Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Blogger Woes (2)


I am a huge fan of First World Problems. I'll be the first person to scroll through their Twitter and laugh out loud to myself, thinking "yes. I DO THAT. In ALL of life." And honestly, guys? I do it in blogging, too. A LOT. I get all uppity about the most ridiculous things. Thus, Book Blogger Woes was born. Every so often, I'll be sharing a different blogger pain pertaining to all of the sulking... but in a comical way.


(Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels these things. You just have to. I can't be the only one.)
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It's 3am and all of a sudden, you have a stroke of genius. You have an IDEA. The best idea ever. You cannot even believe how intelligent and witty that this idea is and you're SO afraid to lose it. So you dash off to your computer and you start smashing the hell out of your keyboard with the outpouring of brilliance. This blog post is incredible. You swear, you're going to win an award for this. Book Blog of the Year. For this ONE POST. Maybe you should even get your own YouTube channel. People will probably demand it after they see this review/discussion post/vlog. You'd better brush up on your make-up if your comedic routine is going to rival Jenna Marbles. You schedule it for 6am and you CANNOT EVEN SLEEP because you're so excited for people to read it. 

Two comments.
1. "Great post, lol. Here's a link to my blog."
2. Spam.





43 comments:

  1. Great post, lol. Now check out my blog!! Ha ha. JUST KIDDING.

    Those kind of comments make me sad and weepy. Spam is unavoidable. Cruddy, but unavoidable. Generic comments? They are just soul crushing for some reason. Why even bother?

    Seriously though, check out my blog ;)

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    1. Copy & paste comments are the worst. I mean, yes, it's a comment. But it's not actually thoughtful and you can tell the person didn't actually READ anything. Like you said, why even bother?

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  2. I definitely do this especially on my discussion posts. I'm thinking yeah this will get some hits and people will chat. Then I get maybe 2 decent comments and that's it. It a sucky feeling because I will sit and stare at my screen...type the post....then delete...and retype it some other way. then it won't get the attention I though it would. #postfail

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    1. Aw, Ashley, I don't think it's a post fail. Sometimes I feel like I post things on days when everyone is super busy and not online. Ooooor at least that's what I tell myself?

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  3. This happens to me too! Sometimes the review that I slaved over and love so much just seems to be ignored. It can be disheartening but I do try to link back to that post when I can to hopefully gain at least a few legit comments.

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    1. Oh yes. The link back is always good. I tend to tweet my stuff multiple times a day, so people probably end up hating me. But it does help up the views and/or comments.

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  4. Hahahahaha! YES! It happens all the time. I'll spend so much time on The Wittiest Post Ever and then people don't comment/read or they don't get it! O.o I also love when I write a super looong review because I LOVED THE BOOK SO MUCH and no one comments. :'(

    Check out my blog!
    ;)

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    1. Gahhhh I know what you mean. Trying to get the exact, perfectly perfect words and then it's like "YOU SO DON'T UNDERSTAND ME!"

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    1. Anna, Anna. We've had this conversation too many times to count <3

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  6. That's happened to me too, I hate it. I think that's why I get discouraged so many times about blogging but then I remember why I started doing it in the first place, not just for the comments even though those are good and really make me feel better about it but just to express my feelings about what I love. But yes, I still hate it when that happens!!

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    1. Haha comments are our validation, it seems! I mean, yeah. We write about books because we want to. But I don't know one person who can say "I don't care if anyone reads my stuff" if it's a public, shared blog. It's still nice to have that feeling of community and knowing you can chat books with others who think the same. And those whose opinions differ!

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  7. YES! It always seems that the posts I really look forward to posting go up and get few comments. You know, the ones which have you waiting on pins and needles!

    Ah well, the comments come eventually! It's the few I get that I cherish. :)

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    1. RIGHT. I'm happy to get those comments where you can just TELL the person GETS IT. Those make it all worth it!

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  8. I'm pretty new to this blogging thing, and I don't mind #1 when it's a meme post even when I've put a lot of thought into what I wrote because it's one common thing everyone is writing about and people like to hop around and find new blogs they might like. I DO find it annoying when I follow various blogs and subscribe to comments and then I see the same person leave the same comment on 6 different blogs - that's just tacky! If all I can think of is a silly generic comment, I'm not going to comment at all!

    I also don't always understand why even on a meme post everyone always has a link to their post - it's not like I can't find your blog if I want to once you've commented on mine!

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  9. Oh no, poor Jen :( and poor kitty :(
    Being proud of a post and not getting any comments or not as much as you thought sucks. Unfortunately it happens sometimes and what usually helps me is chocolate, ranting with your favorite book bloggers, music or an awesome book.
    But see this post got more comments :) Always look on the bright side :D
    Have a wonderful day

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    1. Bahahaha, Karin! I wasn't talking about THIS POST in particular :P I just mean book bloggers, as a collective whole (minus some of us), go through this scenario at least once. It's relatable.

