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Hello! And welcome back to another Blogger to Blogger post!
This has been a topic that I have been thinking about for quite some time. Reviews – and if they are becoming a lost art. I’ve seen a quite a few bloggers admit that they don’t read many reviews unless it’s a book that they have been either a) dying to read or b) have read. And others, admit that their reviews aren’t as popular as other posts on their blog.
Some also say, and I have said this before, that we don’t read reviews before we read the book so we aren’t influenced by that reviewer(s) thoughts. I would like to say that I have grown out of that, because I don’t feel like others’ view influence me THAT MUCH. But there are times when I DO wait. Yet, if someone tells me to read X because it’s just fantastic, I am still going into the book knowing said person loved it. So it’s like a vague, verbal review. LOL
From a blog standpoint, I admit that my reviews don’t get as many hits like other posts, say Blogger to Blogger. Those that do, is usually a book that is really popular or on the hype train. Which is sad, because I want to feature more back list titles. Not saying I wont because of numbers
but why feature a book to showcase, have a discussion about, and/or recommend if no one reads it?
Do we post for numbers? No. But part of being a blogger is promoting books, right? (correct me if I am wrong, here) so when those reviews aren’t read, I feel like it defeats the purpose.
Is it the [bloggers] writing? Is it the format? Is it because there are so many and you just can’t simply read them all? Or is it simply because the redundancy? The easy answer would to change things up, make it more engaging. But how I post and what I write works for me, and coming from someone who hates change.. Yet, we need to be open to change, and evolve. It’s a double-edged sword.
- Do you think reviews are becoming a lost art?
- What do you like when reading reviews?
- Do you think the format, book itself and/or length of the review influence your readers?
- Are your reviews popular on your blog vs other post types?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.