TALKTIME #16: WHY I'M CUTTING BACK ON BLOG TOURS
It has been more than a week since I have done one of these, and for that dear readers, I am sorry. I know I promised to do these at least once every week, but school you guys.... *shakes head* ...school.
Anyhoo.... on to the topic of the day. Blog/Book tours. In the style that I know best, this is going to start with a narrative story. (Sorry not even remotely sorry). So when I was just starting off my blog, I was full of energy and ready to dive in the book blogging community. I thought, my blog will float solely on reviews, and people will love it, and everything will be amazing. (Yeah I was quite delusional. Probably the stress of senior year effing me up.) Time slowly passed and things were just not happening for me. I was getting like zero views, no comments, followers, etc. etc. Well this made me hella sad. I don't quite remember how, but one thing led to another and I was recommended joining blog tours to get more viewers. I figured, what the hell, what's the worse that can happen?
A lot Dean, a lot could go wrong. It got to the point that blog tours were consuming my blog and most of the reviews I were posting were from ARCs for blog tours. This helped with views, but it really didn't help with comments/followers and all that jazz. I thought blog tours would be a good way to fill up space on my blog when I couldn't really post anything original, which at the time, was A LOT because I was basic as hell when it came to blogging.
I wasn't pleased with the content on my blog so I started drawing back on blog tours and doing more original reviews and posts, and my blog was better because of it. I started becoming more picky on what blog tours I posted and whether or not I was really passionate about, and the reception of them on my blog was better.
What am I saying? Basically blog tours are fillers that really aren't best for my blog anymore. At the time, they were a good way to fill up space and for me to discover new books and ARCS, but not that is not as important anymore. The image that my blog presents is more important to me, especially content wise. I don't really care that much about the numbers, but what I'm putting out there. Now I'm not saying that blog tours are bad and are just fillers. But they're just not for me anymore. From this point on, I will be refraining from doing blog tours unless I am truly interested in the books. There are a couple that I have already signed up for so you'll see them appear on this blog at some point, but after that, I really just want more original content on my blog. (Now whether that original content is going to take the form of reviews is yet to be seen because of you know, school.)
What do you guys think of blog tours? Are you a fan? Do you think they are fillers too? Do you genuinely love doing them? I want to hear all about it down below.