If you are a book blogger, there is a good chance you’ve been visited by the Green-Eyed Jealousy Monster of Books.
Or you might not. This post isn’t for you, angels of book-blogger-dom, because you have your priorities sorted. This post is for people like ME when these things occur:
– We see people’s Stacking the Shelves and OH MY GOSH how did they get that ARC???
– We see people’s hauls from Book Expo America and OH MY GOSH why wasn’t I born in America?
– We see people’s recaps from author events or book signings or book blogger gatherings and wish we could go to those.
I’m here to tell you that there is hope.
Every time I’m jealous of someone’s book haul/attendance at an event/abundance of comments on their blogs/whatever (which isn’t that often anymore), I remind myself that there is always something to be excited about. For me, I used to get the most jealous over people who had SOO many ARCs and review copies. Not so much anymore, because dude, imagine having to read and review all those things? Some bloggers have PILES AND PILES of books to review, and I think I would freak out if it were me.
My blog has grown a significant amount in 2014. I receive review copies from lovely publishers and have the opportunity to participate in blog tours. I’m far from the smallest blog out there. But I think even the biggest bloggers have suffered from some sort of blogger envy, and honestly I don’t think it’s worth it.
For me, the best part of book blogging is the community. If I didn’t have an amazing group of bloggers to flail with and discuss books with, there wouldn’t be much point in reading them to begin with.
I appreciate each and every book that publishers send me. Every single one, because I know how much time and money is spent on sending those out to reviewers.
I appreciate every single comment I get from authors. Some of them are so so nice and I love talking to them.
I love reading recaps on awesome bookish events. I wasn’t able to attend PTALive Sydney this year, and though I was pretty jealous for a little bit, I got over it quickly, because there will always be other opportunities.
Receiving books for review isn’t a right.
And 99.9% of bloggers I know are aware of this, and grateful of it. Review copies are privileges, bonuses of being reviewers. Not something we can claim for doing nothing.
For the most part, I don’t get jealous anymore. Someone got an awesome ARC? I’ll read it eventually. Someone went to an author signing? They’ll have another one, someday. Someone’s blog is better than mine? Not possible.
Jooooooooking for that one by the way.
I guess we just have to remember that we’re all in this together.
Yes, I had to go there.
Yeah, so, we’re all in this together and what’s important isn’t who has the awesomest blog, or who gets the most ARCs, or who goes to the most book events. It’s not a competition. I’m sure I’ll still get jealous every now and again, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
And now, I’ll get down off my soapbox.