Saturday, August 15, 2015

I'm So Tiny.... Opinions Please?

Hello! So I've been blogging for AWHILE now. It's been, what, eight months? (That's not really a long time, but come on, I'm 14, it is for me!) And I don't know if you notice, but I haven't exactly grown very quickly. I mean, I'm tiny.... So so tiny.

I'm pretty sure most of the reason for this is that I'm really kind of horrible a promoting my blog. I usually post updates on Twitter right after I post stuff, but that's it. Usually, I mean to go to discussions on Goodreads and link my post there, but that doesn't really happen either.

You know, I should probably be trying to make friends and socialize and whatever, but since when do I do that? Never.

I do actually have friends in real life, but none of them pay attention to anything I do on the Internet. They all have their own little Tumblry worlds, and we just seem to avoid each other. Thanks for the support guys.....

I'm sure I could probably fix a lot of this by actually being social and whatever. Commenting on other blogs, getting myself out there, etc. But I think I tend to forget that blogging is a social experience, just from the comfort of your own home.

Also, it would be great if you, whoever you are, could comment down below what kind of posts you like to see. I'm pretty much done with Top Ten Tuesdays, by the way, they've become kind of boring and repetitive... But do you like to read reviews? Even of books you haven't read? I feel like most people don't read reviews of books they haven't heard of, but honestly I'm not entirely sure.

Is there any kind of posts that you would like more blogs to do? Is there something that you do on your blog that you like doing that you think more people should do?

Also, I'm a little unhappy with how not put together my posts are. Most of them are just ramblings of words (kind of like this one that's happening right now), that sort of have a point to them. I'm hoping in the near future they will seem more thought out and well done....

Thanks for reading! PLEASE comment down below with your opinions on some of this stuff, it would be extremely helpful!!!

PS: It was probably a bad idea to promise all this less than a week before school starts, honors classes and all. This is going to be interesting.

10 comments:

  1. I personally wouldn't bother how big your blog is - I try not to worry about the size of mine :) Thinking about it just makes my head hurt compared to how big other blogs out there are. About the posts? I'd say just write whatever you want and forget about everybody else. If you don't enjoy writing your blog then eventually you'll just begin to hate it.
    Also, I've found that Twitter chats are a brilliant way to meet new bloggers… I'm not sure if you've ever taken part in one??
    I'm pretty sure that wasn't helpful at all, but I'm just going to hit publish anyway.

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    1. I TRY not to pay attention to how big some blogs are.... I really should calm down a bit about numbers, but I spend most of my time staring at my blog's statistics and it just can't be ignored. And it's not that I care about numbers exactly, but I want to get my opinion out there, and if it's not being heard it seems useless.
      About the Twitter chats, I never seem to know that they're happening until they're already over.... I haven't taken part in one and the entire idea confuses me.
      It wasn't entirely unhelpful, but it was very cliché.

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  2. Don't worry about how big your blog is. Blog coz you want to and you love to. You should enjoy it and let your heart out. And don't worry if you think your posts do not appear put together - with time your writing would improve too. But, seriously, I did not find any issues with your posts. Your posts really appear genuine to me. So, just have fun and people will follow :)

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    1. I know I shouldn't care, but I really do. So many people seem to start blogs, and become huge within a year. I didn't exactly expect that to happen, but at the same time I wish it had.
      And I WANT my posts to be more put together. I honestly would be more proud of myself and my blog if I spent more than half an hour on my posts. It's not really that I want to appeal to more people, I just want to be more proud of myself.
      Thanks so much! :)

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  3. Here's a different kind of advice. I had kind of the same problem you are having when I first started, and even now I still sometimes find myself obsessing over other people's blogs. But I try to think about why I started my blog in the first place, and think of it that way.
    In technical terms, though, you might want to look into redesigning your blog. I know I spent a lot of time figuring things out to make it look more refined, and in the end, it was worth it.
    I hope this helped! And I love your blog :)

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    1. Thanks!! :) Honestly, the reasons I started blogging aren't really the same reasons I still do it now. I really don't think I'll ever exactly get over looking at the size of my blog and wishing it was bigger...
      And I did recently redesign my blog, though there are still a few things I would like to improve. I've been meaning to ask how you created your header? I'm not great at computers or graphics, but I'd really like to great some kind of logo for my blog.
      Thanks again!!

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    2. The header does take quite a bit of work, but I love the way it looks.
      Have you heard of the website picmonkey.com? It lets you edit images for free. Just pick out a picture you want as a background and then fiddle with the editing options. You can add text, overlays, and filters.
      And then if you go to your blogger, there should be a thing that says "Layout". Go there, and click edit on the header gadget. A thing pops up and one of the options is an image. Insert your image from picmonkey and VOILAAA!
      Okay, it's not as easy as it sounds. It took me foreverrrr to get the right length (you have to continue cropping and lengthening it's very tedious) but I hope this helps!

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    3. I've actually used PicMonkey before, and I've actually tried to put in picture headings like that too, but it wasn't working so I gave up....
      I'll definately be checking that out soon, though. I definately need a better header. Thanks SO much by the way!!!

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  4. Hi, Skye! I just found your blog, and I like it! :) Here are some tips I've gathered from MY eight months of blogging;

    Firstly, don't worry so much. Every blog grows at its own rate, and I know loads of blogger who have been blogging as long as I have, and some have less followers than me, some have more, and that's perfectly fine. Also, you don't need to worry about rambling. I, for one, LIKE it when a blogger rambles on their post. Some people don't, but I do, and I'm definitely not the only one :) Just be yourself.

    Secondly, you DO need to socialise more, not because you can get more followers, but because IT'S SO DARN FUN! First, find a LOT of bloggers who share the same interests as you, and get to know them! It happens slowly, and it takes quite a bit of commenting, but it's fun to comment, and really, it's not that hard! You may forget that blogging is a social experience, but your blogger friends will not let you forget it! Commenting back is also very recommended :) Second, get on Twitter. I was really bad at Twitter until recently, but all you need are the right people to follow. When you follow a new blog, also follow the blogger/s on Twitter. When you see them tweet something you like, acknowledge the tweet and reply. Don't feel shy (like I did) it's perfectly okay to jump into a conversation if you're polite and nice to everyone! :) Also, TWITTER CHATS. They are amazing, and a really great way to make connections.

    Third, get on Bloglovin, ASAP (I assume you're not on Bloglovin',because I don't see a link). Lots of people, I've discovered, prefer Bloglovin' to Google Friend Connect. Claim your blog there, and, voila, you MAY see an increase.

    Fourth, and this is probably the answer you're mostly looking for, you can take part in Feature and Follow Friday. I'll leave the link at the bottom of the comment, but it's basically a meme where you can find new followers and blogger friends! I did this at first,and stopped when I was happy with the number of followers I gained. Goodreads groups also have follow trains. it's not the best way to make GOOD followers, because some people will follow anyone to up their stats, but I HAVE made some pretty strong friendships that way.

    Mostly, don't be afraid to socialise. almost all book bloggers are EXTREMELY nice people and the community will welcome you with open arms :)

    Hope this helped :) Also, there are many blogs out there which post tips for bloggers like Nosegraze, and I recommend you checking them out.

    Follow Friday: http://www.parajunkee.com/2015/08/21/ff-feature-follow-time-get-your-hop-on-27/

    I hope this helped you some :)

    Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf

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    1. Thank you SO much! I'm definately going to be trying some of these things out. I don't have a Bloglovin', but I kind of have been meaning to get one. But really, thank you so much for the help!!

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