One of the misconceptions about book blogging is that you have to write reviews and that you have to post a lot of them. I highly (and respectfully) disagree with this opinion. Maybe it’s because I find writing reviews a bit difficult and don’t post them a lot. Maybe it’s because I like writing discussion posts (like this one) better. Whatever my reasoning is, my thoughts still remain the same. To me, book blogging does not require a lot of reviews.
Sure, we should have a certain number of reviews, but honestly an enormous amount of reviews is tiring. So many blogger post reviews daily that sometimes they start to seem like memes. Especially if a popular book just came out. Then the reviews just don’t stop coming. The other day I was checking my email I received five different emails from five different blogs with five reviews of the SAME exact
book. Sure the reviews were all different, each blogger had her own opinion about the book, but can I just say boring!
There are only so many reviews that I can read.
I don’t think you should be pressured into writing more reviews. Write what you want. How many you want. Because let’s face it, if you feel like you have to write a review, it won’t be nearly as passionate compared to if you actually wanted to write the review. It’s better just to have two well written reviews than 20 poorly written ones. Quality over quantity, people. Don’t forget that.
The truth is, I think there is more to book blogging than to writing reviews. Book blogging is about sharing your passion and love for reading and books. It’s about spreading the word on how great books are. And yeah, you can do it through reviews, but that isn’t the only way. There are other ways to do the same thing. Maybe you can have a recommendation feature where you recommend good books. Or maybe a connection feature. I don’t know. Think of something. Be unique. Stand out from the crowd. And remember, reviews aren’t everything.
What do you think?