Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Mooooo

Well, you know, we haven't heard from the COW* lately.  Guess you thought everything was just hunky-dory.  Or that she's snowed in.  Close, but . . .

I've ranted previously about bloggers who seem to need to have paid advertising on their blogs.  Said rant hasn't had any impact that I've been able to measure.

Today's grouse has to do with something kind of related.  There's a relatively new phenomenon I've noticed (and how could I help but notice? [rhetorical question]).  It involves people who write quilting books and then have blog tours to promote their book.  They line up a bunch of popular bloggists and apparently give them a copy of the book and perhaps even another copy to give away, all of this in return for a mention on the blog.  And they line up a bazillion or two of these blogs so that for the next godonlyknowshowlong every single day on some blog or another there will be a pitch for said book.  Just about wears me out.

Okay.  Rant over.



*Cranky Old Woman

12 comments:

Lori said...

Ah, so I'm not the only one that has noticed?! Enough already.....

Charleen said...

I don't know which is worse - those or the AccuQuilt posts!

LizA. said...

Thank you! The unending promotional tours really have gotten out of hand lately. You will notice that one prominent quilter with a brand new book out doesn't partake in this nonsense.

Nancy said...

I totally agree...so tired of them trying to get us to "blog hop and win prizes"... who cares...

Salem Stitcher said...

I agree on the blog hop thing. I just skip it because I could care less. I barely have time to visit the blogs I love.

The ads on blogs I understand can be a good revenue stream for the blogger. I'm okay with that as long as they aren't pop-ups. (Hate those things.) If you can make a little fabric money (or mortgage money) off little ads in your side bar, cool. I like fabric money (and paying my mortage).

Pat said...

I have just ignored them, as I do with most of the give-a-ways and quilt-a-longs. Not all are AWOT (a waste of time), but I have enough trouble just keeping up with my favorite (and trusted) bloggers!

Jo said...

Since I read most blogs via Google Reader - I manage to skip most of the ads. But these blog tour/hops have me deleting more and more blogs from my reading list!

*karendianne. said...

Okay just so you know, it's out of hand. I'm feeling like I can't even post anything since these tours are taking up all the bandwidth. Just sayin' and darn glad you said something.

Patty Nordahl said...

Once again You give voice to my very thoughts. There are a few other blogomotions that I find annoying. As someone else commentted I have enough trouble finding the time to read the blogs without wasting it reading the same thing from 12 different bloggers.

Micki said...

There's a zillion blog tours now, and they are doing it just for the reason you are saying.
Micki

Anonymous said...

And that is exactly why I've deleted so many blogs from my favorites list that I had found interesting once upon a time!
Thank you thank you for "saying out loud" what has become just an irritant in blogland!

BJ in TX said...

Agree with your feelings on this one. At first I thought I could see different items from the new book at the different blogs, but no - just another promotion.

AND I have something to add! I do not have a blog, nor will I anytime in the near future. Many of these so-called contests require you to have a blog so you can link to the original blog. Very frustrating for those of us who don't yet have one. What's up with that?