Two weeks ago I talked about spoilers and how they are the worst. I then explained how to use spoiler tags on Goodreads and BookLikes.
Since then I’ve seen a fair amount of tweets that were full of rants against spoilers, so I figured it’s about time I posted the second part of my guide to properly spoiling tweets. Spoiler tags and hiding reviews on Goodreads and BookLikes are extremely straightforward affairs, so I don’t think there is any excuse when people spoil books for others. Figuring how to do this on a blog however, is more difficult to figure out. There are various ways to do this. Even if one has no idea how to elegantly hide spoilers, there are steps anyone should be able to employ:
- Show only excerpts on the homepage. That way visitors can choose if they want to read a particular review or not.
- If the whole reviews is spoiler-induced, include a conspicuous warning/ disclaimer at the top of the post.
- Change the font colour to blend in with the background, so that the text is only visible when highlighting it with a mouse.
- Example: Highlight to see spoiler » See, that isn’t so hard!
- This is not an elegant solution but it works. For anyone on WordPress.com without the option to modify their theme, this would be my answer.
- Example: Here is some visible text. View Spoiler »And here is my spoiler text « Hide Spoiler
- The UBB Plugin does cost money, which not everyone is able to shell out. A lot more can be done with the plugin though for those who decide to buy it. Ashley @ Nose Graze came up with the plugin and regularly updates it. As a book blogger, she knows very well what we look for to simplify our blogging experience.
- It doesn’t result in seemingly huge chunks of blank spaces.
- This only works on self-hosted WordPress blogs.
- It’s free.
- Once again, this only works for self-hosted WordPress blogs.
If you are feeling adventurous and feel confident about editing theme files, or are hosting your blog on Blogger, you can also refer to Ashley’s tutorials on how to hide spoilers in your reviews and her alternative method for hiding longer spoilers.
Do spoilers bother you? If you write book reviews, how do you hide your spoilers?