Right now, I'm feeling excited about being part of the Blogger panel at YALC and getting to represent the bloggers and UKYABA. About five minutes before I'm about to go on, I'll be having a panic attack but I'll still be going up in front of everyone and giving the best advice I can and answering all the questions possible. No matter how scared I might be, I know I'll be doing it for important reasons.
I don't want to make this event seem like some big, climatic moment from a movie blockbuster where I'll stand up and scream “I AM SPARTACUS!” to a very confused audience but, in some ways, it feels like it. I've been blogging for over five years and in that time I've seen MASSIVE changes to the blogging community and how we interact with publishers and authors. The game has changed and yet we remain the same; we are book lovers that want to carve out a space on the interweb to gush about literature. This invite to be part of YALC is a big deal because, in my mind, it's another example of how the industry is taking us seriously as reviewers, a marketing outlet and human beings.
The UKYA Blogger Awards were a massive deal because they said to us that the industry thinks we're important enough to celebrate. I was honoured to win one of those awards but I think the next step is ours. Bloggers have always, privately and publicly, stated how they want to be looked at as more than just a marketing tool to be abused - so now is our time to prove it. We can't expect all the work to be from the other side. We have to show we can kick arse and that we are important enough to invest in.
The YALC panel will give us six the time to sit on a stage and gab about blogging but it's also a chance to show everyone that the blogging community isn't just about Twitter, book hauls and Youtube. It's bigger than that and, with the help of things like UKYABA, we can do BIG things. This could lead onto to more things for bloggers; HUGE things.
For my birthday, I was given a gift with a great quote on it and it seems fitting for this post:
“She believed she could so she did.”
If we believe, then we can do this. We can make a difference.
*cue fireworks, climatic music, cheering crowds, air fist pumps and such*
|Photo is missing the lovely Lucy P but hopefully we can recreate this image with her in!!!|
See Andrew (PewterWolf), Michelle (Tales of Yesterday) and myself (Sisterspooky) on Sunday 19th at the YALC between 12.30 - 1.15 pm talking about "Book Blogging for Beginners"