Am I a Blogger or a Reviewer?
Do I even want to be a Blogger
or a Reviewer anymore?
Why is blogging not fun anymore?
Of late, I’ve been asking myself this question more and more. There is part of me that has lost the enjoyment of sharing my opinions and thoughts. Blogging for me didn’t start out about how many followers I had or likes on a post. I just liked getting my thoughts and feelings down. If someone did like it and left me a comment, I was stoked and felt a little chuffed that I caused a reaction. Somehow, though, blogging turned into me caring about numbers. Of late, my followers have gone down. Have I offended a reader? Is it because a fellow blogger didn’t want to waste their time following my blog because I didn’t go and like every post they’ve written? Maybe it’s because I haven’t done any giveaways for awhile?
Why am I even considering this?
Why should I care?
Who am I writing for?
When and why did I allow blogging to become an unpaid job that stressed me out?
I think I’m going to remove my like button from posts. I write posts because I have something to say, not to have someone hit a button on the bottom of my post (that they may or may not have even read). I need to get back to making outfits on Polyvore, talking food, sharing and chatting about family (drama) and having fun with my blogging.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m never going to be the next blogging giant because I don’t want to put in the effort. I don’t have time to network or make my posts SEO perfect. That’s why I use SMR Digital as my SEO agency for example. I just want to share my thoughts and opinion about stuff.
Again Sassy…Remember, READING IS FOR MY PLEASURE
(Yes, I’m talking to myself)
I don’t make it a secret that I love to read and review romance. The problem became that the blog became JUST about book reviews. I received more and more request to review stories and I hated to say no. So I said yes more than no and my schedule was chockablock full. Now, I’m at a crossroad…
I’VE LOST MY READING MOJO.
In the last week alone, I have only finished one book of the 5 that I started. With one book, I didn’t mesh with the characters. Two of the books I found the hero to be too wishy-washy. Another, the hero was a jerk but I stopped because the heroine was an IDIOT. The last was because I was extremely hormonal and there was too much violence and hate that by 75% I just couldn’t take anymore.
At another time and another place, I may have given those books 4 or 5 stars but at that moment I was frustrated, disappointed and genuinely grieved.
I hate not finishing books but then again why would I keep reading something that I’m not enjoying. When you start watching a new TV show and you’re not enjoying it, do you keep going or cut your losses and change channel? For me, it depends on a few things. Does it have potential? Are the characters likeable? Is the storyline appealing?
Well, it’s exactly the same. If a hero spends the first quarter of the book talking about his hook-ups and plotting an evil plan to destroy the heroine’s life…I’m not staying around for that one.
If at any time I feel like the hero is weak or indecisive…that’s not going to appeal to me.
Ok…so I accept all these requests to review and I start the story and it’s not working for me.
What should I do?
How do I tell an author (who may also be a virtual “friend”) that their story isn’t working for me? At times, I’ve been blunt and outlined my issues. I always regret it. Authors work bloody hard to get the words down and I hate upsetting them. I know I would be devastated if someone read my work and picked it apart.
I would love to wipe it from my Goodreads profile and keep my dislike to myself. To me, that would be a heck of a lot easier. BUT…the authors ask for their reviews and want to know why it wasn’t posted on release day. Fellow readers want to know why I didn’t review something I started. I even have people questioning how, why and what made me stop.
Sometimes, I write a DNF (did not finish) review. I always try to make it clear that these are my thoughts alone and that they should definitely check out other reviews. I normally don’t rate a DNF because obviously, I didn’t read the whole thing. Sometimes, I do. In one case I actually rated it and then had someone question how I could like (3 stars) a book I did not finish. Ummm…well because that’s how I felt.
Should I have to justify myself?
I’m sorry…am I getting paid for my opinion?
Is my opinion going to change the world?
UMMM…PRETTY SURE IT’S NOT!!
Sassy, I think you need a chill pill…or a glass of wine and TRY to remember that blogging and reviewing SHOULD BE FUN!!!