I've taken part in a few book tours, book blasts, and cover reveals, but they don't seem to bring any traffic to my blog. Sometimes they seem to reduce traffic, as even my regular readers don't stop by. It would be different if there was only a few participants, but when a blog tour covers the entire month, with 2-3 posts every day, it becomes off-putting.
It seems that the promoters aren't as selective as they used to be and my Reader is full of the same books being promoted. While I agree that publicity is important, inundating the blogosphere is more of a turnoff for me than peaking my interest. I've grown to really dislike book blasts especially, as they are nothing but annoying!
I've decided to cut back on my participation since there's no real benefit for me or my blog. Unless it's a title I'm dying to read or unable to resist, I can wait for the book to come out and buy myself a copy.
How about you? Do you think blog tours and cover reveals are worthwhile? Am I doing something wrong? Even when I visit the other participants, it still doesn't increase traffic. *sigh*