Lately I’ve been reading more and more blogging tips advising book bloggers to post less book reviews for the sheer reason of them not being popular.
If book reviews make your stats suffer, are they worth writing?
This topic frustrates me quite a bit. I won’t be so quick to say that receiving views isn’t important to me (because it is, it encourages me to keep sharing!), but to go so far as to encourage other bloggers to not share book reviews is ludicrous.
Maybe I’m naive, but I think book reviews are essential to a book blog. It’s the soul of our community.
Books are the heart of our blogs. If we all decide to stop reviewing books, to stop analyzing their content, to stop questioning the messages (good or bad) that is being provided all for the sake of our stats then I think that’s extremely shallow.
I simply believe that books should be reviewed and discussed.
Reviews create book hype. But book hype isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
What if The Hate U Give was never reviewed by anyone? Do you think it would have received the same attention as it did if there was no hype surrounding the novel?
What if Carve the Mark had never been reviewed and was never called out for being racist? Yes, it might still be popular in the YA spheres, but the fact that this blogging community is spreading awareness to this issue is absolutely critical. We are changing the culture of books by demanding better from these authors, by demanding diversity, and by demanding publishers recognize their impact when they choose to publish a book that doesn’t promote fair representation.
Perhaps because I’m still new to the blogging community, and I still feel in my heart that the reason I started this blog was to talk about books with other readers – not so much to become a “popular” blog, but reviews are significant to encourage authors to write stories we want to hear.
Yes, your stats might drop that day. Yes, you might not get as much interaction on your review compared to memes or tags. But should you avoid writing reviews altogether? Should you encourage other bloggers not to write reviews? I don’t think so.
What do you think about this topic?
Do you agree that book reviews change the culture of books?
Do you think bloggers should hold stats as more important and avoid reviews?
Until next time!
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