I'm sitting here wondering what makes a good reader blog. Well, not true. I'm sitting here on hold with my old university trying to get a hold of a notarized transcript (shoot me), and I'm taking this muzak-filled opportunity to contemplate reader blogs, the good, the bad and the ugly. Now obviously we've pounded the subject into the ground when it comes to blogs needing interesting voice and content to be popular, but what about when the content is in part dictated by the books reviewed?
We can argue day and night about what constitutes a proper review, but for the moment we'll just settle for any blog or website dedicated (for the most part) to the reader's thoughts on books s/he has read. What makes an interesting, returnable (as in you return to it) reader blog?
Does the rating system matter?
Does it all depend on what is being reviewed (e.g. you would accept one style from a SciFi blog, but not from a lit blog)?
There's a whole list of review blogs in the sidebar that I need to update, but I want to hear your thoughts on what makes a good reader blog and how to build a better one.
I'll consider to gather my thoughts while I wait to talk to a real person.
For those of you not interested in this subject, go check out Sarah Weinman's thoughts on "Genre Wars from a different angle" and share your thoughts.