Have you ever felt like more experienced bloggers don’t respect you or your opinion just because you’re a relatively new reviewer? Have you ever felt that people don’t take you seriously just because your blog is not as popular or because you don’t get as many books as them?
Well, that’s what I want to talk about this week. If I think about it, I pretty much belong to the underdogs when it comes to blogging and reviewing because of many things. To start with, English is not my first language. I live in Eastern Europe (a place which doesn’t really have a good reputation, if you ask me) in the middle of nowhere. I read and blog in English but naturally, it’s a bit more difficult to express myself in a foreign language and I make mistakes. I don’t have any bookish friends from this country. Or any publishing contacts from around here. None of the publishers -except the ones who are based in the UK and whose support I’m incredibly grateful for- deal with international bloggers like myself. I don’t get invited to blogger events or book expos for the exact same reasons I listed here. And the list could go on.
Why am I saying all these? Because sometimes I feel like some people don’t realize how privileged they are, and more importantly, blogging is becoming a popularity contest and it shouldn’t be. Have you ever felt like more experienced bloggers don’t care about you or your opinion about certain things because you’re a relatively new blogger? Or have you ever felt pitied or insignificant in the blogging word because you don’t receive as many ARCs -or books in general – as some other people?
I’ve been blogging for 8 months but I still feel that way. And all I can say is… seriously, people?! Seriously? What makes you better than any other person who might not be as popular as you, or might not get any ARCs or as many books as you? Nothing. Just because you get 30 books each week doesn’t mean you’re superior to anyone else. Just because you’ve been blogging for 2 years doesn’t mean other people’s opinion doesn’t count. Consider yourself lucky, be grateful for what you have and stop being arrogant and treating new bloggers or anyone else like second class citizens because blogging is not a freaking popularity contest.