Things We Wanna Talk About Blogger To Blogger

So at BEA, there was the BEA BloggerCon, which we both attended attended last year. This year, although only Sash could go to BEA, she decided to opt out of BEA BloggerCon. We felt like we didn’t get as much out of it as we thought we would. We’ve seen a lot of people say basically the same thing but we’ll say it again. We’re not new to blogging and we don’t think that makes us better than anyone else but we already know a lot of the tips and tricks that are mentioned at these type of blogger gatherings.

So we started brainstorming on things that we wish we could talk to other bloggers about.

Things like:

1. Do you post on the weekends? If you do, what do you post? Do you find that your traffic goes down on Saturdays and Sundays? Do you think it’s because of what you post or because it’s the weekend?

2. How do find your traffic changes when you post about an already published book vs. one that’s not out yet?

3. How do you challenge yourself to make things fresh after 1, 2, 3+ years of blogging?

4. What seem to be your most popular posts? Why do you think that is?

5. How often do you comment on other people’s blogs on average per week?

These are just some of the questions that we’d love to chat about with fellow bloggers.

We couldn’t figure out how to get these burning questions out into the world, so thanks to Elena from Novel Sounds for reminding us that sometimes simple is the way to go – A Post!

  • June 26, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    Jessica @ Books: A true story - 1. I don’t post on weekends – it would just be too stressful for me. It seems to me that a lot of people don’t post on the weekends. I usually get less traffic on the weekends.

    2. The only thing that I’ve noticed is that I get more traffic for books that aren’t out yet but I get more comments on books that have been out – especially if it’s been a while and a lot of people have read it.

    3. That’s hard – I think first of things that I would want to see on other blogs. Or I just blog about the things that get stuck in my head :)

    4. I think my most popular posts are my book signing recaps but that might be because they usually have giveaways….. :) Next to that would be all my posts about Pottermore. They got a lot of hits when Pottermore first launched. So…current events??

    5. I think I leave about 30-50 comments a week, including memes (if I’m being really generous). I try to do at least 10-20 for memes and then comment on as many reviews of books I’ve read in my feedly that I can. And then I comment on any other post that I have something to say about. But I tend to leave long comments so I can’t do tons of comments…. :) If I like a post and I can’t leave a comment I usually tweet about it.

    Thanks for the fun discussion!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2013 - 11:11 pm

    Parajunkee - I thought the blogger con did need more work, but mainly because there are so many different bloggers out there that to cover all the topics they want to hear in one day is almost impossible. We should have a week long conference. ;)

    1. Yes. Views do go down. Because of the weekend. It is not that significant though.
    2. Drastically. They just don’t care about the “old” books as much.
    3. Still trying to figure that out.
    4. The BBTC was my biggest hitter when it started, second was rant posts – tutorials. Never reviews lol…oh and the Fifty Shades of Gray read-along. *embarrassing*
    5. Too little…1 or 2 blogs a day.ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Vy - I would love to know these things myself! There are so many tips for new bloggers, but I’m in that in between where I’m not new but I haven’t reached that “old” status yet. Thanks so much for bringing this up. Hope my answers will somewhat help.

    1. I noticed that my posts during the weekdays get more views than weekends. Maybe it has to do with the fact that during weekends more people are out and about instead of reading blogs?

    2. Reviews of already published books get a lot more traffic than the ones not yet published. I think it has to do with timing for the ARC reviews since we’re usually asked to post the review within a month from the release. Which in turn creates a huge blow up of the same reviews.

    3. After 2 years I’m still trying to figure it out, but I really enjoy being a bit more personal in my posts.

    4. Giveaway posts are hands down the most popular. With the option of tweeting for an extra entry more traffic comes in as well as new blog followers.

    5. I am awful at commenting, but I’ve been trying to comment a little once every week.ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 12:08 am

    elena - I really like these questions and they’re questions I’d like to know the answer to as well!

    1. I do not post on the weekends because I am lazy and I think traffic goes down on the weekend because people aren’t procrastinating real life (e.g. work) and actually do things.

    2. I get more comments on an already published book and if it’s an ARC, people usually don’t leave that many or if they do it’s just that they want to read it because it’s kind of hard to REALLY comment about a book unless you’ve read it.

    3. I think up a LOT of ways to do non-review posts, ha.

    4. Giveaways because people like free stuff! My Top Ten Tuesdays are popular too because of the meme aspect. :)

    5. I try to return visits to people who leave a comment on my blog but it’s hard to keep up with EVERYTHING.ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - 1. Do you post on the weekends? If you do, what do you post? Do you find that your traffic goes down on Saturdays and Sundays? Do you think it’s because of what you post or because it’s the weekend? — I RARELY post on the weekends. I can’t tell if my traffic is down BECAUSE of that (probably in part) I’ve just been in the habit of posting on the weekdays!

