In an effort to share more of myself with you guys I created Books for Life. I talk about my life outside of this sanctuary called the blogosphere. Hopefully you guys like getting to know the girl behind the blog a little bit more.
I’ve been thinking about this since my blog gained more than about five followers (bless those five). Can I be an author and a book blogger?
I’m honest in all of my reviews. I don’t write positive reviews unless I think a book deserves them, but I also don’t write horribly mean negative reviews. I say what I think, and I write what I mean.
But does that mean I can continue this if I ever reach my dream of becoming a published author? Authors form a community, and make friends, and support each other – I see this on Twitter all the time. But I wonder if the author community means that I could not also be a part of this community – the book blogging community.
Could I continue to write honest reviews of fellow authors’ books, and not feel as if I was somehow negatively influencing my readers (when it’s a less than glowing review)? I really don’t know. I know that I have worked my ass off to get my blog to where it is today. That I have spent hundreds of dollars and hours (months more likely if you added them all up) in producing the best content I can, and to being a part of this wonderful community. I know that I do not want to give up one thing I love because I’ve gained another.
But I also know that I haven’t ever really seen an author who also has a book blog. Who reviews books, and not always in a positive light. To be honest, I think this might be because of fear of confrontation, or controversy, or other words that start with letters other than ‘c’ but mean about the same thing.
So I want to ask you: do you think an author can also be an honest book blogger? Or is it one or the other?