Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question that runs from Friday to Thursday, hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
Week eight of my Book Blogger Hop adventure… I’m already back for another week! This month this was the only prompt I thought I could answer so here I am… and a lot less depressed (thank goodness!) And this is the perfect prompt to get the upbeat feelings rolling!
Do you ever go “way back” to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
My reviewing history… I started reviewing on the goodreads site. At first I only kept track of my read books. Then the day I finished them… then the day I started and finished… Finally I started writing reviews… just how I felt and what stood out to me… They were terrible!! (And still there in all their glory…) Later I would write my feelings in my status updates as I kept track of page numbers. Then I read a post about how to review and realized I never wrote what the book was about, lol… This is around the time I started blogging and posting to my blog… That makes you want to be more comprehensive in your reviews… It took me 2 years to get to this point!
Now I try to go back to old books I remember reading to see if I have enough of a review to post to my blog and mainly no… ack! It makes me want to cry how bad those first reviews were… Here on my blog if you go back I got really technical in each review… Like massively so… NO READER wants too much about the craft in their reviews… so now I write tighter reviews with a lot about how I felt while reading it. I still have a technical aspect since I have a perspective as a writer but it’s not nearly as comprehensive.
I sort of want to go back and read ever book I’ve ever read up to now and re-read it so I can write a review (and a proper one at that…) but there isn’t enough time in the world and I AM NOT A speedy reader… I feel like I need to stick to the here and now. I’ve learned as a reader AND writer that no story needs to be perfect for readers to fall in love with it. The MOST important thing as a writer is to FINISH writing it. Of course edit it and do re-writes but FINISH first!
As a reviewer I want to increase my instinct as a writer so that there will just be less mistakes AS I WRITE… that means using critical eyes to develop that instinct. The point isn’t to trash the book but to learn from others mistakes! Don’t we all want that kind of learning?!