This year has been a very taxing one for me in many different ways. Personally, it has been a rollercoaster not knowing from one day to the next where my life is heading. Health wise it has sucked with constant illness. As for reading and blogging, it has been mediocre and disappointing.
I have read over 30 books which is a feat in itself with the year I have had plus I decided in my infinite wisdom to actually pay for this blog so it would be seen by a wider audience. Yet I think I miss the mark. I want to bring thoughtful, interesting and helpful reviews to the world but it seems that people are more interested in the long drawn out reviews that delve deep into the soul of the person who has read the book rather than the actual book itself. Call me cynical but it is true. You only have to see the people on Goodreads (as an example) who write paragraph after paragraph about how the book was so horrid that they now need therapy to get over it. Instead of writing that they didn’t like it and state the reasons why in a polite and helpful way to their fellow readers. Instead, we are forced to read about how the book and author have scarred them for life and they hate the book and want everyone else on their friend’s list to hate it too.
Sure people are going to think I am having a moan and that there are some deep seeded reasons behind the above paragraph but the simple fact is the majority do not want simple anymore. They crave drawn out, complicated and spite filled subjects to read about.
I often sit and ponder what can I do to draw more people to my blog? Do I write more about myself in a non-book related way? Or am I just wasting time in a world where everyone has a blog in this digital jungle?