//Just a slight note : If any of the content below points/indicates/touches you personally, it is just a coincidence.
//That being said, I don’t think I need to say that this is my own personal opinion and you have every right to disagree.
This is just a fun, interactive idea I had about writing about the things I like and dislike in book blogs, and hearing from you guys about the things YOU like and dislike. Let’s just not be diplomatic, and accept straight out that there are some particular aspects which, when it comes to a book blog, really stands out, and some which make the blog meh. So I’m just here to talk about a few of the things I admire and dislike!
(Please remember that these are not the ONLY 3 things I like/dislike in book blogs..there are many more things and factors, I just chose to mention these three for each. So, even if your blog doesn’t have the three things I’m going to mention just now, I may still love you and your blog :) )
3 Things I Really Like in Book Blogs
I’m a sucker for organized, well-formed, well-structured things, in general. So when it comes to book blogs, the first thing I set my eyes on is some organization and neatness. I like uniformity and things to be in order. I like the content of the blog to be in apprehensible order. Sometimes bloggers just mush everything in their post and it comes off as very haphazard planning. It’s excusable sometimes, but when the entire blog is like that, it gets a bit annoying. I notice simple things, like the category you put your post under. Or, (this will sound crazy), but the regular features of a book blog (like wrap ups, tbrs, book hauls, etc.) – if the titles of these posts are not uniform every month, I get irritated :( (ok hate me). But, like, if you post April’s Wrap Up as ‘What I Read in April’ and May’s Wrap up as ‘May Read Books’ – it gets on my nerve. I’m not saying it has to be exactly the same – but a little uniformity is much appreciated by me.
This is pretty much obvious – I like book blogs to have variety. When I think of a perfect book blog – I like them to be a whole – a complete thing. Book blogs doing just fun tags and book hauls aren’t that informative, whereas book blogs focusing on just reviews slowly become monotonous. A proper mixture of fun and information is what I look for in all book blogs.
The best kind of post I like to read are discussion posts. I just love hearing other people’s opinions upon bookish things, I love to hear their thoughts (even if I disagree with them) and I love finding out new discussions topics. Sadly, discussion posts are not that famous or that frequent (I admit even I myself am not that good at discussion posts). So, when I see a blog which has even a few discussions, I immediately get attracted. Reading discussions is very eye-opening and interesting. I wish more people would do them! (And I wish I start doing more of them too :P)
3 Things I Dislike in Book Blogs
Reviews loaded with over-exaggeration.
Okay. I understand your emotions. But thing is, I’m not interested. I’m not as interested in knowing whether you can function right now or not (which you probably can, coz you know, you’re typing and all) but what I’m really interested in is knowing more about the book. It’s okay if the entire review has one or two instances like these, but when a review is full of all such exaggerations – biggest turn offs ever.
I like to read informative reviews. I like to know more about the book than what you felt about the book. Of course, as a reader and a reviewer, you’re bound to tell me what you thought of the book (I do too, in my reviews) but I always like reviews which tell me more things about the book than the reader’s individual take on it. I do love to read the reader’s thoughts on the book, but the information factor has to be more than that.
But, reveiws which are filled with statements like the ones I showed you above? No no no no no no please just NO.
Unless you’ve informed me about your hiatus, I get very annoyed when bloggers disappear or not post often. I’m not asking you to post every day, but once a week is, I dunno, mandatory, I guess? If you can’t take time to post about your reads even once a week, then I….it’s a turn off, just.
Oh my god imagine a post where every two line or so, the color of the font changes. *cringes* It’s really, really unappealing. Again, not really asking you to post in just one colour, but that doesn’t mean you add up all the colours, does it?
So that was pretty much it! Join in the discussion! Share your opinions!