Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guest Reviewers: Yes or No?

I have decided this year that I am going to allow more Guest Reviewers to review on my website. Does this make me a lazier blogger? Does this mean I'm "giving up" my blog to someone else? Does this mean I will lose readers because the "voice" will sometimes not be mine?

Well, No, No, and I hope not.

I was tentative at first about allowing guest reviewers on my site because of those questions I swirled around in my head. But then I decided I was being silly.

My site will always be mine. I am always in control of it.

I try very hard to squeak as much blogging time in as I can. Lazy? No. Lazy when it comes to cleaning my toilet? Yes.

My voice is my own. My review style is my own. But the individuals I choose to review on here are crucial people in my life. They mean the world to me. I trust their opinion. I know they know and love books. And they are all wicked smart. Having them stop by on occasion, I feel, shares a bit more of me with all of you.

In the next week you will all get the opportunity to "meet" Rachel, my other good friend, who was the brains behind "Loosely Bound:Tales of my Literary Life" and my Opera buddy. She will be my third and final guest reviewer. She will join the ranks with Cheryl and the ol' husband. She has kind enough to read and review Bite Me by Christopher Moore.

My Guest Reviews will not be often, like I have said before. I really try to match up the right book with these three readers in my life. I am honored and thrilled with all of the opportunities for reviewing that I get but I know I can not read everything asked of me. It is nice to have a few extra hands in the mix. It's all about letting the readers know about good books, right? The more the merrier.

So what do you all think of Guest Reviewers? Do you every use them?

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Senator said...

Oooo I'm excited! I don't use them, but I love reading them -- you get to find new bloggers to check out!! And isn't that what it's all about, finding more awesomeness?

Rachel said...

I think guest reviewers are awesome. *wink*

Julie@My5monkeys said...

I like having them sometimes and your right, its your blog.

Misha said...

I think guest reviewers are perfectly fine! My sister used to guest review for me, now she is the co-owner of the blog. Like Julie said, it's your blog and you can do whatever you want to.

Marce said...

I love your blog and trust your recommendations, so I am trusting your guest reviewers. I may miss your 'voice' so to speak but its just an additional feature on your blog.

Is Rachel a blogger also? If so, share her blog with us :-)

Gina said...

Nope...never use/used them, but that doesn't mean I think less of anyone that does. Like you said, the point is to share great books and a love of how can you go wrong? Looking forward to seeing what's next both from you and your guests. Happy reading!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I'm not a fan, but hey why not! I commend you for trying something new :) And you will never lose me.

Unknown said...

I'm all for guest reviewers! Great idea!