As I was hanging out on the twitters biding my time until VACATION (2 hours as of right this very minute), Amanda at Dead White Guys tweeted a link to her Airing Of Grievances which is a Seinfeld festivus tradition. If you don’t know what that means, google it. SO then I was like, well I love a good rant and have grievances, why not air them. AND I KNOW YOU GUYS, I always air them on twitter, but maybe I should air them on ye olde blogge as well.
1. Goodreads Event Invites
Look, I get that you are excited about your blog hop or your interview, but as someone who has NEVER interacted with you except to accept your friend request, I could care less about your blog hop or contest. So can you please stop inviting me because that spam is filling up my inbox?
2. The Copy Paste Commentor
Here is some shit I really hate. I take the time to visit X amount of people’s mailboxes and Top Ten Tuesdays and leave genuine, unique comments. I will be damned if you come to my blog with a ‘Great IMM visit mine here xoxo’ and then see the same comment on 55 other blogs. Instead that just shows me that you are not worth my time, my traffic, or my friendship. And no I am not afraid to call you out. And don’t hide behind this shit of ‘I’m promoting my contest don’t people want a free book’ – true story someone said that to me when I called them on it. I can point out various linkys and other places where it is appropriate to advertise that. I can point out plenty of bloggers with BETTER contests who don’t do that. My blog is not the place to advertise your contest. And I don’t mind if you leave me a link to your IMM, just as long as the comment that preceeds it is real.
3. “I hate drama!”
Yo, if you hate drama so much then WHY do you continue to participate in it. Now, this isn’t towards any specific person, just an amalgam of what I see on twitters. The people who will tweet something dramatic or get outraged about the last EVENT/drama but then turn around and tweet about hating drama. Um, what? Why you participating? Why you getting involved? Confession: I LOVE drama. It is why I watch reality tv. It is why I am glued to twitter when the last kerfluffle happens. Drama and opinions and claws get me through an otherwise boring day.
I am pretty sure 2011 was the year of the series. Pretty much every single book that came out was the first in a series. And yesÂ I am completely over-exaggerating, but I am so sick of starting what I think will be a complete story only to get a cliff hanger. Can we please stop stretching what would be an awesome standalone into several mediocre books? Now I realize that some stories take more than one book to tell, but does every paranormal story need more than one book to be told? Every fantasy? Really? Really?
5. “Over entitled Bloggers”
Bitch, please. Remember when that whole story broke about the William Morrow letter and people were upset about it, and then people got upset over people being upset and called them over entitled? (Is your head spinning yet?) Look, a free book is not enough to order me around. I am not overentitled. I work my ass off on my blog. Seriously check my page rank (using my main URL), it’s a 5 mother fucker. You don’t get to 5 without HARD work and networking. And for someone to call me over entitled because I want more than a month to read and review a book is fucked up. And yes, dude I realize I don’t have to accept ARCs and I already don’t for WM, but I don’t like that idea that someone I don’t work for can dictate terms for me and use MY audience for so cheap. You want to take advantage of my audience, pay for an ad. Don’t dictate my reviews. And I’m just not for the whole ass kissing that goes on over this for free books. Sorry but if ALL the time spent reading and reviewing one book is a job to you (and you aren’t paid free lance just the free book) you are making less than minimum wage. It makes me thinkg of this xkcd comic:
Glad to get all that off my chest. Anything you want to get off your chest?
*please note I don’t hate everyone but I also don’t feel the need to hold back either. I pay for this corner of the internets what with domain and hosting and such.
**Also I am happy, nay, THRILLED about a lot of things, but I’m saving that for an end of the year wrap up.