Chai break is a periodic feature on This is Lit to discuss concerns that every book blogger has. This is meant to be a lighthearted discussion that you’d have over tea and the only reason for it not being called Discussion Post is that the site’s author thinks that would be too mainstream. Pfft.
Look who’s back! This feature is back on This is Lit due to popular demand and is here to stay!
Today’s topic is about one of the unspoken assumptions about YA bloggers. We’ve all thought this in the past; YA bloggers get more attention than the rest of us lesser citizens. Which leads to it’s immediate corollary: Review more YA novels to get more followers. So we’re going to be discussing just that. Will reading (and reviewing) YA novels get you more followers?
Several blogging peeps seem to believe so and here’s what I think.
That’s right. I call BS. It makes no sense to say that if you want more followers, you should read more Young Adult literature. That’s bonkers.
Here’s the thing about YA and contemporary fiction.
A lot of people love them. A LOT. Which will naturally lead to more site visits when you review books of these genres. Sure, there are a lot of YA bloggers who probably have more followers than you, but that’s not just because they read YA.
A major contribution is from how regular they are and how their posting schedule is. Just take a look at YA bloggers’ reading challenges. It usually more than 100. Let’s say a blogger reads 100 books a year and most of it is YA. Half of those must be new releases and ARCs, which means, because of their readership, more people are going to be looking these books up closer to release date. That’s how they get such huge stats.
Whereas people like me who mostly review literary fiction won’t make anything off of reviews. Seriously. I wrote one whole discussion post about it: Chai break: Why reviews just won’t cut it anymore.
Wait, didn’t you just call BS on reading more YA for more followers?
Yes, I did. Saying that not reviewing YA is the only reason you don’t get followers doesn’t make sense to me. If you’re a niche blogger, other people who like your topics of writing will automatically follow.
Just because YA has a lot of takers, doesn’t mean other genres don’t. I see a lot of blogs that review just Sci-Fi, crime fiction, or literary fiction having as great a readership as a YA blog. Hell, I don’t review YA, either. And I have just as many followers as the next YA blogger.
I strongly believe that not being a fan of YA is totally fine. If you hate YA, don’t put yourself through the trouble of writing about it just to get followers. Read what you love. Blog about what you love. Your happiness is more important than your follower count.
Side note: I read 3 YA books a couple of days back. I will be reviewing them in the coming weeks. This is the first time I’m going to be reviewing proper Young Adult books on my blog. I’m going to see if that has any impact on my stats at all. Expect a detailed analysis post once all three reviews are up.
Do you think you’d get more followers if you reviewed YA books? Or do you, like me, think that’s not true? Let me know in the comments.