Do bloggers owe their readers anything?
This is such an interesting question, and truthfully, it is not something I have put a lot of thought into, though maybe I should. I think what I owe you as readers of this blog are honesty and respect. That is truly what it boils down to. I am a book reviewer and I talk about my opinions on books to better inform your choices as someone who comes to me for my thoughts and recommendations. That is why I owe you my honesty- it is why you are here. I want to feel good about my recommendations and stand by my reviews, and I do. I also want you to trust me, if when we have different opinions.
Speaking of different opinions, I also owe you respect, even when our tastes don’t align. I value our different opinions and I never want to belittle my readers for liking a book I hated or for hating a book that I loved.
Do bloggers deserve anything from their readers?
Honestly, I don’t think that my readers owe me anything! I appreciate you all just for being here and for always being respectful to me. It is amazing that I have been blogging for almost five years and I have never had a harsh comment or even one that has made me feel uncomfortable. You are all so amazing to me! Just you being here is enough for me.
Do you think there’s a specific etiquette that bloggers/readers should follow when interacting?
I think in terms of book blogging, it is always important to appreciate one another opinions, even when they are different from our own. One of my favourite things about reading is that we all have very distinct reading tastes. I love seeing why someone disliked a book that I loved, and I think there are respectful and productive ways to have these conversations.
Another thing I think is important is to be cognizant of spoilers. I very rarely talk spoilers on this blog because I never want to ruin the reading experience for you!
Do you as a blogger pressure yourself to provide certain things to your readers?
I used to put a lot more pressure on myself to write reviews because I know that they are why so many people read blogs; however, they are just not my favourite things to write, and I think that can be apparent when you read some of my older reviews. I now only review books I am passionate about or feel as though there is a lot I can say. It works better for me and I can focus more attention on writing posts I love, like recommendation lists or discussions like this one.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these questions! What do bloggers owe the reader? It is something I am definitely contemplating now!