Showing posts with label themes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label themes. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7 Blogger Problems That No Longer Faze Me | #BloggerConfessions

I'm hoping not too many of you noticed, but I've had some MAJOR theme problems in the last days and I figured why not channel this into a blog post? 

Throughout my blogging career, lots of things that used to absolute devastate me, no longer really are an issue for me. Let's talk about those. 



#7. Theme Drama!
We know it all, we hate it all. Sometimes your theme randomly breaks or your hosting platform randomly decides that there's an error now that seems unfixable. I've always customized my themes alone and that always proved to be a headache (still is!). Mini!Blogger!Me would've probably deleted the entire blog or massively freaked out over something like this happening and breaking my entire page, but these days I'm just like? Well. Shit happens.

#6. Getting Declined on Netgalley
That used to bother me SO MUCH to the point that I was wondering if I'm doing something wrong blogging-wise because so many publishers wouldn't accept any of my requests. Fast-forward about 2 years later and I'm pretty much getting the majority of the ARCs that are available to my country, it's really just an issue of blog-size unfortunately. And people familiarizing themselves your style. I still have never been approved for anything on Edelweiss, though, haha.

#5. Followers! Unfollowers! Help!

I know this is a stupid thing to hear when you're a blogger with a two or one digit following, but seriously - at some point it no longer hurts you when you see that counter go down a bit. I'm by no means anywhere near being a big blogger, not even medium-sized in my opinion, but I magically stopped caring eventually. Don't like my blog? No problem! Be happy about the people who appreciate you, don't bother spending any time thinking about the ones who don't. And really, blogging just for followers is so 2011. Blog because you like it, not becaue you want to be big.

#4. Not Being Scheduled Regularly
You guys know that I'm notorious for scheduling my blog months in advance. But weirdly, I don't mind when I'm not 100% on my one-post-every-other-day schedule. I really don't mind. Blogging regularly is important, sure, but not to such an extent that I angst about missing a day or two anymore. Meh.

#3. Your Social Media Following Isn't Growing!!!
Drama, drama. Just when I thought I'd stopped caring about followers when it comes to my blog, I started worrying about the same thing on social media. Especially when you're really on top of your game and spend a lot of time on one specific site, you'll probably go through the same stages again that you went through on your blog. I'm glad to say that that stuff won't bother you anymore soon either.

#2. Inventing New Content 24/7
I was SO big on that back when I started. I used to experiment a lot with memes, new features that didn't last long - at this point I don't even bother thinking up something new anymore. I got YA Talk, Book Blogging Tips, Book Blogging Etiquette, and #BloggerConfessions and that is more than enough for me! 

#1. Page Views Aren't Growing!!
Who cares. Seriously. I'm by no means at the height of my page views right now, but I really don't mind. I haven't been on my statistics page in months.


Trust me, if you're worried about one of those things RIGHT NOW, this stuff is super temporary. In a week or two you won't even remember what you used to stress about. In a year or two, you'll have ascended to the magical place of I-Don't-Care Land where none of these even matter.




More #BloggerConfessions:

7 Reasons Why I Prefer Young Adult books over Adult books




What are some blogging problems that no longer send you deep into the depths of blogging angst despair?



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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Why I Regret Having Started Out With Blogger | Book Blogging Tips (#30)

Not a day goes by that I'm not super annoyed that I didn't have the foresight to actually inform myself about the different blogging platforms.

For some people, Blogger seems to be the perfect choice, but for me, it absolutely isn't. 

Since my blog is super small I'm actually scared to transition, because I fear losing the little audience that I have.



What's so bad about Blogger?

  • Themes: Finding a decent theme on Blogger is almost impossible. I had to learn to code to modify mine to be close to what I want it to look like, but I'm still not 100% satisfied. The default themes on Blogger are an absolute nightmare and without exception all look terrible. If you take a look at the Wordpress default themes, they aren't only more aesthetically pleasing, but also have more options to modify them than the Blogger themes.
  • Commenting: The Blogger commenting system isn't terrible, but it's by no means a great invention. It's not pretty. Had I not come across DISQUS, I probably would've quit straightaway and transitioned over to Wordpress
  • Widgets: The Blogger widgets are pretty much useless. They cover the basics but stand in no comparison to the things Wordpress offers
  • No Ping-backs: This is one of the features I miss the most on Blogger. Wordpress notifies you whenever someone mentions or links to your blog. In order to find out whenever somebody does that on my Blogger account -... well, good luck.

Why am I not changing to Wordpress?

  1. I'm scared to lose followers. Almost half of my followers follow via GFC. On Wordpress I can't use GFC anymore. Who knows if those people would follow me again.
  2. I'd have to start from scratch. It'll feel like I'm a blogging newbie again, Wordpress has a completely different structure than Blogger and it'll take me months to learn how to work with it the way I can work with Blogger.
  3. What if it doesn't live up to my expectations? What if I don't like Wordpress on the long run? It'll be a bitch to go back to Blogger. I'd also be insanely annoyed. 
  4. I feel like it's too late now, I've made my decision and I should stick with it.
  5. I think I've made the best out of the options I have on Blogger and I'd have to change everything about my blog to make it work on Wordpress the same way.
My advice:

If you're still a newbie and have less than fifty followers, consider the change. I mean, I'm not even a remotely popular blog, but I don't think I can afford to start new. If I decide to transition, I'll have to start from the bottom and I don't think I'm ready for that.

If you're already with Blogger:
  • Create a Wordpress account and make a hypothetical theme. Pretend you're actually transitioning and see if you like it.
  • Don't just delete your Blogger blog, export it first and shove all your content over to Wordpress. Under NO circumstances delete your Blogger blog!! You can still change the URL later if you're actually transitioning. Keep the Blogger blog as an emergency backup.
If you haven't decided on a platform yet:
  • Consider carefully where you're going to start off. Question other more experienced bloggers and make a list of advantages and disadvantages.
  • See what your favorite bloggers work with and think about what you like about their designs (if they're not using self-hosted themes obviously)


Do you use Wordpress or Blogger? Have you ever considered transitioning to either option?

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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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