How To Grow Your Blog: A 12-Step Guide

I’ve noticed that some blogs magically grow followers, and others do not. Today I wanted to give some tips and tricks on how to gain followers.

I have gained quite a lot of followers over the past year (I’m still a bit baffled by how many of you are following me) and I think I might be able to help out those who are struggling.

Take notice, this is not a guide on how to make blogger friends or how to be famous or anything like that. This is just on how to gain followers and increase engagement. For me, engagement (commenting, liking, reading, sharing, etc) is still much of a mystery, so I’ll be mainly talking about followers.

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Newbie Blogger: Kelly (@ Aura’s Child) | What Should I Write?

I’m back with a new blogger, namely Kelly from Aura’s Child! She’s such a sweet person so you should definitely check out her blog. But first, her post!

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Tell us something about yourself: Who are you?

Hello! I’m Kelly Kawaguchi.

I am a very flawed and fairly uninteresting and untalented enigma on the internet. I like talking to myself and pretending I know what I am doing. I take pride in my personality, although, I can be a careless person much of the time. I pity very little and don’t apologize for my strong opinions. I am fickle and confused about just about every aspect of myself and the world.

Fun fact: My keyboard’s letters “g” and “p” don’t work. I add in those letters later after I’m done typing, so I apologize if I missed filling in any.

What is your blog about and what are you planning to do with it?

I write about my opinions and feelings about all sorts of topics, events in my life, etcetera. I will probably hit just about every topic, from recipes to literature to world current events.

I would like for my blog to, potentially, become an outlet for people who would like to express their thoughts, experiences, and such.

Why did you start blogging?

I started off by posting a journal entry. Essentially, it was going to be my online diary. Things were getting rough and I knew I needed an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. Blogging let my mind express what it needed.

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What Should I Write?

My mind has been a mess lately. I want direction. But I guess everyone wants direction. Or do we already have a direction, we just do not see it yet?

I love to write but I have little skill in it. I am interested in movies and nature and health and animals and botany and so many other things. I read somewhere that you spend approximately 80,000 hours of your life working. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that is quite a few hours to spend doing something you may not enjoy.

I want so much to enjoy life. But is that just a new way of thinking? A western culture way of thinking?

That doesn’t mean it’s a wrong way of thinking, just maybe a more self-centered way.

Hundreds of years ago, people really had a place in society. Each had a job to do. Sure there were those that were privileged and those who were trampled on by society, but for the most part, people were all part of a big working machine. We all had more purpose in my opinion.

Side note: I’m not saying back then was “better”.

Now it seems to me everyone is looking for a new way to please themselves. Even if people do things for others, many are just seeking for their own fulfillment.

What are we going to waste our lives on next? Is there a right or wrong answer?

This post was very much so a stream of consciousness. I wanted to whip up an interesting post, but whenever I began typing, it felt fake. I want my blog to be real, raw, and beyond all else, I want it to look like me.

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What did you think of Kelly’s post? Do you agree with her opinions? Let her know! Follow her on her blog and twitter!

Blog Anniversary + 800 Followers + Giveaway + Semi-Hiatus Announcement

This is probably going to be a long post but oh well, stick to it because I’ll end with a giveaway. I have literally been saying I wanted to do a giveaway when I reached 500 followers?? But then I never did??? But today is the day!

First the least exciting thing of all (don’t go scrolling down yet, this is important!), I will be on vacation starting from today until probably Monday, August 14th. This means that I will be absent for almost an entire month. I have a lot of posts scheduled (mainly tags but also newbie bloggers and reviews) so you won’t miss me too much I hope, but I will probably have problems answering all messages, comments, emails etc. So don’t despair when I don’t answer within a few days. It could take me a while. Sadly, this also means I won’t be able to keep up with all of your wonderful posts.

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Introducing… Blogger Newbies: a New Project

*** SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED ***

Even for someone who has been here in the blogger community for less than a year, a lot as changed since I started. Not only in my way of blogging, but above all in my communication with other bloggers. I’ve found a ton of people that I love and there are probably a ton of people out there that I’d love to meet. However, when I just started it was hard to find the people I liked, I knew nobody here and my blog was pretty much off the grid. Over the months I’ve gathered followers and met wonderful people and to give new bloggers that same experience, I am now introducing a new project/feature to introduce newbies to the community.

How does it work?

