I think we can all admit that we’ve made a couple of changes to our blog to make it better.
Unpopular opinion time: even though most people talk about how you should always blog for yourself first and foremost, that’s never been my thing. I blog for all of you guys, not only so I feel less alone for talking about my favorite books, but also because I created this blog so people would read it!
I thought I would talk about some changes I’ve made that have been catered to all of you guys (and even some that I’ve done for myself)!
For My Audience
One Review Per Week
I actually used to do two reviews per week – one on Monday and one on Wednesday – when I first started my blog, but once I realized how unpopular they were and that I didn’t really like writing them that much, I nixed my Wednesday reviews and just saved it for Monday, not only to just get it over with, but also because I feel like it’s a nice break if I decide to post three Let’s Chat posts in a row. Reviews are also not that popular in the first place, so I’m not really a fan of murdering my stats for reviews I don’t care about too much.
Doing Less Tags
If you’ve followed me since the beginning, I used to do a lot of tags. Like, a lot of tags. Instead of doing as many tags as I used to, I definitely limit it to at least one a month, and I try to do an interesting one since I personally feel like some tags are really boring and are just the same questions applied to whatever the theme of the tag is – I usually like doing tags such as the Unpopular Opinions Tag, Book Sacrifice Tag, If You Disliked This… Tag, Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, Burn, Rewrite, ReRead Tag, etc. Most of the tags I do are just largely unpopular (one I posted a couple months back literally only got 20 views), so I’m okay with doing them less for sure.
More Discussion Posts
Believe it or not, I was terrified to post my first discussion post back in January. It was about the recent trend of bookworms who constantly complain when more is added to a previously successful series, and I was so nervous that people would hate it or feel attacked or yell at me. I literally had to get up the nerve to check the notifications, and I was so relieved when I realized that not only were people nice to me, but it was also one of my most popular posts (at the time, of course). At that moment, I decided I would write more discussion posts, and I have! My stats have improved, it seems like you guys enjoy it, and I enjoy writing them. I haven’t regretted it since!
No Monthly Wrap-Ups
I don’t know if anyone ever notices, but I personally don’t do monthly wrap-up posts! I actually did one after my first month of blogging, and not only did it take a lot of time on something I didn’t really enjoy writing, but I also don’t find those types of posts interesting to read, so I didn’t think I should force myself to write them! Also, trust me, I’m not reading enough to even WRITE one, so, I quit it!
Three Posts A Week
My blogging schedule has been pretty much all over the place, from no schedule to three days a week to what it is now, but I just recently changed it to three days because it’s sometimes a bit stressful to write posts for that many days, not to mention that I don’t always write reviews if I’m not reading books, so I’ve shortened it to three days – Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – and I’m satisfied!
The Overall Blog Design
If you guys have read my blogging evolution post, you’ll know I’ve gone through a lot of designs for my blog, but the one I have now is currently the one I’ve had the longest by far! No one told me my blog was ugly or that they didn’t like the way it looked, I just didn’t like the way it looked and thought my graphics needed improvement and that I wanted to incorporate my bookish photography, and, alas, I did it, and when I introduced it, you guys really seemed to love it as much as I did, and that made me happy!
Have you ever changed your blog to suit your audience? What changes did you make? What changes have you made just because you wanted to?