Discussion: Growing Your Blog

Hey everybody,

I’ve been attempting to fix all my old blog posts so you might have noticed some changes. At some point I’m going to have to sit and figure out a way to make my website easy to read for both my laptop and my phone. I use it on my phone more and am realizing it’s not what it could be in terms of easy access. Hopefully I can get all this fixed soon. But I am discussing today blog growth!

I’ve been blogging for SIX YEARS now and have 300 followers.

In the grand scheme of things that’s not a lot, and while I’m happy at all the new faces, I seriously need to step it up a notch. These are the tactics that I learned to help me get those followers:

Follow for follow, comment for comment, have a beautiful Instagram, have a prolific Pinterest account, write up guest posts on other blogs/bring in a guest to your blog, hold a contest, publish great content, be more social & write ten posts a day.

Now I don’t know about y’all, but all that work seems ridiculous. There MUST be an easier way to generate more traffic, more followers, and grow your blog as high as you possibly can. I’m overall lazy. I know that’s not a good quality, but again. There must be an easier way. I’m also not the most social of creatures and I fight just to keep up with commenters on my blog. All this work just to make a name for yourself? Ridiculous.

And there’s others out there who cheat and pay for their blogs to gain all the followers. I don’t know about y’all but I have zero funds. Covid, medical health care, and bills take up more than all my money. Not to mention education and what remains I use to buy books and a subscription for KU (Kindle Unlimited).

If you are looking for me to tell you an easier way-I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what easier way there is. You are going to fight to make your blog stand out. It’s going to be hard. Your going to whine and complain and feel like you don’t want this anymore because it’s too hard. Or you can also easily get burnout like I did.

I have advice though!

Don’t give up. I spent a year away from my blog and yet IT STILL GREW. I know it’s hard, believe me we’ve all been there. But eventually you’ll bypass the hundred followers mark. Soon you will get to the thousands. You just need to be patient and stick with it.

Research, ask around, make friends, watch countless how to videos, learn

I spent a lot of time scratching at Google for tips, ideas, tricks. I talked to other book bloggers that had way more experience than me. I wrote reviews that were both good and bad and I learned more than I thought I ever would.

The community makes it worth it.

The people here are amazing and supportive and the best! You’ll make new friends and find people read as much as you if not more so. Growth may happen but don’t be upset if it takes a while. Even if it takes a year or years, you need to be patient and stick with it. Keep growing content. Keep being strong.

You’ll get there.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

14 thoughts on “Discussion: Growing Your Blog

  1. Carol August 27, 2021 / 7:46 pm

    I saw growth when I started posting more times per week (going from once to three or four), by promoting on Twitter and pinning on Pinterest, by participating in popular memes like Top Ten Tuesday, and by creating a greater variety of content (discussion posts, best of lists, opinions, etc rather than all book reviews). I agree that blog growth happens over time if you’re consistent. Promotion is also essential! Happy growing!

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    • passmethatbook August 28, 2021 / 1:02 am

      Thank you! ❤️ Yeah, I’m attempting the Pinterest and Twitter thing but I really have no idea what I’m doing lol.

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      • Carol August 28, 2021 / 1:15 am

        I’m making stumbling attempts myself! I only know that I get far more views from Twitter and Pinterest than I do from Instagram! I joined several boards on Pinterest and it took some persistent pinning but I’ve seen good results over time! I’m going to hop back to your post and tweet it for you and we can follow each other!

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      • Carol August 28, 2021 / 1:24 am

        Ok…I think I found you on Twitter! I noticed that when I tweeted your post that your blog is not linked to your Twitter account….so I can tweet the post but you won’t get a notification….so I manually put your handle into the tweet under the “via” at the end of the tweet. You might want to go into your WP social sharing settings and link up your Twitter account to your blog (by adding your handle). That way when someone tweets your post you will receive a notification!

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        • passmethatbook August 28, 2021 / 1:31 am

          Thank you so much! I really appreciate your assistance and honestly I thought my blog *was* linked with Twitter? 🤔 I’ll look and see about getting that fixed asap! (Tomorrow because it’s late here lol) Again thank you! 😊

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        • passmethatbook August 28, 2021 / 1:38 am

          Alright, I think I connected my blog with Twitter! Hopefully it works because I really have no idea how to do this otherwise lol

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          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 2:14 am

            Ok! I’ll tweet another post of your and check it out!

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          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 3:15 am

            I just checked and your handle is still not showing up when I try to tweet your post. This isn’t a big deal because I can still tweet your post, but you won’t be notified that I did so.

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          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 3:16 am

            I’m not super techy but I can make a screen shot of my Twitter setting so you can compare it to how yours looks.


          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 3:28 am

            Hey…I just emailed you a couple of screenshots….because I can’t paste them into a WP comment….

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          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 3:31 am

            P.s. what’s your Twitter handle? I think I followed the wrong person! 😱😂

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          • passmethatbook August 28, 2021 / 3:39 am

            My Twitter handle is @Lovesteaandbook . I’m going to get back on tomorrow and check your email and all. Thank you for all your help. 😊

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          • Carol August 28, 2021 / 3:42 am

            Thanks I knew I followed the wrong person! 😂😂😂 I’m heading back to your post to tweet it correctly now!

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