When I first started my blog in March last year I wasn’t a blog reader. I didn’t follow any bookish blogs or any blogs for that matter. All I was looking for is a space of my own where I can keep my thoughts and opinions on recently read books. And if you scroll all the way down to my very first posts, they all consisted of reviews, because What else should I blog about if all I do is read books?!
After a few months of playing around with WordPress, I discovered that so many other people were doing basically the same thing as me – blogging about books. BUT! Reviews were a very small portion of a much larger spectrum of bookish posts.
It’s been over a year now since I first started my blog and experiencing it myself as well as hearing the same from fellow bloggers, I kept wondering why do we keep writing reviews when we could spend that time and effort on posts that attract more attention.
I came up with a few PROS & CONS when it comes to review posts, so please bare with me while I ramble away.
– CONS –
1 – Let’s be honest here, reviews are boring. There, I said it. We all try to make them engaging, fun and interesting, and we might succeed. But when was the last time you read a review on a book you haven’t read or even heard about? Exactly!
2 – Reviews are a ton TON of work. There are always a few (or many) of them pending, coming to haunt us in our dreams and not letting us pick up a new book even though all we want to do is read this shiny new book that we just bought yesterday! WHY ARE YOU SO EVIL, REVIEWS?!
+ PROS +
1 – No matter how difficult and time consuming the Reviews are, I love writing them. That is the first and utmost reason why I even started my blog – to share the thoughts on the books I read with other people!
I love the whole experience behind the creation of Review post, from writing them down, to editing, to arranging them in a way that might be more appealing to the readers.
2 – The process of writing Reviews make us think, make us analyse the huge bricks of paper we call books that took us ages to finish. It’s not just mindless reading, it’s critical and opinionated, and it requires hard work and determination. So,
GO US, REVIEWERS!
3 – Reviews make a difference! Whether we post them on our blog, on GoodReads, on Amazon or any other social media, some people will eventually stumble upon it and either buy the book that you praised or decide against it, solely based on what YOU had to say. Isn’t that amazing?! We are powerful beyond our imagination!
4 – It’s also a way to bond with people (even those few that take the time to read the review). They can agree with you or disagree but the conversation has already started and it is up to you to make it into something bigger.
REVIEWERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!
Phew! More PROS than CONS! This means that I can continue writing my beloved and time consuming reviews as much as I want because they make me a powerful magician in the bookish world and I cannot say no to that!
What are your thoughts? Do you hate or love them? And why do you keep writing reviews?