On occasion, I see posts on FB and Twitter about bloggers being misleading by only posting positive reviews on their blogs. The general consensus seems to range from ‘they are only posting positive reviews to get more free books’ to ‘they are being positive to try and be popular’ through to ‘surely they can’t love all the books that they read’. Sometimes it is just throwaway comments and queries with nothing malicious being meant, which is fine but at times it strays into blogger bashing and impugning on a bloggers ethics and honour.
Well, simply put, often bloggers don’t love every book that they read and they choose not to review those books. You know what?!?! That is perfectly OK.
The point of this blog post is that I tweeted about this subject, the tweet was:
“If a blogger chooses not to post negative reviews on their blog then it’s their choice. People complaining seem to forget the most important thing, it’s the blogger’s blog! They can post what they want. If that includes negative, fine, if they just share book love, equally fine”.
Followed by (because I ramble and can’t fit all I want to write in one tweet).
“To those who complain that there are no negative reviews on a blog. If the blogger chooses not to post them then it’s their choice. Try this though! Maybe the blogger is just good at picking what they like and enjoy to read! It’s an interesting concept, try it”.
Yes, I quoted my own tweet! 🙂
Now, what I tweeted was met with an overwhelmingly positive response…….apart from one! Yes, there is always one and unfortunately it wasn’t Connor MacLeod (Highlander) and in this case, the one fiercely disagreed with what I wrote! I know, I know, fiercely disagreed, my tweet annoyed them that much that they transcended just disagreeing to fiercely disagreeing!
Honestly, I don’t know how they can disagree! Sure, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I won’t disagree with that as it is true but disagreeing with someone (me) overwriting that a blogger can post what they want on their own blog!
I’ll leave that there and allow you, my dear readers, to have at it! What say you, this person disagrees with me that you can post what you want on your own blog!
Thoughts?!?!?! Opinions?!?!?! Share them!!!! Swearing is allowed on my blog so if you want to call the person a f#cker or worse in the comments then please feel free! 😉
Back on track, whether a blogger chooses to share negative reviews or not is their own personal choice. I choose to post negative reviews, I have the princely sum of three actual negative reviews on my blog in two years of blogging and that’s OK, it was my choice to post them.
In my opinion, negative reviews have a place in the book community and often a well-worded negative review that explains why the person disliked a book can be beneficial to others as what that person disliked others may in-fact like.
I do feel that negative reviews that simply shit on a book aren’t beneficial to an author, a book or the community at all, none of us wants to read that someone hated a book because it was ‘shit’ or ‘a travesty to literature’. Reviews like that help no-one but a thoughtful negative review that critiques what the person didn’t like and also explains what they did like (if they did actually like any aspects) can help offer a fully-rounded and informed overall opinion of a book.
Honestly, there are many bloggers out there who post negative reviews and can still make you interested in reading the book as they are fully aware that the review is only their opinion (something some need to realise) and offer both the positive and the negative without being overly critical or ripping the book to pieces and as I said, what one person likes another might dislike and vice versa and the aspects that person didn’t like might actually be the things that another looks for in a book.
Am I wrong to post negative reviews and are all the other bloggers who do it wrong too?!?!? No, I am not and neither are they, it is my blog and it is their blog and ultimately, we all decide what we are going to post.
Likewise, if a blogger decides not to post negative reviews then that is perfectly OK too, they are not wrong either as it is their choice and there is nothing underhand about it.
Lots of bloggers choose simply to focus on the positive and spread the book love and you know what?!?!? There’s nothing wrong with that at all my friends, nothing wrong with that at all!
It is ‘their blog, their rules, their voice‘ a mantra that I have lived by on my blog since I started blogging.
Of course, we can’t love all the books that we read but most of us try and pick books that we think we will like in the genres that we read. Sure, sometimes the book doesn’t work out or we do try something different and again, that doesn’t work out but mostly we agree to read and choose books that we hope we will enjoy. Who wants to spend time reading books that they know they won’t enjoy anyway?!?! That my friends would be the definition of craziness! I know the world can be crazy but FFS that is taking it too far!
It seems to some that reading what you know you will like is a foreign concept, funny, most of us as bloggers and readers think the opposite and try to read what we know we will like. The mind is blown!
Maybe if these people actually focused on reading what they like then they would have better look with books and maybe, just maybe, most of us are good at choosing to read what interests us and what we hope that we will like! Try it, you might find that you like it instead of berating bloggers for not posting negative reviews.
We know our tastes and we know our likes and dislikes. Books are like TV shows, films, music and video games. We read, watch, listen and play what we know (hopefully) will bring us enjoyment.
I know a lot of people feel that there are no bad books and that often it is simply the case of the wrong book, wrong time and wrong book, wrong reader and all that means is that if they do read a book and don’t enjoy it then that is what they class it as, the wrong book for them and choose to move on to the next read. There is nothing sinister in them then choosing not to review it.
Whether a blog includes negative reviews or not doesn’t mean that the blogger is dishonest and it’s wrong to think that nor is it deceitful of the blogger! Coming from someone (myself) who does write negative reviews (when required) and feels that they have a place in the community I have no issue whatsoever with bloggers choosing not to post negative reviews, no issue at all and neither should anyone else. it is their blog and they have a right to post what they want!
It is blogger bashing and you have to ask why that even occurs as sadly, it is something that seems to happen a lot, is it cool? Are bloggers easy targets?
Seems unfair to me, we do this for free, in our spare time and because we love books (even if we do, on occasion post negative reviews) and yet we get bashed for it. We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t where some are concerned. I guess that you really can’t please everyone but hating on bloggers, why not try something constructive with your free time or at the very least, get a life!
Our blog is our own little slice of the internet, we post what we want in the way that we choose and we all have our own individual style. My blog definitely isn’t for everyone and that is fine, other people’s blogs aren’t all for me and we all have blogs and bloggers that we interact with more and prefer over others.
But, what we all are, at the core irrelevant of our differences is book lovers and book bloggers who blog in the way that suits them and whatever that way is, it is right as it is that blogger’s own blog! Honestly, no-one should be telling anyone what they can or cannot or should or should not be posting on their blog!
Regardless of whether we do on occasion post negative reviews or not we all blog because we love books and want to share that love!
So my friends, celebrate individuality and creativity on blogs, spread the blogger love, and most importantly be yourself and share the book love! 🙂
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