Do Book Bloggers Clickbait?

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. ❤


Thank you for reading this blog post. I truly appreciate it.

Hope you have a wonderful bookish day.

Much love,

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Kind of a sinister title for a blog post, don´t you think? The Art Of Giving Readers Power– Sounds dark and highly controversial. Well, I can assure you this blog post won´t be dark but I can´t guarantee this will be a controversial free read. That will be for you, as a blog visitor or as a dedicated follower, to decide. Either way, I hope you enjoy this topic as it´s been something I´ve thought about for quite some time.

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

One would think that readers are silent, harmless human beings. They don´t have any sort of power because they´re the ones at the end of the bookish stick. Readers and book bloggers just read and sometimes write reviews.

 

 

Many have failed to acknowledge the fact that readers are actually the ones who hold the imaginary golden fountain pen when given permission. 

Now, I know what you´re thinking. And you´re partly right. But hey, it´s okay.  Just know that I´m going somewhere with this post. Back to the imaginary golden fountain pen wielding readers.

When I say ” when given permission” I mean when authors consciously include their readers in their writing process or ask questions on social media regarding a new idea.

Sometimes we see posts that look something like this:

“If I were to create a Hero who has a temper, would you see the Hero as someone who´s abusive?”

“I´m writing a book. What would you like to see happen in this book?” 

Of course, these questions could be seen as an act of kindness. Maybe an author wants to honor their dedicated fans by letting them pick a direction for the author´s story. Or perhaps an author has lost their writing mojo and needs a little inspiration. You know, that certain push to get things rolling again.  Whatever the reason- Authors are giving readers the opportunity to give their input. Is this is a smart move? I think it depends on from which side you´re seeing this. 

As an author, I can imagine that having a reader´s input is extremely helpful. 

As a reader, I can imagine the excitement when an author asks for an opinion.

All this looks like a win/win situation for everyone. That is… If one wishes to see it that way. Personally, I´ve tried seeing author questions on social media as something special but failed because I can´t stop wondering about the reasons. 

Why on God´s green earth would an author want a reader´s opinion? Have they run out of ideas? Isn´t that the worst thing an author could do? I mean, authors come up with a story and write it. Is it necessary to listen to the crowd? 

 

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Authors are artists. Some are desperately trying to make a living off of writing. Some writers are barely keeping the dream alive while others are still trying to set foot in the business. Let´s not forget that it´s 2020. We´re living in a fragile time where it isn´t as easy to be a self-published author as it was 10 years ago. Readers certainly aren´t the people they used to be. Even feedback has changed. 

Book feedback in 2020 is either extremely good or extremely hurtful or the feedback doesn´t make a whole lot of sense. “I´m giving this book 2 stars because the ink on page 23 was smeared.” * sigh * Sadly, decent feedback isn´t as popular as the extremes, so they often go unnoticed or are immediately forgotten. 

There seem to be three main types of reading tribes. The ones who´re overly sensitive. The ones who´re fairly neutral. The ones we don´t know exist because they don´t hang around social media. A pissed off reader will do all they can to voice their disapproval. Negativity spreads faster than a wildfire in our community. 

Some authors tend to think they can´t afford to receive negative feedback as this would jeopardize book sales. They can´t take risks in an already hot environment. 

And that´s what it boils down to- Book sales. At the end of each day, the artist needs to make a living. In our world, it´s become easy to offend and trigger people with the simplest things. In order to prevent that from happening authors ask their fans/readers questions and therefore give power. It´s also about keeping the existing fanbase happy. 

I agree- Greater crimes have been committed. It´s also good to mention that not all self-published authors take this route. But isn´t it still sad that many do?  

 

“If I were to create a Hero who has a temper, would you see the Hero as someone who´s abusive?”

This is clearly an author who´s unsure about how their character will be perceived by their audience. The author is aware that abuse is a trigger topic but doesn´t see their character as someone who´s abusive. To avoid future backlash they decide to ask a reader, thus giving a reader power. Imagine the author has a little over 1000 online fans/followers. 100 are regularly active but only 20 react to an author´s question regarding their work.

20 readers say that the author´s Hero is, without a doubt, an abusive asshole ( without having met the character ). The author has two choices at that moment:

    Not create a character with a temper

    Make a note to include abuse as a trigger warning
You see, the power had already been unleashed the moment the feedback came in. 20 readers voiced their opinions. 20 readers were enough to change the course of a potential bestseller. 20 readers are enough to fill an author´s mind with doubt. 

And because this system had proven to be useful for an author they repeat it. Authors are then unaware that they´re allowing their readers to influence them. In the end, readers will feel empowered that they made a change for the better. A change that wasn´t necessarily better for everyone else. And the more this happens the more changes we´ll see with writers. 

Tough subject, right? 

Now, I know there are readers/fans and authors who´ll find this whole blog post appalling. There´s no doubt in my mind that someone is reading this right now, cursing me from the comfort of their homes, for even having entertained this absurd thought. And that´s fine. 

There are readers who prefer when they´re asked for their opinions to make their reading experiences as pleasant as possible. And, of course, there are authors who are all too willing to cater to their readers’ needs. Which is also fine. I might not agree with that, but okay. 

