I’ve always been a little choosy about which reviews to read. Sometimes I don’t want to be influenced on a book I’m already planning on reading. Sometimes it’s for a genre I’m not interested in. But every review that popped up in my feed reader, I always at least opened them up and skimmed a little before deciding whether or not to pass on it.
Then, in August, I stopped blogging. Partly because I had a ton going on that month, partly to help head off a blogging slump-in-the-making. And while I didn’t completely stop reading blogs, I did make one somewhat drastic yet at the same time completely logical decision.
I started skipping reviews. All of them. Without mercy.
And at that point, I didn’t feel bad about it… yet. But when the month was over and I came fully back to blogging and realized… you know what, I really like not reading reviews… that’s when the guilt started to set in.
Because these bloggers are my friends. And I’m just dismissing the hard work they put into writing these posts. It doesn’t feel right to just skip them.
I really like having more time for posts I’m more likely to interact with.
I really like that my TBR hasn’t been spiraling out of control.
I really like adding new blogs to my reader, whether or not we read the same books.
Should I give all that up just so I can stop feeling guilty?
This isn’t a declaration that I’ll never read reviews again… but for right now, it’s working for me. Right now, the only reviews I read are for books I’ve already read; not only is it more interesting when I already know the book they’re talking about, but I can contribute more to the discussion than “looks good” or “sorry you didn’t like it.”
The big question, though… is it hypocritical for me to still post reviews? After all, my main rule for blogging has always been, write the blog you’d want to read. So, if I’m no longer interested in reading reviews – at least, not at the moment – then shouldn’t it follow that I no longer write reviews?
Well… I don’t really have an answer for that yet. Or rather, I guess my answer for right now is, “Maybe, but I’m doing it anyway.” I could rationalize it, but what it really comes down to is that I want to… which is my other main rule for blogging. This may be the first time those two rules have contradicted each other to this degree, which is something I’m still coming to terms with.
For the bloggers out there, do you have any features that you like creating, but wouldn’t like reading if you saw them elsewhere?