I’ve been gone most of this month and for that I apologize. I still somehow managed to get followers though so welcome new people! I hope you all enjoy my content and any suggestions you have that you’d like to see on my blog, please comment down below and I’ll see what I can do.
I left briefly because of all the things: heat wave in Missouri is awful, Roe Vs Wade being overturned, I was ill briefly (just a minor bug I still thankfully don’t have Covid), and stress. So. Much. Stress.
So I took a brief break, gathered a few new reviews that I hope to post soon, a few discussion posts, and some random other things too including my monthly wrap up and next month tbr!
I’m going to try to start posting once a day. I may post more than once sometimes but I am easing back into my regular posting schedule. I hope everyone is doing okay and that they’ve had a successful reading month.
Lately it feels like I’ve not been reading as much as I have been. And my blog (not to mention Netgalley) is suffering from it. I’ve been on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram-doing everything BUT reading and it shows. I barely managed to read 22 books and at least eight of them I dnf’d!
This brings me to my idea. A month where I put my phone down and read. I don’t really watch a lot of tv-mostly just YouTube. I’m going to avoid all that, and ignore my laptop too. At the end of each week, I can have my laptop for a day. But my phone stays on my bookshelf to be ignored.
My goal is to read 50 books in a month. Normally I average about 20. I really want to double that number at the very least. Starting tomorrow at the beginning of March, bye-bye social media. My exceptions for my phone? Phone calls from family, checking on my buddy reads on Twitter (briefly!) and using my laptop to write a review when I finish reading the book. That’s it.
That means no games. No YouTube. No Twitter. I have Hoopla on my phone and I will read the books that I have on it. Otherwise? I’m to avoid my phone 24/7.
Then, when April rolls around (how can April be here already?!?) I take a look at my stats and see how I did. If I reach my goal…well, I’m still thinking about rewards. Ideas would be welcomed.
Hopefully this whole plan works. Otherwise I’m going to scream into the abyss lol.
So. I’ll be posting more reviews. And that’s about all I’m allowed. (And WWW Wednesday of course.) Otherwise. I’m going quiet y’all. Wish me luck! 🤞
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! I hope this post brings good cheer for all of you, and I also hope you have all met your bookish goals and plans for the year. Myself? I managed to happily complete my Goodreads goal and my kindle goal. 100 books on my kindle and 250 books on my Goodreads challenge.
My Goals For 2022:
Read more arcs + post reviews.
I very much want to get my Netgalley account down. At the moment this is what I have:
Technically over five hundred books! A lot of these are backlisted. I’m seriously hoping to get down to 200. Which means a crapton of reading.
Manage my Goodreads account and organize it better.
My shelves are a bit of a mess. I’ve tried organizing more this year but I’m struggling to keep it up. I hope to fix it more later in 2022.
Make consistent blog posts + grow content.
I’ve hit 600 followers this year! My goal is to seriously increase that to 1k, and I would love to grow my blog more too with author interviews, blog tours, and a serious increase in book reviews. I did better this year but I really need to work more on all that I just mentioned. Suggestions and ideas are appreciated!
Gain more traction on my blog
This is a minor goal. While it would be great having more followers and seeing my view count soar, I have no idea if that’s going to actually happen. I’m happy at having over 500 followers but still struggling to make a dent in gaining serious attention. I hope that changes next year!
Read more novellas, Tor short fiction, and short stories
I did better with reading novellas, short stories and Tor short fiction this year but I really want to step up my game and read easily triple the amount of what I did this year. There’s a lot of great short stories out there and I feel like I’m missing them! I need to fix that!
Catch up with other bloggers and their posts
One thing I’d love to do is read more of other blogs. I generally am terrible about that but this year I’d like to make more of an effort besides sticking with my top ten favorites, sometimes just my top five! I hope to improve that next year.
Make my book reviews more in-depth
I want to have my book reviews read more than just “this was fast paced” or “strong characters”. I’m hoping to not only write detailed longer reviews that actually tell what the book is about but I also want to add more backlinks, Twitter handles, and make my book reviews read far more smoothly than they do now. I have improved but I’m still not quite there yet.
I miss blogging for fun. I’d like to do that again and not stress over it.
That’s pretty much all I had for my goals of next year, I think. I’ll probably add more because I’m ambitious but also lazy lol. Terrible combination I know. What goals do you have? Let me know in the comments!
So I’ve been scrounging for content ideas and decided to figure a few things out for myself. This post is mostly for me, but I am still sharing as a reminder for later.
What is my blog about?Reviews, books, promoting the authors and publishers I love
How often will I be posting?After my hiatus I’m attempting to post at least once a day if I can. Or once every other day if I’m busy.
Blogging Plans? I would love to start blog hopping on others blogs but I have no idea how. I’d like to grow traffic on my blog but not through adding ads or making pop ups. I’d love to grow more original content too.
How long have I been blogging?My history shows that I’ve been blogging for 6+years now. I’ve learned a lot and I’m hoping to steadily grow more in terms of the things I’ll learn.
Biggest Blogging Goals? Transfer all my tbr books onto my blog from Goodreads, Amazon Wishlist, and other places like it. Also interview my favorite authors such as Stephen King, Jim Butcher, and Margaret Atwood as well as others. Make my blog stand out and be a safe place for those that have triggers in books and support LGBT+. Strive to promote indie titles more than mainstream titles.