Still, one simple fact can´t be ignored- It´s all about money. It´s all about sales. The dream needs to stay alive. Whether it´s a question about characters, the plot, content warnings, or even about the blurb… I don´t think it´s the best idea to ask about these on public platforms for everyone to see and leave a comment. 

In my most humble opinion, I believe it´s important for authors to write about what feels right for them. Writers create stories for us to read. They challenge us with their thoughts and ideas and push boundaries. Authors aren´t out to destroy their readers’ wellbeing in any way. I have yet to encounter an author who wakes up in the morning and thinks “Today I´m going to fuck em all over so they end up needing life long therapy.” I don´t believe that. Just as much as I don´t believe any reader has a right to think that authors SHOULD write stories the way they want them to be. Creativity should be encouraged and celebrated. Not restricted. 

The Art Of Giving Readers Power

Reviews from readers are powerful on their own and should be enough to help an author make any adjustments ( if necessary ). Social media should be used to interact with fans/followers in a fun way. But that´s just my take on the topic. 

Nonetheless- I wish each and every author all the success in the world. 


What are your thoughts?

Do you think authors should ask for a reader´s opinion?

Have you seen an author ask similar questions on social media? 

Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤ 

 


Thank you for reading this blog post. I truly appreciate it.

Keep sharing the book love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Community In Need Of Positivity

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WordPress… All popular social media platforms that served to entertain, educate, and give people the opportunity to escape reality, even only for five minutes. Social media has been a helpful tool for many in our book community, as well. It gives us the ability to connect with likeminded people.

Nowadays, social media has adopted an “If you´re not with us, you´re against us.” mentality. Posts are being analyzed and intentionally misunderstood. Book bloggers are being publicly shamed for not having a public political opinion. Lists for “authors to avoid” are making their rounds. It´s a special kind of toxic chaos many don´t want to be a part of.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WordPress have turned into minefields. What was once an escape for many of us has turned into this game of Russian roulette. You just don´t know when someone will blow up. You don´t know if a random post about books and flowers will tick someone off. Every one of us has become potential targets and it´s time this madness finds an end.

People are purposefully avoiding social media out of fear of being “the next one”. They´re taking a step back because they can´t handle the vicious attacks, the anger and hate, and the accusations.

I´m still talking about book bloggers, authors, and anyone else in the book universe. Yes, even our little community seems to have fallen victim to the hate and it´s awful to watch how we´re virtually slaughtering each other.

It´s high time for some positivity in our humble book community. Even during an intense political movement, we´re still allowed to find some happiness on social media. And we should. Wouldn´t it be incredible to see something good on social media for a change? How about some bookish achievements? Or perhaps someone could share an awesome book related experience? How about giving someone ( a book blogger, a reader, an author, your neighbor, a random cat ) a compliment on social media? Sharing an awesome post from someone also falls under the positive category.

So, without further ado… Let´s start by remembering the basics of this community. The one thing that´s brought us together. The love for books.

Here´s a beautiful library. Let it remind you of all the books you´ve read and of all the book conversations you´ve had with fellow book lovers. How you´ve bonded over a mutual interest and continue to connect with people who share your love for books. We´re a community. Not a shit show.


Granted, this library isn´t going to feed starving children nor is it capable of solving the issues and injustices we´re all currently dealing with. But then again, we´re all not capable of doing that either when we´re full of hatred on social media.

I hope you all have a lovely day. Don´t forget to share the much needed book love.

Thank The Books It´s Friday

I´m telling you – All I´ve done since Wednesday was sing Friday I´m In Love from the Cure. Not that Friday´s have any emotional meaning anymore these days but… I needed a Friday this week. And now it´s Friday. 

I´d rather not bore you to death with what´s been going on in my personal life. I have nothing to share other than the hardships of homeschooling and how I´m desperately trying to ignore social media. If I received a dime for every Covid – 19 conspiracy post I´ve seen I´d be rich by now. Or posts from people who virtually protest against face masks.

It´s been very difficult for me not to leave a comment on these genius posts published by some of the world´s unskilled thinkers.

Then the news about Stephanie Meyer´s Midnight Sun ( Twilight #5 ) finally reached my shores. 

Really? The author already tried beating a dead horse before with her Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined 10th-year anniversary release. Is she trying to make sure the poor bastard stays dead? Because it can´t die twice. Neither can the story make a comeback twice. Especially when it´s the same story told from a different point of view. It´s clear the author is trying to milk the (equally dead) cash cow.

I know I shouldn´t think poorly of authors trying to make a buck but can anyone fault me for thinking this way when seeing this?

$ 14 .99 for a Kindle copy? Is the secret of life in there or are readers just getting Edward´s POV? Rumor had it some many moons ago that this story had been leaked and that pissed the author off so bad that she refused to ever publish it. Talk about a mind change. This is the most ridiculous thing I´ve seen in ages. I think you´d have to be a die-hard fan of the books to spend that much money on a Kindle copy. Twilight Rant Over.

