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People are scared to write reviews. It’s a fact.

Here are some of the fears:

  • Someone might disagree with me and I’ll feel stupid.
  • I’m not smart enough or don’t know enough to sound intelligent.
  • I’m not a good writer.
  • Nobody cares what I say.
  • My opinion doesn’t count for much.

There are many others, I’m sure, but these are the ones I’ve heard.

Because of these fears, people stay quiet instead of using their voices to help shape the world.

Here are some more facts:

  • Reviews don’t have to be more than a sentence. You can simply write “I loved it.” Or, “Meh.” You can even say you hated it.
  • You don’t have to sound smart, be highly educated about something, or convince anyone else that your opinion is valid. It’s your opinion. You’re entitled to it.
  • Reviews are a lifeline for creatives. Without them, great books never get read. Great products disappear from the shelves. Musicians quit because they can’t get a gig.
  • The more reviews a product has, the more likely it is to succeed. Reviews create momentum that help others find the work or product they need.
  • When you leave a review, you empower yourself. That simple act, those simple words, are recognition that your voice deserves to be heard.

So if you’ve read a good book lately, go to Amazon or Goodreads (or both) and share your enthusiasm. If something is terrible, be kind, but let us know.

Why write a review? Because it’s easier not to. When you think about it, if staying quiet is easier than expressing yourself, are you really being good to you?

Your voice matters. Use it and leave a review.