This will be bi-weekly feature on my blog. In each of the posts, I give the word to a new blogger. The idea is that it will be a short Q&A with a guest post written by the blogger. The Q&A will be three questions:

  • Tell us something about yourself: Who are you?
  • What is your blog about and what are you planning to do with it?
  • Why did you start blogging?

The guest post should be something related to your blog but it should not be a review, a tag/award, or regular feature (such as Top 10 Tuesday). What you could do is write a discussion about something you think is important, write about something in your life (if you have a personal/life style blog), write about something you love, something you hate, whatever you want! Be creative! This can be bookish or non-bookish depending on what your blog is about.

Who can participate?

This project is made for newbies, so for bloggers who have less than 100 followers and/or have been blogging for less than 4 months. I think these are quite okay rules, but they’re not fixed so if you vary slightly from these rules, I’ll consider it as well.

You do not have to be a bookish/writerish blogger, but since I am and I assume most of my followers are as well, I will be able to help you most if you are. If you are a lifestyle/ beauty/idk something blogger, I am not sure to what extent I will be able to help you out, but you can always participate if you want.

How can you participate?

Simple, send me an email at liaislost@outlook.com with the answers to the three questions mentioned above and your guest post. If you do not know what you want to write your guest post about, you can also email me with the answers to the questions alone and I might be able to help you out. The guidelines for the guest post are 300-600 words and if I think it is either offensive or simply not okay (rude or otherwise), I will not accept your submission. If you want to participate but don’t have a guest post yet, you can also message me, then I’ll give you a date (on which your post will go up) so you can take your time working on it.

You also need to provide your blog url, and if you want all your social media accounts that are connected to your blog (twitter/facebook/tumblr/etc), because then I will post those as well so people can follow you. Optional is a logo or picture, that I can use in the post.

Important! make “newbie blogger” the subject of your email, that way I can easily make sense of my inbox.

When I’ve received your email I will make a schedule and let you know once your post will be going online.

You can also fill in the form below!

I hope this project will go wonderfully and therefore I do need also need the help of more experienced bloggers, please share on social media or on your blog or simply tell people, so blogger newbies will be able to find this. Thanks in advance!

If there are any questions, feel free to email me or comment below!

8 Characters Who’d Make Amazing Bloggers

I don’t know how to introduce this post so let’s get into it right away! Not all characters are from books, there are also a few characters from tv series in this list.

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BLOG NAME: Lit & Coffee at Luke’s
TYPE: Bookish

OF COURSE do I not only want to be her best friend (let’s ditch Lane sorry not sorry and be besties?), but I would devour her bookish blog. Rory is 100% book nerd and super smart. I think she would make amazing pieces discussing political and socialistic influences on books and write inspiring posts about being kind (because come on, Rory is the nicest girl ever!) and damn she’s funny too.

 

Frances from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.25322449

BLOG NAME: Toulouse FM
TYPE: Art/Life

Frances is an artist, a nerd and is under a lot of pressure from school. I can completely imagine her as a late-night blogger and rambler, posting amazing artwork and fanart. She’s also obsessed with a podcast so she’d be talking about that A LOT.

(did anyone catch that reference in the blog name?)

 

 

Steffi from A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sa30981706ra Bernard.

BLOG NAME: Still Waters
TYPE: Life

I think she could write pages and pages about all the things she wished she said but didn’t. Just about life in general and about her selective muteness and extreme social anxiety. She’d be very relatable!

 

 

 

Cat from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.9781447263227fangirl

BLOG NAME: Cat Snow and the vampire’s quill
TYPE: Writing/Bookish.

Cat is a fangirl, completely 100% fangirl. Besides her obviously time-consuming fanfiction writing, she would have a great book blog discussing (of course) Simon Snow but also other books and talk about literature in general. She would share writing tips and excerpt from stories she wrote. I think she’d be very irregular in posting but you can alway count on her love for fanfiction.

 

 

 

Molly from The Upside of Unrequited bcover-reveal-the-upside-of-unrequited-largey Becky Albertalli (not out yet).

BLOG NAME: Molly’s Craft Corner
TYPE: DIY.

Molly is obsessed with pinterest, loves being creative and is quirky, so she would run a (very successful) DIY blog. She would share the best tips and tricks, make moodboards and share inspiration.

 

 

Kara Zor-El from Supergirl. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor supergirl cbs

BLOG NAME: Otherworldly Honest
TYPE: current events.

