Reviews at least for me are one of the hardest types of blog posts to write. Give me a reason or subject to rant about and I will type and type and type but when it comes time to write an actual book review I often stare at the screen drooling with a dumb, lost and vacant look on my face and no clue what to write!
One thing I have noticed is that on my blog, at least, that book reviews don’t do as well as other types of posts so, yes, the effort I put into attempting a halfway decent and coherent review is often left neglected, unloved and ignored by the masses.
If we look at some of my recent posts and reviews and their stats the page views for original content was much higher (got to keep some mystery and I’m not sharing the actual page views though, if you show me yours I’ll show you mine).
As of writing, this post my Reasons why a blogger declines your review request post has gained 155 likes and 135 comments. My Venting post has received 102 likes and 74 comments. And, my What blogging means to me post has received 100 likes and 62 comments
Now, for my two most recent reviews My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland and Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley. My Little Eye has received 73 likes and 14 comments and Devil’s Day has received 68 likes and 15 comments.
That’s fewer likes but also far fewer comments and it is akin to tumbleweeds rolling through the comments section!
Why are reviews a less popular type of posts than original content, memes and tags?!?!
So, in list form, because I am lazy and because I have also read that lists are popular, well, we shall see about that so, let us call this list research.
Let’s look at some reasons why reviews are unpopular:
– You might only read reviews for books and genres that you are interested in reading yourself.
– You might have read the authors previous work and know that you don’t like how they write and as such, you won’t bother with reading reviews of their new books.
– The review might be for a later book in a trilogy or series that you are reading and yet to get up to and to avoid the chance of spoilers you won’t read any reviews for the book.
– You might have read some other reviews for the book, know that it’s not for you or that you are going to buy it and don’t feel the need to read any more.
– You might be currently reading the book yourself and until you have finished it and written your own review you won’t read other reviews so as not to influence your own thoughts and opinion.
– You might have never heard of the book or author and due to that bypass the review.
– You might only read reviews with book covers that grab your attention.
– You might read the review and ‘like’ it but don’t leave a comment as you have nothing to say. There’s only so many times that you can write ‘great review’ or the equivalent in the comments section and you might be someone who unless they have something extra to add to the post just doesn’t comment.
– Time, there is only so much time in the day and perhaps as much as we would like to read more reviews at times we just can’t. We have to spread out our blogging between reading reviews as well as a variety of blogs and other blog post types and when this is the case we will give priority to reviews of those books that we are interested in.
Thoughts?? Are your reviews less popular than other types of blog post?? Are all your posts about the same for traffic?? Do you have any reasons to add as to why you think reviews are unpopular as blog posts??
Now, I suck at commenting but I like reading reviews regardless of whether the book interests me or not and seeing people’s thoughts. I do think, however, that while we all have an opinion on bookish matters, the community and discussion posts in general that for book reviews and books we don’t always know what to comment, don’t have anything to say and honestly, for reviews, at times, they just aren’t as engaging as other types of posts.
For me, my reviews tend to be more on the normal side of posts where I tone down what I write with only the very occasional usage of swearing, sarcasm, innuendo and ranting.
Whilst in discussion posts I can let rip with whatever I feel like writing in whatever way I feel fit, often with some dirty, nasty and filthy words thrown in, shocker right!
And, dare I say it that perhaps my reviews are simply rather boring and that is why they receive less traffic than other post types on my blog.
So, what this shows me is this, when I write discussion type posts I get traffic and when I am bad I also get traffic, my deviant mind is telling me that this means, it is good to be bad!
And, no, contrary to the snowflakes who think that I have already been bad, trust me my little cupcakes you haven’t seen anything yet and there will be many more opportunities for you all to worship at the altar of awesomeness! 😉
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