Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions.
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I have been vacillating between posting or scrapping this TUTD for a while…I didn’t want to cause any dramarama because I don’t have time for that kind of crap and I tend to avoid it like the plague…but I REALLY am curious about this aspect of blogging. So, if you are feeling like starting drama, getting overly emotional or attacking anyone…please do so elsewhere because that is NOT how this discussion is going down. It’s going to be honest and open but not a time to bash. Check yo self.
So..giveaway hops. I’ve seen a lot of them lately around the blogosphere. I’m not sure if they are just a book blogger thing or if they happen in other communities. In essence, a linky of some sort is open and all the people on there have committed to hosting a giveaway and thus making one big list where people can hop from one giveaway to another. Lately it seems as though they’ve been more frequent (ie every week or so) and they’ve become a source of discussion lately.
What I want to know: Do you participate in them/have you? Why or why not? What do you feel there purpose is in the blogging community? Do you find them to be a ploy to get lots of followers or do you find them as a good way to share books and find new blogs?
Take it to a vote, yo!
My Opinion: Firstly, everything I’m saying is my own opinion and I’m certainly no blogging expert. But I am an expert in what works for me…so yeah..please don’t be offended. Like with most things, my favorite motto fits this situation..”EVERYTHING IN MODERATION”. When I first started blogging I feel like I only saw giveaway hops once in a while and I thought it was a cool idea. I participated in one once and I realized it wasn’t for me. And then…I started seeing them every week…for everything imaginable. It’s kind of like when you hear the same song on the radio every hour (all day) and it just KILLS the song for you and even when you try and change the station it comes on another one. But anyways, I started reading things on Twitter and seeing a mentality I didn’t like…using it as a fast way to get followers (not that EVERYONE who is doing it for that reason..just some). And as someone who believes in hard work, paying your dues and growing your blog organically..it made me wary of them. So I stopped even looking at them. I don’t do giveaways too often (and I DON’T require follows ) but when I do it’s because I truly want to share a book that I found so amazing that I needed to share or sometimes a publisher will request it and I might accept because I liked the book. That being said..to each their own…they just aren’t for me. I don’t see the point in them anymore. In theory, I liked them when I saw very few of them but now…overkill.