If you are a person who tells people around you in your real life that you a book blogger, then I bet you’ve been met with some responses that ..well…..let’s put this politely….don’t amuse you.
So I’m putting together a list of phrases that you should NEVER EVER say to a book blogger. Although more than likely if you are reading this, then you are a book blogger, in which case this is redundant. But maybe you could discretely slip it somewhere that a loose tongued culprit will find it!
Phrases to never say to a Book Blogger!
- You look ridiculous with book washi tape over your mouth!
Well now, that’s just mean! I believe in suffering for my art 😀
- How much money do you make from blogging *cue hysterical laughing*
How much money does your hobby make you? Most hobbies (sadly) don’t generate an income.
- Where do you get the time to read all those books and spend all that time blogging about them?
Last time I looked I had 24 hours in every day the same as everyone else. I choose to spend some of those hours reading and some of them blogging.
- Why would you do that?
Well why not, I like it. Isn’t that reason enough?
- Why don’t you write your own book?
I like reading books and I enjoy analysing them. It doesn’t mean I have the skills or desire to write a book.
- What qualifies you to criticise a book?
I have an opinion. It’s not necessarily one everyone will agree with but it’s mine and I own it!
- Do you just blog for free books?
If I did, that wouldn’t sustain me for very long. I do get books and love that I get to deal with publishers and authors but blogging is about a lot more than ‘free’ books for me. Which by the way aren’t really free if you take into account the time it takes to read them, write a review, schedule it and then promote on social media.
- Do you just pretend to like all the books?
Nope, look in my archive. There is every rating from DNF to 5 stars. And seriously, why would I even want to do that. I review to give my opinion, what would be the point in sugar coating it.
- What book do you recommend?
Actually this one probably shouldn’t stump me but it does! Unless I know something about you and your reading taste, how can I possibly answer that.
- Why don’t you blog about something more important than books?
Books. Are. Important. But anyway, whatever, I don’t think we are destined to be friends!
Phew! Feels good to get all that off my chest. But if you are wondering what the best thing to say to a blogger is, it’s simple. Just ask for their website address and let them know if you read any books they recommend.
Talk to Trish: Have you had any of these questions and how do you respond? Do you tell people you are a blogger (if you are one!) or is it a secret?