Today’s topic is a question many of us have asked ourselves ever since we started blogging about books. It’s something we worry about and maybe even lose sleep over. The answer could either motivate us to read even more books and share our opinion until eternity, shouting it into the void. Or it could rob us of all that motivation and stomp us straight into a life-sucking slump.
Do people actually read reviews?
The truth is… I don’t know for sure. I can’t give you a straight answer and be 100% sure I’m right about it. And I think to know if people actually read reviews, we have to look at why we write them in the first place.
We write reviews because we love books. Because we want to voice our opinion about it, good or bad. We want to rave and fangirl when we love a book and we want to rant when we hated one. We review books because we love sharing these opinions in the hope we find other like-minded souls that want to chat with us about those books. People who love books as passionately as we do. I always thought myself to be the only person in the world that loved books this much when I was growing up. But when I found Goodreads, I knew that to be false. I wasn’t alone anymore. And so I started sharing MY opinion too because I wanted more people to talk books with. More even, I wanted friends.
When you think about it that way, it seems pretty clear what the answer to that question is. Of course people read reviews. Because we are always looking for others that share our opinion about a book. Or we trust that other person’s opinion so much we depend on it and let it help us decide if we read a book or not. Or we just like the way they review even if we disagree. It’s all possible. But in the end, yes, we do read reviews.
BUT I think there is a lot of room for doubt with that answer too. Because what if we don’t get comments on that one review we were so proud of? What if nobody wants to talk with us about that book we absolutely adored? What if people don’t comment because they’re ignoring us for that negative review on that popular book everyone else seems to love?
Readers can be very insecure when it comes to their own blogs and content. And I get it! I am too! I always worry nobody will read my posts, whether it be a review or something else. But that shouldn’t stop us from creating that content in the first place. Because people DO read it. They might not have the time to comment, but people do read it. And if you’re very worried about it, share your review on social media! Participate in link-ups and challenges! Comment on other blogs so they return the favor and comment on yours! Eventually your reviews will be read. And who knows? Maybe someone stumbles across your blog and falls in love with your review style.
It’s a fact that people in general love to talk about things. Discuss. And in the end, reviews are just another way of discussing something. But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?