Biggest Blogging Problems? WordPress is a bit frustrating sometimes. Also I have limited funds to support the author’s I’d like to buy books of, and I also blog from my phone these days so connectivity to internet can be a challenge.
Future upcoming posts-what can you look forward to? Blog hopping maybe. Interviews with authors. More frequent book reviews would be nice as this is meant to be a place to actually review books.
Blogging pet peeves? When researching people insist on using Pinterest to promote your blog, or having a gorgeous Instagram account, or a popular YouTube channel. No thank you. I should be able to blog and grow without all that or constantly doing follow for follow. I’m not about the popularity contest in terms of blogging. I just want to do my own thing with helpful hints and guides for the blogger not the rest of it too.
How long do you intend to blog for? Will you quit?I don’t think I’d quit but a future hiatus might happen again in a few years. I missed blogging and I doubt that I will ever stop unless something happens health wise. It’s a fun hobby for me as I’m sure it is for others too!
What do you do when you aren’t blogging?Read, hopefully. Sketching. Handling up on Real Life. Working on writing and publishing my own books. Browse Twitter, YouTube, and so forth. Enjoy myself, and try not to be too stressed out or anxious. But mostly I read and have fun.
And that’s all there is, folks. I hope to eventually get back into reviewing soon, as mentioned. If you have more questions feel free to ask in the comments. Glad to see you drop by and would love to hear your thoughts on all this.
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.
In researching how to grow content I came across usual tips such as write more and post often but one caught me off guard.
Make ten posts a day.
I’ve been in a hiatus the last year, and going from nothing to ten posts a day seems rather… excessive.
Granted, sure, you’d generate content but would it be good content? I like making one post per day before the hiatus and I try for quality rather than quantity. I want my blog not only to look nice but to showcase my work well!
I can’t begin to imagine making ten posts a day. Would y’all like me making ten posts a day? Or just one to three posts every few days?
What do y’all think? Be sure to tell me in the comments because I genuinely want to know your thoughts on this!
So, I have been stressed out and struggling with making new posts for my blog. Y’all may have noticed I was gone for almost a year on an unexpected Hiatus. But I’m struggling in coming back especially since I somehow increased in followers despite my being gone. 🤔
First thanks for all those who stuck around and also hello new followers! We’re almost nearing three hundred! Awesome!
Back to the slump!
I have spent some time figuring out what I want to accomplish and what I NEED to achieve with my blog. I used a lot of helpful resources on Google that really helped me figure out what I want to do. Here’s my goals:
∆ post more reviews
∆ make those lists for the topics I’ve been meaning to (safe LGBT books that aren’t full of triggers for example)
∆ engage with other bloggers (I’m really not much of a social person but I try)
∆ link those book reviews to publishers/authors/etc
∆ make a fully comprehensive list of trigger warnings, tag books that are NOT just mainstream traditional publishing but also indie and books on KU
∆ fully integrate all my wishlists onto Goodreads
∆ interview other bloggers, authors, and others
Now a lot of that I need a computer but don’t currently have wifi which has been my main problem! I’m doing all this by phone! So if you have advice I would love you to comment below!
I’m sincere in making more posts and stepping my toes back into blogging. I have missed it but this past year has been rough as I’m sure all of you feel the same. I still am learning all about blogging and it feels that I will always be learning something new. I’m grateful for all of you helping me out along the way. This community has been awesome and that’s one major reason miss blogging.
I really want to be on Instragram. I really love looking at the photos of Instagram. I just don’t have the phone capability of being on Instagram, and that makes me sad. So I just muck my way through my blog, which is challenging enough, and work my way through figuring out how to make youtube videos even though I don’t have a good camera in doing so, and attempt to budget for getting both of those things. I hope here soon to have at least a phone so that I can start doing Instagram pictures, and link it up with my blog, because there are some photos that I had really great ideas for, and I have nowhere to share them aside from my blog.
I did do Tumblr for a while, but lost interest in it. It just kept showing me the same pictures again and again, no mater how many new blogs I would find and follow, and eventually, just grew irritating. I might go back to it, I might not.
I am on Pinterest. I don’t have a board for my own personal created photos because I’m still attempting to figure it out, and building up enough photos to post as well. I have linked my Pinterest to here, so you can find me there if curious. I have a few bookish related boards if you want to check it out.
If you have suggestions for other apps that I haven’t heard about, please do share in the comments. I also want to know where to follow you, and share your images and all too!
It’s been an interesting six years since I started this blog back in March 2015. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and while I don’t have a huge audience in the thousands, 300 followers is not a bad number either. I’m constantly looking to grow and change my blog, and am now in the process of updating it from the beginning.
A few things about me: l read a lot. But I don’t always review what I read especially lately with how busy things are. I prefer fiction but I will attempt the odd non fiction now and again. I’m partial to fantasy, romance, sci-fi, and suspense. I adore a good Stephen King novel or an Agatha Christie comfort read.
I’d love to see new people here, and I am always open for chatting anytime. Just feel free to hit that comment button or the follow button as it helps me out a ton. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you enjoy what you see here!