Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Confession: I am a Tea Time Virgin

A few weeks ago, I confessed that I was having a bit of a hard time keeping up with my blog and asked if anyone wanted to guest post. I've been fortunate enough to have a few volunteers, and here today is the lovely Asti of A Bookish Heart. Have you been to A Bookish Heart? If not, get thee to her blog. Now.  She has the most wonderful features like Bookish Finds (hello, book inspired art!) and Bookish Degree (she's getting a publishing MA degree at Kingston University) among others like her discussion-oriented Bookish Thoughts feature, her Bookish Recap feature (which helps when I'm making my bookish rounds posts) and her Bookish Life feature, where she recently featured a tour of the Harry Potter studio. She also hosted the Bookish Games, a fun competition between bloggers oriented in the style of The Hunger Games to celebrate the impending release of Catching Fire. I've had lovely long email chats with her about the Grisha trilogy among other things, and it's a huge pleasure to call this wonderfully smart, funny, genuine blogger my friend. Continue reading to see what Asti has to say about Epic Reads's Tea Time feature. (And many thanks to you, Asti!).

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Confession: I am a Tea Time Virgin

A couple of months ago, Christina wrote a post titled "Awesome Things That Publishers Do". It involved listing things she liked that publishers do such as pre-order campaigns, promotional campaigns, and just being friendly. One thing that she brought up is Epic Read's Tea Time, and I have to admit I wasn't surprised. It's one of the first things I learned about when I joined Twitter. I've been online when it happens and I've seen all the excitement. And yet... I am a Tea Time Virgin.

I really am quite confused with myself and why I have held back from participating in Epic Reads Tea Time. I've been thinking about it for the past few days and have come up with a list of possible things that might be holding me back from participating.

1. It is intimidating. I feel like this is the biggest thing for me. I see everyone talk about Epic Reads Tea Time and the second they do there is tons of CAPLOCKS and book shimmies and talk about a hedgehog. It's sort of given me the impression that it's this super amazing thing that everyone loves, and it sort of worries me that I might not feel the same. What if I try it and don't like it? Will everyone think I'm crazy? At least for now I can just plead ignorance.

2. I have no idea when / where / what. This may be partially due to laziness, but I honestly have no clue when Epic Reads Tea Time happens. I could go out of my way and try to find out, but I generally have no desire. Maybe if I were explicitly told when it's on, where I can access it, and what to do while watching it I would join in, I would participate.

3. It's soooooo long. Many of us bloggers complain that we do not have enough time in a day. The last time I checked, this tea time thing is usually like a half hour long? (Or that's what it looks like according to YouTube.) Something about that just seems like too much commitment for me.
 
4. Do I really need more encouragement to buy books? My wish list grows a ridiculous amount as it is being involved in the book blogosphere. I'm worried that participating in Tea Times will just encourage my craving for books (with a focus on HarperCollins), which I definitely don't need.

5. It'll make me want to vlog. I currently do a video here and there, but overall I'm not huge into the whole BookTube thing. It's not that I think it's bad. I just like where I'm at. But, I fear that if I start watching videos of people talking about books (even if its a live stream) it will make me want to become a BookTuber. I just get crazy sometimes.

So what do you think? I need to know! If you haven't participated in Epic Reads Tea Time, why? Is it because you share similar worries as I do? If you have participated, help me out and share your experiences! Maybe I'll muster up the courage to join in if I get even encouragement.

11 comments:

  1. Love Tea Time! I haven't been watching as much lately since the times that it airs is usually during a time when I'm busy and can't watch (or I don't even know when it airs until I see that it's over). Totally agreeing with the reason that it's a long day, but sometimes the enthusiasm that the two both have perks me up.

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  2. Haha, I'm a Tea Time Virgin too! And to confess the truth, while I've heard about it some, I'm still not really sure what it is exactly, other than some fun bookish chat (?). It does sound fun though. But yeah, time (and probably time zone) issues.... These days I don't have much time to post/comment so it probably won't be not a good idea to get into something this time consuming.

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  3. Uhm, I'm not only a virgin, I'm a clueless Tea Time Virgin too, haha. I really don't know what this is all about and frankly, I'm too lazy to find out. I spend way too much time on blogging as it is, haha.

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  4. Tea Time is awesome!! It's usually at 3:45pm on Wednesdays on UStream or Spreecast. When it gets close to Tea Time, Epic Reads tweets out a link to where it will be held that day. I usually can only watch the first 15 or 20 minutes. There's no commitment once you start so you can stay 2 minutes or the whole time.

    You should try it!!

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  5. Tea Time is broadcast from New York so it's 3:45pm Eastern Standard Time

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  6. You can sign up for updates on the Epic Reads website. If you subscribe they will send you an email when Tea Time goes live. They include the link to the broadcast as well.

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  7. I don't know much about Tea Time but it seems to be held during the workday, so that doesn't work for me.

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  8. I love Tea Time! I've never watched it live because it's something like 4am for me but I've been getting through the backlog of them on YouTube. I like to listen to it while I'm preparing dinner/doing chores.

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  9. Lauren @ Books, Tea & MeNovember 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I have no idea what this Tea Time is...have I been living under a rock? I feel so out of the loop! Google, here I come!

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  10. I've only watched a few Epic Reads tea time videos, but the ones that i have watched have been awesome. I've not been able to watch many as of time differences, but I love reading everyone's excitement on my Twitter feed. Also I know what you mean by it'll make you want to buy all the books. I've felt that way a couple of times, but mostly I love watching it because it makes me aware of all the great upcoming releases, I'm always out of the loop with everything, so this is a great way of keeping up to date. I definitely think you should give it a try when you have the time. It's a lot of fun! Great post Asti!

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  11. I TRY. It's so hard for me though because yes, I think it's only 30 min, but that time of day is pretty busy for me. And I'm not a total fan of vlogs, which makes me the oddball it seems, so when I'm on the computer, I usually multitask and it's hard to do so when watching a vlog. I've watched one before and a few minutes of others and from what I've seen, I liked it. But don't worry, you're not totally alone!

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