I was thinking about how blogging has changed for me over the last few years, and then I read Creepy Query Girl's post about Blog Tours losing their promotional "oomph". Her original post his here - read it. She says so much that I agree with, and it'll save me from retyping it here.
While typing my comment to that post I blathered on a bit much so I hit delete and decided I had enough to say for my own post.
I do believe that people have to work harder on blog tours, interviews, etc. to keep the content fresh and interesting. But I'm not necessarily ready to point the finger of blame at the blog tour itself. I think it might have a lot to do with our metamorphosis as bloggers.
A lot of us started blogging roughly about the same time. Our blog rolls contain many of the same blogs. We have effectively sorted ourselves into a "class" of bloggers.
I think in the beginning it was all new to us. When one of our buddies got published, we wanted to be part of the excitement and help them any way we could. But as time went on and we participated in more and more launches, the shine wore off a bit. Oh, we're still excited for our bloggy buddies but now instead of one request to help with a blog tour we've got five or six...or more.
I wonder if the new bloggers on the block - the 'freshman' are having better luck with tours since it's all still new to them?