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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 7:48:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 7:59:03 AM PST
Dog Lover says:
EtA: Sorry for the typo in the thread title.

This is kind of a poll.

When you find a poster recommending books and you discover that this person has a blog which exists for the purpose of reviewing books, does that influence your reception of the posts this blogger adds to this or any other Amazon forum?

Just curious.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:03:22 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
For me, depending on the blogger, I might give more credence to the rec. For instance, Jane Litte has a lot of credibility with me. I've read her stuff on Dear Author, and I follow her reviews on GR. I, for one, appreciate that she posts here.

I think it depends on the blogger, just like it depends on the poster. If I'm familiar with them, and find that I've agreed with their take on books in the past, I'm less likely to be skeptical of a recommendation. Same goes for any posted reviews.

Bottom line, I still only trust recs/reviews from those I've gotten to know in some way. The blog doesn't impact my decision at all.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:05:57 AM PST
Colleen says:
If they mention the blog or end every post with "Colleen from READALOT . COM BLOG" or "Colleen from ROMANCE MANIA BOOK CLUB" then yeah, because that's annoying.

Otherwise, not really. I wouldn't be bothered by a line or URL in their Amazon profile (in fact, if I like their opinions here, I'd like to check out their blog).

If the blog is kind of shady (lots of indie authors/ cross promotion), it would also be a red flag and I might disregard their posts. If the blog was like a Dear Author/ SBTB, no.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:09:31 AM PST
I guess that would depend on the integrity of the blog. If it is a blog that never has anything bad to say about a book, then I know it's a useless blog site and any review that they give (whether here or on their blog is garbage).

If the review is by a respected and fair blogger, I have no problem with (and in fact I would support) these bloggers posting about a book. It's the "bloggers" who are in the pockets of the authors who I don't want to see reviewing books here (or anywhere really).

The reviews are for readers and when an author or publisher pays someone for a review, then the review is biased and useless to the reader. I have yet to see a paid reviewer give a 1 or 2 star review.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:10:00 AM PST
HJ Leonard says:
Well, yeah. If they're all about advertising their blog or being shady, then it's an automatic, 'ignore.' But then again, I probably would have already discounted them because they wouldn't be on my 'trusted' list.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:13:23 AM PST
dont really care

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:21:39 AM PST
L. Burns says:
<<I guess that would depend on the integrity of the blog. If it is a blog that never has anything bad to say about a book, then I know it's a useless blog site and any review that they give (whether here or on their blog is garbage). >>

Exactly. If the blog is all about interviewing authors and raving about every indie book that hits the market, then I'm not going to give much weight to the rec. I always feel like there's some level of marketing going on with those bloggers; they're not recommending books as much as trying to stir up interest in them.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 11:03:56 AM PST
Dog Lover says:
Thanks everyone!

DL

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 12:02:02 PM PST
For me, it also depends on the blog. I see a lot more of this in the reviews section - and there are certain book bloggers who seem to like everything that they read (Joyfully - cough, cough - Reviewed - cough, cough). I just ignore their recommendations.

I admit though, I love book blogs. Not so much the "professional" ones (although I love DA & SBTB) but the really amateur ones that are more of a conversation about books than a "review" blog. Being a person who is enthusiastic about books in general, I love finding other people who are enthusiastic about books in general. This is one of the reasons that I spend a lot more time reading the blogs of people in the classics club than blogs about new releases.

As someone who has a book blog, I appreciate your question. I think it's a good one. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 12:56:26 PM PST
Karlyn says:
Ditto, L Burns. There are many blogs focused on book reviews. Some are credible and upstanding sites with the purpose of informing consumers honestly, while others are shady sites with the intent to deceive consumers in hopes of bilking their money. I don't respect any site or poster who resembles the latter, but enjoy to chat with the many bloggers who resemble the former.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 1:00:12 PM PST
Karlyn says:
Agree about Joyfully, they are becoming the next Harriet Klausner. I ignore them too, if not avoid the books all together. They love everything they read, that doesn't help me.
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