So recently I was approached by someone to do a giveaway on my blog. They were offering to provide a $50 Amazon giftcard or a box set of the Beautiful Creatures books. That sounds fantastic, right? Those are not cheap prizes and I’m sure they could generate some good traffic for my blog. I’ve decided to pass on the offer though. Why? Because the company has absolutely nothing to do with books. It was just a random online company/storefront that came across my blog. While I was grateful for the offer, I just didn’t like the feel of the offer. It felt too much like an advertisement.
That got me thinking about how integrity affects our blogging. (Disclaimer: I am not passing judgement on anyone or his/her blog. Only you know what’s best for you and your blog.)
For me personally, I try to keep everything open and honest. I don’t join tons of blog tours. I’ve done a few but ultimately decided to only join and promote a book if I really enjoy it. I don’t really accept too many review requests anymore. I’m always grateful for the opportunity to read and review a book that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I’d much rather peruse my local library or bookstore for books that interest me though. I don’t want this blog to evolve into an advertisement for authors and publishers.
I could read lots and lots of popular YA books because I’m sure that would generate a decent amount of traffic. Instead I read what strikes my fancy. As a result this blog features old and new YA, MG, and Children’s books. There are even classic books thrown in. I want this to remain my reading journal that I’m sharing with the internet. I just want a place to share my thoughts on books even though those thoughts can be really short or rambly at times.
How do you keep your integrity while blogging?
(I could go on about this subject but you get the point. Not to mention inspiration
struck in the middle of the night but I still need to get ready for work!)