Sunday, May 09, 2010
Lazy Sunday Thoughts on Reviews
I was lurking around Twitter one night when Marg posted a link to this blog post on online reviews vs traditional reviews. She makes some good points* although I don't care for the idea of bulleted reviews. I've done something similar occasionally but I wouldn't make a habit of it.
What was interesting was a discussion that she linked to, a discussion on the forum of the Book Bloggers' Ning. It was surprising to see that many dedicated readers prefer short reviews. Some of the comments were actually quite harsh about long reviews calling them 'droning' or 'rambling.' I must be a freak because I prefer a long review, especially if I've read the book already. I want to read what others thought of it and if other people noticed the things I did. Long reviews can be done well and still be entertaining. Just look at the romance blog Smart Bitches, one of the most successful book blogs around. Most of their reviews are on the long side.
I will never be accused of being concise. I have written some loooong reviews; I admit it. Has it hurt me as a book blogger? I don't know. I don't have thousands of subscribers and I do get a little sad when my posts receive no comments but I am what I am. And that's okay. Some books just require me to write long reviews. They've crowded my mind for the time it took for me to read them and I need to get my thoughts down. Since there is rarely anyone in real life to listen to me drone on, I turn to the blog. That's why the blog is here in the first place! It's my place to ramble.
The way I look at it is that this blog isn't a billboard for books, it's more like my reading journal. I read what I want and post whatever way I want. If next month I want to remember how I felt about Their Eyes Were Watching God (ridiculously long review) or The Custom of the Country ("Oh my God, so long eyeballs will bleed!" review), I can call it up. If people don't like that, let me point them gently to last week's post.
So yeah, I'm rambling again. I guess what I'm saying is there is room for every kind of review- long or short and we shouldn't let the preferences of others dictate how we want to do things on our own blogs.
*Notice how I used bold to highlight various points on this post. ;)