My title seems pretty self-explanatory. This is pretty much just me ranting so if that’s not what you want to read, you should probably stop reading this post now. You have been warned!
If you read my last post or have paid any attention to the blog, you know I have taken a break from blogging. Part of it was stress and lack of time and part of it was because I honestly just got fed up with how I’ve seen book bloggers acting this past year. I’m sure it’s not just book bloggers but since those are pretty much the only people I pay attention to online, it’s really noticeable to me.
It seems like every time I login to Twitter, it’s a competition. Let’s be real here, blogging has always been about the books and no matter what people say, it’s always been about the ARCs for some. You can see who those people are just by logging in and checking out the BooksForTrade hashtag on Twitter. That started out as a great way to spread the ARCs around and clean off your shelves but that is not what it has become. It’s almost impossible to trade books now because people have wishlists of books that aren’t even available. People want only specific ARCs of either much older books or books that haven’t even had ARCs made yet. They also are only willing to trade their books for those specific books. Then there are the people who go to conferences and get really popular books and then post them on the hashtag. Pretty sure that’s not what those conferences are for but what do I know, I’ve only been attending them for the past 5 years.
Here’s another thing that the BooksForTrade hashtag really brought to my attention: the lust for ARCs. What the heck? I can understand wanting an ARC of your favorite book but I don’t see the need to have ARCs for every popular series out there. It’s pretty easy to see who wants the ARC for their collection and who wants it just to show the rest of the world that they have it. If your wishlist consists of nothing but really popular books and in ARC format, good luck with that. Pretty sure you’re completely missing the point of not only the hashtag but the whole reading thing in general. Don’t get me wrong though, if I thought I could trade someone for a Harry Potter ARC, I’d put my firstborn child up for trade.
I swear this next part is my last little rant but I have got to say something about Instagram or as us bloggers know it, bookstagram. I used to love going on Instagram to see what books people had bought or received or were reading but I can’t really stand it much anymore. Every other post is sponsored by someone or something and the posts that aren’t sponsored are trying really hard to get sponsors. For something called bookstagram, it doesn’t seem to focus much on the books anymore. Most of the pictures that are supposedly about books focus more on the accessories or props that are with the books in the photo. And don’t even get me started about the books. It’s clear which books are popular at the moment and those are pretty much the only books you are going to see photos of on Instagram. It’s well known that the popular books are the ones that get the most likes in photos. Why would anyone post photos of lesser known books if they know they aren’t going to get them more likes or followers.
I know not everyone is going to agree with me about the things posted here but this is my blog and these are my thoughts. This is how I feel and it’s a big reason why I took such a step back from social media. I know these are very generalized statements and I’m not saying that everyone does this. There are bookstagrammers that I adore and people who use the BooksForTrade hashtag for its original purpose. It just seems like everyone wants what other people have. When did it stop being about being grateful for what we do have?