And just blog about the gossip* and trivia.
Am I saying that? Nope; it's not bizarro world day at Tea Cozy. But, apparently, that's how some people think.
First I read Sillies at Fuse, and I take Fuse's Sillies comment and raise it with a yawn. Blogging is a technology; bloggers are people using that technology. Blogs, and the reviews you find, may be good, bad or indifferent. Some will be better than things you find in traditional media;*** others, not so much. Just as you will find some great stuff in traditional media; and sometimes, not so much.
Whether or not people blog about books they don't like is up to the personality of the blogger and time commitments; frankly, I still have books from November 2006 that I read, liked, and haven't had time to blog. Every now and then I toy with the idea of posting a review of a book I didn't like, and have decided I will once I'm thru my review backlog.**
Also? I read both traditional media reviews and blogs. Just like I eat both coffee ice cream and chocolate. You don't have to read only one! Each has a benefit! Why the fight? Silly. Yawn.
Then I read This is why I don't have a blogroll. Or friends. at Read Roger. And discovered that traditional media can review books, have interviews, have authors write articles for them, yet traditional media Professionals remain objective about reviews. For some reason (must be a bug in the blogging software?), bloggers cannot remain objective in their reviews.
Huh. Who knew. Oh, also? Apparently, I am cheap and the price of my soul is a chocolate chip cookie and a diet Coke, along with an ARC. But the Professionals don't have that problem.
*I'm not sure, but I think the definition of gossip may be "news before it appears in print media." But since no real examples were given of gossip as opposed to news, I can't be sure.
**I know, as if that's ever going to happen!! Books from six months ago are still waiting to be reviewed.
***By traditional media I mean "the non blogger." Those who are not self publishing. Those who get paid for it. Could be print, could be online. Those who are "Professionals."