Dear UKYA blogging community: don’t get your knickers in a twist.

I love you very much. Lots of you are great friends – we’ve had super times talking and reading and partying together. But recently, we’ve been going through a few existential crises. A few comments from authors, or by publicists in emails, have had us flustered. We feel like we’re being treated unfairly for something that is really just a hobby, professional as we may sometimes seem. We feel like we’re being undervalued, or dismissed, for the time we spend reading, reviewing and tweeting about books. On top of that, some of us have decided that we do not want to review books anymore, because reviews are our least-read content and some of us struggle with them. And these feelings are valid.


I’m here to say; IT’S ALL OKAY. Let’s not forget why we are here: because we fucking love reading. And yes, some people have been a bit silly about how they treat us, but it isn’t the majority view. WE’RE HERE TO BLOG AND AIN’T NOBODY GONNA STOP US! Those who dismiss us are only hurting themselves. We have a voice, and we can argue all day about how potent it is, but we will still have a voice. We do not need to be recognised by publishers to validate our existence. We do not need to be universally praised all the time. What we need is to love reading. Our commitment to authors is a commitment we have brokered ourselves, and it’s a contract with terms we can change at any time we want. So be courageous. Be hopeful. Be headstrong. And do what you want. The only boss you have is yourself; use your blog in the way you want to, review as, when and how you wish and read on your own schedule. Let the party continue!



About Rhys

Rhys is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and hopes to pursue a career in publishing. His reviews have been widely quoted in books such as Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, Catherine Bruton’s Pop!, James Treadwell’s Advent and Anarchy and he has presented at such events as Book Expo America.

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  1. CarlyB April 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love this post and it’s so true! It’s easy to forget the reason why we blog sometimes so it’s always helpful to remember why and calm the hell down when we’re getting stressed out! Now I’m worried my post came off as getting my knickers in a twist, eek!

    • Rhys April 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Oh no, I definitely think your points are valid, but I think sometimes we can stress and make something larger than it actually is – blow it out of proportion. Sometimes we just need to remember what’s actually important!

  2. Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf April 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    The various dramas that have drifting through the book-blogging world have for the most part always passed me by. My blog has always been a tool to help me motivate myself and enjoy my reading, when I’m fed up, or just a bit meh about it all, I cut right back without a second thought. I think it helps I can procrastinate for England if the motivation is not there, so I tend not to get stressed about stuff. 😉

    If I was a really popular blog, and putting in the extra hard work to regularly go the extra mile to promote books and authors, that entails then yeah, i suspect I’d get miffed a little more often!

  3. Jesse Owen April 12, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Completely spot on – I treat my blog as a hobby, I spend as much or as little time on it as I feel like and tend to let the drama’s past me by. I love reading and I’ll continue to blog about it regardless of anything else that’s going on 🙂

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