The question from Let’s Talk Bookish for January 21-27 is…
Do Bloggers Owe Their Readers and Vice Versa? (Rukky)?
These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!
What made me think about this topic?
This is the topic that was suggested for #LetsTalkBookish for this week, so that was my inspiration. The prompts are:
Do bloggers owe their readers anything? Do bloggers deserve anything from their readers? Do you think there’s a specific etiquette that bloggers/readers should follow when interacting? Do you as a blogger pressure yourself to provide certain things to your readers? Do you do certain things when you read a blog post?
Do bloggers owe their readers anything?
Well, I think we owe them our honesty, especially when it comes to reviews of ARCs. We have to remember that when we review one of these books, our readers want to know our honest opinions of that book. Now that doesn’t mean we have to be nasty about a book we didn’t like, but we should be truthful about our feelings towards the book. I think that this also answers the question “Do you as a blogger pressure yourself to provide certain things to your readers?” because I work hard to make sure my reviews are as honest as possible. I think we also owe it to our readers to not put spoilers into our reviews, and yes, I do my best to make sure that my reviews are spoiler free.
Do bloggers deserve anything from their readers?
No, I don’t think so. I mean, it would be nice to get a “like” from someone who reads my posts, especially if they don’t comment, but both are optional, no matter how appreciated they are.
Do you think there’s a specific etiquette that bloggers/readers should follow when interacting?
This question made me reconsider my answer to the previous one. So, on second thought… if they comment on our posts, perhaps they can make sure that they’re respectful of our opinions, even if they disagree with them. I, in turn, think we should be equally respectful.
Do you do certain things when you read a blog post?
If the option is available to me on a blog, I absolutely, ALWAYS hit the “like” button on each and every blog post I read, without fail. When there is no “like” button, I try to see if I can make a short comment. Sadly, I don’t always have something to say, and just commenting “good post” or “nice review” seems a bit… fake. So, the “like” button is the absolute minimum. Remember, I follow over 600 blogs, so that’s a good deal of clicking. That said, since I follow these blogs via email notifications (as opposed to using the WP reader), I don’t always click on all the posts (which would probably take me all day long, and I wouldn’t have time to do anything else).
In addition, I do try to read through the whole post, but admittedly (especially when I’m pressed for time), I’ve been known to jump down to the last, concluding paragraph to see the blogger’s assessment of the book. If that is particularly interesting, I then go back to the beginning and read the review more carefully. Obviously, list posts with lots of pictures of books and little text are faster to read than full reviews. On those, I often scan them first and if there’s a book that catches my eye, I read more in depth (if there is more to read).
There you have it!
So… what about you?
Do you think bloggers owe their readers and vice versa?
This post is my 2nd entry in the 2022 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!