Book Review

What is your average Word Count?

I was recently reading a post on another book blog, about the length of blogs and how long blogs are superior to short blogs. Far superior. And we’re talking about 2,500 words a post. The article was very well written and the argument seemed sound. Until…

Until I took a look at my own word counts. My word counts, even with the book info, synopsis, and author bios fell far short of that mark. And I thought I got a bit wordy at times with my chatty style. But HIME had a lot more to say than I ever could, she usually does, though.

“BLOGGING IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD TO THE CONVERSATION…

Where’s the cleverly elaborated opinion? Where’s the backing to the reason of why I should read this book? Where’s the controversial point of view that’s going to draw me in into reading? Or simply, why aren’t you enticing discussion to build your community?

GOOGLE SAID SO.

And in Jon Morrow’s words: Giving Google what it wants is smart.

Most articles out there will go on to explain that longer articles are favorable because SEO (Search Engine Optimization, to make it short, the algorithm that decides how high your blog will appear in a search result without paying to be bumped higher) ranks articles with more content higher on the search engine. Think of it, which of these two options would google rather hook you up with: The one that engages you for two minutes, or the one that engages you for twenty?”

Now, I really enjoy her rants and most of her stuff. But I just can’t imagine me coming up with 2,000 or more words about each book or even most of the books I read for my Monday through Friday postings. Apart from the book info, synopsis, and author’s bio, I usually have about 400 to 700 words for my disclaimer and review. I make an effort not to retell the story since I use the synopsis. I tell parts of the story from my own point of view to portray my opinion using my own humor or snarkiness. I’m not an English Lit major, so I don’t go into the structure of the book in great detail or really technical terms. I don’t feel I’m qualified. My reviews are my personal opinion of the books I’m reading. If I had an English Lit degree, it would be a more professional review along with my personal opinion. But that’s not what I provide. And as far as I can tell, most book reviewers that I follow or rub elbows with out here in the community are doing pretty much the same thing. Some are teachers or librarians with more professional points of view, but for the most part, I have found personal likes and dislikes rule the roost. Even when I’m in love with a book, I find I can only go on so long without just telling the whole story and making the book a moot point.

I try very hard with my reviews to hint about things without giving away out and out spoilers. Though I find sometimes I’ve actually given things away without realizing it when I go back and read the review later on. The longer I go on in a post, the more likely I am to do that. So how is a reviewer to do her job of not revealing important bits and pieces but come up with a word count of 2,500?

All of you book bloggers out there, please share your thoughts and insights with me. Pro or Con. I’m curious to see how y’all feel about this subject. I need to make sure you gals in COYER see this. I’m sure you will all have an opinion.

Judi at Blue Cat Review

Point of Reference: 640-word count

7 thoughts on “What is your average Word Count?

  1. >HIME https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/132743832
    Okay, so you include your summary of the book. Is that in your words or a summary pasted in from somewhere else? Because I’ve been thinking about my own word count which falls about 400-700 typically and not counting anything buy my disclaimer and review. If I change things up a bit and write the synopsis myself, then I can include that in my own word count. I’ve been including an author’s bio, but I don’t know if I really need that or if a link is enough. Some of the authors are really amusing to read about, but others don’t even include a picture on their pages. So, I’ve been considering a link instead of the bio section.

    I, too, am a chatty type of person. But I am not an angsty type of teenager. I’m 60 years old and just love to read. Sorry, hope I didn’t scare you with that! I get caught up in a book and get talking about it and need to find a place to put a period sometimes. But I haven’t been putting that into my reviews too much. Maybe I should put more of that into my reviews and see what happens. Not to copy you, (but you are successful!) maybe I should try sticking in a SPOILER WARNING and add in some more of what I really want to be talking about! Maybe I’ll try that a couple of times and see what the reaction is. Or maybe see if there is a reaction since I don’t get many comments.
    Thanks for your input! Hope things get back to normal soon for you down there.
    Judi

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  2. I apologize for not seeing this before ! Mexico got hit pretty hard by both recent earthquakes so I’ve been rather taken aback by getting my life back together. BREATHES.

    But anyways, thank you so much for your kind words ! They have very much made my day <3. Personally, I understand that writing lengthy book reviews without getting tedious is a challenge. If you're curious, I'll explain more or less. The first section of my book reviews are exactly like yours, a small summary, my thoughts on the book, thoughts on the writing and thoughts on the book's quality as a whole. This part usually averages at 700-1000 words. Then, you can find the "Spoilers ahead!", where I discuss (which is a fancy word for rant, as you've noticed ahah) about everything the book does correctly and terribly ! This part averages 1000-2000 words ! My current average wordcount is actually 2K words per post, but sometimes I do break the 3K !

    I'm a very chatty person in real life who can't ever stop talking. Take that plus the angsty, bitter teenager persona who "always has something to say" I have created for my blog and you get some really wordy rants and posts !

    Despite my aggressive and harsh sounding posts, I actually believe that as long as you write enjoyable content, you can perfectly have a succesful blog ! I certainly don't endorse blog posts under 500 words, since I consider that a joke, but to me anything above that is just as valid as my 2-2.5K word posts ! Thank you so much for the discussion btw, I really enjoyed reading it. And good luck with your own posts !

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  3. oh yeah i feel the same! i havent posted anything on mine yet but as i am pre-writing some posts, i also fall short on word count. however, i try to remedy this by reaching out to opinions of other book bloggers, facts, examples, analogies, lists, etc.

    i, for one, LOVE reading long posts–like discussion posts, recs, and how-to’s. i feel like long posts give you in-depth stuff, make you sound and appear more intelligent, and it gives readers the impression that you put effort in your posts.

    but for reviews, i have mixed feelings. i agree how long, detailed and analytical reviews tend to be spoilery (and i dislike spoilers welp) to discuss the good side and the bad side of a particular book. for short ones, i’m often confused reading them because i just don’t get why they say they ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK or how much this book sucks. like duuuude, i need details.

    but i guess i tend to prefer long, detailed, and in-depth reviews over shorter ones. i’m a picky reader so longer reviewers are really helpful.

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  4. I, too, find that word count a little extraneous for a “simple” book review. As an English Lit graduate, with that word count, you better have a pretty valid thesis that is supported by some hearty citations. I’m intrigued . . . I want to read some of these reviews. Haha, maybe I can use them in some research!

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    1. Well, she does write some pretty long reviews and has opinions on everything in her reviews. They are good to read when I have time and it’s my sort of book. Sometimes even when it’s not! BUT, I have never checked her word count…

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