I did an interview this week with Karen Tay, for her book blog page Reading is Bliss, on the www.stuff.co.nz website. She asked me about the growing phenomenon of book blogs and if (and how) they are changing readers' perceptions of book reviews and literary criticism. It's an interesting subject and perhaps hints at conflicts around who (if anyone) should hold sway in giving opinion on published works, and how a reader judges value.
I had coffee with an old colleague a few weeks ago, in which he
(intelligent, street-smart, well-read, politically lefty, opinionated
journo) said he liked my blog. His assessment of it was that it was
aimed at bored housewives with Master's degrees in lit, looking for an
outlet for their repressed creativity.
I would argue that the comments section alone - and yes, I do read
every single comment, I figure it's the least I can do for my readers -
suggests otherwise. There are men, women, housewives, librarians,
students, engineers, writers and architects who read my blog. In other
words, a typical cross-section of society.