After seeing a post on Facebook asking what defines bloggers, I felt compelled to write this post. I started this blog almost a year ago now, and my main focus was to help fellow indie authors to get reviews and share their books. As an author myself, I know how crucial those reviews are, and how hard they can be to get.
Yes, I did have every intention of writing more thought-provoking posts, but life gets in the way all too often. I have three children, a proofreading business, a part-time office job, a house to look after and of course, my own books to write. So, yes, more often than not, I share promo posts that I am sent and I admit, some are books that I haven't read. As I said, I am about helping authors to show get their work out there.
As everyone does, I also have my favourites. My go-to authors if you like. The ones that I will purchase and read without a second thought. That being said, I like to be honest in my reviews, and don't play favourites. There have been many new-to-me authors that I have discovered and fallen in love with over the last year. Authors that, had I not been blogging, I may not have had the chance to read - purely because I would not have known about them.
So, back to the question. Am I a blogger? I like to think so. I spend a great deal of time scheduling posts with release blitz's, cover reveals and reviews. I share links to free books or sales of books that I love. I offer giveaways to my followers, to celebrate the books that I've enjoyed or just because I've met a milestone. Sometimes I just want to give back, from one avid reader to another.
I may not write big fluffy pieces all the time, but I still read and review as many books as I can. I help people get their name out there, and offer promotion when others have turned them away. So, am I a blogger? I say, yes.