Well, are you being SUPPORTIVE?
Some of you might not like what I’m about to say in this blog, but you know what I say to that? Too bad, get over it and if the shoe fits, then you wear it. (If the shoe doesn’t fit, then sit back, prop your feet up and enjoy the refreshments).
During our BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY last September, and THE HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY which was last December, every day tons of prizes were given away and all you had to do for a chance at winning, was to stop by a blog and leave a comment. During that time, you all showed up in droves. Many of you, every day, I might add!
Now, our BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY and THE HOLIDAY TRAIN “BOOK TRAILER” BLOCK PARTY have ended (until the next time), and although we still have blog tours going on for our members, such as the bi-monthly blog tours for “SPOTLIGHT” Authors, we already know before the tours begin, who’s going to show up to support. It’s always the same people, the core of RRBC, the uber-supportive, the few, super-awesome members of the RRBC family. Why have I labeled “these” members so highly? Well, they show up and leave comments when there are prizes to be won and they also show up and leave comments, when there aren’t.
We work hard supporting each other here and we also work hard putting these awesome programs into place for ALL members to enjoy, yet, it’s almost like pulling teeth when we go looking for those members deserving of the seats in the RRBC house. Sadly, they’re very hard t0 find.
For those of you who are wondering HOW members are selected to fill these seats, well, let me make it crystal clear for all. We look at each member’s support level. We look to see how they’re supporting on social media, we look at how they are doing in the reviews department, and we even take notice of how often they are supporting the blog tours and events of their fellow members.
Now, before some of you jump on your high-horse with, “Well, I work every day!” and “I’m too busy with life to just…” Notice I didn’t finish that sentence because I didn’t want to take that away from those of you who want us to know what you’re too busy with, to drop a little support every now and again around here. Once you get down, then watch me climb on my high, high horse. Now that I’m seated here comfortably, guess what? I’m pretty sure we all work every day. I know I do, and although I never leave my home for work, I spend probably 15-18 hours PER day, working here to make this place great for all of you! Any member of my board can tell you that on a good day, my days begin around 5:30 a.m. and they don’t end typically sometimes, until the next morning, between 1 a.m and 2:30 a.m…sometimes even later. I’m not asking any of you to work or even function on a schedule like mine because it’s crazy, but, if you sit in that knowledge for just a moment, then you can appreciate how much time I don’t have, yet, I still find the time to support my fellow members. I’m just one example.
We have members in our midst who have serious disabilities, but you know what, they are among our elite and our most supportive. Members who are blind, who are losing their eyesight, who have missing limbs, in wheel chairs, with brain injuries, those who suffer with debilitating diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Lupus, etc., and yet, they are among our core of usual supporters. And if they can do it, then there shouldn’t be a hint of excuse in the rest of us. You know, the rest of us who are extra blessed to have our eyesight, to have all our limbs, to be in total control of our faculties…if they can do it, what excuse could we possibly have, for not?
Some members are even honored with RRBC seats and after they’ve taken all they can, they leave! After we have pushed them, supported them, BOUGHT THEIR BOOKS, they don’t even stick around to return the support! That’s infuriating but, we’ll save that for another blog.
Just because we’re not advertising that prizes could be won when you support a “SPOTLIGHT” Author blog tour, doesn’t mean that you won’t be a winner. You see, when you support a “SPOTLIGHT” Author blog tour, by simply stopping along the tour a couple of days during that week (you don’t have to show up every day), when you support our Member of the Month by dropping by their page and congratulating them and then joining in their #MemberOfTheMonth Monday support day on social media; when you support our Books of the Month by joining in a monthly discussion, when you tune in to our RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio shows and join in the conversation on Twitter during the shows, even when you drop by to show your support of a “SPOTLIGHT” Author’s “WHO’S ON THE SHELF” interview, then you are positioning yourself to hold your own fabulous RRBC seat, such as: BOOK OF THE MONTH, “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, MEMBER OF THE MONTH, MEMBER OF THE WEEK, RAVE WAVES BLOGTALK RADIO GUEST, and so many more wonderful opportunities to be supported, that I wish I had the time to list here.
I’m getting off my soapbox now, because I’m getting dizzy being up so high (I really don’t know how some of you do it every day) but, let me leave you with this: RRBC is an international organization of support. You couldn’t be in the company of a more loving and giving community. Why not jump right in, get to know these people who can “push” you, “propel” you and who can be your greatest support system, already in place, when and for whatever you need. You are the only one standing in your way. We say this over and over and over again, but I guess it’s just not clicking with some of you…so, we’ll say it again and again and again…to be supported here, you HAVE TO be a supporter here. Let me put it another way: those that are most supportive here are the ones who are MOST SUPPORTED here. I really hope you got it that time, but in the event you didn’t, check out these tutorials on how to become more supportive here at RRBC:
*Writing the Almost Perfect Book Review by Beem Weeks
Take care, RRBC, and we’ll be looking for you to help us close out the month by showing your support at some of our club events, as well.
*BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB DISCUSSION on Wednesday, 3/30/16, 11 AM Central Time (see sidebar widget for location)