The Daydreamer’s Ramblings is a semi-regular feature here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. It ranges from discussion posts to rants to raves. I had originally thought of calling it ‘From the Author’s Perspective’, because I feel that I might have a bit of a unique perspective being both an author and a book blogger. Most authors these days are bloggers, but few are book bloggers, so I thought I might take that perspective and talk about issues that bloggers are concerned with, but from the perspective of an author. I might still do that, but it will fall under the umbrella of The Daydreamer’s Ramblings, rather than having a bunch of different features to confuse you all!
Over the last month or so, I've known at least three book bloggers who have called it quits. I'm sure there are others, but two of the three I know of were blogs I subscribed to, and they gave explanations for their departure from the book blogging world, while the third blogger dropped off the face of the earth and the only reason I knew about it (even though I read her blog fairly regularly) was because I saw friends talking about it on Twitter.
The common reason for these bloggers deciding to stop blogging was the drama that's been going on around the blogosphere lately - bullying, issues with authors (one ass-hat indie author in particular who seemed to make it his mission to make all indie authors look bad, which seriously pisses me off considering I'm an indie author), and the fact that blogging seems to be becoming a popularity contest. This last thing is something that's been bugging me for awhile now, but I think I'll dedicate a separate post to that in the coming weeks.
All three of these bloggers were quite well known and had thousands of combined followers. They all seemed to have contacts in the publishing industry, because they were part of blog tours, received ARCs on a regular basis, etc. With such huge followings, it was a real shock to see them go. It makes me really sad to see things getting so bad that bloggers are giving up. Blogging is supposed to be fun. It's supposed to be a safe place for all of us to come together and share our love of the written word. I've heard countless bloggers say how grateful they are for the blogging community because they don't have friends 'in real life' who are readers. I know that's the case for me personally - I love having a place I can come and talk books since I don't have many friends who are readers, but books are one of my favourite topics of discussion.
But it's getting to the point where it's no longer fun for a lot of people. Bloggers are being harassed, attacked, and bullied by other bloggers, random internet trolls, and authors. How did it come to this? It makes my heart hurt, because I love blogging, I love my blogging friends, and I hate to see that it's getting to the point where bloggers are disappearing because of such nonsense.
Over the past few weeks, I've wondered if the bloggers who quit ever regret their decision, especially if they out-and-out delete their blog rather than just setting it to private. I know how much work I put into my posts - writing them, formatting them, finding or designing graphics, promoting them. I can't imagine throwing it all away. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand why some bloggers choose to do that, and I respect their decision, I just can't imagine it coming to that for me, and I pray that it never does. Blogging has been such an amazing outlet for me - getting to talk about books, make amazing friends, make connections within the author/publishing community. I don't know what I'd do without it.
So my question to you is this: have you ever considered giving up blogging? Why? The bs that's going on lately, or personal reasons? I know some people who take regular breaks from blogging - I think you have to in order to stay sane - but is there anything that would make you shut down your blog, delete all your precious posts, and say goodbye for good? What about those people who have scheduled blog tours, receive ARCs, and have good relationships with publishers? It's not fair to continue accepting ARCs if you no longer blog, right?
So my question to you is this: have you ever considered giving up blogging? Why? The bs that's going on lately, or personal reasons? I know some people who take regular breaks from blogging - I think you have to in order to stay sane - but is there anything that would make you shut down your blog, delete all your precious posts, and say goodbye? What about those people who have scheduled blog tours, receive ARCs, and have good relationships with publishers?
Here's another question for you: if you were to quit blogging, do you feel like you owe your readers an explanation? On the flip side, if one of your favourite bloggers were to stop blogging, do you feel like they should give an explanation?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Have you noticed certain bloggers disappearing? Are you considering joining them? Weigh in below!