Blog Prompt: Blogging for fun or a living?

Book Blogger Hop

Coffee Addicted Writer is having a year long blog hop with weekly book related prompts and I’m looking to take part in as many as possible

 Do you blog for a living or for fun?

Right now I am blogging for fun. I want to share the books I read and my thoughts on books and writing in general with people.  At the moment I dont make *any* money from this (although I do get my hands on some very lovely goodies from authors and publishers right now). 

Would I turn money down if I was asked to do this for a living?

Not necessarily.  I have turned down money from certain companies who offer me money to write reviews – because all they are are middle men, and charge the authors the money to guarantee reviews.  There seemed to be nothing in place to ensure that the review was written based on the reviewer actually reading the book and not writing something based purely on some kind of blurb  (2012 was a year that exposed this behaviour as being rife in certain parts of the publishing industry which has made me reticent to even get involved).

Would I do it as a full time job for one or more credible companies?

Sure.  I’m already reading on an ad-hoc basis for publishers, when they release ARCs to selected peoplein exchange for a review.  If they offered me money as well as the book to read, I wouldnt necessarily turn them down. In the short term however, I’m happy getting good books from good people and I hope I do them a decent level of service


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