In my year-end survey, about one third of the respondents suggested I stop posting WBI posts. Like I said, that’s kind of disappointing because I like talking about villains, kind of a lot. At the same time, I can’t say I’m surprised, either. Villain analyses aren’t exactly my most popular posts.
But I’m kind of reluctant to stop posting them.
I like talking about villains. I’ve come to think of WBI as my replacement for book reviews, and the thing about book reviews is that (in my experience) most people are only interested if they’ve already heard of or read the book. Or they have a high opinion of your judgment. In my case, this makes it hard to have many conversations, and from the feedback I received, I know of these drawbacks, too:
- not understanding
- not knowing the villains/not wanting to spoil the story
- people just don’t like them (which is fine, by the way)
I’m willing to adjust WBI to be more understandable and relatable, as much as I can. For example, I have been doing a lot of Disney villains because many people seem to be familiar with the movies/fairy tales that surround them—I could go a step further and work off more reader requests, so that there’s a direct connection to the audience. Likewise, I can post them less—right now, I post about one or two each month, depending on how Fridays work out. Posting less could allow those who’d rather read something else have plenty of other content the rest of the month.
At the same time there are some things I can’t fix. Some people don’t want to talk about villains. Some people don’t care. Some people are busy. Some people simply don’t like them. And that’s fine. But it also means that there’s not a lot I personally can do to make WBI worth the read for other people, because I do not have the power of forcing preference (which is a relief to everyone, I’m sure).
For the present time, the future of WBI is up in the air, and though I just asked everyone to do a survey and it was probably not your favorite thing, I could use a little more feedback, if you can spare me a few sentences. To make my decision, I think I’d most like to know the answer to these three questions.
- [How often] Do you want to keep reading WBI posts?
- If yes, is there something specific I can do to make them better?
- If yes, are there villains you recommend I review?
Hopefully, with your feedback and some deliberation, I’ll be able to let you know what I’ve decided in a week or so!