If she had the time (besides being supergirl and having a job as a reporter), she would have a blog about current events. And then not the boring kind, it would be honest and inspiring. Emancipation and feminism would be returning topics. Her need for the truth and justice would make her an amazing writer.

 

 

Charlie from The Perks of Being A WallflowerAfbeeldingsresultaat voor the perks of by Stephen Chbosky.

BLOG NAME: The Wallflower Writes 
TYPE: Life/Writing/Music.

I know, a boy (whoooh), boy bloggers are rare, but Charlie would make a great one! He would talk about his life, would make amazing and smart posts about being a teenager and talk about his writing. Occasionally he would share digital mix-tapes and talk about music. He also devours books, which would make him a great book blogger, but I don’t really think that’s for him.

 

Oskar from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by 4588Jonathan Safran Foer.

BLOG NAME: The Amateur Everything
TYPE: Travel.

Not only would I be jumping up and down like a rabbit on drugs if I could meet the 18-ish-year-old Oskar (because he’s one of my favourite characters), he would also be a great travel blogger. He could show all the hot-spots in New York and talk forever about all the interesting things in life. His blog would be inspiring and artistic, with cool pictures (of course taken with his grandfather’s camera).

 

Who did I miss? I tried to avoid all the obvious choices such as Penny from Girl Online and Watson from Sherlock Holmes, but I think I succeeded quite nicely. I tried to get to 10 but I couldn’t think of more than 8, it’s still a lot though 🙂

I had so much fun coming up with these blog names and thinking of what the characters would write about! Who’s blog would you follow?

What type of blog would your favourite character run?

Blogging Tips To Get Started + Blogger Recognition Award!

I was nominated by Ava from Reads, Rhythms and Ruminations for the Blogger Recognition award! Thank you so much Ava! I was planning to write some tips for beginning bloggers or just bloggers in general, so I thought why not combine them?

Also you should all check out Ava’s blog, she writes about anime and books, and she is a super lovely person!

The Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

Once Upon A Time…

There was a girl, and that girl was bored. She didn’t want to go outside, because it was way too hot, and therefore sat behind her laptop scrolling through tumblr and watching booktube videos. The girl wanted to share her love for books, but knew no other way than by talking to a camera and putting it online. However the girl was too shy to share herself in that way, so she sought for another way to share her love. After thinking about it for a while she discovered wordpress, wrote her first post and bam! there it was: a little piece of magic called a blog.

In the beginning she just wrote reviews, later letters to her beloved characters, but then she discovered the amazing community of wonderful bookish and writerish princes and princesses, and she fell in love with every single one of them. The bookish community had become her home, and her blog her secret double life.

And she lived happily ever after.

My advice

I recently got a message on goodreads from a person who just started blogging. They asked me for tips, so I thought I’d share them with you all too. November, if you’re reading this, would you mind sharing your blog url? I would love to check it out 🙂

I am not very experienced when it comes to blogging, because I only started 4 months ago. However I have learned a lot from the past few months. So here are some tips (these mostly apply on book blogging):

  • Write about the things you love. If you don’t enjoy writing the post, other people will most likely not enjoy reading it a lot. Also you will probably lose interest quickly.
  • There are basically five types of post you can do on your blog:

1) tags and awards, these are fun and easy to do because you usually only have to answer questions. For these it is important to tag people. The best way to do that is link one of their post to yours. You do this by going to their blog, copying a link from a recent post and adding it in your post. This way they will get notified and they will know that they are tagged.

2) Memes, these are weekly/monthly returning posts, which can vary from top 10’s with specific themes, to discussing covers of books. These are fun to do because you can do them every week/month and others do those too so you can share and discuss with them.

3) Discussions, in these posts you can basically discuss whatever you think is interesting.

4) Reviews, these are quite important for most book bloggers. Some bloggers get ARCs in exchange for reviews, but you really shouldn’t start blogging because of the ARCs. I recently discovered NetGalley which provides you with eARCs.

5) Every other random thing you want to do. You can talk about anything on your blog so if you want to talk about your life/school/music taste/favourite movie/etc, go ahead.

