Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
Would you like to be paid to blog/write reviews?
I wouldn’t want to get paid to write reviews. That would introduce way too much pressure. I don’t write professional reviews and I don’t want to have to care. And I very rarely write reviews on any kind of set schedule. I read a book and hopefully relatively shortly thereafter I publish the review.
I think getting paid to blog would likely introduce the same problems for me. I want to be on my schedule with no pressure. But if was something where I got paid if and when I did blog, sure I’d take some extra cash. And of course, I’d have to be completely in control of my content still.
So yeah, not likely to ever happen lol!
I agree 100%. I’m struggling right now making sure I have a post every other week. I don’t want to have more responsibility than that. I barely even get publisher/author reviews anymore. I’ve been reviewing mostly purchased or library books.
It’s difficult enough to be honest when one gets their books directly from the author or the publisher…I can’t even begin to imagine how would it be to be paid to review them. And about being professional…even if I agonise on my reviews until they are the best they can be, it’s my choice 😂. I wouldn’t like to be forced to 🤷♀️.
I feel like I would somehow obligated, even if the pay was supposedly for an “honest” review. I prefer to keep it just as I am! Like you said, it’s my choice to agonize (or not lol).
I would kind of like to get paid haha but I’d have to be a lot more responsible and organized, so that’s probably not happening! 🙂 Also, what you said- ” I don’t write professional reviews and I don’t want to have to care. ” I kind of feel like that too…
LOL! Well see, I wouldn’t mind the money, but I want it on my terms and that never happens!
I believe that I’d feel the pressure of writing a stellar review each time, too. Less pressure when its something I love to do already is best.
Right? This is a fun hobby right now. Add in income and it changes it completely.
I agree 100%! If I were paid I would feel, almost, indebted. I want to review books at my pace, giving honest reviews without feeling like I owe someone something.
Yes! I would hate that feeling!
Yes I agree!
I really thought someone would say they like the idea, but we all seem to agree.
I agree, Berls. It would add so much stress into the equation. What to say, when to say it, how to say it. Can I take a break? Can I be snarky? Can I rate lower than glowing? Even if it was fine at first, it would inevitably change me and my blog. I enjoy blogging for myself.
such a good point. If I got paid, would I feel like I could be honest and me? Ugh, no thanks!
Same. Plus I feel like I wouldn’t be able to be 100% honest if I was paid.
I agree – it would feel like you wouldn’t be honest because you owed something.