With ALA’s Midwinter Conference having just taken place, many bloggers hustled to the internets in order to showcase their heaping piles of ARCs – whether through a vlog or a blog haul post. Some would argue that this is great for the books in question, as they seek to profit from the attention the blog haul is giving them. Others argue that this is poor etiquette, and is just a way of showing off.
In response to behaviours she saw at the ALA conference, Katie from Katie’s Book Blog decided to create a Conference Etiquette Guide for Bloggers. Some of her advice – like no pushing – is common sense. Her section on posting a book haul, has stirred up mixed opinions.
I get that you want to share info about all the books with other bloggers and readers but in this case it doesn’t really reflect well upon you. (I know I’ve done this in the past but I learned my lesson!) If you want to share pictures with your close friends, email the pictures to them. If you want to share with all your blog readers, maybe pick your top ten or something like that. Conference hauls are a huge reason for jealousy in the blogging community and I know none of us want to add to that. You really don’t even need to post numbers. Never say something like “I got this many books!” It just doesn’t go over well with anyone.
Remember #ARCGate? Last year at the ALA’s Annual Conference, two bloggers at The Lost Lola posted a 22-minute video, since retracted, detailing a rather impressive book haul. From the video, the blogosphere gathered that these two ladies had managed to pick up two copies of virtually every book handed out at the conference, including books they admitted to having no personal interest in.
All of this is what was swimming around in my head when I saw this Tweet:
Which got me all in a ranty mood, so here finally is the actual point of this post:
Do book hauls cause jealousy?
Does that mean people shouldn’t do them? Or that they should feel guilty about posting them?
If YOU can’t be happy for another persons success/hard work/luck/whatever, then that’s YOUR problem. Not theirs. Sure, some bloggers go overboard and should probably have thought for a minute before posting their outrageous haul. And sure, it’s unfair that some bloggers get multiple copies of ARCs – but if they end up giving them away, allowing people who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten ANY ARCs, to get one – can we really fault them? And what does getting jealous and throwing around accusations accomplish, exactly?
I also feel like this is the beginning of a slippery slope. What’s the magical number, whereby a haul becomes too big? What if a blogger had a relatively busy week, and received many copies of many books from various publishers? Does that mean their IMM post should be split up into several posts, in order to avoid making people jealous?
When, exactly, does a blogger go from being modest to crossing the line?
And when did book blogging become a big enough competition that we need to hide our successes from our peers, in order not to stir up any unwanted jealousies? Why can’t we just be happy for each other, instead of lamenting over how unfair it is that they got what we wanted?
Am I the only one who feels like we’re being a little too sensitive on this “issue” or do you think people are right to get upset with bloggers who “show off” their big hauls?