While trawling through SM I sometimes see that people (some) have an issue with those in the community who choose not to post negative reviews. For whatever reason, it’s the type of issue that seems to appear every now and again.
So, I thought that I’d reveal (not like flasher gremlin) my thoughts on the subject.
Or, if you prefer, like Eminem:
“Now this looks like a job for me
So everybody just follow me
‘Cause we need a little controversy
‘Cause it feels so empty without me
I said, this looks like a job for me“.
And because I ramble so much: “here’s my ten cents, my two cents is free“.
I’d like to think that the title of this post is controversial. After all, according to Eric Bischoff, controversy creates cash (it’s the title of his autobiography) and I’m hoping that controversy will create views for this post.👍📚
I’ll start by saying that personally, I have no issue whatsoever with those who don’t post negative book reviews. It is their choice, on their blog and they can do and post whatever they want. Honestly, I’m not even sure that it should be an issue. A blog is the personal domain of that blogger and they alone decide what to post.
I’m a firm (mind out of the gutter) believer in the ‘my blog, my rules‘ mantra. Those who read this post and that follow me know that I, on occasion write posts that are filled with euphemisms, innuendos, wholesome innocent filth, sarcasm and swearing. Frankly, they are posts that would make many of you blush and you wouldn’t dream of writing them, I do. You know why? Because it is ‘my blog‘ and ‘my rules‘ and if you don’t like that then you can unfollow me because the issue is with you and not me and what I choose to post.
The same applies to those who chose not to write negative reviews. It is ‘their blog‘ and ‘their rules‘ and the issue is with you and not with them. Surely, even if you think that bloggers should post negative reviews then you can at least acknowledge and respect that it is their blog and so, it is their choice not too?
Or, are you saying that a blogger should blog in a specific way? Because you can’t say that! You have no rule to state that a blogger should blog and post in a certain way to conform to what you believe a blog should be. Yes, you have an opinion (they are like arseholes, we all have them) and that is fine. But, you aren’t from the mythical blogging government with a law to be enforced by the also mythical blogging police that says how a blog should be run. It is not your choice to make. As I said, a blog is that blogger’s own space. It. Is. Not. Yours.
You do you and let others do themselves! Oh my, that sounds rather kinky, doesn’t it?🤔😂 Ooh, Matron!
If someone told me how or what to post I’d tell them to get the ‘f‘ out. No, actually, I’d probably write an eloquently worded letter to the mythical blogging government venting my displeasure and I’d fill in a form too. Cos ya know, there’s always a form.😂😜
OK folks, let’s have a minute’s silence for all the followers I’ve lost so far.🔇🔕😢 We might need to have another one by the end of the post too.😂😜
Those bloggers who don’t post negative reviews aren’t saying that they love ALL of the books that they read. Those of you who say that are twisting their choice around to your way of thinking. They are simply choosing not to review the books they didn’t like.
All book bloggers start a blog because they are book lovers. Not haters, lovers. We love reading and we choose to blog as an extension of that love. To share the love of the books that we read and to shout about them. No-one starts a book blog because they hate books and reading. So, it is understandable that lots of bloggers choose only to review and shout about the books that they have enjoyed.
Blogging can be hard (again, mind out of the gutter) and it takes time. Even if you don’t find it hard (it happens when you get older) it is still a time-consuming endeavour. We read books, we (might) take notes while reading, we have to write the review, draft the actual review post up, share it on SM and then cross-post the review to other sites (Goodreads, Amazon, etc). All of this takes time and effort and blogging time (the clock is ever ticking) takes away from our reading time. Factor in time spent on life, work and adulting too and it’s understandable why many bloggers don’t want to bother writing reviews for the books that they didn’t enjoy. They have the mindset that if they don’t like it, they don’t dwell on it and they move on as there are many other books and authors out there ready and waiting to be read. In my opinion, they can’t be faulted for that decision.
As I said near the start (I repeat myself, sorry, I’m a blogger, not a writer, I don’t have an editor and I also like to run my mouth) I have no issue whatsoever with any bloggers who choose not to post negative reviews. I do, however, believe that negative reviews have their place in the blogging community and in the reviewing world.
I write them myself when required. I don’t have many granted as I am fairly good at picking what books I like to read and, mostly, that works out well. But, on the rare occasion since I started blogging when I’ve sadly not liked (cos we can’t like them all) a book then I have written a negative review. I’m saying this so that you can see that I hold no bias towards only posting positive reviews because I don’t do that.
Now, I don’t mean the ‘this is shit‘ hate-filled diatribes that some people spew forth and label as a ‘review‘. But, constructive reviews that explain what issues the blogger had with the book, why it didn’t work for them and if there was any, then highlighting the positives of the book too. Reading is subjective and what one person dislikes another might well like. If the negative review has been constructively written, showing what the blogger didn’t like then another blogger could read that review and those same issues could be what, they, themselves like in a book. Due to this, a constructive negative review could well result in someone buying the book based on it.
For me, negative reviews add balance and give a full spectrum of views on a book but a blogger isn’t required to write them.
I’ve seen the validity of blogs that only post positive reviews called into question, yawn! I understand that it is a personal opinion to think this but I ask you why you feel that way? Why would you question the validity of the reviews on a blog that only posts positive reviews? What nefarious things do you think are going on with the blogger? Let me guess! I didn’t even have to shine my crystal ball for this one! Free books! I bet you think that bloggers only post positive reviews to help them get free books. Sigh!
