After a conversation with several authors; the most recent with Colin Mulhern at his Foyles book event and Strange Chemistry having highlighted to me that is Blogger Appreciation Week I thought I'd write this post now while it's fresh in my mind. Like the title suggests it's not an easy question for me as a blogger to answer. On the one hand I could say 'Nope; we bloggers are hard working and do it all for free and give up loads and get very little respect for it' but that would be a lie.
|Some of us blogger folk at an event hosted by Atom|
I give up my time and write reviews and posts but I get a lot back. I get free books (a HUGE privilege and one I'm always grateful for), I get to talk to authors and publishers in a way I wouldn't normally be able to, I've made an extended family with bloggers who honestly care about each other and not just their blogs and I've gone out and done things I never thought I would. As for being valued I feel it an honour at the smallest nod I get from my first acknowledgement (thanks to the lovely Keris Stainton for that) and my first review quote in print (Thanks to Stripes Publishing and Andy Robb for that) both happening this year I feel like I get noticed.
|Me at the Geekhood Book launch: Where else can I dress as an X Men and get my photo taken with a book?!|
I have no clue if people read my reviews and come back time and time again for my point of view. I write reviews and post for me when it comes down to it. I write like I'd be talking to a mate and give you my opinion the best way I can. It's not always graceful and can sometimes be gushy and sweary but it's ME.
On the flip side I do sometimes think that bloggers could be seen as free publicity and nothing more. We are but we are also people that work very hard. If i'm honest i'm quite a lazy blogger compared to some and when you hear some stories and rumours about badly behaved people that make bloggers feel small and worthless I can only look to the floor and shake my head in despair. Thankfully the majority of publishers, authors and agents i've been lucky enough to meet are HUGELY supportive of the UK bloggers and we love them for it. We get treated like equals and I've had the weird experience on some occasions when I've been praised by these lovely people, online and in public, and it never ceases to shock and amaze me.
So: Do I feel Valued?
I feel like I'm viewed as an important part of the publishing industry, that I provide a place where I'm honest but fair and that I've been invited to be part of a creative world I am forever thankful for and can only do my best to act humble when people say nice things about my blog.
I also feel hungry and sleepy a lot of the time so free cake and biscuits brought to me in bed would make me feel even MORE valued *hint hint*