Showing posts with label opinions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opinions. Show all posts

Saturday, July 23, 2016

When You Have to Write a Negative Review | Book Blogging Etiquette (#4)




Opinions are a difficult matter on the internet. Sometimes you encounter more troll and hateful comments than genuine ones. People often use the anonimity of the internet to show the worst of themselves.

Especially as a book blogger, you may find yourself in a situation where you don't like something everyone likes. 




Of course you are free to share your opinion and tell people why you don't like a popular book. The key here is to put emphasis on the why:
  • Reasons: 
Always give reasons why you don't like something. Don't just express your hate with mean gifs and insults. Be professional about it and just state in a neutral voice why you're not a fan. Never insult. Neither the fans, nor the author. Words are your friend here, show that you have an education.

  • Voice: 
Again, no insults.You're going to want to write a review that shows constructive criticism. If you can't be constructive, simply be polite.

  • Other Perspectives: 
What I like to do before I'm typing up a ranty review is to think about the people who love this book. Maybe you're not the target audience, maybe you have a history with disliking that special genre, or you're just not in the mood for this. Don't demonize a book just because you weren't feeling it.

Think long and hard before you publish a negative review that might affect other people and keep them from buying the book. Is your hate justified? Is this an offensive book or do you just not like it because it doesn't fit your taste? There's a huge difference between the two. Do your best to judge which case you're dealing with.


But what about Goodreads reviews? 

Don't take Goodreads as an example, this is the worst thing you can do as an independent blogger. Goodreads may be a critique platform in theory, but in reality it's just a way for people who hate something equally to huddle and say mean things. You'll quickly notice that the most popular and most liked reviews there are the ones involving the meanest gifs and the rudest remarks. 

The question then is - should you follow that example to gain more success more quickly? 

The short answer is me screaming no with a megaphone.

The long answer is that you always have to keep in mind that the author might be reading this. I don't understand why this is so difficult for some people to grasp, but it takes an insane amount of work to write, edit, and get a book published. That's accomplishment on its own.

We as readers just feel responsible for providing helpful feedback if we decide to share our opinion on public platforms. Imagine if the author were reading that you called them an absolute retard for writing a book that should be used as toilet paper instead (someone actually said this on Goodreads). 

I'm not saying you're not allowed to rant, to express your disappointment over a book that didn't live up to your expectations. Of course you are allowed to voice your opinion, but please, please don't write any feedback that you couldn't deal with yourself. 

Ask yourself: if someone wrote this about your book - how would you react?


How do you handle writing bad reviews? Do you publish them at all?




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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How I Got Into Book Blogging: I did it for the reviews! | TAG







If you think about it, book blogging is a pretty obscure niche. 
There are so many people I know that proudly claim that they haven't read a book since 6th grade.

Yet somehow there are thousands of book bloggers like us out there, it's insane to think about the amount of book blogs that exist. 

When you're part of the community, it doesn't feel like it's a niche market. But compared to fashion bloggers the number of us book bloggers is pretty low. So I wondered, how did all of you get into this? Feel free to share your story and leave a link in the comments.

I Was a Movie Reviewer!

I actually did movie reviews on a German site similar to Goodreads just for movies for about three or four years before I came across the first book blog. 

I've always liked the thought of sharing my opinion. I'm a pretty opinionated person and I love to shock people with my controversial opinions sometimes. That's why I loved doing movie reviews, you can watch them in two hours max and cram out a bunch of angry reviews every week without putting a lot of effort into it.

...and then I discovered tumblr

This might be news to you, but I've actually had a book blog on tumblr named bookavid way longer than I've had this blog. I still spend way too much time on that site. 

My passion for sharing my opinion without having anyone ask me for it eventually led to tumblr, the ultimate place for angry opinionated internet people. I was probably 16 when I made my first tumblr account and I went through all the typical stages, from fandom, to aesthetic blogger, to social justice. Eventually everyone will come across pretty pictures of books on their tumblr dashes. Only I was the person who didn't continue scrolling but decided to investigate. 

The book blogging community on tumblr is very close and pretty much welcomed me with open arms. 

If you're on tumblr, too, and also an active book blogger, you know that posting reviews there is like shouting into the void. You barely get any discussion there, which is what I craved and was used to doing from my days as a movie reviewer. I didn't know about Goodreads back then, so I fulfilled myself a life long dream to start my own blog. 

I started out horribly, just posting review after review in the hopes that people would just find my blog somehow and start discussing with me. One year later, here I am still posting opinionated reviews, but actually managed to fill my blog up with content a little. 

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If you're a book blogger, I'm tagging you to make a post telling your readers how you got into book blogging. Feel free to grab the icon and leave the link to your post in the comments.

How did you get into book blogging?

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