This has got to be one of the hardest posts that I’ve ever written. So please stay with me. It may come off as a whiny post but it comes from the heart.
I’ve come to realization that I no longer feel reverent in the world of reviewing on my blog. Or posting even. Harlie’s Books has slowed to a crawl and no matter how many posts I put up, I’m not getting the “hits” or “clicks” that I used to. This makes me sad for a couple of reasons.
1. I run a clean blog. I don’t snark, I don’t bitch and whine about the industry (which I could) and my reviews are always honest and heartfelt.
2. I realize that I don’t write 1k on book reviews and that seems to be the way reviews are being written now. As a reader, you’ve lost me after 500 words and I just skip to the rating of the book. I learned a long time ago from one of the best in the business, Tami from Night Owl Reviews, that the review should never be more than 500 words or you’ve lost the reader.
3. I’ve stopped reviewing anything erotic in content and that seemed to help with readership but that’s just not the case anymore. Readers want the hot stuff and I just don’t read it anymore. I have my reasons and I apologize to the many authors that write the genre because I still support and cheer you on…each and every one of you.
4. The more popular sub-genres like MC, Fighters, sports, and rock stars, Harlie doesn’t read. Some know that I worked for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club from 1999-2004 and I had friends in rock bands that I’ve buried 6 feet under…so no. Won’t read them because I lived it, survived and moved on. They are triggers for me.
5. I’ve managed to run this blog since 2009 (started on Blogger) without any other person. That itself is an accomplishment but it’s also hurt me. Plus me not going to conferences and smoozing with authors, too. Nor do I have a posse that I can send out.
6. Another thing, I’ve had some tour companies drop me because I occasionally have R or erotic content on the blog in the way of promotion. Yes, can you believe it. This makes Harlie sad for all the authors that I could have had on the blog.
7. My work life is going to be heating up again. School starts on August 24th and our district lost a lot of substitute teachers. I’ve applied for permanent positions within the district but keep getting rejected because they don’t want to lose me as a sub. Double edged sword for me but at least I know that I will be working a lot more this year.
I will continue to promote authors, just not nearly as much. My Harlequin Spotlight and Category Thursday will always be available for authors, too. I’m going to change up my signup sheet on the blog, too.
I will continue to do cover reveals, blog tours, etc. but no reviewing unless its truly something I want to read. If your book is erotic in content, it will be on my writer’s blog, Harlie Williams, Writer. http://www.harliewilliams.wordpress.com. I’ve set up a set for reviewing over there but again, I will be selective in what I read.
I realize that this post comes as a shock to most of you and for that, I’m truly sorry. But I can’t keep banging my head on the desk when no one comes and visits, comments or even cares that much anymore.
I didn’t start blogging to be popular and well liked. I started blogging because I love to read but over the last couple of years, blogging/reviewing has become something that I don’t enjoy as much. Too many haters, politics, and people telling me what I can or can not do.
On a more positive note, I’m writing again. I’m expanding my debut, The Couple and I’ve very excited about moving forward with that. Plus, I have other stories to finish and hopefully one day publish.
I’ll still be around, so don’t worry. You can still find me on Facebook under Harlie Williams. I’m there most of the time. Okay, maybe not during school, its blocked but I’m still around.
I cherish each and every one of you that has followed, liked, and appreciated the blog and me in general. I’m still only an email away or PM.