I was just sitting here thinking about how I need to post more reviews, because if I am ever going to get approved for more ARCs, then I should have plenty of reviews. This then lead me to thinking I also need more of an audience because I am more likely to get approved if I reach more and more people. This then lead me to wonder what posts gained more readers and which ones led to more followers. This then lead me to thinking which posts I prefer on other book blogs, this would be discussion posts. These are followed closely by posts where others share what books they have recently read and enjoyed, and what books they have bought or hope to get there hands on. It is these posts that essentially make my TBR grow and my bank balance shrink.
On my blog, the posts that receive the most views are memes, where I share the books I have enjoyed or hope to enjoy in the future. These are also the posts where readers get to know a little more about me and what I do when I am not reading. These are the posts with the most comments, that lead to discussion and book recommendations and a little help on deciding which books to move up the TBR. I have found the majority of the blogs that I follow through memes, from looking at the blogs in the link-ups and I am sure that a majority of my followers found my blog that way too.
Reviews are my least read posts and definitely my least commented on, they are also the kind of posts that I am least likely to visit when scrolling through my bloglovin feed. Of course, I do read reviews but only when it's of a book I am wanting to read anyway or one I have recently read and I want to see others opinions on it. I don't read reviews of books I have never heard of, or ones I simply have no interest in. Basically, reviews do not always lead me to buying books. The only time that a review will lead me to buy a book, is when, as I said, I am already wanting to read it, then a review can sway me to either definitely buy it or to just get it from the library.
Do I think reviews are a waste of time? Not at all, there are many people who love to read reviews and use them to find new books. I have been to a few blogs where reviews get plenty of comments, creating discussion. I love writing reviews, the reason I started my blog in the first place was to review books. I don't write as many reviews as I like but I am working on it. My main problem is that if I don't write the review soon after reading the book, I forget details of the book, sometimes even characters names and all I remember is that I really liked it. So I am trying to get into the habit of taking notes as I read and starting the review within a few days of finishing the book. Hopefully it won't be too long before I will have a blog with as many reviews as other types of post.
Some publishers approval preferences want your blog to not only have plenty of followers but plenty of reviews and discussion posts too. Bascially they don't all like blogs with lots of memes, which I get but what they don't get is that these posts are just as capable of recommending and spreading the word of their books as reviews are. A person with a little blog can talk about this great book they just read in their weekly-wrap up, one of their readers then checks out the book and talks about it on their blog and one or more of their readers go and check out the book and talk about it on their blog and so on and so forth.
So, what has all this drivel been leading to? Just that it would be nice if publishers would give more small blogs approval for their books because they can spread the word almost as well as big blogs with lots of followers and reviews. Of course I could be ...
What do you guys think?