Some bloggers get ARC’s, some don’t, some don’t want ARC’s, others want all the ARC’s but to say that a blogger only posts positive reviews to get free books. No, I don’t believe that is the case at all. Maybe, just maybe a blogger gets ARC’s because they put the time and effort into their blog and the publicists and publishers like their reviews and take note of that blogger. Wow, the mind was blown!
Ya know, even I get some ARC’s with my shonky blogging and reviewing skills – haters gonna hate so I added that purely so that you can hate on me.😂
If you are that bothered with bloggers getting ARC’s that you have to come up with BS that they only post positive reviews to get those ARC’s then consider this. Instead of badmouthing how others blog and what types of reviews they choose to post why don’t you put more effort into your own blog? You never know, that effort could then be rewarded and you might get that precious ARC you so desperately want.
ARC’s are perhaps, irrelevant. Many of those who only post positive reviews don’t even get ARC’s (if they do, who cares) and instead, they buy their own books. If they loved the book then they review the book and if not, they don’t. No issue at all until someone makes it an issue.
By questioning the validity of those blogs who only post positive reviews you are questioning the integrity of the blogger behind that blog and calling their views on the books that they have reviewed lies.
The thing is, as bloggers we don’t just post reviews on our blogs. We cross post to other sites too. For all you know a blog that only has positive reviews on it could well still post a negative review on those other sites. Then, they simply choose not to post it on their own blog. Add in that the blogger in question will probably have emailed the publicist and told them that they had issues with the book and those that need to know, know.
Reading is subjective. What one person likes another might dislike (yes, repeating again, I tell ya, I need a blog editor) and vice versa. Not everyone is going to agree and love all of the same books, it is life, it is how it is and there is nothing untoward to it. You might disagree with a positive review that has been posted on a positive review only blog as you disliked the book. The blog that positive review appears on though is irrelevant as it could appear on any other blog (yes, including blogs that post both positive and negative reviews, shocker, eh) as it is that bloggers own personal opinion on the book just like you had your own opinion on the book too. Would that positive review even though you disagree with it be OK if it did appear on a blog that posts both types of reviews? If you answer yes, it would be OK then I ask you why then isn’t it OK that it appears on a positive review only blog? The outcome is the same, the other blogger liked the book, you didn’t and both of those views are valid because reading is a personal experience and it is (once again, it’s a trio of repeats folks) subjective! Yet you only take issue if you disagree with a review that appears on a positive review only blog.
Not all of the reviews on positive only review blogs are fawning and gushing 5* reviews which seems to be a misconception held by many. Lots don’t use star ratings anymore and that’s not just the positive only review bloggers but everyone.
These positive only review blogs post reviews for anything from 3* up to 5* books. Depending on who you ask 3* and 3.5* are negative (they aren’t) but many (not just positive review only) bloggers think that they are. So, if you think that all positive review only blogs are only for 5* books then you are wrong, they aren’t.
Do you have any proof that the reviews of bloggers who only post positive reviews are anything less than genuine? If you do then please share it. 🙂
Perhaps there does need to be a distinction between book blogs/bloggers and book recommendation blogs/bloggers but why? At the end of the day, we are all book bloggers whatever we choose to post and however we choose to review. Why start adding different labels to bloggers who choose to blog in a certain way? Labels lead to division and there is no need for that.
To me, it has never been a consideration that I don’t trust positive review only blogs. I’m not blind and I can see from the reviews that they write that they truly love the books that they review.
I never see any bloggers (though I presume it does happen) who run blogs that post only positive reviews and share the book love hating on those who post negative reviews and telling them not too. It is always the other way around as though those who choose to post negative reviews are offended by those who don’t. As though it is an affront to blogging! Even when the topic comes up the positive only review bloggers generally ignore it and let it go. They don’t retaliate and quite honestly, they would be in their right too. I’m saying nothing but, perhaps, the fact that the positive review only bloggers rise above it (like John Cena they rise above hate) means that old adage ‘what you say about others says a lot about you‘ is rather apt for those who feel the need to hate on and badmouth them.
I would say, if you have an issue with those who only post positive reviews and don’t trust them then don’t follow them and don’t read their blogs, it is that simple. I’m sure that they won’t lose any sleep over it (they probably won’t even notice) and honestly, they could probably do without the hassle of how they blog and their honesty getting called into question anyway.
Neither you, I or anyone else has a right to tell another blogger how to blog. You can have your views, yes. I have my own views on certain bloggers (ex-bloggers) too but it is NOT my place or YOURS to dictate to anyone how they should blog and what they should post.
A mantra and a simple blogging motto for you to adhere to:
‘You be you and blog how you want and let others be themselves and blog how they want.’
I don’t know, there seems to be too much pissing and moaning by some with nothing better to do. Maybe some bloggers are better off just tagging authors in their own negative reviews and telling other bloggers how to post as it is the cool and edgy thing to do and we all know that haters gotta hate.👍😎😂
To end, I will say this, I actually thought of asking those bloggers who only post positive reviews to contribute to this post (if I had asked I am sure that they would, they have nothing to hide) and give their own reasons why they only share the book love. But…..in the end, I didn’t and you know why? I didn’t ask them why because they do not need to explain or justify their decision to only post positive reviews to anyone.
I follow lots of blogs, some post both positive and negative reviews, some don’t and they only post positive reviews. Either way, it doesn’t bother me. It is their choice, I respect it and you should too.
Now, the discussion bit of the post! So, I ask, do you trust bloggers who don’t post negative reviews? If not, then why don’t you trust them? Do you even care? Or, do you think that bloggers should post both positive and negative reviews? If you only post positive reviews then, please, feel free to share why in the comments.
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