BOOK BLOGGER NEW YEAR’S CHALLENGE – Day 7
We are pushing deeper and deeper into 2016! Now on day seven, we are still looking back to 2015 and this time discussing the issues that came up. Today, join us in discussing the biggest pet peeves in blogging.
Challenge Deets: The Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge will begin on January 1st and run 14 days. It is going to be fun, it is going to be easy and hopefully, it will get you motivated in 2016. Each day I will post my own prompts and at the bottom I will add a link so you can add your posts. You can join whenever, you can do it and not even add your link. No rules here people, it’s just about having fun and starting a routine of blogging daily in 2016. Here are the topics:
Day 7. Top 10 Blogger Pet Peeves of 2015.
Bad plugins of 2015! They were the worst this year. From plugins that killed my blog with a quick activation – to Pro plugins suddenly going wonky and not worth their money anymore. It was the year of the bad plugin, even Jetpack was a pain in the butt and I had to deactivate most of their settings.
There was a lot of thieves this year – and even pushing into 2016 – so I guess it just doesn’t go away. There were a few reviewers that were outed for plagiarizing their reviews. A bunch of design rip-offs (love those!) and even some creative book thieves – that rewrote entire books, changed protags name and turned contemporary romances into m/m romances. Fun, right? Not really.
Disqus wants me to verify my email but never sends me a verification email. I can’t comment on anyone with Disqus – even my own blog. I am now in hate of Disqus.
When you’re all up in a review and you’re like “damn I want to read this book” and then suddenly the review starts to change, retelling the plot. Then WHAM they spoil the whole damn book. You know why I never read Allegiant? Cause I read a review where they told me what happened! But, this year it wasn’t Allegiant of course, it was The Beautiful Ashes by Jeannine Frost. Bites. Bites. Bites. I’m still gonna read it, but now I’m not as excited. Oh yeah, and the last book by Richelle Mead – and then that zombie book I wanted to read that I forgot the name of. I’m just gonna stop reading reviews.
TSU that was good at first and then it turned into a wonky, oddly weird, cheesy feeling. It’s like the penny slots in a casino…
Political posts. I know it’s just getting started, but you people and your one sided, political posts need to just go away. Because you never post about GOOD things – it’s always some nasty post about how the other side sucks. Well, you know what? I don’t care. Shove your beliefs down someone else throat, cause you didn’t make a bit of difference in my book. It just aided in making you look bad – not the person you were all grumpy about. So there.
Group spammers. You guys really suck. You aren’t selling books or promoting your tour. If this is a group about book bloggers being awesome, don’t post about your self-help, by way of the love of horses book. I won’t buy your dumb book to begin with, but now that you posted the same thing in every single group I’m a member of, I want to buy a stamp that says “spammers suck” and go to the bookstore and stamp it on your book. If a bookstore actually has your book on the shelf. Probably not. Oh yeah, and then you get on Facebook and complain and complain because Facebook put you in jail – cause you posted the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Boo!!!!!
You know what is a big blogger peeve for me? When you get asked to do a panel at a conference and the person running the conference fails to tell you that your panel is 2 hours long – until you are in the panel and your moderator stands up and goes “oh I double booked myself” and walks out – leaving you in a room of 50 people with only content for 1-hour. That really blows.
Another pet peeve of mine is the new call “to be nice” (don’t review unless it’s positive) when it comes to Indie Authors. I’m an Indie Author – guess what, you don’t have to be nice to me. A book is like a plate of food – not everyone is going to like it. If it pissed you off enough to leave a review and say you hated it – fine. I accept that. I don’t expect you to be nice to me, just cause I’m a self-published author. I also expect you to bring up editing problems, or layout issues, because if I want to be accepted in the publishing world, I’m paying someone to do these things. You know why? Because I want to be treated as an equal – as an author – and respected. No exception. If I start asking you to treat my work like a little piece of my soul, to put on gloves and not hurt my feelings when reviewing it – then I’m expecting you to pity me and treat me different because of my status. That is ridiculous. If you want to be held in the same regard as traditionally published authors…expect criticism. Rant over.
The fact that NO ONE is commenting anymore. Boo! This sucks. I’m just as much to blame as everyone else. *drops mic*