Showing posts with label success. Show all posts
Showing posts with label success. Show all posts

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Come Up With Post Ideas | Book Blogging Tips (#28)


If you want to get a set readership on your blog, you're going to have to stick out in the masses. There are thousands and thousands of book blogs out there, so what makes you special? 

In order to make people remember you, you will have to come up with a strategy to make your blog stand out. 
A great way to do that is to add original content. But how do you come up with good post ideas?


8. Try Out New Mediums

If your blog is usually filled with long discussion posts, or memes, try out book photography. There are different types of posts and if you've exhausted every kind of subcategory in the posts you usually do, go for something new and get out of your comfort zone. If you only post reviews, write up a personal post. If you only do personal posts, start a book meme!

7. Meme Directories!

If you absolutely can't think of anything original, just use content that's already available. Start doing a meme and make sure your contributions stand out in the crowd. You don't even have to create your own meme, a good Top Ten Tuesday or Stacking the Shelves post can be just as interesting as an original one.

A good meme directory I always like to link to is the Book Blog Meme Directory on bookshelffantasies.

6. Observe.

Don't copy, but take a look at the things your favorite bloggers do and get inspired. 

5. Check Your Reading Habits

Which kind of posts do you like to read personally? Why is it that you clicked on a certain post instead of another? Think about the types of posts you enjoy and fill your blog with similar content.

4. Get Inspired by Recent Events

Everybody loves a good pop culture reference. Take a look at what genres or books are popular right now, or what fandoms you're particularly familiar with and interested in. Maybe even launch your own meme!

3. Check Your Success Rate

Which posts were successful? There surely are some posts that have a considerably higher amount of views than others. Try to stick with similar content. What comes to your mind when you think of that topic?

2. Controversy

When in doubt, settle for discussions. What makes you angry? What makes you happy? Just flat out state your opinion, preferably on a topic that people have different opinions on. You'll be surprised at how much resonance you'll get for a respectfully written controversial posts about a recent topic.

1. What's Bugging You?

Personal posts are an awesome way to connect to your readers. 
If you're comfortable sharing your feelings or personal experiences with others online, you go for it and write up a nice personal post.

It's a little like an online diary and pretty therapeutic to just vent. Also people seem to really like being able to get to know you on a more personal level.


What are your tips on coming up with post ideas?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging | Book Blogging Tips (#25)


I had no idea what to expect when I just dove into blogging head-first. I didn't even read other blogs when I first started and just decided to do it my own way.

A lot has changed since then and I'd like to say that my blog has improved since then. Here are some things that really surprised me when I first started blogging.



  • Success won't come overnight: Good content ≠ Readers

No matter what you post, you won't become a successful blogger within six months. There are exceptions to the rule, but don't assume that you're one of those. Readers are earned and that takes time.


  • Queuing WILL save your blog

Honestly, if it wasn't for my well-stacked queue I'd probably have quit already. It's hardly possible to keep posting as much as I do (almost every day/ every other day) without actually planning posts in advance. I use my creative highs to schedule posts in advance. I suggest you make a habit of queuing, too, because it really does help a lot.


  • Themes matter, period.

So many people say it's all about the content, but honestly: there are certain themes that I just can't stand to see anymore. At this point I actually click away when I see an awful blog design, no matter how interesting the posts sound.


  • You will lose motivation

..and that's perfectly normal. Blogging is a full-time job and after months and months of writing posts, you may get tired of it. Don't give up. The big names in the blogging community are the people who never gave up. You can do it.


  • It's a competition - you will get jealous of others

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you shouldn't try to be like other bloggers or try to be as successful as them. I've heard it all, but the truth is I do look left and right and try to improve my blog constantly. The internet changes and so do the habits of the people who visit my blog. 

  • Of course you'll get discouraged to see a blogger that has barely started surpass you with their statistics.
  • Of course you'll get jealous when someone gets an awesome ARC that you didn't get 
  • Of course you'll constantly ask yourself why someone else has more followers, has more commenters, has better statistics
  • Of course you'll try to be more like the people you admire. And eventually plan to be a better blogger than them.
That may sound a little conceited, but it's the truth. Why are you blogging? Because you think your voice matters. When it ends up being unheard it's frustrating and annoying and it will make you question everything you do. 

BUT:
Don't listen to that little voice that says you're not good enough and you're never going to make it. 

Persistence is the key to success. 

One day people will look up to you and ask themselves why they're not as great as you are. 


What are things that you didn't expect about blogging?
Do you sometimes get jealous of other bloggers?

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