Leaving negative reviews of books has become a tad of a controversial topic in the book community. There’s been a fair amount of discourse over if anyone really benefits from them and if it’s morally OK for people to be writing them in the first place. Once you’ve gotten past that debate you then come to the question of what is even classes as a negative review? Is three stars a negative review, but three and a half a positive one? Very quickly you can find yourself overwhelmed with a lot of people with a whole bunch of strong opinions.
In all my years of blogging I’ve never published a negative review on my blog (I class a review of under three stars to be negative). Goodreads yes, but here on Lost in the Story no. My reasoning behind it was why waste time reviewing a book I didn’t enjoy? Why spend all that time going through the book a second time making notes when I didn’t enjoy it? I also had the opinion that there was enough negativity in the world, and I didn’t want to be adding to that. All of that combined with the fact I tend to dnf books I don’t enjoy meant I never really had to face these problems.
However, I wouldn’t be writing this post if my thoughts on the matter hadn’t changed to some degree. Over the past few months, I’ve been doing some thinking and I want to break down for you why I’m now learning to write negative reviews of books.
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According to Dictionary.com a boundary is “a line which marks the limits of an area; a dividing line.” It’s a word we all hear being thrown around more and more as our social environment has been shaped and changed by our phones, social media and other social expectations/ norms. We’re more accessible to the outside world than ever before, so it’s important we put the correct measures in place to look after ourselves.
When I started blogging over four years ago, boundaries weren’t something I ever considered. I just wrote and wrote, not thinking of my own wellbeing or impact on my private life my posts may have. As I got more experienced, I realised how important it was to set clear boundaries as a blogger (or any content creator). Yes, I was sharing a lot of my life online but that didn’t mean I had to share everything.
From my time in the blogging community, I don’t feel that boundaries are talked about enough. There’s very little advice on the matter and you’re sort of just left to fumble your way around till you find something that works for you. During my break off blogging I had a lot of time to think about and re-evaluate the boundaries I have for this blog. Now that I’ve reassessed my own boundaries, I wanted to share some of my advice on setting boundaries as a blogger, with the hopes that it’ll help some of you out and maybe prevent you from making some of the mistakes that I made in my first few years.
By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s a start for sure.
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As the new academic year has drawn closer, I’ve been thinking back to when I first started my blog in college. When I started, I couldn’t find much advice on how to navigate all of this. I didn’t know how to plan my time, my content, I thought I needed loads of fancy equipment and I felt a bit lost and lonely in it all. At the moment, I feel that many people will probably be starting their own blogs as they want to document a new and exciting time in their life as they go to college or University. Starting a blog is an awesome hobby, I can never seem to get bored with it. So, for those of you considering starting a blog or have just started one, I wanted to share with you a few tips and a bit of advice that I wished someone had told me when I first started. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but I hope this can help you find your feet as you enter the blogging community.
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Well we’re past the half way point of 2020. Congratulations, it’s been quite a year so far.
Like many book lovers I decided to take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. It’s the first year I’ve ever participated with the challenge, I’m slightly ashamed to say that until December, Goodreads wasn’t even on my radar (not sure how I managed to miss it).
I set myself the goal to read 20 books this year. I fully understand that this may seen low for a book blogger and to start off with I was pretty ashamed about it. I’ve seen many bloggers who have 50-70 books as their goal, and then there’s me with a measly 20. However, over the year I’ve began to lessen some of the insecurity of it. At the end of the day I’m dyslexic and have Irlens… I can’t exactly read fast.
Anyway, with us past the mid year mark now is a good time to reflect on how I’d doing reading and if I’m on track.
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