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  10. Hahaha, Jen, yup, I think we're all with you on this one. Why no comment love? *weeps*

    I'll write reviews I think are endlessly clever and analytically brilliant or hilarious or whatever, and those are invariably the ones that get the least comments. The ones I was iffy on everyone seems to come read.

    I smell a conspiracy. Well, actually, my allergies mean I don't smell anything, but still! My spidey senses tingle!

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  11. STORY OF MY LIFE!! lol And then the posts I cranked out in 2.5 seconds and didn't think anybody would really be into turn out to be the most popular ones ever (like that random ass post I had about not getting sick in the car while reading over Labor Day. I figured maybe a few people would be like WOO! YAY YOU! But really I posted it because I spent the whole day in the car and didn't have anything for the next day bahaha)

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  12. Oh colossal bummer. I hate it when that happens. I've been getting a lot more spam comments on my blog lately. I'm not sure what's up with that. I don't have super creative ideas so My expectations are never very high. I love discussion posts. They are my favorite types to comment on. I believe the subject matter has a lot to do with the sort of comments one might receive. For example Meme posts usually generate pretty generic responses.

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  13. OMG. Okay, first- you are totally not the ONLY one. Swear. I get so uppity and pissy ALL THE TIME. Hubby then says I'm a "snob of a book blogger." Meh... Truth hurts dude! ;)

    But I also TOTALLY know how this feels! It's SURELY going to be THE BEST THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD... and... Nothing. WTF?

    Love this feature chick!!!

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  14. HAHAHAHAHA OMG! I KNOW! That happens to me ALL THE TIME. I have this stroke of genius for an awesome blog discussion and then no one comments >_< Somedays....

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  15. HA! It's just as bad as when you think (that being the key word there) you have a killer book/story idea and then, like, a day after you let it all sink in you realize it's going nowhere. DOH!

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  16. This is so true! I get really excited for things that I'm doing that are blog-related, but when the post goes live, it's just like *cricket cricket* or spam.

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  17. Great review! I should totally check this book out! Here's a link to my-
    Just kidding. I am not a blogger but I can imagine how frustrating it can be. I try as best as I can to leave meaningful thought-out comments on a post. If I don't have one, I don't comment. Simple.
    love this feature by the way!

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  18. Haha! I have felt like that before too, and not just in blogging. It can be so frustrating. I like this new series you're doing. :)

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  19. When this happens, I text my sister and make her go post something meaningful to make me feel better. Haha. No really, I do, and it helps a bit ;)

    Cat gif = LOVE.

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  20. I loveee this feature :) I have totally done this exact same thing. Sometimes I don't even get the generic copy and paste comment, bahaha. I dislike when people simply comment to promote their blog. I once got a comment that said "Great review, please check out my site"... and it was on my Stacking the Shelves post. Fail. I can't wait to read more of these posts :)
    P.S. I love that kitty, it's too cute.

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  21. Amen sista! Every time it happens, I'm like I am never going to do this again...famous last words!

    That kitty is adorable! :D

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  22. SO TRUE!!! You write a post like that and you feel like you're enlightening the world...except no one agrees. Le sigh.

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  23. Bahaha -- yup, this is pretty much how I feel. GAH! This definitely made me crack up laughing. SO TRUE.

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  24. I just wanted to tell you I've been sitting here for a good minute straight watching that cat gif over and over and over... this just made my day :)

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  25. OH YEAH. I totally understand and commiserate.

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  26. great post lol *is too lazy to even bother typing out her web address, so I guess there is that*

    Jaykay!

    But, I hate when this happens. Now, I never wake up at 3:00 in the morning to smash the hell out of my keyboard to come up with an amazing post. Enjoying the comforts of my bed is *usually* more important than winning blog of the year. But still, when I type up the occasional gem of a post, I'm saddened by the "Great Post" comments. I'd rather just get spam. Or really, the two are kind of the same, right?
    I just want to type in capslock: NETWORKING-- YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

    These kind of responses are very common when I'm participating in a meme. There are a few memes out there that generate discussion more than other memes, and I tend to favor the memes that require a little more thought than a generic one-liner.
    But, others involved shamelessly stop by and say, "Hey, I'm here because of this. Follow back?" And think, "Uh, no." And then I don't return the click back to their page because my time was effectively wasted by their comment that basically told me they didn't read what I had to say.

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  27. Story of My Blogging Life! And I feel it is always the posts that I put the most effort into, that get this result!

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  28. LULZ Great postt I hope you have Half American dollers for Books!

    Just kidding. This cracked me up!

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