Bloggers sometimes dread writing bad or low-rated reviews. Authors possibly fear them more. So why is writing them such a taboo topic? Frankly, it shouldn’t. As reviewers and bloggers, we make some unspoken promise to be honest with our readers. How can we not? But I’ve seen other bloggers face attacks for their honesty.
Jenn from Jenniely inspired me to write this post (thank you, deary!). She discussed the reasons why she doesn’t write negative reviews. And I agree with her. For my next discussion post though, I want to address why they’re important and why we should write them.
Here are my reasons why bloggers and readers should protect negative reviews:
A Negative One Doesn’t Make You a Dishonest Reviewer
So get that thought out of your head. Do it. Now. Yes, now, or I’ll find a way to crawl inside my laptop, drag myself through yours, and smack you with a book. So don’t make me do that. I don’t like hurting my babies. They do not make you dishonest, nor do they affect your credibility at all.
Reviews Aren’t for Authors
They’re for readers. That fact is simple. But perhaps, some readers or even bloggers believe that a negative review may be too harsh for a book they received by a publisher. Maybe, a bad review will affect their chance of requesting another title. It shouldn’t. Please, publishers, do not create this kind of toxic relationship. Bloggers, stand up for yourself and your blog. Also stand up for your brand.
Reviews Are Honest (or Should Be), Whether They’re Positive or Not
Three-star reviews typically make or break my decision to pick up or to pass up a book. I find them the most honest in a sea of four- and five-star reviews. People deliver their sincere reviews of books they’re not sure they like. So in most cases, I find them a relief. And I believe we readers should support them more often, or we’ll lose the true reason for reviews.
Writing a Negative Review Isn’t That Awful
It isn’t. It’s refreshing, liberating, and reinvigorating. If you struggled with the book but soldiered through, then you have every damn right to post that review. See it as a right of passage in your blogging career. I felt free when I wrote my first low-star review. I was scared about publishing it. But once I hit that button, I walked away from it. And I let the world see what I saw. After that, I accepted it.
You Owe It to Your Readers
Don’t let other bloggers or readers sway you to write a favourable review. Writing a negative one doesn’t discredit you. It doesn’t hurt your brand. In fact, it strengthens who you are as a blogger. So don’t ever believe that your review will damage you. So give your readers what they want from you, what they expect as a trusted blogger.