The struggle to write a perfect review sometimes leads me into a blogging burn out, more than my TBR pile does. A lot of anxiety and time is crammed into that 500 word blog post. Still, reviews – on the blog or on Goodreads – make up a bulk of the time as a blogger. So when Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings asked an interesting question about the choice of reviewing, I knew I would want to weigh in this week. She asks,
“Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?”
In short, I review books for myself. I’ve had one or two instances where I’ve been approached by well known publishing companies or agents to review a book. The books they offered were not for me and I was a bit torn because while I wanted to give more exposure to my blog, I didn’t want to read a book that I wouldn’t love.
When reviewing, do you ask yourself for whom are you reviewing all these books? Does it create a conflict between wanting to please your audience and reading whatever you want?
It does for me.
:et’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard to decide between reading whatever you want and giving into to the audience. Personally, I think it’s a good idea to balance both because I’ve come across some great finds accepting books from publishers. If I’ve established a relationship with a certain publisher beforehand and they send me book, I’m willing to accept the unsolicited review copy. Only because I believe that the publisher would be familiar with my blog and preferences by now.
I also review some books based on my audience. There is no strict genre that my blog caters to. Even though at the end of the day this is MY blog I still take into account my audience’s interest. This is why I’m always looking for diverse books as part of the mission of my blog is to create an awareness among my following.
So there is no clear answer, I suppose who my reviews are for. I write them because a certain story needs more readers. Or a certain author needs more exposure. I write reviews because I enjoy analyzing.
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