The A to Z Challenge is an annual blogging challenge. It isn’t restricted to book blogs – all kinds of blogs can participate. It takes place every year in April and during that month you have to write a post on the designated days (all except Sundays). These posts must have some correlation to the letter of the day. So, there will be a total of 26 posts starting from the letter A and ending with Z. Here is a list of all my posts.
I didn’t even know what the word GIF meant a few months ago and now I’m writing a post on it. Look at me – I’m growing! Lol!
Did you know that GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format? I’m having trouble even understanding what that means exactly, but the point is that it is now a big part of the internet. It is also a big part of the blogging community and also the book blogging world. Some book bloggers hate them, others love them.
I think I stand somewhere in the middle. For me it’s important what kind of a role a picture or a GIF plays in a post. When the whole post is filled with GIFs and there’s hardly anything written, it’s quite annoying. More importantly it feels as if the writter cannot express what he or she wants in words and uses the easy way out. But if it is a whole written post we are talking about and there are just a couple of images thrown in here and there I don’t mind them. In fact I actually like them, because they break up the post a little bit and I like also having some visual stimuli along with what I’m reading. Text is also visual, of course, but you know what I mean…
Then there is the other issue of using GIFs on book reviews. The opinions on that are again very diverse. I rarely use GIFs on reviews, because I know many people hate them. I also don’t see many book bloggers using GIFs on reviews on their blogs, but Goodreads reviews are full of them. I have to say that I really don’t like these kind of goodreads reviews. They seem completely unprofessional and often offensive not only to the book, but also the author. If a reviewer only puts a couple of GIFs in some of their reviews, though, I would say that, again, I don’t really mind them.
So what I have been doing on this blog, is that I usually have a couple of images or GIFs when I have a discussion post. I have to say that I find it easier to read a long text if there are some images in it, in comparison to when there are none. But if you guys think otherwise, I don’t mind removing those.
So when it comes to GIFs, YAY or NAY?