The other day, I ran across a couple of posts on other blogs that discussed obtaining and/or becoming a blog affiliate. Maybe I'm the last person in the blogosphere to know about this, but I never heard of such a thing. Apparently some people took umbrage with the entire idea of it, saying it was just a big popularity contest.
In some, (I have no idea how many) one had to fill out an application and apply for the privilege. Folks were clamoring for the opportunity.
A significant criteria in many of the offers was that the applicant blogger have no less than 100 followers. I understand some "big" blogs were overwhelmed with requests and had to shut down the whole operation, having quickly filled their quota of desired affiliates. Imagine the bruised feelings and sensibilities of those who didn't make the cut!
What's my take on this? I don't have much of an opinion really. I guess blogs, and book blogs in particular are becoming a business and job for many. They see it as an opportunity to use it as a spring board to bigger and greater things. It has an air of exclusivity to it, but that's human nature. People feel good when they can say they are or are connected to the "best." That's the psychology behind "designer" and luxury labels. I am a practicing therapist after all.
Imagine. All this going on and here I am, all by my lonesome, plugging along, getting followers the old fashioned way: one solitary, thoughtful post at a time. Well, for what it's worth, I'm extremely grateful to all those who have deemed me worthy to visit, read what I have to say and leave comments when you're inspired to do so. You know you have my sincerest thanks - now and always.
I'm an aspiring YA writer, working my way toward publication. I also love animals and this is a picture of one of the sweethearts in my life. Please do all you can to help and care for the animals of the world, especially the domestic ones. They depend on us to care. Love never goes out of style...