  • The most important thing and most fun thing about blogging is interacting with others. Don’t hesitate to comment on other people’s blog, because I know almost all bloggers really enjoy talking with others. Commenting should be a way to express your opinion on a topic and shows that you are interested in what they have to say. Just saying “great post!” would probably not result in an in-depth discussion about the post. Better would be something like: “I agree on you with the main character, she was just really annoying and uninteresting to read about. I really enjoyed reading your opinions on this book!”
  • Gaining followers is not easy. Don’t expect to have a lot of followers in the first few weeks/months. But if you persevere and keep having fun and interesting content, the followers will come eventually. What is most important is engaging with them!
  • Forget about the numbers. Blogging should be something you do for fun and for yourself, so don’t worry too much about page-views and stats.
  • Twitter is really great for bloggers, you can connect really easily to people and engaging in chats really helps you to expand your contacts.
  • Another thing that can help is to have a nice layout on your blog, if it looks sloppy and impossible to read, people will visit your blog less.

What is your best tip on blogging?

Sorry not nominating anyone because I really should get back to writing my story for Short Story Society! Has anyone seen my inspiration? I think I lost it.

Top 10 Tuesday | I’m thankful for… (blogging related)

Apparently it’s thanksgiving soon, I wouldn’t know because we don’t celebrate it at all over here. I love the whole idea behind it though, to let people know what you’re grateful for. People have the tendency to complain, even about small things like the weather. We Dutch people are known for that (which is partly because of the people, but also partly because of the weather because it’s not that good). Sharing the love is so important!

Yesterday’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday was “Thanksgiving freebie — tell us what you are thankful for! Books you are thankful for!”, and I missed it, sadly. I had no time to write anything yesterday, and I haven’t even had the motivation and time to write my scribbles. I haven’t been feeling well lately, but I’m trying to keep up with everything. I still wanted to do this TTT, so here it comes.

Ten things I’m thankful for:

  1. Having found a way to express my feelings and experiences with reading and other things in life. I can’t really talk to my friends about reading. Some of them read, but not the way I do, they just read a book every now and then, others don’t even read at all. I could talk to them, but they wouldn’t really get why I would be fangirling about that book that I’m reading, or going on and on about how that movie is different from the book. Having this platform where I can express all those things is wonderful. Thank you for that.
  2. Being able to express my opinions without feeling judged. This one directly relates to the last one. I never get any negative remarks about anything, really. I know how awful it is to be judged for something, because it will shut you down. Thank you for not judging me.
  3. Feeling appreciated. Every time I get a comment, or a like, or a new follower, my heart makes this little jump. It makes me so happy to know that you appreciate me and like me (this sounds so selfish… but I like you toooo!). Thank you for showing your appreciation.
  4. Comments. I love comments. They’re proof of that people read your post and wants to talk to you about it. I love having conversations with you all and talk about the things we love and hate. Thank you for commenting.
  5. Fellow bloggers and the fact that reading other people’s blogs always manage to cheer me up. I have bad days, I have good days. Reading posts on bad days makes the bad days more survivable, and reading posts on the good days makes them even better. Thank you for being there.
  6. Sweet messages when I’m feeling down. On bad days, when I’m not feeling good and write something about it, there are always these sweet people that send me messages and let me know they’re there for me. I appreciate that so much, it is amazing. You are amazing. Thank you for helping me out.
  7. Seeing other bloggers develop themselves and their blogs over time. Blogging is a process, and my blog changed and I changed over time, and I found a way of blogging that fits me right now. Maybe in the future it’ll change again. I love seeing how people develop themselves, and find their way into the blogging world. That they find a way to be more who they are, if that makes sense. I haven’t been here for longer than a few months, but I already see how people develop themselves and I love it. Thank you for being you.
  8. Books in which I can lose myself. This community has helped me find so many books and I’ve enjoyed reading a lot. When I’m stressed from school or just because life sucks, I always find my way to a book. They’re good therapy haha. Thank you for sharing your love for books.
  9. Reviewing books and seeing that other people want to read it because of the review. I started this blog with reviews, didn’t like it, and later went back to writing reviews. I love writing reviews now. The thing I did in the beginning was to force myself to work a certain way, that way didn’t work for me. Now my reviews are messy and they’re more “me”. I’ve enjoyed writing them and I love it even more when people get excited about the book because I was excited about the book. Thank you getting excited with me.
  10. You. All of you. Every single one of you. I am so thankful for this community and all the love that is shared. I wouldn’t be here writing this post without it. Thank YOU.

Love,

Lia ❤

P.S. Maybe I’ll do a life-related post like this in the future. I loved writing this.