So, what else is new? I´ve ruined two shirts while doing some more bookish art recreations. Note to myself ( and everyone else ): Black color should be applied with a full bodysuit. The post that goes with this experience will be published very soon.

Anything else? Not really. Just lots of personal stuff that everyone else is probably doing as well. Gardening, spring cleaning, some more spring cleaning, staring holes in the air, wondering when my hands started looking old, and reading.

Oh yes, I almost forgot the most important part of this post: The books I´ve read.

I managed to break my personal reading record. 4 books this week. Granted, the longest book only had 232 pages but that´s not the point. I started and finished 4 books. Am I proud? You bet! If this lockdown continues I´m probably going to end up setting myself some quirky reading challenges. Something like How many 250 page novels can I read in a week? How many short stories can I read? How many books can I skim without missing too much of the plot?

I think it´s best to end here before I start getting any more weird ideas.


But before I go I´d like to know:

What are your thoughts on the Twilight addition? Are you excited or are you wishing the author would just move on to something new? What´s been your highlight this week? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤


Wishing each and every book lover a wonderful weekend filled with lots of reading and relaxing.

9 Bookish Images That Mirror My Life

Sometimes book memes fit a book lover´s life situation to the T. They feel personal because book people can mostly identify themselves with a quote, a joke, or even simple yet hilarious facts.

While some book memes are truly great they still don´t capture the visual reality of a book lovers life. Words can be powerful but images show that power. Hence the reason for this post.

The other day I found a few images on Pinterest that, more or less, mirror my life as a book lover. I´m sure these images hit close to home for many other book fans but for me they, oddly enough, feel personal. As if someone had taken photographs of me, my life situation and my surroundings.



#1 Reading In Public

There are people who can read in public. There are people who can´t. I had a friend once who told me he could easily snap his full attention to a book no matter where he was or in what situation he was in. Much to my delight, we had/have that in common. I´m one of those people who can block everything out the moment I start reading a book. I´m good at squeezing 1-2 pages in when I have some time off, too. This image reminds me of all the times I sat in an overcrowded train but never feeling people around me. Once my nose is stuck in a book I don´t really see anything else around me.

#2 Reading Barefoot By A Window

This Pinterest gem is not me doing some fancy book-shot for my nonexistent bookstagram following. It could be, though. This is basically me on any given day- Feet propped up near a window, holding a book and balancing a mug in my lap. Why the window? Because the lighting is great and when the sun shines through I can enjoy the warmth ( I´m always freezing ).

#3 Bathroom Reading Sessions

Many parents will be able to relate to this image. I certainly can. I can´t tell you how often I sat on the edge of the bathtub with a book in my hands while one of my daughters sat on the loo. Although the bathroom isn´t an ideal place to read to your kids ( especially while they´re getting business done ) I didn´t really mind that much. They couldn´t read when they were younger and toilet visits were boring * shoulder shrug *. The only thing missing in this image: Cookies. Thankfully, they´re both old enough now to read themselves.

#4 Reading In Bed

It´s as if someone snuck into my bedroom and took a pic of my bedside! This image is so relatable because, I too, have a bed filled with books and magazines. What can I say? I´m a dedicated bed-reader. And God forbid when I´m working on a blog post…. Then we can add journals and notepads into the mix. I´m kind of surprised my husband hasn´t moved into another room yet.

#5 Window Book Shopping

Again, this isn´t me. But it´s someone checking out books from the sidewalk. I am so guilty of doing this. I´m even guilty for doing the exact same pose ( leaning forward to get a better look ). When I see this image I can´t help but smile because I have a few pics of myself doing the same thing. Sometimes you just have to stop to take a look. And with enough will power you can resist going inside and spend 5 hours looking for the perfect read. That was a joke. Of course, this is just the warm-up pose before entering the book store.

#6 The Overloaded Shopping Cart

The book stores in my neck of the woods don´t have shopping carts but if they did mine would definitely look like the one in the image. I wish my book store had shopping carts, though. Would make my life so much easier than having to hold 8 books in my arms before deciding to only buy 2.

#7 The Car Reader

I´m a car reader through and through. I love reading a book on road trips, when driving to the grocery store ( gotta squeeze in those 1-3 pages. And no, I don´t read & drive. I read when hubby drives ) or even when hubby and I are invited to a party… I´ll have a book in my purse and will read until we reach our destination. When I saw this image I remembered all those glorious moments of being able to finish that last chapter.

#8 Surrounded By Books

No, I´ve never been in a room that looks like the one in the image. But I sometimes feel like I am. Especially when I´m in a book store. This goes back to me being able to forget my surroundings when I start reading a book.

#9 Reading Hours

When my girls were in first grade the teachers looked for volunteers to read to the children during recess on rainy days. I wasn´t so hot on being on “reading duty call” but my daughters begged me to sign up. I did and spent a good school year reading to first graders more than once. I have fond memories of those days, especially of one kid who constantly fell asleep ( I probably bored him to death or he just missed nap time ). This picture reminds me so much of that time.


Those were 9 bookish images that mirror my life. But what about you?

Can you relate to any of these images? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. <3


Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed.

I hope you have a wonderful bookish day,

Much love,