If you know a reader, especially if they’re a bookblogger as well, here’s a list of questions you should avoid asking them!
- How much money do you make from reading and blogging? When are you going to give up your real job and do it full time?
haha, “nothing” and “never, can’t afford to”. This is done because I enjoy doing it, not because I think I could make a living out of it (though that would be nice, of course!)
- It’s easy isn’t it? All you’re doing is reading and writing, surely?
Errm, no. It’s reading and writing, sure, but a post can take hours to write, from finding inspiration, through producing output that I hope and pray is interesting, through to promotion. Talking to other bloggers IRL. Reading other blogs and trying to write a decent comment. Going to events. Sourcing/creating images.
- You get all your books for free now don’t you?
I get *some* books for free, but never (ok rarely) for the bigger hitting authors. There was a time when I had a glut of books but virtually all of them from authors I’d never heard of. Many were self-published and all were of variable quality.
- Who reads your stuff anyway?
Believe it or not, people. Those who follow my blog because they’re interested in what I have to say or like the authors/genres I write about. And I do it primarily for me, so that I can look back and remember what I’ve read, what I’ve written
- Recommend a book to me
No. What I like may not be what you like. Read my reviews and see if any of them sound the type of book you want to read.
- Can you lend me a book? You know that book you lent me, well I lost it/gave it to someone else.
I’ve given up lending people books, as I’ve been burnt too many tomes with them not coming back. Even when I explicitly tell someone “I want this one back as I haven’t read it”. This person now gets to choose from the box in the corner and nothing else. I’ve also had someone else be at the top of the list to read a specific book (1 of 15 people), take it, “lose” it in their house, “find” it again, lend it to someone else (who’s not on the list), who promptly kept it for a year, then gave it back to the original reader, who promptly “lost” it again. Needless to say, this person doesn’t get lent books by anyone in the extended group
- No, No, I don’t need a bookmark – oh that? I dog-eared the page so I wouldn’t lose my place.
Fer crying out loud – I offered a bookmark, use it. Or a bus ticket. Supermarket receipt. Anything, just anything but dog earing a page. That’s just rude