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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Feedspot Ranks This Blog As One Of The Best Book Marketing Blogs. So What?
few years ago www.BookBaby.com recognized my
blog as one of the best book blogs. I
just received word from www.Feedspot.com that my blog has been named one of the the
best book marketing blogs. Though I feel
honored by the recognition, I also feel a bit confused by it.
the one hand, I don’t disagree with their assessments, and feel rightfully
identified and classified. I have
devoted nearly seven years to writing over 2,700 blog entries – a job with no
pay but the reward of knowing people enjoy what I write and that they feel impacted by my
words, ideas, and experiences.
the other hand, I have to wonder why I didn’t get more recognition. When does Publishers
Weekly mention my blog? When does HuffPost Books quote from it? When will the New York Times call upon me as a source for an article about book
publicity? How about Writer’s Digest – when will they say yes
to my queries to be published in their magazine, providing me with a forum to
no telling when one shall get their recognition – or by whom. So many authors and artists die poor and
brokenhearted, only to live on with a powerful legacy long after they die. Maybe the fate of the Book Marketing Buzz Blog will be determined decades from now, but
as of this moment, I just continue
toiling away and doing what I know best.
awards or best-list recognition seem to come too little, too late – if at all –
for many writers. Millions of writers
can’t even get a book published, let alone get their works honored by critics,
awards, and prestigious authorities.
What’s the formula for winning an award or making a list? Who really knows what goes into these
now will I have an ego to quench, where I walk around thinking I’m some top
blogger big shot? Does anyone really
care – and am I really any bigger now than I was a year ago? Does an award really mean anything?
want to strike a balance – thankful for the recognition, but confident enough
to know I deserved it. Awards aside, my
mission remains the same as day one in May 2011 when this blog launched – to
pen posts that bring the book community together, to inform and enlighten, and
to empower others to seek the fame they and their books warrant.
can’t write with an award in mind. I
can’t post blogs that I think will find favor with those who come up with lists
and awards. I don’t even know who they
are or what recognition I should seek. All that I want is to help other writers
and to grow the book publishing world. Will you help me achieve that goal?