Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Feedspot Ranks This Blog As One Of The Best Book Marketing Blogs. So What?

A 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.

On 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.

On 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 help authors?

There’s 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.

All 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 selections, right?

So, 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?

I 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.

I 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?

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

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