I came across this question on Delicious Reads. It’s a good question to think about for life, the universe and everything but I kept thinking about it in terms of my blog. What do I want my blog to be known for? It’s different than asking myself what my focus is. I would tell you my focus is reading Young Adult books and a few classics. But I can’t really be KNOWN for that since many, many blogs read Young Adult books. The thing I have always thought was the most unique about my blog were my Google Diary posts. I don’t know anyone else that googles every books, painting, poem and location mentioned in a book. In fact, I wonder why I do it. Oh. Because I can’t help it. I’m always asking questions and I HAVE TO KNOW THE ANSWER. Imagine how grateful my parents were when the internet was invented.
More than anything I want to talk about the details and spoilers of a book. I want to think deeply about books and analyze them. I’m fascinated by character motivations. My writing group has nicknamed me the “motive Nazi” because I’m constantly questioning the motives of the characters in their manuscripts. They get flustered a lot from my constant questions of “But why would they do that?” Motive is important! Ironically, I’ve been writing the kind of book reviews I want to read but not the kind I want to write.
So why haven’t I been writing the kind of reviews I want? I’m scared. I’m scared of getting hate mail for spoiling books. I’m scared no one will want to read 1500+ words on a book they’ve never read. I’m scared that I will cross the line of constructive criticism and enter the Internet Troll Zone. I’m scared of ripping apart someone’s beloved book and getting comments like “Who do you think you are to poo poo on my book like that?” I don’t have a degree in book reviewing so they kind of have a point. All I have is an abnormal amount of curiosity and the desire to write about it. And you know what? I think that’s enough.
I’m not going to write hate reviews (I hope). I do have a sarcastic voice and I hope that it never comes across as a hate review. I have a friend who is a writer and wants to be an author someday. I think I’m going to pass my reviews by her and ask, “As an author, would this review rip out your heart and crush your soul? Check one – Yes No”
I found this awesome YouTube channel that reviews movies called Critical Hit. When I watched their reviews, I was like, “This. THIS is how I want to review books!” They ask tons of questions. They think about specific reasons why they did or didn’t like a movie. But I never felt like they crossed the line into movie bashing. It’s easier to do reviews like that for movies since more people watch them, but I’m still going to give it a try for books. Maybe I will still have a small, spoiler free recommendation of what I liked and didn’t like in case you want to read the book I’m reviewing and don’t want to be spoiled. Would you like that? Check a box – Yes No. Just kidding :) But I would love to hear from you! Do you want a short, spoiler-free version of my reviews if I’m going to go into the details and spoilers of the book? What kind of reviews do you like reading? What kind of reviews do you like to write? I’m curious :)
I liked Ashley’s question on her blog Nose Graze: What do you enjoy? I had fun reading her list so I wanted to share mine.
- Reading young adult
- Writing memories from my childhood
- Watching movie adaptions of books and analyzing them
- Watching TV shows that make you think or have witty dialogue
- Organizing stuff in my house
- Analyzing all the things – books, movies, music, my kids etc.
- Playing board games
- Meeting authors
- My Book Club
- Spending time with my family
- Writing in notebooks and planners
- Figuring out how to run my house efficiently
- Problem solving
- Learning new things – Photoshop, CSS, PHP etc.
- iPhone apps
So what can I actually blog about? I can pretty much blog about all of them except my family life, which I want to keep personal. And I have tried blogging about cooking. I found it tedious and boring. Definitely not for me. I can post on Instagram the food I cook if anyone is interested, but that’s as far as I’ll go. I also don’t want to blog about organizing my house. As much as I like it, I don’t have anything to say about it other than, “Look what I finished! Gold star for me!” Yeah, I’m not cut out to be a lifestyle blogger and I truly admire the people that can do it well.
Honestly, I want to be known for my book reviews. I’m scared but excited to start writing more in depth reviews!
What about you? What do you want to be known for? It can be in your life, in your hobbies, or your blog. I’d love to hear your ideas!
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