Blog Post Titles for Book Reviews.
I don’t know about other book bloggers, but I’m not into putting hashtags and at-tags in the titles of my book review blog posts. Yes, of course I do it with post like this – as well as for memes, and other book tags – but when it comes to a book review, I find all those #s and @s to look annoying.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking anyone to change how they entitle their blog posts – you do you.
The thing is, it seems to me that maybe not everyone appreciates the time and effort I put into the titles for my book reviews. For example, I recently posted a review of the Tom Hanks short stories “Uncommon Type,” which I entitled “Tales from the Font Lines.” Well, considering every story in the book has a typewriter, I thought someone would get the pun and comment on it, but… <crickets>! (Maybe it was too subtle; who knows?)
On the other hand, I have had people comment on some of my review titles, and one friend of mine actually thought the title to my review would have been a better title for the book than the one they used! Strangely enough, I didn’t think I was being all that clever with that particular book review, but nonetheless, I appreciated the complement, and that somebody noticed.
Then there’s one book review on my old blog that, for some reason has nearly 3,400 views, which gets anywhere from a few dozen to a couple hundred of hits every week, without fail. Plus, it is starting to drive hits to that same review here on WordPress. I cannot get my head around this at all, because I didn’t care for that book all that much. Of course, this could be because some search engine grabbed the title “Slavery Through Women’s Eyes” and listed it in the sadomasochistic porn section. Go figure, right? The next best performing post on my old blog is called “The Guestbook Spy.” I loved that book and I appreciate the hits, but I can’t figure out why that post gets such good traffic (but I’d be very happy if the hits there would drive more traffic here for this review).
My question is, do you use creative titles for your book review posts? Or do you just name it “book review” with the title of the book and the author’s name? Do you think it matters for SEO, one way or another? I mean, I really don’t care about SEO to be honest. I care much more for the pleasure I get in being creative by trying to think up a title that will hint at the essence of the book, and/or my assessment of the work.
Now, ever since I started using WordPress, I always make sure that the automatic tweets that go out for all my posts (not just the book reviews) have all the required @s and #s that I can think of – authors, titles, publishers, and anything else I can think of before I post a review. That’s why I’m not going to change how I do things, and I don’t expect others to jump on my tiny bandwagon. I’m just wondering: