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Twitter Retweet Accounts for Bloggers: A List

Twitter is a place of large potential.

When you send a tweet out, it’s entirely possible for it to go viral. A slim chance, but it’s possible.

This is because every single tweet has the potential to be seen by thousands of people. There’s no limit on how many people will see your tweet, and hence it’s the perfect place to reach new people.

It’s been a couple months since I started paying attention to blog marketing on twitter. And what I fully dived into is tagging Twitter retweet accounts in my tweets for more exposure.

Now, tweets have a short life on Twitter but it has a bigger chance at being seen if your tweet is sent to a larger audience. If you don’t have a large audience yourself, the retweet accounts have got your back.

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What are Twitter retweet accounts?

They are accounts on Twitter which just retweet other’s tweets.

Usually, there’s a strategy to this. Most of these accounts retweets the tweets that either use their hashtag or tag them in the tweet. You have to be following the account, of course. And this is done without any picking. They retweet ALL of the tweets.

It sounds too good to be true, or weird, but it’s true! These accounts also grow because bloggers follow them in order to be retweeted.

How Twitter retweet accounts help:

Sending out tweets regularly on Twitter will not be very helpful if you have a small following. But there IS a way to break out of it, and that is by getting retweeted.

If you’re retweeted by someone, your tweet will be shown to that account’s followers as well. And if that account has a ton of followers, it’s a really good lift to your tweet.

As retweet accounts usually have a large following, being retweeted by them gives a good lift to your tweet.

Usually, the tweets most people want retweeted are things related to blogging—blog posts, updates, questions, social media posts etc. Things which lead to more followers, views or comments.

Anyone who sees the tweet and is interested in the topic will visit and maybe drop a comment!

Retweet accounts are also mostly followed by bloggers so if you’re looking to gain exposure in the blogging community or build friendships, this helps.

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How to get retweeted?

There are many retweet accounts, and a few really stand out in the blogging community. Each account has their own way of retweeting.

Some retweet upon being tagged and others retweet on using their hashtag. Some accounts ask for both. And all accounts mandate that you should follow them to be retweeted.

You can include more than one retweet account per tweet. Different bloggers recommend different number of tags, so you can experiment and decide what you want to do. I usually keep it 4 to 8.

Here are a few samples of how I do it:

List of Twitter Retweet Accounts I Follow & Tag

A while back, I went spent some time looking for accounts who’s tribe I like and that seem nice. I compiled a list of accounts along with how to be retweeted by them.

It’s easier to know who to tag when you have it all in one place. And that’s why I’m writing this post, because it’ll make things easier for you as well.

I’ve also been tagging them for a while now, so you can be assured that ALL of these DO retweet. My tweets have been retweeted by them and it does help my blog.

Note: I will be updating this list as and when I find more accounts. Will also update if I find that any have become inactive.

@FemaleBloggerRT

As you can probably guess, this is for the brilliant women who are boss girls with their blogs.

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @FemaleBloggerRT

@allthoseblogs

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @allthoseblogs

@BBlogRT

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @BBlogRt

@Bloggeration_

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @Bloggeration_

@BloggersTribe

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BloggersTribe

@SincerelyEssie

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @SincerelyEssie

@BloggingBabesRT

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @BloggingBabesRT

@BloggingBeesRT

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BloggingBeesRT

@theclique_uk

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #theclqrt

@BloggersHut

How to be retweeted: TAG and add their HASHTAG to your tweet like so – @BloggersHut #BloggersTribe

@LovingBlogs

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @LovingBlogs

@TeacupClub__

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TeacupClub

@TRJForBloggers

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TRJForBloggers

@CBeeChat

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #BeeChat

@ThePINKPages_

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @ThePINKPages_

@WakeUp_Blog

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @wakeup_blog

@BlogNetwork_

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #TheBlogNetwork

@SLCoLab

This account is mainly for collaboration between brands and bloggers but they retweet as well.

How to be retweeted: Add their HASHTAG your tweet #LetsCoLab

@GoldenBloggerz

How to be retweeted: TAG them in your tweet with @GoldenBloggerz

Bonus Tip!

When writing tweets with your links, write a small message about the link.

What’s the blog post about? What do you post on your Instagram? Why should others follow your Twitter account?

The above questions are an example to show what you should answer in the message. Don’t make it too long, though. One to two sentences is a good tweet message for a link.

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How to Consistently Blog Without Tiring Yourself Out (Part 2) // Blogging Tips

This post has been long time coming since I posted part 1 back in December 2019.

Blogging consistently while also managing life and studies/work is a collection of routines, well-formed plans, and habits that increase efficiency.

It’s an art and I’m always in awe of the bloggers who put out BRILLIANT content regularly.

Before continuing, I highly suggest checking out part 1 of this 2-part series. Part 1 included tips which all-together make one really good routine to blog consistently.

This post consists of additional tips that aren’t involved in the actual blogging process but still help.

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THE SCHEDULE BUTTON IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

I’ve said this multiple times on my blog. The schedule button is SO USEFUL. Are you a blogger who doesn’t use it and still manage to post on time regularly? I APPLAUD you.

For the rest of us, it’s the easiest way to keep on top of blogging. Also, blogging in advance can help you feel more relaxed because you’re not pushed on a deadline.

If you’re someone who loves being ahead of things, scheduling can also make you more motivated to continue to be ahead.

Using the schedule button regularly also lets you have a break sometimes. Let’s say today is Monday and you’ve already scheduled a post for Wednesday. You have until Wednesday to take your time and come up with a great post for Saturday. Or, you can take two days off!


DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF ABOUT DEADLINES

Blogging is under YOUR control. If you’re unable to post on Sunday, let yourself postpone it a day or two. Or take a day off sometimes.

Your blog won’t sink because of one missed deadline. We all have hectic lives and sometimes it’s not possible to post on a certain day. Don’t pressurize or push yourself harder than you can take.

The bloggers who are also perfectionists especially tend to push themselves a lot in order to put up only the best and only on time. Learn to relax sometimes, you deserve it and you need it.

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ALLOW FLEXIBILITY IN YOUR PLAN

Life is unpredictable and you have to suddenly rush to a doctor on the day when you get most of your blogging done. Or there could be something else which is time-dependent and time-sensitive.

While making a good plan laying down steps to your blog posts is a great idea, it’s also good to allow flexibility in case of emergencies or unforeseen situations.

Don’t pack your schedule with tasks such that there isn’t any free time. That is a certain way to fall behind and feel like a failure when you’re not. Always leave some room in your schedule.

The flexibility will also let you blog when you’re in the mood and are the most motivated. Constantly trying to keep up with deadlines will make you tired. And it will certainly lead to burnout.

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CONSTANTLY ABSORB CONTENT

Blogging is much more than just writing and publishing. It’s also engaging with others, marketing, and analyzing your statistics.

One activity that greatly helps blogging is regularly looking at content. It can be blogs, podcasts, books, or even YouTube videos.

Blogs are the best because it is the most similar to what you do. It is written and read in the same format as your blog. And I suggest reading blogs across niches, not just in yours.

Looking at, absorbing, and engaging with other content will definitely help you come up with new ideas. Reading a post about 10 best books for winter could spark the idea to write one for podcasts. Or you could write a post on the same topic but with your different views.

Try to take out bits of time our of your week and devote it to just absorbing content. If done with just blogs, it’s called “blog hopping”. It could be half an hour thrice a week, or just once a week. Any bit of time will help.


