Book Blogger Confessions is a twice-monthly MeMe co-hosted by For What It's Worth and Tiger's All Consuming Books. It's a great way to find out more about your favourite bloggers, and pick up some useful hints and tips along the way!
Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook etc. with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you are on friendly terms with them?
I love social networking with authors, in particular on Twitter. I only really started using Twitter when I started blogging, and there are only two people I know outside of my blogging life that I am connected with on Twitter - it's my blogging/reading social network.
I'm working on Facebook - I follow authors but I'm still playing around with my Facebook page. My personal Facebook account is primarily for my friends and family back home in Australia and here in the Netherlands and the UK. I try to keep a little bit of separation between the two - so I can escape from both when necessary :-)
I do put a little bit more thought into reviews when I have previously interacted with the author. It doesn't influence my review as such, but I always want to be a little bit more constructive in my review. I've interacted with some awesome authors and I know that the day will come when I just don't like one of their books - I'm dreading it, but I'm also certain that my honesty and constructive comments are more helpful than glossing over my true feelings.
If I have interacted with an author (or even seen them having a positive, friendly interaction with other bloggers), I'm more likely to be interested in their work as knowing a little bit more about the person behind the words gives the book a little more meaning to me.
I always appreciate when an author takes the time to contact me, interact with me, or just like one of my reviews, posts or even re-Tweets me, we all need a little love sometimes! Of course I understand that some readers don't like author comments on their reviews - I can imagine it creates additional pressure and we already have enough of that :-)
What are your thoughts? Do you love talking to authors or does it give you added pressure you don't want?