It’s the question of the blogging century (okay, not really, but don’t take it from me).
I was inspired by my other post about blog post success, and reading several other posts about popular posts and predicting which posts will be popular, and I thought it’d be amusing to ask if we still post something that we know won’t be popular?
Most bloggers are told to blog for themselves. I’ve mentioned several times before that I do blog for myself, but I usually blog for my audience, much like I mentioned in one of my Let’s Chat posts a couple of weeks ago! I guess some people would see an issue with me choosing to post something I think would be popular over something else, but is there really something wrong with that?
Okay, you’ve caught me: I was pretty curious about how other bloggers would respond to this question. I’m nosy.
Personally, I tend to post things that I know will be popular.
My goal with this blog is to have interaction with you guys – in the form of followers, comments, likes, shout-outs, commenting back, reading other people’s blog posts. And, full transparency, I like having good blog stats, not just because good stats equals ARCs, but because it shows the interaction in a physical measurement, and I can see how I’m doing.
So, obviously, the posts that are published reflect that ideology. I write a lot of discussions because they’re popular and people enjoy reading them as much as I love writing them. I don’t post reviews as much – if at all – because I know most people in the blogosphere don’t read them, and I don’t like writing them. I love doing lists because they’re easier to write, and I assume you guys really enjoy reading them, especially on particularly interesting topics. I talk about my unpopular opinions and more about me as a person because you guys enjoy it when I do. Basically, I usually like to post things I assume will be popular. Does that make me shallow?
I’ve seen a recent trend in my own blog posts, personally.
There have been days where a post I was originally planning to go up doesn’t really excite me or I end up realizing I have nothing to post on a scheduled day. Usually, I just post something from the drafts that I’m usually not excited about nor did I want to post just for the sake of posting. And it’s no surprise that, usually, those posts flop hard.
And then there are posts I love that just plain flop.
I think they’re going to be popular or blow people away or I was really excited for them…and then it just doesn’t do as well as I thought it would. I think it’s always disappointing when the stats don’t live up to your expectations, especially when you worked really hard on a post and was so excited to share it, and trust me, I’ve definitely been there.
The Evolution Of My Blog // I loved writing this post and thought it would be pretty popular since I thought it’d be interesting to look at all my designs, but this wasn’t as popular as I thought it’d be, and I was so disappointed about that. I think that sums up pretty much all of my posts that month, to be honest.
All About My TV Shows Tag // I really wanted this to be popular since I LOVE talking about TV shows, and for the fact that I had to re-write this entire post because it hadn’t saved properly, but I got barely any reception! Tags jut aren’t popular, I guess.
My Recommendation Posts // These posts take hours to do, not only because I have to find recommendations and think up books, but just formatting these posts is a pain, and they’re definitely not as appreciated as much as the hard work I put into them.
15 Fictional Worlds I’d Like to Leap Into // I was really satisfied with this post, and it took a lot of work to do, especially with taking all the pictures of maps and having to get the correct angles, but this one flopped, which really sucked. I didn’t think this one was going to get super popular, but it definitely didn’t get too much attention.
Book Playlists // I started these way back when my blog was just starting out, and I loved it! It was an easy feature to write, and I loved applying songs to music, but basically no one read these, so I quit.
The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag // This was another failed June post, which literally got 11 views, 2 or so likes, and 1 comment. I ended up deleting it after seeing the stats, but I was really disappointed this one didn’t do well since I loved writing it! I might do it again and re-publish it sometime in the future.
Most Anticipated Releases // Obviously, I love doing these, and will continue to do them, but, again, I work HOURS on these posts, and they really don’t get that much attention. I’ll keep at them anyway, though, since I love sharing my most anticipated books with you guys, I’ll just probably do one post for the year instead if posts for every season!!
Do you still post something if you know it won’t be popular? What types of posts are popular and unpopular on your own blog?