Although I began blogging four months ago, it feels a lot longer, and the direction of my blog has changed a little. There are a lot of dialogue floating around about ‘blogging niche’ and ‘finding your target audience’. I’ve always written about things that directly interested me, which I find is increasingly more blogging-related rather than bookish-related. I started wondering if my past self, the non blogger – would even bother reading my blog if she stumbled upon it?
As bloggers, it’s very easy to get caught up in our little circle and forget about other potential audience. Today, I take a step back, for the sake of my past self!
Here are some of the posts I remember loving, and why my tastes have changed:
- Book Hauls: Now, I have been seeing a lot of people say that they don’t see the point to doing hauls, as it can promote jealousy and negativity. I don’t personally do them myself as I don’t want to face how much money I’ve spent until the credit card bills come out (I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM OK). Yet, I remember ADORING book hauls when I was a non–blogger. Firstly because I could live vicariously through the blogger, and second because they give me an idea of what to buy for myself – especially if they are a blogger I trust.
- Book Release News: My favourite blogs were one-stop shop for bookish news, I loved the ones that featured all the monthly releases, including handy purchase links – even better if they had review links! While these may be boring for bloggers, as we’re usually quite up to date with what’s coming out – I think as a non–blogger, these posts were invaluable in finding out what was available on the market.
- Other General Book News: Again, as bloggers, we are on twitter and the social media all the time, so we are constantly aware of all the news. As a non–blogger, I loved blogs that had updates on books-to-movie or tv shows transitions!
- Read-A-Likes: I still adore these, but they were basically the only non-book news or book review posts that I read as a non–blogger. You know how much I cared about blogging tips or graphics know-how when I was a non–blogger? ZERO. I do love seeing recommendations for potential next reads via read-a-like lists! There are so many ways to do these, they’re a fountain ofblog content on their own!
- Memes: Especially Top Ten Tuesdays & Waiting on Wednesdays: I feel that some bloggers are a bit snobbish when it comes to memes, they are seen as an uncreative way to churn out posts. However, they were some of my favourite posts to read when I was a non–blogger – again, as they serve for inspiration for my TBR! I still enjoy them now, but I think I appreciated them more when I had less knowledge about all the books available (and wasn’t reading 20+ blogs a day)
- Lists: One of the first series of posts I created when I started this blog was a list of fairy tale retellings. This is because I looked for this as a non–blogger, with no such luck. I would love to make more lists of these kind in the future, so keep a look out for them!
- Discussion: I also really liked blogs that had discussions, especially ones on the current state of books or YA. This is why I used to write so many discussions on a similar vein myself. Recently, my focus has drifted towards blogging tips and blogging-related slumps, but I am trying to find inspiration to write more book-related discussions!
- Book Reviews: I have seen comments questioning the point of book reviews floating around the blogosphere (and I confess, it’s part of the reason I wrote this post). As I non–blogger, I loved reading reviews – but I read them very selectively. By that, I mean I would find maybe 2-3 bloggers who’s opinions I trusted (from seeing what they rated as 5 stars VS what they rated as 1 stars). I also seek for reviews that would entertain me: the snarkier the better. I also LOVE reading chapter-by-chapter analysis. Nowadays, I read all types of reviews, as I have more emotional investment in the bloggers themselves. I’m of the opinion that reviews would always be crucial to book blogging, as sharing our thoughts is why we started in the first place. However, the format of reviews can change to suit the writer.
I’m not necessarily saying that I am going to change the direction of my blogging so that I can reach more audience. At the end of the day, I view blogging as a hobby – and I want to have fun first and foremost. I will continue to write posts that are relevant to me – but I felt that I needed to take a step back and reorientate the blog rather than to fall into routine, just to keep things interesting! I hope you will find some inspiration for blog posts amongst the suggestions above, too!
It’s also a bit of a reminder to myself that posts that may seem irrelevant to active bloggers may actually be invaluable to a reader out there. Don’t dismiss your own work or efforts on a blog posts, simply because you’ve been hearing how memes or book news are uncreative content.
How about you? Have your tastes in blog posts changed over time? Let me know what your favourite posts to read are down below!