conversation with one. I do have a couple of authors I interact with through email but it hasn't affected the way I review their books yet. Generally speaking, I follow and email with them because I really like their work.

And Facebook - I don't follow or friend authors. I don't follow or friend anyone except my fellow game players. I mainly use Facebook to play games. It is really peripheral to my blogging life. I doubt I spend 30 minutes a week on Facebook doing anything other than playing games. I am currently addicted to the slot machine games.

I am actually not a big social networker of any kind. I tend to be quiet and introverted. I blog because it gives me a chance to talk about the books I am reading and the books and authors I like. While I follow a lot of blogs and lots of people follow me, I don't really consider that I have a close relationship with any of them.

Just call me "unfriendly."


  1. Ha! I wouldn't say unfriendly :) I feel like you have to set some limits or trying to keep up with all of the social media outlets can just take over your life! I follow some authors on Twitter, but I won't tweet my reviews to them unless I really, really liked their book.

  2. LOL - I don't really worry about the casual tweet with an author. It may seem like your friends but your not.
    Most people don't believe me but I mostly socialize online because of the blog but I'm otherwise a loner so I think I'm unfriendly too :-)

  3. thats good that you can not follow all those authors :)

  4. I agree with you on facebook and that ilk, but I have found that posting reviews on Goodreads has gained me some new readers. It has been worth the extra effort to post reviews there as well.


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