I think every blogger have their own distinctive voice, but I also think that I can identify all the most common review styles in this post. I feel that as reviewers, sometimes we are afraid the insurmountable wall of text we type up will turn off our reader, and I certainly employ all of these strategies below to keep reader’s attention. Is it necessary? Probably not. Is it fun? Heck yes!
Do you fit into any of the categories below?
A picture can tell a thousand words, but a gif can convey all those feelings and emotions you can’t even bear to put into words! These bloggers employ the genius use of gif to break up walls of text and keep my attention. I admire and envy bloggers that can find an appropriate gif for all occasions whether it’s sad, glad, and everything in between, you must teach me your ways! Furthermore, gif also shows me a glimpse what the blogger is intereted in outside of reading: whether it be Disney, anime or a South Korean drama – these things almost guarantee it makes me like the blogger even more!
Variants of this are: The Graphics Maker, The Book Photographer.
“[A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.” – A. A. Milne
These bloggers provide evidence for their love of the book by quoting sections of it, whether to display the protagonist’s characters, or to illustrate how beautiful the writing is, or even how awful the tropes in the books are. I love being given little excerpts from the book as it makes me feel like I have a better understanding of what I’m getting into. I also admire bloggers that quote because I am the worst at remembering the highlight or bookmark choice paragraphs. Confession time: I had often refer to Goodreads’ quote section when I need to quote something until I discovered how to view my Kindle highlights. Anyway, in case I didn’t make it clear enough through my Instagram, I LOVE QUOTES.
By this I mean the blogger makes it easy for us to find the important points of their post by bolding it. Maybe even italicising thing. The occasional even change font size and colours (IDEK how to do this on WordPress, so I can’t demonstrate, boo!). I haven’t tried doing this in my own blog posts, but I always appreciate it when I see it in people’s posts. I confess, sometimes I skim read *gasp* blog posts, so these highlights really helps me to understand the main points of the post quickly and painlessly.
If Buzzfeed’s popularity is any indication, everyone LOVES lists – myself included.
- Because lists are easy to write and easy to read.
- Because lists helps order your thoughts when you love something too much to be coherent
- Because lists are appealing in a way that spawns memes like Top Ten Tuesdays.
- Because lists will obviously soon take over the Internet.
Variants of this are: Pros VS Cons Book Reviewer.
I feel like this is basically a whole genre of book reviewing, there are blogs out there who’s purpose is to snark on books like Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight, and the likes. To be honest, I am sort of addicted to reading these reviews, though I have no invested interest in the books itself – the reviews are probably more entertaining than the books anyway. I can only dream to be as witty as these bloggers, but unfortunately, my grey brain cannot snark in style.
The writers keep it classic, they use the power of words alone to keep their readers riveted. There are several blogs that I would read every day even if there weren’t a picture of a gif in sight, just purely because I adore the insight of the blog writer. Whether they are writing a discussion post, a blog review, or even their own story – sometimes the power of words is enough to sell your blog.
Personally, my first blog posts were just reviews, the only pictures being the book cover. However, after reading other blogs I started incorporating in elements such as quotes and gifs, now it seems so fun and essential that I can’t help but have it in everything. I’d like to to think that I’m still experimenting to find my blogging voice.
What do you guys think, do you identify with any of the above groups? Furthermore, do you feel that you need to add gif or graphics or quotes into your post to make it easier for your reader – or do you do it because you enjoy it? How has your blogging style evolved? On the other side of it, what types of post do you enjoy reading the most?