Another interesting question I got at work while in the breakroom was why I write reviews.
I was sitting there, reading another book, and one of my coworkers commented that I have been reading a lot lately. As far as anyone at work really knows, I am the video games guy. And to a point that’s true. I am THE video games person at work. We have a few others who play but not at the same rate or with the same passion as me.
Apparently that’s becoming the same with reading. So I told them, point blank, that I had started reading more in order to both see what I had missed in the past years in the way of sci-fi and fantasy, and in order to start sharing my thoughts with others via reviews.
So then I was asked if I got paid to review. I said no.
Do I have a lot of people reading my reviews? At this time, I said not really.
Then why do it? They asked me.
I told them, honestly, two reasons. Reason one was that I enjoy sharing my opinions about the things I read and see, and experience. Its why I did restaurant reviews long ago. Its why I dabbled in game reviews. But I find that book reviews seem to come easier for me. I am unsure why. But I like to share my thoughts on books and how I feel about them, in an effort to maybe expose people to things they might have missed.
The second reason I said, and it was a more selfish reason, was to get more books. They asked how that worked and I explained the concept of ARCs and NetGalley and they nodded, but still didn’t get it. I explained that by asking for early copies of books I could read them earlier then others, but the cost was to review the book honestly.
Then they asked again “But you don’t get paid huh.”
No, I answered.
Apparently doing something for free was not something they understood. I can understand that. Its an odd thing to do something that takes so much time sometimes and not get any compensation.
But I do get compensation. I get to share with others what I enjoy, and sometimes I get free stuff. That’s enough payment for me.