In one way or another, we´ve all been confronted with clickbait before. You know, that moment when you see an interesting headline and click the link, only to have discovered that the article has little to do with the headline? Yeah, that. That´s clickbait in all its glory.
As annoying clickbait is, there´s no denying that it works. It´s wrong, for sure, but that doesn´t stop it from happening. Because people want views- They want attention. Is that a crime? Well, to want attention isn´t a crime. You can hardly fault anyone who wants their work to be seen. It´s the fact that a false bait is deliberately used to achieve that goal that doesn´t sit well with many.
Lately, I´ve noticed an increase of people blaiming book bloggers of clickbaiting.
Can book bloggers clickbait? It´s possible. It wouldn´t surprise me if they did use this tactic to gain views. I can´t say I´ve seen a clickbait post by a book blogger, though. Not yet. Up until this point, it´s just people abusing the word clickbait for lack of a better term to describe their anger toward something they didn´t like. The word itself has become a popular insult in the book blog community.
But do book bloggers clickbait? They could but I think it´s highly unlikely that they are using this form of trickery. I´m not denying book blogger´s clickbait existence, I´m just saying it’s not as widespread as it is in online journalism. From what I´ve seen, the supposed clickbait blog posts ( from book bloggers ) were either misunderstood or in fact, understood but not accepted due to personal reasons. Or the book blogger post didn´t fit with the intellectual standards of others. It´s 2020. Words mildly confuse many book people.
Should there be a moment when a book blogger uses clickbait to gain attention… Well, I can´t say there´s any reason to go ape-shit over that. This is not me condoning clickbait in any way, shape, or form but it´s hardly worth getting the pitchforks out, wouldn´t you agree? It´s irritating, especially when you believe you´re about to read something you´re really really interested in. But not life-threatening. A reader/blog visitor has the opportunity to ignore the clickbait once they realize what´s happening.
Again, I´m not saying I´m pro clickbait when it comes to book bloggers. I very much disagree with this method when it´s done intentionally because I think it´s pointless.
And because I would hate to be called a click baiter myself I´m going to repeat the headline of this blog post and answer the question directly ( to clear up any confusion )
Do Book Bloggers Clickbait? Yes and no, but I´m leaning more toward no. There is a huge chance that book bloggers word their headliners incorrectly or can´t find a better way to come up with something eye-catchy that would fit their blog post. Misunderstandings happen every day. Did you hear that Karen and Ken? Shit happens.
What are your thoughts on book bloggers who use clickbait?
What are your thoughts on book bloggers who´ve been accused of click-baiting?
Have you ever been called a click baiter or accused another book blogger of click-baiting?
Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤
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