I have a lot of things I'd like to address generally on my blog, so instead of doing one of my usual Sunday Salon posts where I ask you a question and you answer, I'm just going to start typing all my thoughts out and see what happens! Apologies if this is a very unintelligent post.
First things first. Have you signed up to participate in the Spotlight Series? It is a great vehicle (well, I helped create it so obviously I think it's great) to bring more attention to small publishers who bring us great books. Are you someone who sometimes wonders, "How can I use my blog to do good in the world? How can I use the network I've created to bring value to the masses?" Well, the Spotlight Series is a way to do it! Small presses often don't have the marketing money necessary to send out tons of review copies or advertise in Shelf Awareness. The Spotlight Series is a way for you to help bring more attention to small publishers and help them succeed in their mission to bring readers eclectic, cutting edge works. So go check out the catalog of our first featured publisher, Unbridled Books, see which books by them are stocked in your local library or bookstore, pick one to read and then get ready to review it between March 14-27. It will be a karma point in your favor.
I must apologize if I normally comment on your blog and I haven't done so lately. And also if I have been following your blog for some time and haven't commented yet. Or if I have been commenting, but have said something really boring like, "Great review! Thanks!" Or "This looks really good!" Or if you have commented on my blog and I have not responded to you. Whew- so many apologies! Google Reader, every time I visit it, defeats me. It exhausts me. I love all the blogs I follow, but it is humanly impossible to keep up with them and interact with the bloggers in the way I want to. I am not sure what my method going forward will be for this. I'm also worried that if someone comments on my blog and I don't go and comment on their blog that they'll think I'm being snobby and unapproachable and I get all paranoid and it's just a bad situation. I hope no one thinks I'm unfriendly and if I have been very lax about keeping up my part of our bookish relationship, please let me know and I shall try to make amends as soon as possible! Please don't just decide I'm too cool for school and wash your hands of me. I'm not too cool for school. I love school!
Someone who made no effort to be kind to me commented on one of my reviews recently. He was snarky. I know it's not just me who thinks this because Chris confirmed that he was rude and I think we all agree that Chris's word is final. Personally, I don't understand why someone would take the time to visit a blog, read a review, write out a comment and then follow the comment thread just to be mean. Whose mind works in this way? Why not at least be polite? I think I'm probably one of the last bloggers to have come across this situation. I don't think I'm overly sensitive, but it really bothers me when people are mean just because. How do you deal with The Case of the Snarky Commenter?
I also don't understand the "fanboys" online that seem to troll the internet for negative reviews of books by authors they adore, and then basically just comment on blogs or Amazon to say they disagree with the review (usually in a rude manner and often as part of some weird online trolling team). Why not just take the time to review the book yourself and say what you liked about it?
I love that the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies had such a huge focus on the First Nations and really involved the Aboriginal cultures in the ceremonies. I am not sure what status the First Nations have in Canada, but I have a feeling it's a much better one than they have in the US. Good on Canada!