Whoa, I was away from the Internet for a day or two and look what I missed: another drama about Mean Gurl Bloggers.
Now, the poor dear has been ripped to shreds by the double combo of Karen Scott and Dionne Galace - note to self: if I ever become famous, must hire them as PR people to deal with annoying people - that I'm not to say anything more about the matter. Okay, maybe one thing: Bam, Karen, Dear Author, and Smart Bitches have been singled out by Maria as the Mean Gurlz but not a word is said about me. Hey, is that an oversight or something?
Nah, I'm just kidding. I'm pleased to be spared more drama after the recent drama in this place. In fact, I'll be so much happier if people start overlooking me and start aiming for the above mentioned sites instead. Sorry, ladies, but you know what they say - better you than me, heh, heh, heh.
It strikes me that once upon a time All About Romance tends to be mentioned as the biggest Mean Gurlz HQ in the Web. Now it's more fashionable to take whacks at Bam and Karen and gang. What does this say about AAR? Has it become so big and well-respected that people stop pointing fingers at it the way you pick on the small potatoes while staying away from the big guns? Or has it been around so long that people just more or less accept that it's there and don't really have much to say about it being mean and nasty and all? Or have the current crop of bloggers eclipsed AAR in notoriety?
Now, this isn't a post to bash AAR, as I fear some people may take it to be. I love AAR and what it stands for, although I confess I haven't been there in a while. It's nothing personal - I haven't been to The Romance Reader for a while either. I find myself reading what catches my fancy nowadays and less concerned about what's the hottest or latest "in" book or author nowadays - something I realize I have to do instead of keeping up with the newest releases every month and reviewing them quickly if I want to avoid another burning out that took me some years back and forced me to take a hiatus - so I prefer the more irreverent and sometimes off-topic discourses of the genre on the less formal setting of a blog.
Perhaps I should go back there to see if the reviews are much "nicer" than they used to be. Mind you, since I stared out, I've learned so much on making my reviews hopefully better by reading the reviews on TRR and AAR as I went along. I've learned to cut down on some off-topic and self-indulgent ramblings, realize that some words that I believe are spelled correctly just aren't, how to write in a way that hopefully get my points across more concisely, and all. I have been quietly going through some of the reviews I did way back on this site and blush in shame as I correct all those horrible spellings and grammar boo-boos while cutting off all those self-indulgent ramblings that don't do anything to improve the review. So if they have found a way to turn themselves from one of the most convenient punching bags back in those days into a respected establishment, maybe there are some things I should learn from them!