Chai break is a periodic feature on This is Lit to discuss concerns that every book blogger has. This is meant to be a lighthearted discussion that you’d have over tea and the only reason for it not being called Discussion Post is that the site’s author thinks that would be too mainstream. Pfft.
Have you had your tea yet? Are you sitting down? I have some painful information for you, if you hadn’t figured it out by yourself already.
Book reviews are just not enough anymore.
Remember when you first started blogging? You had all those ideas about how you’ll keep reviewing your way to become a famous book blogger. HAHAHAHA. None of that is happening now. Your views are down and your stats maybe lower than a weekday warrior 9 to 5-er’s mood on a Sunday night.
This is probably when you hit the search engines and looked at posts such as “99 evergreen blog post ideas”, “21 things to blog about instead of reviews”, and “10 tips to keep your book blog relevant”. Can I get an ouch?
To demonstrate, we are going to be using the post stats of a posh, aesthetically negative, minimally talented brat– me.
Anywho, I write 2 kinds of posts mainly–book reviews and listicles. Let’s take a look at the stats for my best book review, a review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne. This did well because I reviewed it the morning after it released.
My best listicle on 9 things you should NEVER say to a bookworm has these stats.
My worst book review was Seven Hanged by Leonid Andreyev. Do you see it? Do you see the problem? I had 9 views and 12 likes. 12! Thanks for that, easy-liking-through-dashboard.
My worst listicle was 7 things only crime fiction fans will understand. This list, with all 17 of its views, was written on my second day of blogging. Wow, people really do love their lists.
Let me say it again–book reviews are just not enough. My belief is to still push out book reviews, while at the same time, mix it up. I write listicles every other week. It’s a good thing that something I already love doing also has a lot of followers.
Why don’t people read our reviews anymore?
I usually love reading book reviews. When I first started blogging, I used to read everyone’s book reviews. I’d always leave a comment, too! But I also discovered that the book blogging community is filled to the neck with book reviews. After a long day at work, I found that I’d rather read a discussion post or a think piece than a book review. I went through a phase were I read the reviews only by bloggers I had a good rapport with.
After this phase, I did some blogging related self-exploration. Some of the best books I’ve read, I discovered through book reviews. I’ve once again started checking out everyone’s book reviews. But my reviews’ stats are just a little bit better than before. I’ve discovered that when your audience is majorly reviewers, they only care about your thoughts on books they’ve read or have already heard a lot about. It also depends on whether or not it is a full moon day, but we’ll talk about that later.
But, this doesn’t mean you have to stop reviewing books. You do you, you book starved nut! Put up your reviews! Let us all encourage each other and hear what each of us has to say about books!
…also put out a list when you can because lists are easy to read and readers love the GIFs you put in them. 😀
What did you think of my opinion? I’d like to hear yours too! Tell me what you think about book reviews in the comments section!