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!
Kyra23 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
Kyra recently posted…Review – Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up? – Rob Stevens
Gill Edwards23 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 Edwards recently posted…book round-up
Sarah23 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 recently posted…Review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
LaChouett23 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 recently posted…Cover Blitz: “The Tycoon’s Wager” by Olivia Logan
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books23 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??
Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books recently posted…Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Gina @ My Precious23 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.
Gina @ My Precious recently posted…Book Reviews: Our Endless Numbered Days
Fashiondisaster24 March, 2015 at 9:48 am
I love books!
Can’t wait for the recommendations! 🙂
Faye’s Thoughts on… Book Blogging | A Daydreamer's Thoughts27 March, 2015 at 7:01 am
[…] So I was supposed to have this post go live around the time of the awards but then LIFE HAPPENED and I just never got around to posting it. Now, though, I feel like this post still has a lot of relevance, especially after Lucy from Queen of Contemporary announced she was no longer writing reviews on her blog. (You can read that post here). […]
Jess @My Reading Dress27 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!
Jess @My Reading Dress recently posted…Living In the Age of Sloths
Dear UKYA blogging community: don’t get your knickers in a twist. - ThirstForFiction12 April, 2015 at 12:23 pm
[…] or dismissed, for the time we spend reading, reviewing and tweeting about books. On top of that, some of us have decided that we do not want to review books anymore, because reviews are our least-read content and some of us struggle with them. And these feelings […]
On Reviewing Books | Heart Full of Books19 April, 2015 at 9:59 am
[…] Queen of Contemporary announces she’ll no longer be writing reviews. 2. Thirst for Fiction explains why book blogging is hella great. 3. Writing From The Tub writes […]