DRAFT POSTS IN YOUR SPARE TIME

Writing long, well-structured posts is not easy. And most times it takes more than once to make it good.

Drafting a general outline or bits of your post’s content during spare time (like between events on during commute) will help you finish the post fast when you actually write it.

While we’re on the topic, doing any small activity during small bits of spare time is a good idea. For example: responding to comments, sharing your post on social media, or editing pictures.

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Summarizing the points:

  • Make best use of weekends.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself about deadlines.
  • The schedule button is your best friend.
  • Allow flexibility in your plan.
  • Constantly absorb content.
  • Draft posts in your spare time.

All the points that I mentioned above are small things that can make a huge difference. They are not things that set into a proper routine like the tips I told in part 1, but if used well they will be even more helpful.

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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

Blogging has no bounds.

You can start with a simple blog post introducing yourself, and grow to have a complete business set up with associated social media profiles and products on sale. Blogging looks harder to do the more you learn and grow.

The fundamental part of blogging are blog posts.

They are your main content, and what your whole brand revolves around. And hence, they are what you should spend a lot of effort on. A good blog post translates to more engagement, more shares, and motivates you to promote it more.

If you go to Google or Pinterest and look at “tips to write a good blog post”, you will find a TON of articles. Each article talks about a new factor, and by the end of your research, you have about 25 things noted.

So how do you do it all and yet keep writing blog posts simple? That’s what I’m here to help you with today.

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STEP 1: COME UP WITH BLOG POST IDEAS

“THE IDEA PHASE”

All great blog posts start with a great idea. Sometimes, it comes out of multiple ideas which bring forward a really good one.

Always spend time on brainstorming. Have a brainstorming session where you just come up with ideas.

Generally, when you’re super motivated and think of ideas, you generate more than one. Write down every single potential blog post topic, even if they aren’t so good on first thought. You can also write some points that should come in those posts.

If you have a brainstorming session for just half an hour, it is possible to come up with ideas enough for whole month of blog posts.

Narrow down those ideas and pick ones that you are very excited to write about. These are your great blog posts, simply because you’re the most passionate about writing them.

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STEP 2: WRITE A DRAFT BLOG POST

“THE WRITING PHASE”

After picking one topic to blog about, write a draft. This is when you put down all the content of your blog post.

Don’t focus on formatting, images, or presentation. Just write.

The problem with adding images and formatting as you write is that it distracts you from your content. The flow of content from your thoughts gets interrupted multiple times, which makes the process longer.

Concentrate on conveying the information first, because your written content is the ultimate base of every blog post.

Hence, this step involves only writing content.

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STEP 3: FORMAT YOUR POST AND ADD PHOTOS

“THE IMPROVEMENT PHASE”

This is when you take your blog post to the next level.

Add formatting to make your content more readable. It involves adding headings, subheadings, and more.

Use this formatting phase to convert content into lists, break up text into smaller paragraphs, and put dividers in between sections. This improves the structure of your post.

A great blog post is one that conveys all the information even if the reader only skims it. Make your blog post easy to skim.

Add photos and graphics to your post. Not only does this provide a separation in your content, but it also makes your post look good.

There are multiple types of graphics to add in every blog post. Add a header image, images in your post’s body, and Pinterest images.

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STEP 4: PROOFREAD AND EDIT

“THE TWEAKING PHASE”

Any edits or tweaks you need to make, do it now.

You might have come up with more ideas or thought of changes after you finished writing your content. Do them now.

Use this phase to add links to your other blog posts as well as posts of other bloggers. Links in a blog post are always a plus point.

Make sure to proofread your blog post. You might think that you made no mistakes while typing, but you never know. Spelling mistakes and typos will make you feel silly when you notice them later.

Proofreading doesn’t take much time so don’t skip it.

This phase can also include all the tasks you need to do before hitting publish.

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STEP 5: PUBLISH & SHARE

“THE PUBLISHING PHASE”

This point needs no explanation. Publish you blog post and share it with the world!

One mistake that new bloggers do is expecting to automatically receive attention after hitting publish. It doesn’t work that way.

A great blog post might not get attention as you expect without being promoted.

People need to KNOW that you’ve published a new post. Only then will they come and visit you. Promotion is key.

Don’t hold back from sharing it multiple times across social media. If it’s an “evergreen post”, you can share it for several months as well.

There are some things you can do after publishing a blog post to help it take off.

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SUMMARIZING:

  1. Come up with blog post ideas.
  2. Write a draft blog post.
  3. Format and add photos.
  4. Proofread and edit.
  5. Publish and share.

And there you have it! 5 steps to writing a great blog post.

Define your steps and what comes in each phase clearly. This way you won’t miss or forget anything.

Doing it in phases also allows you to break up your work, so you can do them at different times.

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How To Consistently Blog Without Tiring Yourself Out (Part 1) // Blogging Tips

One of the main challenges bloggers face is publishing great content regularly without burning out or falling into a blogging slump.

I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now, and it took me a long time to figure out how to manage college and real life with my blog. Once I started really looking at other blogs, noticing how their content is better than mine and started working more on my posts, I found it hard to blog consistently.

Writing and publishing a great blog post involves many steps, and sometimes it is hard to keep up when trying to post often.

After a while of experimenting, reading multiple blogs about advice and tips, I finally managed to blog consistently for a long time. After several months of doing it, I decided to concentrate more on my academics and stopped giving as much priority to blogging consistently.

Recently, I’ve been slowly working at getting back to it and I’ve found it easier to get back now that I know what works.

Today, I’m here to share my notes and to-do lists which help me stay on top of my blogging while managing college, hobbies and other facets of life. I’m breaking down these tips into 2 parts in order to keep the post shorter.

Note: this post is part of my blogmas 2019 posts where I publish a blog post every day from 1st to 25th December. Make sure to follow me to not miss any of my posts! You can also catch up on the posts I’ve published so far.

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PLAN AHEAD

This is the one piece of advice EVERY seasoned blogger will give you. Planning always helps, because you set some goals for yourself and you make a roadmap to achieving it.

And plan as much as possible. Varying degrees of planning works for different people. Experiment and find out what works best for you, with the way you blog.

If you blog a whole post in one sitting, plan a set time for it days beforehand so you don’t make any other plans. Take that time out specifically for blogging.

If you blog in iterations or steps, plan out what you’re going to do when. It will be helpful to know when to put little bits of effort such that you get your post published the day you want it to be up.


MAINTAIN AN IDEAS JOURNAL

Ideas come to us all the time, and we don’t have the time to draft blog posts for them immediately. And every idea counts. A small idea can turn into a really great blog post. This is why maintaining an ideas journal/notebook/list helps. You can record every idea, hence they’ll never get lost.

Another plus point to this is always having a bunch of ideas on hand. You may sit down to type up a post, and not have an idea then. You can just pull up your list of ideas and pick one to work on.

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TAKE PHOTOS IN BULK

Blog posts look much better with graphics, especially if they are color coordinated and match the post’s theme. But the problem with images is finding the time to take them, because we require ample time, good lighting and set-ups.

Hence, taking photos in bulk in advance will be very helpful. If you plan out your upcoming blog posts, you will know what posts you need images for. Take out a day, let’s say every Sunday, and spend an hour or so stocking up on images.

A related tip would be to edit them all at the same time, if you want to edit. Doing the same tasks in bulk saves a lot of time.

SET ASIDE TIME REGULARLY

Blogging consistently requires time spent on blogging regularly. Set aside time at least every few days to do a task related to blogging. Be it planning, finding out ideas, blog hopping, taking pictures, or typing.

Scheduling in time for blogging in your routine effectively inserts the hobby into your days. After a while, your mind will adapt and you will begin to get into “the blogging zone” during those times.

The problem with having a creative hobby is getting into the zone and formulating ideas. Incorporating your hobby into your routine, and making sure that you don’t lose touch from it, helps a long way.

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BREAK DOWN A BLOG POST INTO MULTIPLE STEPS

This ties in with the points that I mentioned above. Breaking down blog posts into multiple steps helps spreading out a post into multiple days.

This means that you can take small amounts of time every day or few days and do small tasks, leading up to a whole blog post.

For example, maintaining a routine like this:

  • Jot down ideas all the time.
  • Plan which blog posts you want to write.
  • Plan when those blog posts should be published.
  • Take images for those posts.
  • Type the blog post.
  • Hit publish (or schedule)!

Doing the blog posts in steps also gives a sense of satisfaction, since you are being productive and getting things done.


MAKE THE BEST USE OF WEEKENDS

Weekends are the only times we have control over our free time. Especially the mornings on weekends. I have noticed that most people are at their best productive levels in the mornings. I call myself a night person, and I do get work done in late nights, but once I started having a morning routine for blogging I noticed my productivity going up.

Wake up early during weekends, make a drink for yourself, and settle down on your laptop or desktop. Even one day every weekend is enough. I used to blog for three hours on Sunday mornings and managed to post thrice a week for several months. If there was time during the week, I would take advantage of that and blog for further ahead. At a point, I was scheduling blog posts a month away. That was my peak consistency level.

Making efficient use of weekends helps a ton, and you will definitely see the difference in your blogging.

One way is to keep the tasks that take longer for weekends. Such as actually writing a complete post, or taking photos in bulk in the right time for good sunlight. Whatever takes you the longest, do it over weekends.

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Summarizing the points:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Make an ideas journal.
  • Take photos in bulk.
  • Set aside time regularly for blogging.
  • Break down blog posts.
  • Make the best use of weekends/

All the points I mentioned above consolidate into one routine. But the simple use of each, even if you’re trying out only one of them, will make a difference themselves.

The above points help in not burning out because it makes sure that you’re working on different parts of blogging every few days. You plan one day, take images another day, and write another day. As you won’t be doing the same thing all the time, or everything at once, you will not be pushing yourself to tire out.

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What Blogging Is Actually Like // 10 TRUE FACTS About Blogging

Blogging is a diverse a activity. Not only does it involve writing blog posts, it brings in photography, planning, formatting, social media, and so much more.

As someone who has been blogging for four years, the one thing I can say for sure is that your list of to-dos for blogging increases with time. I started off with small blog posts, and then I found out that there’s something called stats and SEO. There’s something called “readability” such that your blog posts are more appealing and easy to read. After that, I went on a research spree about metadata and hashtags, which lead me to social media, which lead to a whole range of other things.

But, leaving the to-do lists, what is blogging? What is it like to be a blogger? What do we struggle with, and what confuses us? That’s what this post is about. Today we’re talking about 10 things that show exactly what blogging is like, other than the basic activities.


1. INVOLUNTARILY TREATING BLOGGING LIKE A JOB

Blogging is a hobby, and a wonderful one. But let’s face it, all bloggers get hit with the treat-blogging-like-a-job syndrome, whether we like it or not.

The sheer number of blogs on the internet, in every field, means that we’re all fighting for attention. And most of the time, it’s each other’s attention. At some point, we begin to care about statistics and how many views our blogs receive. As we care more, we also put in more and more effort into our blogs. Keeping up with indexes, images, and coming up with new posts every week is not easy. Soon enough, it’s as taxing as a full-time job.

Blogging as a hobby becomes as demanding as a job. You need to be extra motivated to keep up. But, it’s also SO REWARDING. Just watching the final post, and watching it get views and comments is the best feeling ever. You can almost immediately see the results of your hard work.

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2. ALWAYS TELLING YOURSELF TO NOT OBSESS OVER STATS

I doubt that there is even one seasoned blogger who hasn’t done this. Stats is a funny thing. It can make you feel like you’re on top the world, but it can also make you feel like you suck.

Some months, when I’m consistently blogging and putting my ALL, the stats go up and I become SO HAPPY. But when life takes over my priorities, and my blog suffers, the stats shut down and it makes me feel so low.

There are several blog posts that say the number 1 thing you have to stop doing is obsessing over stats. That goes for everyone, whether you’re a new blogger or an experienced one. But, saying is harder than doing it, right? Who here relates?

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3. WONDERING WHY A POST YOU LIKE ISN’T GETTING MUCH RESPONSE

Have you ever written a super cool post? One that you were excited about before even starting? A post that sounds so fun or great to you that you went all out—editing multiple times, adding anecdotes and jokes, and making sure the images are ON POINT. It’s that post which you expect would go viral, or at least be popular.

And have you seen that post under-perform? It’s the most confusing thing ever! Like, I’ve spent three days on perfecting the post but WHY AREN’T PEOPLE LIKING IT. Let me know your experiences in the comments, because I’m sure some of us will have this in common.

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4. CONFUSED AS TO WHY A RANDOM, SUB-PAR POST IS RECEIVING LOTS OF ATTENTION

I think I can say that most of us have definitely had this moment. One of those posts that you simply wrote to post something, which you didn’t proof-read or even add proper images to. You simply wrote it, and hit publish. Why is THAT receiving tons of attention? More than other, better posts?

Sometimes, it’s just so weird. One of my posts which had barely 300 words and 2 images, which wasn’t even proof-read, actually went on to be the first link in a popular google search term! I was baffled. It still continues to bring in views from search engines, and I’m STILL not sure why.

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5. FEELING GUILTY FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO VISIT AND GIVE LOVE TO OTHER BLOGS REGULARLY

This is one thing that I always struggle with—not being able to regularly read other blogs and comment. I do read pretty often, but I don’t spend much time on it every time. And lately, I’ve not been able to blog hop much. I try here and there but it’s not how much I’d like to be doing. I mean, why should I expect others to visit my blog when I don’t visit theirs?

And, this is a continuous struggle! I don’t comment for three days and the guilt starts piling up. Tell me if you relate to this, because I can’t be the only one.

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6. TRYING TO KEEP TRUE TO YOURSELF & ALSO WRITE CONTENT THAT READERS LIKE

This is SO HARD. You could pour your heart out writing book reviews, but if your readers like discussion posts more, you’ll obviously try to do them more.

At some point, my content has changed to reflect what receives more views. Not all of my content comes from my head or my passion. Some content comes from other posts which have received lots of comments. When I realize that a certain type of post is liked by people, I try to write those more. My blog today is SO DIFFERENT than what I started with.

As a blogger, you have to find a fine balance. How much are you willing to change your content in order to get more attention? What if you completely change your blog only to realize that your loyal readers loved your true style from before? Such questions keep me thinking at random times.


7. SECOND GUESSING EVERY TIME YOU SELF-PLUG OR PROMOTE YOUR BLOG

In the beginning, even when I finally decided to tell my friends that I blog, I didn’t actually open my mouth and say “go check it out”. I would just off-handedly mention that I’m blogging or something. In fact, for the longest time, even my best friends didn’t follow my bookstagram. And I couldn’t make myself ask them to follow me.

“Am I promoting myself or am I being annoying? Is this appropriate? Will it look like I’m showing off? What if they don’t want to follow me?”

I know people, online and offline, who SLAY on self-promotion. But me? I hesitate so much! I just cannot promote myself every where. I mean, I don’t talk well to many people in the first place. The introvert life hitting hard. I could count the number of times I’ve self-promoted in my two hands, and I’ve been blogging for four years.


8. TRYING TO MAKE AESTHETIC AF GRAPHICS AND END UP SPENDING AN HOUR (OR MORE!) ON THEM

You have a specific idea on how your graphics should look for a post, and you spend a lot of time on getting them PERFECT, without realizing the time. You didn’t have to, but you did.

A lot of bloggers are perfectionists. The fact that the whole world will be seeing our content spurs us on to do our best. Graphics play a huge role in how a blog post looks. You may have amazing content written, but it would definitely look better to readers with pretty graphics that break up the paragraphs.

The header image makes SO MUCH of an impact as well. It took me a long time to find my style of headers. Until then, I spent a lot of time on each, trying out different templates on Canva and different background images. I did take an hour on multiple occasions.

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9. STRUGGLING TO MANAGE BLOGGING AND OTHER HOBBIES

Can I get a hell yeah for this? Because it’s SO TRUE.

Because blogging involves so much more than just typing, it’s a big commitment. It takes a lot of time to do all the things associated with blogging.

Before I began blogging, I already had a few hobbies. And blogging takes up so much time! I literally don’t paint, sketch, or doodle anymore. I used to at least be a little artsy before, but I don’t now because I spend all my time on this blog. As of now, all my hobbies are blogging-related. We can put reading under the same umbrella because this is partially a book blog. Blogging is my sole hobby at this point.

On a related note, it’s hard enough to manage one hobby while being a student or working long hours, but it’s harder to do anything other than blogging if you’re a blogger too.

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10. TRYING NOT TO BE JEALOUS OF ALL THE AMAZING BLOGGERS AND THEIR WORK. AND FAILING.

I am so guilty of this.

Almost every time I look at new blogs, I come across such COOL blogs. They have beautiful interfaces, graphics, and colour schemes. Once I read their content? I’m done for. At this point, there is a long list of bloggers whom I look up to. They do GREAT at blogging. Content? On point. Timing? On point. Personality shown through the content? Super engaging. I cannot deal.

No matter what blog, I almost always find something to take away. An improvement that I can do, or some inspiration.

It may also cause imposter syndrome. When I first found paperfury, I was IN AWE. I immediately tried being more funny, and using more formatting to add comments and stuff. While it was fun to blog that way, eventually I realized that it wasn’t me. It took me a while to find a happy medium. I blog in my own style, while adding small things to my style, instead of copying someone else’s.

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Do you relate to any of these points? Are there any facts that I missed? Tell me in the comments!

Is blog hopping important for your blog? // DISCUSSION

Blogging encompasses a lot of things. It’s not just writing blog posts anymore. It is drafting, writing, making graphics, marketing, editing, socializing and so much more. If you have been in the blogging game for a while, you’ll know that blogging comes with a list of “things to do”. And sometimes, that list feels very long.

One of the most debated topics in the blogging community, specifically the book blogging community, is blog hopping. There are many questions about it. Do you HAVE to blog hop? How much? How often? Is there a right way of doing it? And is blog hopping important for your blog to grow?

Is blog hopping important for your blog? // Blogging Tips

Today, I’m here to talk about those questions, and give some answers of my own.

WHAT IS BLOG HOPPING?

If you’re new to the blogging community, you might be thinking that I’m talking gibberish, and I’m sorry about that.

Blog hopping is the act of visiting multiple blogs and commenting on their posts. Usually, the term is used for when you spend quite a bit of time doing this. For example, when I start to blog hop, I spend at least 20 minutes.

I won’t lie, it’s a process. It takes a while and you probably can’t do it often. Because 1) visiting several blogs, truly reading their posts and commenting TAKES TIME. And 2) it’s hard to set aside some time regularly to do this.

WHY DO BLOGGERS DO IT?

There are multiple reasons why bloggers blog hop.

To find many new blogs. And also make new blogger friends! Personally, I find new blogs to follow by blog hopping. I read tons of content. I check out multiple posts in the same blog to get a feel of the blogger and what their content is about. It’s a great way to find bloggers to follow, and bloggers to interact with.

To become inspired. I find that every time I blog hop, I get so many new ideas for my own blog. Be it ideas about design, style, formatting, graphics, or content. I ALWAYS get inspired and want to start blogging with these new ideas immediately. Hence, if I find myself without ideas or inspiration, I do a little blog hop session which gets my mind running.

I believe that if you’re a person who makes creative content—be it writing, painting, photography or whatever else—you should always be open to inspiration. I find myself looking for inspiration constantly, even if it’s from my daily life or something that a friend said.

Let me be clear on one thing, inspiration and mimicking are two very different things. This post that you are currently was actually inspired by a post on blog hopping by Caitlin Althea (whom I found through blog hopping actually!). Her post and mine have the same subject, but they’re totally different in writing and actual content. We’re both talking about blog hopping but with different questions and different answers. Mimicking would be to almost copy her content and opinions.

I don’t think this actually needs to be said but always make sure that you’re writing your own content. Don’t copy someone else’s in hopes that it will make your blog more popular. Your own words and opinions will make much more of an impression on readers. Be you.

To enjoy content, obviously. I LOVE reading blogs. A post about your daily routine? I’ll be right there! Are you talking about books? Love it. Do you blog about your personal life? I’m down for that! When I have spare time and I want to just chill, I read blogs. Sometimes I even learn new things from them.

Blog Hopping 101: Is blog hopping important for your blog? Why should you blog hop? Increase traction and blog traffic by blog hopping. // Blogging tips

To bring back traction to your blog. This is the most popular point that is spoken about anytime blog hopping is mentioned, and it is probably the most motivating reason. Pretty much every blogger who has been around around for a while would share their opinions on blog hopping and the true reason for doing it. And it is the point that this post revolves around.

It’s most likely that if you visit a blog and give them some love, they will return the favour. When I comment on a couple or more posts, the blogger almost always returns the gesture by visiting and commenting on my blog. And I do the same, if a blogger finds my blog first.

The main piece of advice every new blogger receives is INTERACT INTERACT INTERACT. And this is what traction through blog hopping based on. If you’re nice to a blogger, they will want to be nice to you as well. And hence, if your blog is suffering in terms of views or comments, you can blog hop and be certain that your blog will get some traction as well.

SO, IS BLOG HOPPING IMPORTANT FOR MY BLOG’S STATS?

If you’re a new blogger, YES. Definitely.

The reason why my blog received any attention in the beginning was because I was visiting multiple other blogs and commenting. I was mainly doing it to see how blogging works, to see the different styles, and to make new friends. At the time, I did not expect that bloggers are so nice that they would come back and visit my silly blog as well. I was mainly researching about blogging by visiting several blogs but it also helped my blog take off.

Bloggers are super nice. Almost every blogger I’ve interacted with in my four years of blogging (I’m old lol) has been SUPER NICE. Bloggers are welcoming, kind and fun to talk to. Don’t wait for them to find you. You have to find them first.

If you’re a seasoned blogger, it depends. But blog hopping always helps.

When I say “it depends”, I mean that it depends on whether your current blog stats i.e. views, likes and comments, are good enough for you. If you want them to go up, blog hopping always helps. But I’m also aware that seasoned bloggers tend to raise the bar every time, and hence do a lot of work related to their blogs. So if you are not able to blog hop often, it’s okay. And if you get views from search engines, those posts will definitely keep going up.

I wouldn’t say it’s “important”, but it DOES help boost stats. And it definitely helps in growing your blog.

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10 Things You Should Be Doing Before Publishing Your Blog Post

Blogging isn’t easy. You have to concentrate on your content, your voice, images, blog look, social media and much more.

At the center of it all is every single one of your blog posts. They are the ones that convince your readers to come back. Getting your posts out and increasing new viewers is important, but readers who come back and stay with you are even more important.

I’ve already spoken about what you should do AFTER publishing your blog post so today I’m going to talk about all the bases you need to cover BEFORE hitting publish. 

[1] Edit your URL

As a default, the title of your blog post is taken as it’s URL.

Sometimes, your title may be too long but URLs with over 65 characters are not known to do well. ALWAYS check your URL before publishing your blog post and edit it if required.

For example, your blog post title may be book review of The Book Thief // why I loved it and the URL would become ../book-review-of-the-book-thief-why-I-loved-it. You could edit it to ../the-book-thief-book-review which makes it way cleaner.

[2] Edit your meta-description

Meta-description is the few lines from your post which is seen in your blog scroll (if your setting is not to see the whole post) and also what is seen when your link comes up on google. It’s a few lines that describe what your post is about and you should take complete advantage of it. Use a few lines from your post which would convey what you’re talking about and also will bring the reader in.

If you don’t edit it, by default the first lines of your post is displayed (until the maximum character limit allowed).

[3] Sort your post into one to three categories

As I’ve mentioned in my post on What to have on your blog, categories are important. Your readers can easily navigate to a set of posts that interests them.

And so, it is important to categorise your posts. Only categorize your post into the category/categories which it’s talking mainly about. Don’t categorize it as “books” if you mention books for only a few lines out of the whole post. Have as distinct and accurate categories as possible.

Don’t add it into more than three categories. That might be a little much.

[4] Add a header image

Header images are what visually appeal to people on social media. When sharing on twitter or Facebook, your header image shows up when you add the link and it automatically makes your post more appealing.

Try to have a clean and bright header image. You could also choose a theme for all your header images so they’ll give your blog a certain look and it would also make things easier for you when making new headers.

Watermark your headers with your blog name or URL so that when seen on Google images, it can be traced back to your blog.

I use Canva to make my header images and I totally recommend trying it out. If you don’t have your own pictures to use, there are many stock image sites online like ShutterStock and Pexels.

[5] Link other blog posts

Links to and from your blog post increase your blog post’s credibility. Linking other blog posts related to the topic you’re talking about makes your post more informative. Google considers this and the more credible your post is, the higher it shows in search results.

Links are important for SEO. You can’t control others linking to your posts, but you CAN link to other posts. You can also link your own posts, hence creating links on both ends and increasing credibility for both.

But of course, make sure you’re only linking relevant posts and not random ones.

[6] Add any in-post images

This is especially recommended if your post is pretty long. Add images among your content to break up your text and make it look better. But on the other hand, don’t add too many and clutter the post unless your post is solely focusing on the images.

If you do add pictures, always check if the alignment and size is as you want it.

[7] Edit formatting

Vary text sizes, alignment, colours and such to make your post more readable. Imagine this post not having the headings in a larger size and in bold—you would be lesser keen to read it because it’s not broken up into sections.

A long block of plain text isn’t appealing, so unless your images do it for you, break up your text by formatting.

[8] Ask questions in the end

The best way to receive more comments is by starting a discussion with questions. More than one question will make it easier for readers to talk about something. There are readers who comment solely based on the main content of your blog post but sometimes readers need help in what to comment about.

Questions are very helpful and they spark discussions, also making you approachable.

[9] Reread

ALWAYS reread your post once before you hit publish. Take a few minutes of break and come back to the post with slightly fresher eyes. Preview your post and try to read it as if it’s not yours. Pick out mistakes, if any, and edit your content before it goes up. Sometimes you might get more things to talk about when rereading, or you might realise your post structure isn’t how you want it to be.

Never hit publish the second the last word has been typed.

[10] Use a catchy, delivering title

Whether you think of the title before or after writing the content, always take a minute to think it through. Find a few ways in which you can phrase your title and pick the best.

Titles that are catchy and promise to deliver something to the reader do better than vague titles.

For example, 10 Things You Should Be Doing Before Publishing Your Blog Post is much better than What To Do Before Hitting Publish or the more ambiguous and general Blogging tips.


Also, on a slightly relative note: we bloggers already have a lot to think about and have a dozen tasks to complete for every blog post. It helps to have a checklist to remind you, so that you don’t forget anything. I suggest making a list of tasks to refer to every time, before they become a habitual routine for you, or you can even refer to this blog post!

I hope this blog post was helpful and informative! Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything in the comments, or request another blogging tips post on some topic.

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Do you have a list of tasks or points that you refer to while blogging? Or have you already developed a routine? Are there any other points you can think of which I missed in this post? Let us know in the comments!

 

5 things to do after publishing your blog post

5 things to do after publishing your blog post

If you’ve been in the blogging game long enough, you would have realised how much work blogging actually takes. You’re not just a writer—you’re an editor, graphic designer, marketer, the creative mind behind the content AND the one shaping it into something publishable, and many things more.

It’s all a matter of how you effectively balance all those positions and become better at them. A schedule and/or a checklist helps. It makes sure you don’t forget to do something.

Today I’m here to help you out with a small checklist on all the things you could do AFTER publishing your blog post to increase the views and credibility.

It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s easy to miss on doing these things.

 

[1] Always read your post once after publishing it

It doesn’t matter whether you’re someone who schedules posts or an instant publisher. READ YOUR POSTS AGAIN. Preferably a little while after you wrote it. Come back and view it as your readers would—not from the editing page.

It’s very easy for grammatical mistakes to exist. In your flow of typing the post, you would have completely missed it. And your sentences matter. If professional brands look at your posts, you don’t want them deterred by a simple typing mistake even though you’re perfect at the language. It also matters in SEO.

Check if your images are seen as you want them. Due to glitches your images might not load. Sometimes the image might appear way larger than you want it to—taking over the screen and focus instead of accompanying your text. Similarly, it might be too small. Or it might not be aligned as you want it to be. Always read your post once to see for small problems.

 

[2] Post on social media

And don’t just post a link—write some text to go with it. Make it personalised. Even though I have automatic tweeting of my posts enabled, I make sure to type out at least one tweet with my latest post with a short sentence on it and some hashtags.

Hashtags matter. When people search for those, they’ll come upon your posts. Doesn’t matter which social media, hashtags are pretty much everywhere. Twitter, facebook, IG stories—add a bunch of RELATATIVE hashtags. Not random ones that are popular but have nothing to do with your post.

Major social sites that I have experience with:

  1. Twitter. Very important for bloggers. Add those hashtags and tweet more than once, with considerable time gap between two. Many bloggers even schedule tweets to go up for the next month or six months with decreasing frequency. Also a small tip: find the retweet accounts. They have a lot of followers. If you follow and tag them in your tweets, they’ll retweet your link hence making it reachable to thousands more viewers.
  2. Instagram. Don’t share the same blog post very often but do put it on your story for the latest one. And provide a clickable link. There’s no point if the blog link in your bio isn’t clickable. There’s also no point in adding the link in the captions of your posts—they aren’t clickable.
  3. Pinterest. If you pin your posts in appropriate boards, it WILL get you traffic. Pinterest is a little underestimated for the exposure it can give you. If your post tells something new to the readers or teaches them something, PIN IT. Those will catch eyes.
  4. Facebook. I don’t use facebook and don’t have a page for the blog, but it can be very useful. Even without me sharing, I’ve noticed a small percentage of traffic from facebook, probably because someone shared my post. It’ll only be more if you have a page and share your links regularly.

 

[3] Reply to comments

Almost all the bloggers I’ve come across do reply to comments, but I’m still saying it. Reply as soon as you can, and try to encourage conversations in your comments section. Simply thanking for the comment is good, but it wouldn’t make the reader feel as welcome as if you spoke to them as a friend.

But at the very least, reply to every comment. The reader will feel more welcome to come back to your blog.

 

[4] Link your blog post elsewhere

For memes such as Top Ten Tuesday, a linky is provided every week where you can add the link to your posts. If you do something similar, and there’s a chance to link your post, do it.

The easiest way to link your posts is by going to your old blog posts and adding links to the latest one. They immediately create links and it’s all in your hands. Again, make sure the links are relative.

Another tip I recently read in a blog post was visiting blogs that use commentluv. The system allows you to link your latest blog post in the comment and it counts as a backlink. Read the original blog post for more.

 

[5] Check view-ability on all devices

A lot of times (especially with WordPress free themes, I’ve noticed) pages don’t seamlessly adapt to different screens. This is crucial when customising your blog—to make sure that your blog looks good in mobile phones, tablets AND dektops/laptops. Fluid layouts are important.

But you can customise in your posts as well. I’ve noticed in many blogs that when GIFs and images are added, they’re too huge in mobile screens. I’ve uploaded images myself which look good in desktop view but does not in mobile screens. Usually posts look the same, but image alignment and size is the only thing that might change the way your post looks.


I’m sure there are other things I haven’t mentioned or that I don’t know about (I’m by no means a blogging expert), but these are five things that I think are important for a blogger to check up on.

Do you already do all of the things I mentioned? Do you use any social media other than the four I mentioned? Is there anything else you can think of that can be included in our checklists? What’s your view on the work it takes to be a blogger conquering all areas? Worth it or no?

5 reasons why you should update your old blog posts

I think all of us can agree that our initial blog posts sucked.* In two months, you might feel that a post you published TODAY sucks. At least, I’m sure I would. All of us become better the longer we do something, and it is VERY clearly seen in blogging.

Most of us (including me) simply continue on blogging while changing our style, becoming better and soon there is significant difference between our current and old posts. We usually hope that it’s never seen and let it be, buried under the new posts.

But that is precisely what you SHOULDN’T do. And I’m here to tell you why.

*Unless, of course, you’re a badass blogger and your posts have always been awesome. HOW. TELL ME.

[1] Search engines are more likely to showcase old blog posts

I wouldn’t be saying this if I haven’t noticed it with my own blog posts as well. My posts which were published in April 2016 got more views in August 2017 than the whole of 2016 because it appeared in one of the first links for a Google search.

There are a lot of factors which tie in with search engine results, but it is proven that the more backlinks there are, the more likely the blog will appear in search engine results. Older posts would have been linked more in other websites and have been viewed more—making them more “trusted”.

Since they’re bringing in views, you want those posts to have as good content as your current publishing, and also tie in with any new colour themes/information updates.

[2] Changing your theme may cause your blog posts to not look spectacular anymore

Every time I change my theme, I have this problem. In some themes, the font size is too small and in some it’s too big. Some show the featured image twice, making it look redundant while some may show only the featured image or only the graphics IN the post. I go around changing all the settings in SEVERAL posts when I change my theme. This also applies to font changes.

Different choices have different setting requirements.

Every time you make a change, either you have to make sure it is suitable for all the content that is already up, or you have to go around changing the settings.

[3] Your content’s quality might have not been as good as it is now

We continuously grow in every way, and this applies to blogging as well. As we learn more, our posts reflect our experience as well and it might almost be as if another person wrote that old post.

You might have also acquired more knowledge on the topic and you could update it to make it more helpful. Therefore, when readers view it they receive more out of it. Updating old blog posts also means updating the content to reflect what’s up NOW. You don’t want your content reflecting a thing of the past.

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[4] You should be able to link back to old posts

As I said above, links matter. Linking to other blog posts, whether yours or someone else’s shows that you’ve done your research and that you’re giving more reference elsewhere. It drives traffic to your linked posts as well.

Therefore, when linking you will definitely think about how that post looks. And if it’s not of the same standard, you might not end up linking it at all. I know I wouldn’t.

What I end up doing is that I spend extra time modifying the old post then, and then linking it to the new one. You could do it this way, but it’s just better to update it in the first place, right?

[5] Link up new posts in the old ones

If your old posts are receiving traffic from search engines or links, update them and link NEW posts which are relevant. This would drive traffic to your recent posts as well. Use those views you’re getting. Internal linking is always good as long as it’s relevant.

This would, of course, increase the trust in your old post as well because it has more links.


Due to all the reasons I’ve mentioned above, I highly recommend updating your old blog posts. You could make it an ongoing process and do it slowly (as I do). Don’t worry too much to sit down a whole day and do it all at once. Update and change at your own pace, but do think about it.

Do you update your old blog posts? Are do you let them be buried and hope no one ever sees them again? Do you agree with the points I’ve mentioned? Are there any others you can think of? Let me know in the comments!

Behind the scenes // brainstorming and planning my blog posts

Blogging is not only hard, it takes a lot of your time as well. We bloggers have to market on social media, comment on posts by other bloggers, do collabs, take photos, work on our blogs and so much more.

But none of it would do any good without the MAIN part of blogging—blog posts. And these blog posts can’t be random words strung together typed up in no sensible order. Blog posts have to be presentable.*

*I probably spend more time making my blog posts look good than myself.

I’ve been wanting to do a post on my blogging process for a long time now but I never stuck to one way to properly talk about it. After almost two years of blogging, I can now say that I have some semblance of a process. And this has been mainly driven due to college.

Blogging is hard, but it is harder when you’re supposed to be studying for two tests, writing three assignments, preparing a seminar and trying to find that little bit of time somewhere to read.* I also have about five hours of time at home, on an uneventful day, so basiCALLY I’M SWAMPED FRENS. I NEED HELP. This lack of free time has made me develop a certain “process” in making blog posts and hence I’m able to write this hopefully very informative post for you.

*I have taken to reading during class. And that’s pretty much how I finish books nowadays.

I plan. A lot.

I am a planner, if you haven’t noticed the bullet journal posts on this blog. I love lists, planning, recording, and making sure everything is IN PLACE.

About a month or two in advance, when I start planning the posts for a particular month, I write down the dates and days of that month in the last pages of my bullet journal.

I used to make spreads every month in the middle with my regular monthly spreads, back in 2016, but once I started planning in advance I had to make some spreads over and over again. Hence I began making them in the end so they’ll remain constant.

As you can see in the pictures above, I add sticky notes for every month. I record my favourite songs and anything notable that I want to mention in my Wrap-up there. This way, when I’m writing my Wrap-up I can see it all in one place instead of a bunch of different places.

Bullet journals are awesome that way, because they can encompass ALL of your life in one notebook and you can be SUPER organised.

I prefer planning in my bullet journal than on my phone

When I get blog post ideas and am jotting them down, or if I’m planning the posting schedule—it’s all on paper. I found that my ideas flow better when I’m WRITING them down rather than typing. And I simply love using a pencil, scribbling something in almost unreadable writing, scratching, erasing and rewriting. It gives the original feel of editing and it actually does help.

Another reason why I love planning on paper, as I’ve mentioned in some post AGES ago, is because it allows you to keep your old ideas. When I scratch an idea, it’s still there. Which means if I want to improvise from it later on, I still have the original notes to refer. Being a little bit of a perfectionist, I tend to think and rewrite my sentences at least a couple times, especially if it’s on paper. Having my discarded notes to refer helps.

It’s also easier for me to find when I published an old post. I started planning my posting schedule in my bullet journal about six months after I began blogging. Hence I have ALL of that planning put down which will never get deleted. Now if I want to find an old post but I don’t remember when I published it or what it was exactly called, I can simply turn a few pages and find it. It’s THAT EASY.

I also tend to delete images, texts and ANYTHING in my phone that is of no use to me anymore. And sometimes I wish I hadn’t deleted them. But as I record everything truly important (long-term) on paper, I have no qualms about keeping my phone storage clean. This is another reason why I love using paper to plan, because it serves my purpose and also allows me to not have a bunch of things I don’t refer to regularly on my phone.

Every month, I maintain a “blog post ideas” spread in the bullet journal and I have TONS of unused ideas simply waiting for me to write on them someday. Some of them were thought of several months back. If I DO run out of ideas in the future, I always have them to look back on.

I brainstorm my blog posts first

There are spontaneous ways to writing blog posts:

  • Many bloggers get an idea and immediately type it up.
  • Or they open the writing page and THEN think.
  • Some might even start typing and figure out what they’re blogging about as they go.

I have been all of the above. When I first began blogging, I had no direction on what I wanted this blog to be and simply maintained it as a brain dump for everything I wanted to talk about. In April 2016 I blogged EVERYDAY and almost all of those posts were spontaneous ones that I typed up on spot while racking my brain to work. I ran out of posts real quick.

But once I began attending classes at college, things did a one-eighty. I suddenly had absolutely no time and several tasks lined up in my to-do list. Not to mention, I preferred reading over blogging.* But I started getting adjusted pretty quickly and took to writing down blog posts in my bullet journal. And I don’t mean drafts. They were COMPLETE posts which took up several pages. I wasn’t in the habit of noting down the main points and using them as a guidance while typing later. On Sundays, when I had time to blog, I simply copied the same thing (making minimal changes) and hitting publish.

*Are you really surprised, though?

Obviously, things have changed and become better since then. Right now, I have at least six posts drafted in my bullet journal. With dates assigned to many of them. By drafts I mean bullet points talking about the main things I want to say. I elaborate and make it all pretty and structured as I type.

My discussion posts, Top Ten Tuesdays and Wrap-ups are usually drafted on paper first.

But what about my book reviews?

I don’t have a set process to my book reviews. But here are the majority of ways it usually goes:

  • I sometimes jot down notes on the book in bullet journal as I’m reading it, or on sticky notes in the book to refer later.
  • But I generally try not to concentrate on critiquing it but enjoying it. Hence what usually happens is that I either write down a few lines on my Goodreads private notes section when I mark a book read and refer back.
  • Or I simply write the review on spot.

I actually DON’T write book reviews as soon as I finish reading. I tend to review based on how I feel and when books which lack a storyline but end with a really nice scene, I’ll be on a high and write a glowing review only because of the last page. A few days later, though, I finally get around to seeing the whole picture. Only then do I try to find time and write the review—when I’m sure I can write on all aspects of the book.

In short, I plan my blog posts more than I plan my future. And neglect my assignments while doing the same. I probably shouldn’t but is that going to make a difference? NO. I love blogging and I love all aspects of it.

P.S. I meant to talk about my COMPLETE blogging process but I ended up writing too much* only about brainstorming and planning. Therefore, I decided to split it into two parts and talk about the rest of it in another post.

*As I always seem do?


What does YOUR blogging process look like? How do you come up with ideas? Do you plan out your blog posts as well? How do your blog posts take shape? I would love to discuss in the comments!

Pros and Cons of Blogging Memes

Firstly, what are blogging memes?

Generally hosted by one or more bloggers on their blog, blogging memes are topics to help you with your blogging. The blogger(s) give you an idea, topic, questions etc that you can write a post on. This is generally to help with blogging slumps.

If you follow quite a few blogs, you might have seen at least one meme being done. Not all bloggers do memes, but there are many who do at least one.

Despite how it would seem that there can only be positives on this, it is not so. And today I’m here to talk a little bit about blogging memes and to lay down everything I think is relevant if you’re considering doing them.

PRO: Helps when you’re out of blog post ideas

This is the main intention behind blogging memes. The bloggers who host memes post a topic or questions and you can draft a whole blog post on that topic. If you have no idea what to blog about, memes are here for you.

CON: Most memes are for book bloggers

If you google “blogging memes”, most results are for book bloggers. A few of these do cater to general topics but the targets are book blogs and not all topics under that meme are general.

Memes heavily favour the book blogging community and if you’re not a book blogger, there’s a high chance you won’t find any meme to your liking since there are so few in the first place.

PRO: Sends more traffic to your blog

A lot of memes, especially the popular ones, encourage visiting other blogs who do the meme as well. Taking the example of Top Ten Tuesday, bloggers can link up their posts in the hosts’ blog post and all bloggers can hop around and visit. It also helps that it is on a common topic and bloggers can compare what they came up with to others’ content.

CON: It could go either way with your readers

This is mostly a personal viewpoint, but I wanted to talk about this because it might not only be me.

I am generally wary about reading meme posts because of what content I would find.

The blogger could have made it into an elaborate post, making it their own thing and going much farther than the topic given. But, it’s also possible that the blogger would only write a few paragraphs or simply put up a list for list memes instead of elaborating or providing any information.

Original blog posts are very nice to read because there is a lot of content and something I would learn or get from the post. Under memes, since the topic does not come directly from the blogger, the content might not have the same charm. I especially see this with list memes because I see a lot of bloggers simply posting a list without any explanation as to why they chose it or anything.

PRO: If you’re a book blogger/reader, there are tons of memes for you

Quite a few blogs have even done book blogging meme directories as compilations of all the memes they found and it’s all in one place for you to read about and pick what you like.

There is also a lot of variety in the type of posts, since there are memes for every day of the week, and there are also a few monthly memes.

CON: The memes are for set days/dates

Just about all the memes are targeted for a certain day of the week. If you have something else to post specifically that day, it would clash. Although you could post the meme content on another day, it wouldn’t be the same.

I’ve also found that when I want to do a meme, I don’t find any for that particular day or when there is a topic I could do, I already have something else planned for that day. There is that rope on when to publish.

CON: Most memes don’t favour planners

When looking for memes that I could do, I noticed that almost all of them either posted the topic ON that day or only a week in advance. Being a student with a busy schedule, I tend to plan my posts weeks in advance, if possible. The schedule button is my best friend but I cannot use it with these certain memes.

The problem is also there for memes whose topics are standard. Since it requires posting every week, obviously the memes whose “topic” is the same for every week require writing the post on or around that day. For example, The Sunday Post or Sundays in bed with.. both of which centre on current happenings. Therefore you can’t draft the post two weeks in advance because you don’t know what you would be doing later to talk about it.

There are very few memes, comparatively to the number existing, that work for planners.

 

Overall, memes also have their pros and cons. I know some bloggers who choose not to do memes because it doesn’t offer much flexibility, but I also know bloggers who dive into the posts and do them religiously. It all depends on what works for you.


An alternative to memes are tags.

  • They are available for every blogger in every topic and form rather than just book bloggers.
  • Tags can be much more creative and easy to do than memes
  • But tags are mostly a one-time thing. They don’t help in putting out content every week/month like memes.
  • There are an abundance of tags and you will most certainly find quite a few to your liking, if you look for them.

 

Do you do blogging memes? What is your take on them? Do you agree with what I said? Are there any pros and/or cons that I’ve missed in this post? Do you prefer blogging memes or blogging tags? If you do any blogging meme(s), which are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Pros and Cons of NOT having a blog niche

Hey everyone!

I’ve spoken a couple times about my blog and not having a niche, but it’s mostly been just mentioning it and weren’t in detail. I haven’t explicitly spoken on what it means to not have a blog niche and everything that comes with it.

Firstly, what does “niche” even mean?

For any of you who are confused, a niche basically means a category. When I searched for the meaning of niche, here were some results which relate to what I’m talking about:

  • (as a noun) a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service.
  • (as an adjective) denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.

In blogging, niche refers to the topic you blog on. For example: books, bullet journals, music, lifestyle, beauty, studying, gardening etc. When a blog has a niche, it means most of the posts are on one of these topics. Depending on that, the blogs are called book blogs, study blogs, lifestyle blogs, beauty blogs and so on.

What does it mean to NOT have a niche?

In simple words, the blogger talks about anything and everything. Taking myself (and this blog) as an example, you can see the range of topics which make up this blog under categories on the footer. Not having a niche means not limiting yourself to one topic.

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My blog does not have a niche, and I have a love-hate relationship with this decision. Even after blogging for over a year and a half, I still regularly question myself on whether I should have a niche or not.

The main reason I’m writing this blog post is to help y’all make an informed decision when you make a blog. This is especially for those bloggers who are also unsure of what to do regarding whether to have a niche or not. I haven’t seen many articles speaking about blog niches, and I thought I’d add one! I find explaining this a little tough (probably why I put off writing on this until now), so bear with me.

Note: I’m talking only based on personal experiences and observations, and I don’t consider myself to be an expert on the subject.

PRO: You can write about anything.

Not having to worry about sticking to the blog’s niche of books/beauty/etc is very liberating. You don’t have to worry about losing readers because your blog isn’t “expected” to be around one (or two, max) certain topics.

Now, I know that many consider “lifestyle” as a category if a blog doesn’t fit into the other categories. As far as blog niches/tags go, lifestyle is applicable to many blogs that don’t talk explicitly about something which would be targeted to a certain audience (beauty, music, technology etc). If the bloggers talk about day-to-day things, they could be called lifestyle bloggers, since they mostly write on lifestyle.

BUT, sometimes we can’t classify a blog as lifestyle. Here’s an instance for example. So-and-so blog consists posts on daily routines, productivity, home decor, summer things etc. This could be called a lifestyle blog. A few posts here and there about books wouldn’t make it a book blog. Unless there’s a significant amount of posts on books, which would make the blogger (and readers) confused on whether it is a book blog or a lifestyle blog. Add more posts from other topics, and you’re a confused mess if you want to categorise the blog.

Which is why having NO niche helps, as you have the freedom to post on anything to your desire without worrying about image.

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CON: You don’t fit into a category.

That’s the whole point, but it also has it’s negatives. The dilemma I spoke about above will be problem when you WANT to categorise your blog. You can call it a “lifestyle blog” or a “book blog” or a “study blog”. It’s all of them. The only way you can categorise is by sorting your POSTS into sections in your blog (as I’ve done).

The want to categorise comes when talking about your blog on social media or while marketing. You can’t use specific hashtags for the whole blog as it is much more than just that hashtag.

I had an Instagram account and I posted pictures of both books and bullet journals. Hence, I couldn’t classify it as a bookstagram or a bullet journal account. Most people look for only one of those and I found it really hard to grow my account, and the new algorithm made it worse. In the end, I deleted it as I didn’t have enough time to spend on growing it along with my blog. But I found it difficult, just as it is with my blog. Especially when someone asks what I blog about. I can only reply “a lot of things” or “everything” but it’s too vague to hook them in.

Speaking of audiences..

PRO: You attract a large audience with the varied topics

If you blog on several topics, readers who are interested in any one of those topics are drawn to your blog through those posts. Several topics means you are targeting a wide range of readers. This can help in growing your blog fast, if you market well.

If you blog about lifestyle and studying (suppose), it’s like doubling the readers whose attention you can catch since you’re talking on TWO topics of interest.

But, like all things, this also poses a problem.

CON: Your audience might not be interested in everything you blog about

Blogs with niches work well because they’re always blogging on the topic which gathered their readers’ attention in the first place. Every post is of interest.

When blogging about different things, there is always the factor that some of your readers might not like some of the content you’re putting up.

I blog about books and follow it up with a couple blog posts on other topics. In that time, I think (can’t be sure) I lose a small fraction of followers I gained from one popular blog post, simply because the newer ones are on different topics. Many readers are open to read about new things and branch out, but not everyone. This could be an obstacle.

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PRO: It’s easier to come up with blog posts

It’s rarer to go through blogging slumps because you can blog about anything. If you aren’t in a mood to talk about beauty or lifestyle routines, you can easily switch up and post about a new hobby of yours without worrying about deviating from your niche. The possibilities are endless.

It’s also easier to get ideas for new blog posts since everything is an inspiration. A new product on the market, sunday strolls or window shopping; a little bit of history that fascinated you or new music that you love. Everything is something to blog about.

PRO: You can switch things up and keep your posts interesting

Blogging slumps are very real. Especially when you’re blogging only about one topic. Talking from personal experience, blogging slumps are rarer when you can blog on whatever holds your attention that day/week. To avoid slumps, and also keep your readers interested with new content, you can shuffle topics often.

Again, making an example of my blogging, I don’t blog book reviews continuously (usually), and I also don’t publish discussion posts all at once. I alternate or add other posts in between. It’s fun! I’m someone who tends to get bored doing the same thing for a prolonged period of time (yes, I worry for my career) so talking about different topics and changing focus is good.

CON: It’s difficult to manage all topics

If you blog on a wide range of topics, inevitably, you would miss on talking about at least one topic for a certain amount of time.

For example, I don’t talk on blogging or advice/info for bloggers (such as this post) often. This is because I fill up most of the month with regular posts such as wrap-ups, book reviews, bullet journal posts, weekly memes etc. I am only left with a few slots for general discussion posts and others. And I DO worry about this. I know that my blogging-related posts are much loved and I don’t want to neglect on posting them.

It is a challenge to revisit topics and also not overwhelm the reader with posts.

A mug with HUSTLE written on it

Overall

It’s a very liberating, and also frustrating, situation to not have a blog niche. I don’t think I’ve even spoken about everything that could be said. There are always tiny things that wouldn’t come to mind when trying to think of points.

I struggle with the decision to limit the blog to a niche every so often, especially when the stats are low. But, in the end, I don’t because I love the freedom of blogging on everything. This blog is literally ALL of me.

If you are debating on whether to have a niche or not, I do suggest you think on these points that I’ve mentioned carefully. These are be the major pluses and minuses I’ve had. I hope this post laying down most of it in one place helps.

Do you blog with a niche or without? Do you ever wish it was the other way round? Are there any pros/cons that you think I missed out on? What is YOUR opinion on blog niches? Which, according to you, is better—having a niche or not having one? Views and opinions change person-to-person, and I would LOVE to know what you think.