Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Things That Irk Me About Blogs

This evening, while paroosin' through my blog subscriptions, I've noticed a lot of this:


And yesterday, much of this:


And tomorrow, undoubtedly, I will be seeing a lot of this:


Combined with Mailbox Monday, In My Mailbox, Friday Finds, Guest Blogs, Interviews, Wishlists, and doesn't seem many book bloggers are actually reviewing books. This may just be the ones I subscribe to, but...

What's the point?


PeaceLove&Pat said...

Ditto. I know how you feel.

Kate said...

To be honest, I started TT because I thought it was fun. But after doing it for a little while, I am bored with it. And last week was probably the last week I will personally be doing them. I might do one every so often if I find something really clever, but I am trying to focus a lot more on doing reviews.

I think the reason some people do it is because either it is filler, or something to break up all the reviews. You know add in a little something different. But that is just my opinion.

katie said...

I know what you mean and I try not to do that but some bloggers can only read so quickly. I try to post at least 3 reviews a week but it's not always possible if you don't read that fast. But yes I get what you are saying. =]

Julie said...

I don't want to follow the crowd that way. I love to read book and its nice to see all the new books or whats coming out..So I'm not doing it...follow me.I get what you are saying.

Michelle said...

haha, i was thinking of doing one of those because all i pretty much have on my blog are reviews and those BBAW things i did, but maybe not because i'll probably get comfortable doing those once i get started because i get lazy

Sara said...

I've noticed on my own blog from time to time that I've gotten a bit heavy on memes. They are fun, but I started simply not posting some days if I don't have a review ready, instead of memes. Quality not quantity, right?

Donna said...

Yeah, I see that a lot too. I only participate in, um, one of those meme thingies - In My Mailbox but I call it Added to the Pile since most of my stuff comes via my own bank account and my local bookstore.

What really irks me are the book promotions things where 50 millions blogs are giving away the same damn book all at the same time. I do contest wrap-ups every week and there have been times where I'd have 5 blogs giving away the same number of the same books in a single week. Isn't that a bit of an overload? I'm doing that now for a book I love but the contest is staggered with the start dates. Obviously some publicists get that overkill is a bad thing.

I do my own meme-things. Freaky Friday, 80s Awesomeness!, Things I've Learned from Books. Personally I think they stand out amonst the dozens of Mailbox Mondays and Wishlist Wednesdays.

~JoRdAn~ said...

I agree, there are a lot of that going on, but for me, if people didnt do those I wouldnt know about a lot of new books or wouldnt be interested in them. I enjoy reading them. I participate in most but I also do reviews :)


Lauren said...

I do some memes, like In My Mailbox and Waiting On Wednesday. I think they're fun, as long as you do reviews too. They allow me to be a bit chattier than I would usually be in a review.

I actually really like reading other people's memes, and I find a lot of new (to me) really interesting blogs via the Mr Linkys. But once I've found a blog, I'll probably keep coming back for the reviews.

Giveaways... I can't enter most of them so I probably would skim that post, unless it's part of a review.

Lori said...

I understand where you are coming from, Dannie.
I have a few memes that I participate in, although it's not every week.

I do like Teaser Tuesdays because 1) it allows me to scour for books I would like to read and 2) it gives a little extra "boost" and publicity to the book I am currently reading.

But between my "regular" full-time job and the books I'm trying to read, I simply cannot participate in all the memes that make the rounds. So I try to be selective about what I do choose to participate in.

I have also done my own little things, here and there - - with "Cover to Cover" (discussing good and bad book covers) and "From Page to Screen" (comparing books to their film counterparts).

Froggy said...

I tried doing a meme or 2 when I first started but I discovered I really don't like doing them on my blog. It doesn't bother me much when others do but I prefer to not do them and just do contests, reviews and bits of odds and ends.

Kristen said...

It's a pain to see when you go to your reader.. but I admit I do a meme each day. I like the What are you Reading Mondays because it keeps me focused on what I am reading and forces me to post reviews during the week... and I wrap up my polls that day. Teaser Tuesdays, WoW and Friday finds are fun and the "easy" posts.

To put it this way - I'm too busy lately to finish a book a day or sometimes even more than one a week and I really like to have something posted each day. During the week it's nice and easy and then on weekends I do my blogger interviews and catch up on my review posts. Because during the week - I leave the house at 6 am and don't get home until at least 6 pm most days. So, I do my blogging on the weekends for the most part.

Yes, it's filler and I've been horrid at commenting on a lot of the memes on other blogs, but it's kind of fun too.

To each their own though. :)

Kristen said...

Oh and I had to comment.. I posted all of the James Patterson prize pack contests in one post.. and it came up to 14 different contests! Crazy! And I know a more trickled through after I posted all of those. (I did enter most of them and win one!) And now there is the Vampire's Assistant giveaway.

Amanda said...

I don't participate in those either and usually just skip them in my reader. To each their own I guess.

Rhiannon Hart said...

I do like these memes, but I know what you mean. I prefer lots of reviews. The problem is, people often react to memes (commet-wise) more than they react to reviews.

Kaye said...

I use to feel the same way too, mostly when I read other people's blog I look for book review tags but looking at my own blog now it looks pretty lame with just reviews posted. I love reading Weekly Geeks, Waiting on Wednesdays and Friday Finds memes.

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