lately, i’ve been thinking a lot about the content i’m creating and consuming.
as a blogger, i obviously spend a lot of time writing up posts, and also reading posts from the blogs i follow. and whenever i blog hop (visit other blogs) and comment on them, i feel VERY accomplished. i’m like “yay! productivity!!”. the main reason i blog hop is because commenting on other blogs has a direct correlation with stats. the more you comment on other people’s blogs, the more comments you’re going to get. and i LOVE comments! therefore i blog hop.
but then that got me thinking. if i’m only blog hopping to increase my blog growth, is that…a good reason to comment on posts and visit them? and the more i thought about it, i realised…i don’t think it IS?
look, interacting with other blogs to grow your blog is FINE. networking, finding friends in the community, and interacting with people is GREAT.
but for me personally, i want to find blogs i ACTUALLY enjoy. and honestly? Monthly TBR’s and the same tags over and over again get repetitive and boring real quick.
earlier this year, i went on a following purge and i unfollowed all the blogs i didn’t enjoy. these included blogs where i was friends with the owner. but I DID IT. i was brave.
but as soon as i got back into blogging, i realised the lower number of comments, and so consequently blog hopped LOADS to bring back up the comment numbers! and it works guys.
but the blogs i was visiting and commenting on, weren’t ones i was necessarily ENJOYING. they were just okay to read and comment on.
do we enjoy reading blog posts or do we enjoy the accomplishment of blog hopping and the consequences of blog growth you get from it?
do you actually ENJOY reading half the blogs you read? like ENJOY ENJOY??? i don’t know. i feel like i enjoy a lot of blogs but then i also don’t find others that entertaining.
and because i think the main reason we comment on other blogs is because we want the owner to comment back on our blogs (giving better statistics) i just think our standard for content? is very low.
i don’t mean this to say people are putting out GARBAGE content and we just all pretend we like it to get views. NO.
i’m saying that there’s a vicious cycle of you commenting on meh-posts which allows people to comment back on your meh-posts, which means you’re meh-posts are doing well in terms of stats, so you continue posting that meh-content and the cycle CONTINUES, creating *gestures hand to the book blogosphere*, a lot of meh and unoriginal posts.
and by “meh” i mean content that’s just not out THERE. you know. i get it, monthly tbr’s, and tags and awards can be FUN to post. but i feel like the book blogging community really limits it self sometimes. (the only “repetitive” post i like are monthly wraps up THOSE ARE THE BEST)
like i hardly ever see really unique posts. and i’m not saying we all have to post super unique posts all the time. trust me, that’s impossible. but i don’t think anyone’s really challenging themselves to kind of break the barriers? i feel like we’re okay with the same posts and discussions and books…over, and over again. i’ve been feeling it so much lately. that my content isn’t the best thing ever, but i still get a decent amount of comments. and i don’t even think my content is that great?
and look I ENJOY reading monthly TBR’s or tags or reviews! i’m just saying i wish we saw MORE CREATIVE content and content that doesn’t really fit the usual trend of posts, you know? i’m not saying “unoriginal” posts can’t be fun to read because they totally CAN. i just want to see more variety and creativity.
i feel like most people are commenting on my posts because 1) it increases their blog growth 2) i commented on their blog or 3) they feel an obligation to. obviously, if they enjoyed the post and want to add their own thoughts that’s a different case.
is it just me but wouldn’t it be great if people visited your posts JUST because they genuinely enjoy your content and not because they want a comment back, or because i commented on their post. they purely visit my blog because they GENUINELY find my content engaging.
that, would, be, amazing.
if i stopped blog hopping as much as i do now, who would really stick around? if i’m giving nothing back to you( tho still visiting the blogs i love) apart from content, would you stay following just because my content is GOOD??
and my content is not GOOD right now, i don’t think. i haven’t really pushed myself because the posts i’m doing right now get enough comments and likes that make me feel good about myself.
i don’t want to blog just to feel famous. i want to blog to put content out in the world that people genuinely love and appreciate. that is what i want.
anyways, part of the reason i was thinking about this, was actually because of my very amazing friend, ju @ paperblots. there a lot of blogs that i enjoy, but her blog just sticks out to me right now so i’m gonna rant about it, ok? ju has the type of posts that are always entertaining. i LOVE her blog. even if ju never visited my blog, or talked to me, or anything, i would still read her blog because it’s genuinely funny and relatable. obviously, i only found out about her blog via blog hopping but i can firmly say that i would continue following and reading even if she never visited my blog again. because her content is just THAT good, and i am honestly entertained by it. even when she posts TBRs, her writing voice is so amusing and great. i adore her personality. honestly her post about spoofing book titles? iconic. goals. i want more of those weird, out-there posts. that are so different to the normal posts we see in our feeds.
and i want to reach That level. where i have readers, who no matter what, actually enjoy my content! and i don’t think i’m at that level where i’m creating posts that are purely enjoyable. i don’t love the posts i’m creating so i don’t think i’ve even reached that point in my blogging life.
this is not to say that DON’T EVER BLOG HOP because that’s how you find amazing blogs in the first place?? i just think that a lot of the time we limit ourselves via the vicious cycle of stats defining how successful a post is.
anyways, that’s the tea for today!!! this was an unorganised rant but i needed to VENT.