Happy Friday everyone! I finally started scheduling posts this week, and it has opened up so much more time for me to read! It’s been positively lovely! If you don’t schedule posts, I highly recommend that you consider it. I’ve been writing a few reviews lately, and have noticed that I’ve gravitated further away from incorporating GIF’s in these posts. This led me to start thinking about how people may perceive these in reviews. Do they make the review appear less professional? Or, perhaps they make the review more enjoyable? Without further ado, let’s talk about GIF’s in reviews!
Have The Popularity of GIF’s Been Declining?
When I first began blogging several years back, GIF’s in reviews were as common as white girls at Starbucks – mainstream, popular, and rather inseparable. As I’ve rejoined the reading community this year, I’ve noticed that GIF’s scarcely make an appearance in reviews, and when they do, it’s often in a review that is considerably short. Is this perhaps, because GIF’s merely aren’t as popular any more, or are there other factors that have been affecting this declining trend?
Are GIF’s Regarded As Unprofessional?
A persistent fear I have, is that my reviews will appear less professional or maybe even childish if I choose to include a few GIF‘s. Although I don’t appraise the quality of a review by the writer’s use of GIF‘s, I can’t help but wonder if there are readers who do. While it remains true that younger audiences might prefer the use of these over older audiences, I believe everyone’s perceptions of GIF’s varies, and age isn’t a dominant factor. If one was writing a review directly to the publisher, I can see how it wouldn’t be necessary to include GIF’s; but on blogs and websites such as Goodreads, I don’t see what harm a few short clips could cause. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comment section!
The Appeal Of GIF’s
The Perfect Icebreaker. If you’re like me, you might find GIF’s to be perfect for breaking up paragraphs. I occasionally write reviews that are quite wordy, and love how GIF’s help divide the paragraphs. I would imagine readers appreciate me not drowning them in a sea of words. Haha.
They’re engaging. As much as I hate to admit it, if a review is long, and without anything in bold, I’ll probably skim read it. I would love to thoroughly read every review in my feed, but I often don’t have the time to! GIF’s capture my interest, and help progress the review.
GIF’S help display our feelings in ways that words can’t.
I personally enjoy GIF’s, but don’t typically incorporate them in my reviews. Of course, there are times when I can’t help myself; however, for the most part I reserve them for my other types of posts. I love seeing GIF’s in reviews and blog posts, but do believe in quality over quantity. If the GIF is added with its only intention being to fill up space and make the review appear longer, I’m not a huge fan. But, if it’s a funny GIF that connects what is written, I love it!
What are your thoughts on GIF’s in reviews and blog posts? Do you agree/disagree with any of my points? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading! ❤