Reviewing / Blogging can be daunting!
I have been reviewing books, mostly YA titles for almost 4 years now and I am by no means a professional in any way, it’s purely a hobby and something I do in the hopes of sharing my thoughts and opinions with like-minded readers, we won’t always like the same title but it’s always great to get another perspective.
Each reviewer is different and I try at times to mix things up with my structure but I always revert to same format for some reason, I suppose it is what I am now comfortable with and also the fact I’m hopeless when it comes to change. Every time I write a review, unless I’m on a strict schedule I find myself reading, re-reading (x10+) to make sure it makes some semblance of sense, is anyone else like this?
When I schedule a post or check my blog to ensure it has gone live I still get flutters and worry it doesn’t make sense – I always wonder if I will upset an author if I didn’t like something they have put so much time into or a reader that absolutely loved a book I despised, I like readers to make up their own minds and don’t like to discourage anyone hence why I try to put in my likes for a book, no matter how small as well as my dislikes in my posts.
It’s even more daunting when a blogging friend buys a book based on my recommendation; it scares the bejeezes out of me at times but then we can’t all love the same book and author can we? I have to admit, I base a lot of my purchases on other bloggers reviews or I hate to admit it, the GoodReads rating – I don’t want to be the person to discourage someone from trying a book, what I hate someone else most definitely loves.
Does anyone else feel this way? I find the whole process at times daunting but I'm also quite an anxious person - trying to decide what to read, putting my thoughts in order, formatting and scheduling a post etc, etc, etc, reviewing is scary at times but I suppose it's an essential part of blogging!
What are your thoughts?