Who Do You Write Your Book Reviews For?
I remember when I first started book reviewing, just about two years ago. Shortly after that day, just as I was getting into my groove, someone on another blog mentioned that really book bloggers write their reviews for other book bloggers.
At the time I heartily disagreed. In fact I was a little put off about the statement – it sounded so self-serving and made me visualize a circle of people reviewing books, posting about books, and then reading books they seen that other book bloggers reviewed and then reading those books… starting the circle over again.
No, I thought. I write about books for the masses… for the book lovers everywhere that want an honest opinion on a book.
*Pause here for dramatic effect.*
I write reviews for anyone looking on-line for thoughts about a particular book or a particular genre….
Ok… ok. Now… here I am thinking these last few days is that still true? What I set out to do (books for the masses, honest reviews, book talk genre talk for everyone….) is it still true that I am writing for everyone, and not just chatting it up with other book reviewers?
Honestly, most of you who comment here are book reviewers as well. And honestly – I have grown to really love that because we truly are an incredible community of people and together we have a voice that can make a difference – and has made a difference. I like knowing my frequent commenters, even if it is virtually. I know from reading your own blogs the type of books you enjoy, injuries, sicknesses, trips, exciting news, and sometimes hardships too. I like being able to comment something to the effect that is more personal like, “glad to see you made it back from _______________”. or , “I know you will love this book as it reminded me a lot of the other book you read and loved.” And of course with the addition of BEA where I actually was able to meet many of you – well that just is too awesome for words.
I have noticed that my original “for the masses” *let masses echo in your head* plan of attack, is not always accurate when I write posts like this, or about BEA (do the masses care that I am going?), or about meme’s (although I honestly wish none book bloggers would partake too as I honestly do really want to know what everyone is reading. )
I turn this question back to you….
as a book reviewer/blogger, who do you write your posts for?
Do you have a targeted audience in mind?