49

[LET’S CHAT] You Don’t Need to Follow All the Blogging Advice

File_000 (64).png

I know what you’re thinking.

“But, Mikaela, you’re giving all this blogging advice this month! What are you talking about???” But, here’s the thing: all blogging advice does not work for everyone. I know that. In the (almost) six months I’ve been blogging, there’s been some helpful advice I’ve taken or should’ve taken sooner, and there’s been some advice that I just ignored. And I survived.

So, I wanted to talk a little about some of the advice that helped me in my blogging career, and some of the advice that I had different experiences with or just aren’t “me” things, because I love talking about my experiences just in case someone else is panicking about these things and doesn’t feel alone, I guess? But let’s get to it!

arrow

File_000 (63)

1. You must comment back to create relationships.

I have never commented back. Like, ever. And even though I want to work on doing it more, I know that I probably won’t do it ALL the time. I know that, if I’m being honest with myself, commenting back just isn’t my thing. And I know there are some bloggers that consider commenting back as sacred, which is great for them, and will look down on bloggers who don’t do it all the time, and oh well! But, I feel like I’ve made a lot of close blogging friends and created great conversations in my own comments section without feeling like I’m obligated to go comment on someone else’s blog just because they comment on mine. I just prefer thinking that people comment on my blog because they WANT to, and not because they want to add me as a number in their own comments section, but that’s just me!

2. To get on all the social media accounts.

Before blogging, I was anti-social media. I had zero social media accounts. Zero. So, I was really worried when I saw so many bloggers say that to get your blog out there, you need to promote on social media accounts, and listing all the ones you could use. And it was just SO MANY. So, for the first couple of months of blogging, I had no social media. And I got over 150+ followers and pretty good stats and e-ARCs from Netgalley that I was dying for. So don’t feel like your lack of social media means that your blog will never thrive.

3. To ask for ARCs at the 6-month, 500 followers deadline.

I know when I wanted to request physical ARCs, I was SO NERVOUS. I read, like, probably hundreds of “How To” posts, and so many of them said that you should wait until you’ve been blogging for six months and have at least 500 followers. I ended up requesting for physical ARCs after three months, and probably a little over 200 followers. Though I ended up only getting e-ARCs of some of the physical ARCs I requested, I DID end up getting my first ever physical ARC from St. Martin’s Press, and that was He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly! So, don’t stress about it. Who knows what will happen?

4. Do memes to reach out as a newbie.

Lots of veteran bloggers usually recommend doing memes to reach out, and I tried to do that, but, unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it! And I was bored with checking out other people’s WWW Wednesdays. And I didn’t even really meet any fellow bloggers that way. So it’s perfectly fine to not want to join in on the meme hype if you’re a newbie blogger. I gave up on it after posting just a couple of them every week in favor of more original content, and, eventually, it increased my readership to what it is today, so it works out in the end!

File_001 (30)

1. Make a blogging schedule.

I’m going to talk about this more in a separate post next month, but when I first started out, I didn’t have a blogging schedule. I just posted sporadically, at different times every day, and it was a terrible idea. I once posted three reviews three days in a row, and the third day I posted, my review only conjured up 5 views. 5 VIEWS. It wasn’t until March where I created a blogging schedule, and it wasn’t until mid-April that I created one that I really enjoyed, and I still keep up to till this day! Personally, it’s something that’s really worked well for me, especially as a planner and one who likes to get ahead.

2. Be consistent.

Again, was definitely not consistent when I started out. Oops. But I know that I really prefer posting things that people expect on the days that people expect them. And I know I’m more likely to follow and pay attention to a blog where I know how many posts I’m expecting from them each week or month. It’s always personal preference, because I know there are some people who are sporadic and that’s just who they are.

3. Write a lot of discussion posts.

Okay, not A LOT. But some. Or maybe even one a month. But discussion posts are not only my favorite posts to read and comment from other bloggers, but pretty much everyone can relate to them, and, it’s true, they do a wonder for your stats. I personally love writing them, and I love the discussions they produce, and I probably won’t stop.

4. Get on Twitter.

I resisted getting on Twitter forever because as someone who’s not on Twitter, just letting you know, it’s viewed as a cesspool (other people’s words, not mine!). BUT, I went ahead and did it. Still not my favorite social media, but it’s a very nice platform for sharing things and getting things out there for other bloggers!

arrow

File_001 (46).jpeg

And those are just some of my experiences with blogging advice!

