There were some negative responses to my post about Justin’s letter.ly subscription earlier. I was initially inclined to brush them off the way I usually brush off the comments of people who choose to open a conversation with “Go fuck yourself.” But rereading my post, I can see why these people…
This whole thing (Emily’s initial post, this follow up post) got under my skin quite a bit. I really like Emily and have always enjoyed her writing and think she has great taste, but I completely disagree with the idea that likes & reblogs and other Internet thumbs ups and nods are free publicity that often do not add up to more than free publicity.
Look, if you’re going to put a product out there, it’s probably going to fail. Starting something is not a money maker (unless we’re talking about exotic dancing) and it’s rarely a solution. That’s why you have to love what you’re creating and believe in it. ‘Cause if it all falls apart, and it probably will because statistically, that just happens, you need to be like, “Well, I created something that I was proud of.”
And I guess I need to stop here and not perpetuate this conversation because it’s really more of an attitude thing and I feel far too indebted to the Internet and the kindness of strangers to speak to this with a clear mind, but yo:
I subscribed to Emily Books tonight because I support Emily. And I didn’t do it before because, if I’m being perfectly honest, I have no use for this service. I like the idea of it, but I will never read these books. Ever. I don’t even read the books I go to the store to buy and put on my nightstand and look at every night and think, “I will read you some day. Some day we’ll go on a vacation together and we will become one.”
And BTW, I really love reading!
I think I mostly did this because I was willing to spend like, $13.95 for the next twelve months to prove Emily wrong.
P.S. Emily, would you like to write something for my cuddly, adorkable platform, HelloGiggles.com sometime?
Reblogged from Things I Ate That I Love.