- Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter L! Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers -L is for Length of Reviews!
When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one lengthy blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
L is for Length of Reviews
When I started blogging, I found it hard to know just what length my review should be. Too long and I was rambling, too short and I was omitting vital information. So, I thought a lot about what the magical length should be. The one that wasn’t too long or too short, but just right. I wanted a Goldilocks happy medium.
I finally found my rule of thumb. Psst if you think I’ve stumbled upon a secret formula that every book blogger should know; then you’re wrong. Instead I went back basics and followed my instincts.
“say what you have to say, then stop!”
If that’s one line, so be it. If that’s an essay, so be it.
My rule of thumb:
I decide based on what I feel I need to say about the book. Sometimes one word can say it all (I’m looking at you MEH). Sometimes I’m full of thoughts, and those thoughts spout in every direction. Great, I go follow them and see where it ends up. I word vomit all I have to say. Then prune back the unnecessary.
The other thing that works for me is not to only have one review format. That works for lots of people, and I can see the attraction of having a set pattern. It’s easy, and you just fill in the blanks. But I bore easily, so that won’t work for my personality. Instead I built up a store of formats, like straightforward review, twitteresque reviews, balancing the books, etc. Depending on how much I have say, I will choose one of those for my review.
Something I noticed as an avid review reader is some people are skilled at long, flowing reviews, and others do short and sweet perfectly. So I think experimenting is a good idea, and might surprise yourself with which one you prefer. Are looking for feedback on what format works best for you? Then go to where all your data is. Your blog! Check what review got the most chat going, and see if you can see why that was.
So don’t let anyone tell you what length a review should be. You know best based on what observations you want to share. Have confidence, and let it flow!
Talk to Trish: What is your favourite review length to read? Do you stick to certain review lengths?