Today’s discussion topic has been inspired by Nick @theinfinitelimitsoflove ‘s tweet. She was saying that she feels disconnected from the book community part of it because she feels “rather invisible” when she is not actively shouting about things. And that gets quickly exhausting.
Find her tweet HERE.
And it made me think.
Because of course if you don’t post a lot you will probably have less visitors right? And you’d be forgotten, right?
So you’d think you HAVE to post every day, to be super upbeat, to be original, to comment on everyone’s post, to reply within minutes to comments to be a “super blogger” to be worthy of book blogging. Right?
But I also see some bloggers not posting every day or even taking breaks for months like @theorangoutanglibrarian who can post every two days or not at all for months and still be known and loved!
Take also Raven @dreamyaddictions she posts mainly reviews (Gasp! It is said to be one of the least attractive kind of posts for book bloggers) and does it about twice sometimes three times a week and yet ..she has tons of followers and reactions (and she so deserve them all)!
Yet to give you a counterargument, Pete from @bettleypete posted some months ago a very wise post about how an untended blog would soon shrivel and die like an untended garden. Read his article HERE. One very revealing excerpt of his post was “
Much the same applies to your blog. Put up a few random articles, ignore the likes and comments, and you will soon discover that it will not flourish. Don’t bother to reply to people, fail to read their blogs, and don’t invest in being part of the community, and you can be sure to see your blog wither away on the screen, until you might just as well delete it.
If you want to get the most out of blogging, you have to regularly add relevant content to attract readers and followers. Then you have to engage with them, show them that you value their involvement and input. Ignore this advice, and you will soon be posting everything for just one reader. You.”
So what’s true?
Do you need to post constantly? Do you need to shout to be heard and seen? To be arresting to have people come to you, notice your blog?
As I wanted some more material for you to think about, I asked my twenty year old son about it.
My son is from the opinion that to be a “good” blogger what you need is passion and motivation. You have to do it for yourself and find some other people to chat with. Not many to begin with but a small tribe of four or five or …. Likeminded people. Other passionates like you.
Then you’ll slowly begin to speak on your blog like you’d talk with friends.
Let people come to you but don’t be phazed by some comments or lack of comments.
You can’t please everyone. Stay true to yourself. Blog for YOU not for others and follow YOUR schedule. Quality above quantity.
What I do think is indeed that you need to be consistent BUT it does not mean that you have to post every day.
If you want to post twice a week but are passionate about what you write and need to share, you’ll find your tribe.
I also think that being authentic, doing YOU and not everyone else will be your life saver. Because in the long run, pretending to be someone else because it’s “hype” or because it’s something you think people are expecting from you will be just exhausting. Shouting included if you are the murmuring type.
Also if you need to take a break, just do it. The blog must stay a hobby, something fun.
Last: I don’t think you need many followers or many comments to be a blogger neither to be a “good” blogger. It’s enough that you want to share something you are passionate about with others to be worthy!
Now that you have my two cents on this topic, let me know your opinion please. Do you think things changed for book bloggers? Do you also feel disconnected? Do you think just doing you is enough? Any tips/thoughts?
Thanks for reading!