Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you ever go “way back” to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now?
My earliest posts really are pretty far back by now–since I’ve been writing this blog for almost seven years! I look back occasionally, when I want to see what I said about something that comes to mind again, to reference with a link back if a topic comes up now, or to choose a Classic Review to repost.
I don’t think my taste has changed hugely since I started blogging. It may have become broader–I read less YA and more nonfiction, and the various challenges I’ve had over the years have influenced the more specific topics I may have covered (like fairy tales or parallel universes). But overall, if I liked a book way back when, I still like it now–and if I disliked one, well, I probably haven’t reread it, but I usually still think I had good points.
My reviewing has become more immediate. In early blog days I did more reviewing of favorite books I hadn’t reread recently. It didn’t take long, though, to realize that it’s a lot easier reviewing a book I just read, so that shifted pretty fast.
The biggest difference to me may be subtle to other people. I think I’m more confident in my reviews now. At first I think I felt a need to defend my opinion–now, I still will tell you why I like or dislike something, but it doesn’t feel like an assertion so much as a statement. That may not look very different to anyone else, but I can see it!
Readers who are also book bloggers, do you ever go back farther? How has your reviewing change?