Let’s Talk Bookish: When a post doesn’t do very well

Hello, and happy Friday! I had a really busy week at school, and combined with nanowrimo, I’ve had no free time at all the last couple days. I’m really excited for this week’s LTB topic though, since it’s something I have a lot of experience with. I do lots of different types of posts, and they always end up doing really differently, so here are my thoughts on this topic, and my answers to this week’s questions!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is when a post doesn’t do very well.

Imagine you’ve spent several hours, even days, perfecting a post that you’re so excited to publish. Finally, you hit publish and eagerly await the response. But the response is not as much as you’d expected, or worse, it’s nonexistent. Has that happened to you before? 

This has definitely happened to me before. Some posts I’ll spend days working on, making sure that every little detail is absolutely perfect, and then hardly anyone will read it. I’ve also had the opposite happen to me: I’ll throw together a post, kind of at the last minute, with little planning, and then it will do really well! It’s really hard to tell what posts will do well.

How do you handle poor post results?

They’re definitely disappointing, especially if I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting a post, but I try not to let it get me down. I’ve been blogging for a while, and I can definitely see ups and downs in terms of stats for my blog. December and January of 2020 and 2021 were incredible, and a huge amount of people visited my blog.

Reviews in general do worse. I could get twenty likes and forty some views on a book tag one day, then the next week I might get four views and three likes on a review I spent hours on. I know that I’m definitely guilty of skimming past books; personally, there are other posts that interest me more than reviews.

But back to how I handle poor results: I try to not feel too disappointed, and try to just do my best on my next blog post. It’s definitely sad if you spend a long time working on one post, and then it’s kind of ignored once it’s posted. I pay too much attention to my blog stats, and I know that it really isn’t as important as other aspects of blogging. The most rewarding part of blogging is getting to interact with readers though, and so I definitely am always a little sad if a post does truly terrible.

It’s never a permanent thing though, and that’s nice. If I write one post that isn’t as good or as interesting, and no one wants to read that particular thing, there are going to be more things out there that aren’t exactly the same.

Do you think there’s usually a cause for poor post results?

I don’t know exactly what posts will do well, and which ones won’t, but there is a bit of a pattern I have noticed. Book reviews that I post on my blog are visited by fewer people than posts like lists, and that’s something I’ve noticed.

Let’s Talk Bookish posts, and discussions in general like this one are generally to really well. Some do, and some don’t, but they usually have the most views, and the most comments. I overall honestly have more engagement with readers on discussion posts like this one.

Wrapping this up…

If you’re a blogger, what do you think about this? Do you have some types posts that usually do better than others? I’m curious to see how different it is for everyone. And if you read lots of blogs, what kinds of posts do you prefer? Are you more likely to click on a review, or a list of recommendations? I’m sure everyone’s opinions on this part are a little different.

Do you have some posts that usually do better than others? What do you do if a post flops? Chat with me in the comments below!

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