But, really, you don’t need to! Even with my advice you don’t need to listen to it and do EXACTLY what it says, unless you feel like it’ll work for you. It’s YOUR blog, therefore you can do whatever you want with it, whether other people like it or don’t – which is totally awesome.

arrow

Just another quick reminder that we are in Phase 2 of the Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project, where we dedicate an entire post on our own blog to the Little Blogger we’ve been supporting! If you don’t know what I’m talking about or aren’t very clear about it, the link to the instructions is here! Whenever you publish it, just link it back to one of my posts so I can see it and take note of it! I’m hoping to post the masterpost sometime in July, so hopefully you can get them done in time!

Let's Chat

How do you feel about blogging advice? What are some pieces of blogging advice that you followed or didn’t follow?

Follow Me

Bloglovin’Twitter

42

[ANNOUNCEMENT] A Brand New Look & Schedule Changes

File_001 (10)

I swear to God, this isn’t going to become a weekly thing. I just keep changing and updating things because it’s spring, I guess? Let’s blame it on spring. But, really, I wanted to re-design my blog. Probably because I’m looking at all these stunning blogs and I am exceedingly jealous because HOW DOES DESIGN WORK. But, I have changed a couple of things that hopefully will make my posts look more aesthetically pleasing.

File_003 (7)First off, I quit Instagram.

I took a hiatus, but then I realized I didn’t really miss Instagram too much, and the more I thought about going back, the more unappetizing it seemed to me, so I decided to quit. But, the thing is, I absolutely love taking photos of books and bookish photography. I enjoy making aesthetically pleasing photos. And I also have a ton of photos that I think look actually pretty nice. So I decided I’d incorporate my photography into my posts and use them as a sort of border. Hopefully, my photos won’t bother you guys too much.

File_005 (3).jpeg

Second, I made some design changes.

I’ve been looking at lots of blogs lately, and I’m so jealous at how stunning their graphics and posts look, so I decided I’d do something about my own. I’m sure you’ve already seen the featured image and how it looks way different than my previous posts, thankfully. Here’s an upcoming look at some of the posts coming up this week with their updated featured images.

File_000 (15)

File_003 (6)

File_001 (11)

File_002 (10)

I also scoured Freepik for some watercolor arrows, and lo and behold, I found some that looked stunning! The arrows that I used to use for “Let’s Chat” and “Follow Me” have now been nixed, and here are the two new arrows that I’m using for my posts from now on, courtesy of the author, who can be found right here.

File_000 (65)

File_000 (63)

I’ve also changed up my blogging button. I’m pretty sure none of you guys noticed my first one too much in the first place, but I thought it’d be nice to change it up a little bit. Some of you guys may have seen it already on Twitter, but I wanted to put it here any way for those who don’t follow me or don’t care about my Tweets. I also used Freepik to create this – you can find the watercolor flower background here and the open book here.

File_003 (8)

And with a new blog button comes a brand new banner, hot off the presses!

File_000 (67)

(I love how pink is my least favorite color and I’m not a girly girl whatsoever…and yet my blog is pink and girly as all hell. Great decision-making.)

File_003 (9).jpeg

Third, I’m making some changes to my blogging schedule.

I’m going to still keep the days I post the same – which are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday – but I’m going to minimize my two book reviews a week to just one. Mainly because I just really don’t care too much about reviews, and I don’t think most of you guys do either, so I’m going to do a non-discussion post on Wednesdays now! Usually, I reserve tags and Let’s Chat posts for Fridays and Sundays, so I guess you can say I’m going to be doing something meme-ish. I looked through old (and new) Top 10 Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday posts, and wrote down the ones I found interesting. Instead of making it a meme thing, I’m just going to use those topics as bouncing-off points for entire list-type posts that will be WAY more than ten and five books, and most of those will be on Wednesdays! Mondays will still be sacred review days, though, and probably my only review days since you guys will probably need a break from being slammed three times a week with posts I actually prefer a lot more.

File_000 (68).jpeg

And that’s basically what I have for this post today!

Hopefully, there’ll be no more big changes that elicit announcements. I will say, I’m actually in the midst of creating a blogger project that I hope you guys will take part in, but I won’t be announcing that until nearer to the end of the month. But, I’m hoping you guys will love and promote it (and it won’t flop). 

Let's Chat

Do you like my new blog design? Do you think that this blog post looks okay (hopefully, it looks as good as I think it does)?

Follow Me

Bloglovin’Twitter