Bye bye, reviews!

23 March, 2015

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After lots and lots of thought, I’ve decided that I’ll no longer be doing formal reviews on my blog. 

The thing is I really dislike writing reviews. I find them such a chore and they take me twice as long to write as any other post. Recently I’ve been going through a bit of a blogging and reading slump, so I’m in the process of having a major blog spring clean. I knew immediately that my blogging block was coming from the frustrating process I had to go through every single time I sat down to write a review.

Reviews are some of the least-liked posts in the blogosphere, but for some crazy reason we all feel obligated to write them. It’s as if you’re not a “real” blogger if you don’t write them. I want to try and break away from that thought.

So what does this mean?

You’ll be seeing lots more book recommendation posts and book-related discussions on the blog from now on and, hopefully, a lot more posts altogether! Although there may be an odd review popping up now and again, mostly I’ll be changing up a lot of the content that features on the blog. I’m very excited about it!

11 Comments

  • Kyra

    23 March, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I completely understand where you’re coming from, often writing a review feels like a chore and it’s quite sad that we spend so much time on them but they’re generally the least-read posts on our blogs. I look forward to seeing all the new content and well done for taking a step to make blogging more fun for you again! <3
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  • Gill Edwards

    23 March, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I also feel the same. I struggle to write reviews and i never get any comments about them so it makes me wonder why i do it sometimes.
    I look forward to seeing the changes and your new blog ideas

    Gill x
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  • Sarah

    23 March, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I commend you for such a brave and honest decision! There really isn’t any point in writing posts that you don’t enjoy. I do actually enjoy writing reviews but I think that’s because I was used to writing essays in my English degree and reviews are much lighter and quicker to write. I wouldn’t post reviews if I didn’t enjoy writing them so I think you’re decision is great. I look forward to different content 🙂

    Sarah
    http://sarahschapter.blogspot.co.uk
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  • LaChouett

    23 March, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I completely understand where you are coming from.
    Compared to you I am a newbie blogger my the content of my site only has 2 book reviews a week. The rest of the week is dedicated to featured bloggers and reblogs of things I find interesting.

    I will definitely keep tuned in to see what you come up with.

    LaChouett
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  • Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    23 March, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Great idea… sometimes I just want to do a casual book talk-type thing than a formal review, but I let the “rules” get in my head and I end up writing a review. I have this voice in my head saying I have to be consistent, and that is actually pretty lame when I think about it. It’s my blog, who cares if every time I read a book the thoughts I post on it don’t look the same??
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  • Gina @ My Precious

    23 March, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I disagree. Reading reviews is my favorite part of following blogs. I use them to help me decide if I may or might not like a book. I especially like DNF reviews because this gives me great insight to what didn’t work for this person and I can examine if that would be a deal breaker for me. I’m very sad there will not be any more reviews up on this site. Sometimes blog readers don’t make comments on reviews because they may not have anything useful to follow up with, other than great review and that’s kind of boring.
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  • Fashiondisaster

    24 March, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I love books!
    Can’t wait for the recommendations! 🙂

    xxx

    Fashiondisaster

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    27 March, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Very interesting choice, Lucy! And I say GO YOU! Reviews can get tedious and you’re so right. Having them not there doesn’t mean you’re suddenly not a book blogger. Fab choice!
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