Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.
Does participating in book tours/cover reveals and author guests post drive traffic to your blog? What type of problems have you encountered when hosting them? (please keep it civil - no names or calling specific people out) As a blog follower, are you ever turned off by these kinds of posts? How much publicity is too much?
I've cut waaaaaaaaaay back on book tours / cover reveals in the past few months. So far back, I've got one scheduled for the rest of the year. One thing I've learnt about myself is that I'm really bad at reading to a deadline. Sure, review books have a deadline of sorts, but no one is depending on you to have that post up on time. Now, I only participate for a very select handful of authors that I've worked with before, or if it's a tour company, a book that I've been desperate to read.
When I was doing more book tours and cover reveals I didn't really see any difference in the traffic on my blog, and in fact for some of them it seemed like I was getting LESS traffic than I otherwise would, and when I think of my own blog reading habits, perhaps I can see why....I never had any specific issues when I was participating, apart from my own lack of organisation driving me crazy and causing me to freak out when I realised I'd commited to something and forgotten about it. Hence why I stopped doing them - the pressure was just too much.
Cover reveals are fun, and blog tours bring books to my attention that I've sometimes never heard of before, but I don't actually want to see them more than once. Especially cover reveals - once you've seen it, it's kind of a moot point to go and view it again.
But one thing I really don't like is these massive publicity campaigns launched by big publishers where 93,742,642 blogs have a clue, or a reveal or a competition to get the most clicks or follows or likes or whatever - it irritates the crap out of me AND I'm more likely to miss other people's posts on other subjects because I get so frustrated with the same thing clogging up my feed that I just mark everything as read.
I do think that cover reveals and blog tours have their place, and there are some awesome tour hosts out there that make participating really easy and a whole bunch of fun, but they are just too much pressure for me personally.