    2. How do find your traffic changes when you post about an already published book vs. one that’s not out yet? — I think more people are apt to comment on books that they’ve already read. I know for me, it’s hard to keep writing “Looking forward to this one!” on each review for a book I haven’t read. Then again, some of my reviews for books that have been out a while get very few comments too. I think it depends on that traffic that day, but I would say I get more books that have already been released and people loved!

    3. How do you challenge yourself to make things fresh after 1, 2, 3+ years of blogging? — I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year but I’ve already been trying to challenge myself a bit… Adding new features, trying to make my reviews more unique to me, finding new blogs to comment on, participating more on social media… There’s always something new to do!

    4. What seem to be your most popular posts? Why do you think that is? — I think my most popular posts are actually discussions. People are able to get involved, have a dialogue, and talk about things versus just voicing opinions on one book alone. I really like being able to open up a conversation!

    5. How often do you comment on other people’s blogs on average per week? — I TRY to comment on people’s blogs five times a week (those being the weekdays) and sometimes on weekends. Depends on how busy those days are!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Alexa Y. - I’m still a baby blogger, in my opinion. But in any case, here are my answers, and I hope you find them helpful!

    1. Do you post on the weekends? If you do, what do you post? Do you find that your traffic goes down on Saturdays and Sundays? Do you think it’s because of what you post or because it’s the weekend?

    A: I used to post on the weekends, but I stopped doing it regularly. Whenever I do a weekend post, it’s usually a recap or a post of intention (list of books to read, challenge update, discussion post). Generally, I didn’t get much weekend traffic, so I stopped posting then. I guess it’s probably because everyone is out and about and doing all the fun weekend things they can manage!

    2. How do find your traffic changes when you post about an already published book vs. one that’s not out yet?

    A: I actually don’t think mine differs all that much! I usually get lots more comments on books that have already been out for a while because more people have read it. But they get around the same number of page views.

    3. How do you challenge yourself to make things fresh after 1, 2, 3+ years of blogging?

    A: I sometimes take a step back, take a break and re-evaluate. While I primarily do reviews, I also like teaming out with other bloggers to do events (like this year’s SOIFRA read-along and PierceFest, among others)!

    4. What seem to be your most popular posts? Why do you think that is?

    A: Up until now, my Travel Tales posts from last year get a lot of traffic. People clearly like traveling and reading all about it in connection with books.

    5. How often do you comment on other people’s blogs on average per week?

    A: I try to do some commenting every day. There’s a set list of blogs I will visit without fail, and another list that I try to get to when I can. I often only make it partway through a list, so sometimes I end up comment bombing (commenting on 5 or more posts) all at once!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Anna - I REALLY want to talk about all of these things too. But then I just got excited because I’ll see you in an hour and then we can! HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - 1. Do you post on the weekends? If you do, what do you post? Do you find that your traffic goes down on Saturdays and Sundays? Do you think it’s because of what you post or because it’s the weekend?
    I do post on the weekends. I used to do Stacking the Shelves every Saturday but I’ve recently knocked that down to bi weekly. I will post reviews on Sunday normally… honestly I post whatever fits in for that day. I actually found that my traffic increased on Saturdays however I think that was because of Stacking the Shelves. It could be that people have more time to browse on the weekend? I do for sure!

    2. How do find your traffic changes when you post about an already published book vs. one that’s not out yet?
    Honestly I don’t notice much of a difference. Sometimes if it’s a super anticipated book thats not out I will get a bit more traffic but sadly my reviews have the lowest traffic out of everything.

    3. How do you challenge yourself to make things fresh after 1, 2, 3+ years of blogging?
    I am constantly thinking of new features or things to test out. Not so much before but now that I’ve been blogging for a year I really need to get spice it up a bit so my brain is constantly turning.

    4. What seem to be your most popular posts? Why do you think that is?
    Any meme I post is popular, giveaways are popular. Whenever I do a tutorial or discussion that is also popular. I can see why tutorials or discussions are popular… I gravitate towards those as well.

    5. How often do you comment on other people’s blogs on average per week?
    I have a weird system of commenting. If I participate in a meme I comment that day however for other posts I tag it as comment and then go through them all on the weekend. I’d say on average outside of memes about 20 to 30 blogs. Which is a HUGE increase from previous.ReplyCancel

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