Extended BIP #11: Analyze Some Book Reviews!

by Kim on June 15, 2009 · 8 comments

2009bip-150x210The BIP Week #11 project was to dissect some book reviews by the numbers. I was (and still am) excited about this idea, but so far response has been pretty low. So I decided to extend Week #11 one more week — you now have until Friday, June 19 to complete it. BIP #12 will be posted on Monday, June 22.

The gist of Week #11 is to go to this Google Docs spreadsheet and fill in some questions based on two book reviews — one of your own, and one from a professional organization. If we get enough entries, I’m hoping that some number analysis can show a little of what makes blogger reviews different than other reviews.

Anastatia (Bird Brain(ed) Book Blog), Florinda (3 R’s Blog), Jackie (Farm Lane Books),  and Sherrie (Just Books) are the only people who’ve added so far. Thanks to all of you! I can play around with the stats a little bit from there, but it’s not much and would be a lot more useful with more data.

If you’re curious what you can learn from just reading and thinking about other reviews, check out Florinda’s great post — she noticed some cool things about how her reviews compare to some more professional reviews. Sherrie also noticed things like sentence length and personality when comparing reviews.

One last thing — please don’t feel intimidated by this. It’s really just a matter of counting words and sentences and identifying some features of different reviews. The idea isn’t to be scary with numbers, but to instead see what numbers might be able to tell us about how we review books.

It took me about 35 minutes to do both of mine. The counting can be a little tedious, I know, but I hope it will be worth it. Good luck, and if you have questions or concerns feel free to e-mail me.

blogiestaP.S. One great activiting coming up this weekend is the Bloggiesta being held by Natasha at Maw Books. It’s basically a 48-hour challenge to spend time working on blog stuff (reviews, other posts, organization, etc.). I’m signing up, hopefully to get some BIP projects planned and underway, and I think you should too!

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