Hoppity Hop Galore #22: My bloggin’ goals and Banning books

This week’s featured blogs are Book Liaison and Angela’s Anxious Life.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different?

I haven’t done some hoppin’ since June – ridiculous. Hope to correct that in the next weeks, I’ve so missed it!!

I am trying to become an author, but I’m not going to mix that in with this blog, I did separate blogs for my author persona, separate accounts (except you still see the post notices for it too on LeOlteano on Twitter, it’s an overall account so I’ll leave it that way, but I also did a separate account for the author persona), I really like compartmentalizing in all things. I might give myself a book spotlight post for titles as they come out, or use my book blogger account to spread the word about some giveaway or stuff like that, but I’d do that for any other author too, so no self-serving pushy promo in the plans. You know those every 5 minute tweets saying “My fabulous book is only $whatever now, get it from Blabla!”? Yeah, none of that from me, ever. My general reaction to pushy is to swat away the annoyance and move on without ever looking back, not a goal to make myself into an annoyance, that’s for sure.
Not saying it’s wrong to do it, just saying I won’t. If people are curious about my authoring, then they’ll go to the authoring place, this is a book blog about reading and all books, not mine. 🙂

My initial (and current) goal for my book blog was to promote equal chances, it’s my goal in life actually too, promoting equal chances and unconditional love, corny as it may sound.

I don’t like double standards, though I’m grownup enough to know they’re always at work in every minute detail of our lives, it’s just how to world works I guess. I don’t like or appreciate it at all, but I’m aware there’s little way around it, sadly. On my book blog, however, I can really give it a shot at practicing the no double standards policy, my blog is a world where only I decide what goes, you know? The criteria for accepting a book for review, or doing a book spotlight or become part of the tour or anything like that, is always but always if the book is tempting to me – that’s my standard.
Who, where and how published it, what gender the characters in the couples are, what religion or politics they adhere to (as long as they don’t try to preach it to me, not feelin’ that vibe at all), none of that makes an automated ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Yes, I am partial to some genres and like very little to not all some others, we all have tastes and personal preferences, of course. But on the overall, this is my chance, a unique one in fact, to promote reading and books, but also my credo, I guess. Equal chances and unconditional love for all, you know? 🙂

I didn’t really understand the monumental chance blogging was, I mean I didn’t start the blog with the intention of promoting my credo or anything like that, I started it to talk books and that’s what I’ve been doing all the while and will do for the future, but at some point along the way I realized what a unique chance it is to have a voice and people hearing it by their own choice makes this a very close version of what becoming an author means to me. There’s people out there that are interested in your opinions, thoughts, takes on things, regardless of how many of them, the simple fact you can reach those people that are out there in the world, that’s the best thing I can possibly dream to achieve. Well, that and making them more and more, of course 😀

What about you guys? What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Lemme know in the comments, or link me to your #FF of the week, I can’t wait to see! And don’t forget to hop around and share the joy of the features xDD

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Book Blogger Hop
Go over to this week’s host at Soon Remembered Tales to join the hopping fun!

Question: Banned Books Week ends on the 6th. How do you feel about books being challenged to be banned from libraries or schools? Have you read any banned books?

Well, I hate the idea of censorship. Living in an ex(ish)communist country, I have a very keen understanding what being denied your freedoms really feels like, and I find the simple concept of banning anything revolting.
Others feel differently, to each their own of course, but I personally deeply dislike the notion. I think people should be free to make their own choices, nobody else should decide what they should or should not be allowed to have as options when it comes to their reading or anything else in their lives. Freedom is a concept so little understood and too little valued, I think. Having someone you didn’t invest with that power or ask to make choices for you is the death of freedom, and I personally resent it from the bottom of my heart.
I say fight for your freedom while you still have it at least in some measure, when you won’t it’ll be too late, no matter how bad you’ll miss it. Rawr.

What about you guys? How do you feel about banning? Lemme know in the comments, or link me to your #FF of the week, I can’t wait to see! And don’t forget to hop around and share the joy of the features xDD

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25 thoughts on “Hoppity Hop Galore #22: My bloggin’ goals and Banning books

  1. Jessica@a GREAT read

    I would like to be a published author one day myself! Although trying to get an agent happy with my book isn’t going so well since paranormals are too hot right now.  But I keep trying and keep reading while I wait! And trying to write my next book but hitting major writer’s block at the moment!

    Here’s my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower 🙂

  2. Lizzy Lessard

    I really love how thought out your Feature and Follow post was.  I originally came here for the Book Blogging Hop part and instead you inspired me to write my own blog post for Feature and Follow this week.  I’m a new follower on GFC and email.

  3. Gigi Ann

    After googling what the 100 top banned books were I found I had only read three of them, not because they are banned books, but because most of the banned books were not in genres I read.

  4. Silversolara

    I agree with you about the banned books.

    Stop by my blog if you like.  My link is below.

    Happy Hopping.

    ElizabethSilver’s Reviewshttp://silversolara.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-blogger-hop-105-1011.html

  5. AlisonCanRead

    Hopping through. Welcome back to FF! I would love to be an author but I don’t think my blog would help with that.
    My Hop

  6. Allyson Rida

    Your reason for blogging is… very thoughtful. I just started ’cause I wanted to make friends worldwide. LOL  I do think it is very good goal though, hope you can achieve it! (Not soon though, ’cause that can’t be rushed, I am sure).

    As for my view on banning books, I think it is useless. People can access books through many ways, just because YOU banned it doesn’t mean people can’t get it from other places. I do think banning a book is a little unfair to the author of the book though. They worked so hard to finish a book and you’re interfering people’s choice of reading the book just because YOU think it’s bad. There are many problems in the society right now and books that got banned usually dealt with these issues, and banning these books would be stopping people from understanding an important issue, not to mention it really hurt sales at times (though sometimes the sales would actually went up). So by banning a book you actually hurt the author and I think it’s wrong and people shouldn’t shy away from difficult issues and glorify things.

    Okay, I just wrote a LOT, excuse my rant 😉 Here’s my F&F post, please check it out if you have time 🙂

  7. kirsty vizard

    I really like your answer . . and your Blog is beautiful . . .I am a new follower and if you’d like to hop back my link is http://kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ . . happy weekend x

  8. Livia ~ BoM Books

    Thanks Alison, it’s good to be back! Yeah, sometimes I feel like maybe blogging is counterproductive to the whole writing thing, I mean it tends to take center stage on some days and refuses to share the spotlight 😀

  9. Donna/BLHmistress

    I honestly hate censorship too, I think it should be left up to us what our children should or shouldn’t read.

    My FF

  10. Kimberly Peterson

    I totally agree that banning books sucks. If you don’t want to read something, then don’t, if you don’t want your kids to read something than don’t allow them and that’s your right to decide these things. Just like it’s my right to decide to read them if I want.


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