As a book blogger you have looked at your stats once or twice or a few times. You’ve analysed them to see what posts your readers like and which of those don’t gain as much traffic; upon doing so you might have realised that book reviews are some of the posts that don’t attract that many views/likes in comparison to some of your other posts. So this brings me to today’s discussion post topic – Are we too lazy to read reviews or is it something else?
As I’ve just pointed out above; book reviews generally gain less views/visitors or likes as some of the more creative posts on your blog. This is not always the case, there are certain exceptions, like if it’s a really popular or hyped book/ARC that everyone has been dying to read and they want to know what you thought. But in general other posts definitely bring more awareness to your blog. So why is this? Are we as blogger just lazy to read reviews because they maybe aren’t that creative? Or is it maybe something else? Let’s discuss ♡
♡ I don’t think we’re lazy, I think that sometimes we might just not be intrigued.
Personally I wouldn’t refer to myself as lazy when it comes to not reading certain reviews. Sometimes when I start reading a review and I read the synopsis and I’m not particularly intrigued I might just skim the review or end up not actually reading it (scandalous, I know). Other times if I don’t recognize the book title I might end up skipping the review. We all have different interests and sometimes a certain book might not be interesting to us, hence why we don’t feel like reading the review.
♡ Disclaimer: These are things that I very rarely do, but it does happen and I’m sure there are other bloggers out there who also do this from time to time explaining why book reviews get less views.
♡ Readers are afraid of spoilers.
Spoilers are probably the number one thing that all readers dread stumbling upon. So if you mark your reviews as spoilery or indicate that it might contain spoilers, a lot of readers will avoid reading your review. Especially readers who have that particular book on their TBR or are even just considering reading that book in the future. I know that it might be hard to sometimes express your thoughts without including spoilers, but if you do so, then you need to also be prepared that less people will most likely read your review.
Even if you indicate that your reviews are spoiler-free some bloggers might still choose not to read your review. Some readers stay away from absolutely anything that has to do with a book that they are planning to read and they usually only read reviews after they have actually finished the book. Another thing might be that what you count as a non-spoiler, other readers might see as a spoiler, so for these reasons they will also not read your review before actually reading the book. I honestly feel like spoilers might be the main reason why readers choose to avoid reviews, I mean the risk of getting spoiled is high and no one likes to get spoiled.
♡ Books reviews aren’t that fun/creative.
Let’s admit it; book reviews aren’t the most fun or creative posts to write and sometimes they aren’t the most creative/fun posts to read. I think this definitely has an influence on book reviews not being the most popular posts. Sometimes I’m just in a mood to read something creative and fun, so I’ll read book tags and discussion posts first before going to book reviews. Sometimes I prefer not to read a book review because it’s not fun.
Do you feel that book reviews get less likes or views? Do you agree with the reasons for not reading reviews I’ve discussed? Do you sometimes skip reviews because you’re not intrigued or are you more afraid of spoilers? Let me know in the comments!