Showing posts with label formatting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label formatting. Show all posts

Thursday, October 8, 2015

9 Methods to Write A Sucky Book Review | Book Blogging Tips (#20)

I've let you in on the secrets of writing good reviews already, now it's time to show you what NOT to do. Reviewing may be a matter of style and personal preference but there are at least nine surefire ways to mess up. Avoid those.

1. Synopsis > Review

Make sure that you have a review in the first place! If your review is 90% synopsis and one sentence of opinion, you're doing something wrong

2. Where's the Opinion?

Your review should make clear what you thought of the novel. There has to be a rating and you HAVE to state what you think. You don't necessarily need to sum up at the end, but your reader has to know what you think about the book after they read the review

3. Review ≠ Summary

Don't narrate the plot. Your readers don't only want to hear what the book is about three times, they want to know what you thought of it

4. Unlabeled Spoilers

If you want to get insulted in your comments, that's the way to do it! Posting hardcore spoilers is a no-go and seriously, why. You're just ruining other people's days and possibly attracting their fury. 

5. War and Peace #2

It's nice to write out your opinion and sometimes you just have to post a very long review. I understand that it's not easy to get it all in, but that's why reviewing is a craft. 

If your reviews are always more than 1000-1500 words long you should really learn to shorten them. Occasionally it's fine, but don't do it every time.

6. "Mini-Reviews"

I don't know why this is a thing and I don't want to know. So-called mini reviews are super short reviews, I've seen people post 5 sentence long ones. I personally think that you shouldn't do things halfheartedly

If you don't have the time to write a proper review, wait and do it when you do have the time. It's extremely disrespectful to the author to do this instead of a full review when you've received a review copy. I've seen it all.

7. GIFs

It's some people's style to add some reaction GIFs and that's perfectly okay. But if you need fifteen GIFs or more and then add about a sentence each for your review, that's a little unsettling. I wonder what your review would look like without all those GIFs. 

Maybe try and state your opinion verbally and cut out two or three of them, I'm sure you'll be able to convey the same message easily.

8. Quotes, Quotes, Quotes

If I wanted to read quotes, I'd actually bother to buy the book instead of reading your review. Did you know that it's against the copyright for most publishers to use a quote that's longer than 25 words? 

You actually have to pay for the right to be able to use quotes of that length. I'm sure you didn't contact the publisher and acquire rights for that, so stop it right there. 
A quote here and there is fine, but when you're copying an actual paragraph it's not only illegal, but also super annoying to read. Scratch out the quote and just describe what it says. 

9. No Formatting

It makes it 299% easier for your readers to read longer texts if you format. There's italic, bold and underline set in your blogging plat form as default script editing for a reason. Use bigger and smaller fonts, use colors, go nuts! If you don't, people won't bother reading your longer posts.

What are your reviewing NO-GOs?

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Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Scare Potential Readers Away With Your Theme | Book Blogging Tips (#16)

If you're a little like me, your theme is probably the bane of your existence as well.

I'm constantly editing it, never quite getting it right and spend days trying to edit a single thing, but then end up not liking the end result.

You can have the best content in the world, when your theme is terrible, you'll never get the recognition you deserve.

Here are fourteen DON'Ts in regards to your theme.

! CAUTION: Sarcasm ahead ! 

1. Pop-Ups and Ads Wherever You Can.
Yeah, ads are always a great idea if you're looking to earn money with your blog. You should totally start advertising early on, even if you get only a hundred views per month.
The more ads the better. Make sure to remind your readers to subscribe to your email newsletter every five minutes with a pop-up, they'll be very grateful for the reminder.

2. Low Contrast Script and Background
Pastel colors, am I right? How about a beige background with a light pink script? Looks fashionable. Who cares whether you can read the posts, as long as it looks pretty.
Aesthetics over content all the way.

Yes you're a proud member of Team Damon, Team Edward, Team Maxon, Team Ash, Team Stark, Team Patch, The Shadowhunters and so many more! Make sure to add all your fandoms so your readers will know what you love to read about.
Don't forget to add a badge for every tag award you've ever gotten.

4. Avantgarde Themes
There's a reason standard blogging templates are so frowned upon. Show us your graphic designer skills and give us a theme filled with animations and giant pictures. It has to be a challenge for the reader to find your posts, else they aren't worthy of reading them anyways.

5. A LOT of Friendship Buttons
Show off all the friends you made in the blogging world. Don't only put three or four on your site. It's like facebook, the more friends you have, the cooler you are.

6. Sidebar Taller Than You Are
The more widgets the better. It's not cluttered, there are a lot of options for the reader to explore!!

7. List All Authors and Publishers That Support You
It's very important to make sure that you thank all 89 authors and publishers that sent you a review copy. It's even more important when you've been blogging for ten years. You can't miss a single name. Don't put it on an extra page either, it has to be on the front page.

8. Typos + No Proofreading
Were all humans. Typos make you evn more symptaehtic. Prof reading just takes up mroe time. Let's get it all online quiasly. its not liek you can´t undesrtand what I#M typing is it

9. Release Day Widgets. All of Them.
The more, the better. I mean, your readers have to know what you're currently waiting on. Don't let them know in a post. It's all about visualization.

10. Super-slim Themes
The slimmer the better. That's the 2015
look. If your sentences all have to be
shortened and look like haikus now
then you're absolutely doing it right.
Scrolling is a form of exercise as well,
you're doing your readers a favor
They should pay you for that service if
you think about it.

11. Stop Formatting
It's only a waste of time. Don't even use paragraphs. You'll save a lot of time and will be able to dedicate that time to reading more.

12. Did Somebody Say Comic Sans?
You don't know what people are talking about, it's not like you're running a business blog. Comic Sans in bright yellow is a perfectly acceptable font to run a blog in your spare time. Everybody calm down.

13. Animations and Customized Cursors
Come on, who doesn't want those back? Remember how awesome our myspace pages looked? You're aiming for the nostalgic look and it's working. Maybe add some glitter or falling snow while you're at it.

14. Unreadable Colors
Seriously, if they'd take the time and effort to read your posts, they'd be able to. It's not like your writing for the uneducated masses. Your blog posts are important and making a difference so it can't be that hard to highlight them with a right-click if they have problems reading them, jeez.

Always remember: Blogging isn't an exact science.

Even if you have some or most of these things on your blog, who cares? It's still your blog and it has to look pretty to YOU! I'm sure there are a lot of people who think my theme is absolutely terrible. To each their own, my friends.

I hopĆ¼e this could help you out a litlle and nyou know now aht not do when you're wiring a blog post Obviously everyone's approaches are different. Team EdwwarD!!

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