Showing posts with label meme directory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meme directory. Show all posts

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Should You Always Stick With the Same Blog Memes? | Book Blogging Tips (#31)

Memes are a big part of book blogging. In order to get your name out there when you first start, memes can be of tremendous help to get new traffic.

But what should you do when you're already an established blogger? Should you play it safe or experiment with your content?





Find what works best for you!

When I first started out blogging, my blog was 99% memes. I only discovered original content when I noticed that I tend to read those post personally with more enthusiasm than meme posts. Great memes to start off are:


There is no recipe as to what memes you should use when you're a newbie blogger, check out a few different ones and maybe change it up in the first few weeks before settling for a bunch of set memes.

Your blog grows with you!

When you're an established blogger you'll notice very quickly how your blog has changed over the years. I only do maybe one or two of the memes that I started doing over the years personally and that's perfectly okay. Some of the memes I started out with aren't even remotely things I'd put on my blog right now. I've been blogging for more than a year now and I don't think I could ever go back to running a blog based on memes. 

For some people the experience might be different, but I guarantee you, your content won't be the same forever.
Accept that your blog and your personal preferences will change and that's okay!

What about the readers?

I don't think that the majority of people that follow you only stay for a certain meme. It's the overall impression that determines for me whether you follow a blog or not. Even if you gained a huge chunk of your followers through a certain meme - always keep the stats and comments in mind.
Analyze what your readers like and maybe even make a poll about it so you can get some decent feedback.

My Opinion: 

Don't feel obligated to stick with doing the same meme for the rest of life. Especially when I started out I felt so much pressure trying to keep up with my memes that it almost made me lose my enthusiasm for blogging.
My philosophy when it comes to blogging is: Do what brings you joy, because the only expectations you have to live up to are your own.

Have you stuck with the same memes during your entire blogging career?


Come back next Thursday for another Book Blogging Tips post!

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How to Handle Inquiries from Publishers and Authors
Pros and Cons of Book Blogging Memes
Is It Possible To Have TOO MUCH Content?
Should I Be Commenting Back?

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Come Up With Post Ideas | Book Blogging Tips (#28)


If you want to get a set readership on your blog, you're going to have to stick out in the masses. There are thousands and thousands of book blogs out there, so what makes you special? 

In order to make people remember you, you will have to come up with a strategy to make your blog stand out. 
A great way to do that is to add original content. But how do you come up with good post ideas?


8. Try Out New Mediums

If your blog is usually filled with long discussion posts, or memes, try out book photography. There are different types of posts and if you've exhausted every kind of subcategory in the posts you usually do, go for something new and get out of your comfort zone. If you only post reviews, write up a personal post. If you only do personal posts, start a book meme!

7. Meme Directories!

If you absolutely can't think of anything original, just use content that's already available. Start doing a meme and make sure your contributions stand out in the crowd. You don't even have to create your own meme, a good Top Ten Tuesday or Stacking the Shelves post can be just as interesting as an original one.

A good meme directory I always like to link to is the Book Blog Meme Directory on bookshelffantasies.

6. Observe.

Don't copy, but take a look at the things your favorite bloggers do and get inspired. 

5. Check Your Reading Habits

Which kind of posts do you like to read personally? Why is it that you clicked on a certain post instead of another? Think about the types of posts you enjoy and fill your blog with similar content.

4. Get Inspired by Recent Events

Everybody loves a good pop culture reference. Take a look at what genres or books are popular right now, or what fandoms you're particularly familiar with and interested in. Maybe even launch your own meme!

3. Check Your Success Rate

Which posts were successful? There surely are some posts that have a considerably higher amount of views than others. Try to stick with similar content. What comes to your mind when you think of that topic?

2. Controversy

When in doubt, settle for discussions. What makes you angry? What makes you happy? Just flat out state your opinion, preferably on a topic that people have different opinions on. You'll be surprised at how much resonance you'll get for a respectfully written controversial posts about a recent topic.

1. What's Bugging You?

Personal posts are an awesome way to connect to your readers. 
If you're comfortable sharing your feelings or personal experiences with others online, you go for it and write up a nice personal post.

It's a little like an online diary and pretty therapeutic to just vent. Also people seem to really like being able to get to know you on a more personal level.


What are your tips on coming up with post ideas?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

How To Queue Posts Months in Advance | Book Blogging Tips (#26)



I was actually asked to share my take on the topic with you guys, because I mentioned in one my previous BBT posts how heavily queued my blog is.

To me, queuing is essential if you want to publish nice content frequently. Here some tips on how I manage to keep on queuing.



1. Use Your Creative Highs

Sometimes you will feel like blogging and sometimes you won't. The key is to notice when you feel like writing and to write the heck out of it. Write until you feel like puking at the thought of writing another post. 
I've actually written twenty posts in a day before, just because I forced myself to keep on doing it. You'd be surprised how fun it is to and how satisfying it is to see the number of your queued posts rising up!

2. Have Set Content 

If you know what your blog is supposed to be about it will get way easier to queue in advance. Reviews are obviously excluded from this. Find a set schedule for every day of the week, or just every week.
Based on memes, an example schedule for bloggers that aspire to post every day would be this:

  • Monday: What are you reading? or Mailbox Monday 
  • Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday or Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Wishlist Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday
  • Thursday: Freebie
  • Friday: The Friday 56 or Friday Finds
  • Saturday: Original (personal post or own feature)
  • Sunday: Sunday Salon or Weekly Wrap Up

As you see, if you're a friend of them there are memes for every day of the week. A great source to find more memes is the Book Blog Meme Directory.

3. Launch Your Own Memes/Original Content


Since I started Book Blogging Tips, I noticed that it gets way easier to schedule stuff in advance. Sometimes when I'm writing up a post, an idea for another one just pops into my head. Having your own feature will surely inspire you to make a lot of posts at once. It's also extremely satisfying when the first people start linking to your posts.


Beware: Don't copy other people's stuff, give it a new name and pretend it's your own content. Especially with memes you can easily slip into the direction of plagiarism and this isn't good for your reputation and it will cost you a lot of readers.

Also, it's illegal. So stay away from that. Your own ideas are way better than the copied content anyways.

4. Reviews: Write Them Immediately


I know this can get super tiring and it's annoying and sometimes you don't even feel like writing a review. Believe me, I know.
You just have to go through it, because:

  1. Your thoughts are fresh when you just finished the book
  2. You won't remember as many details in two days time
  3. Depending on the book you may have even forgotten about it altogether!
..and we don't want that. A great idea is to read other people's reviews on Goodreads if you don't feel like you have anything to say. You'll quickly notice that you agree or disagree and there you go - your first thoughts are waiting to be put on paper. It's not a shame if you only write half a review, you can still write the rest a few days later, it's just important to get the first draft done.


What are your tips on queuing posts in advance?

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