Blogging disappointments: Unsuccessful blog posts! // SAD FACE.

Disclaimer: There are many positive things about blogging! Books! Friends! BOOKS!

YET.

Life is not full of positives always??? (I know, it’s an injustice.) And sometimes, we face disappointments which also applies to blogging (obviously or I would not be writing this post). There are a few I can think of but what I wanted to focus on for today’s post is unsuccessful blog posts!! (No duh Analee, go ahead and ignore the title again why don’t you??)

What is considered ‘unsuccessful’?? And what is ‘successful’?

Whelp, there I go again using a subjective term! Like what does unsuccessful even MEAN? (Not the definition, but like in this context.) And much like when I talked about success in blogging last month, it varies once again? I need to choose better discussion topics.

But, if we think in the form of stats; i.e. views, likes and/or comments: The thing is with each and every blogger, the numbers, the stats they expect and the stats they consider to be successful or unsuccessful for their blog VARIES. Greatly. But even those who are newbies to blogging, everyone has an idea of what most of their stats look like, you know? So successful and unsuccessful could be anywhere from stats that REACH or better yet, PASS their usual numbers and that DON’T REACH their usual numbers, respectively. And that’s only from a numbers perspective! Which is not the only definition for success.

But those numbers? They vary SO MUCH. A number that is considered a success for one blogger could totally be unsuccessful for another, based on the majority of their posts, and vice versa you know? It’s so subjective.

Now, for me, what I consider to be successful is a combination of two things; one of them being, COMMENTS. Likes too, but primarily comments because I love having that interaction with blogger friends and readers! Which means a successful post for me, is one that initiates conversation, one that people are interested in reading. And because I don’t check my stats all too often, comments (and likes) are the easiest way for me to measure how well a certain post is being received. Plus I love talking to you guys and getting comments on my posts just totally makes my day?!

So yes, when it comes to successful and unsuccessful blog posts, if we’re thinking numbers (which, I won’t lie, I do), the one ‘indicator’, persay, for me is the number of comments. I don’t go counting them obsessively or anything, but just seeing, oh, this [meme/review/discussion/list] did really well, I might try doing it again, or noticing trends like how reviews, for instance, aren’t that very popular, and so on. It’s just interesting to me and gives me an idea of what readers like, what worked and what didn’t, you know? There’s anything wrong in looking or paying attention to stats, and that applies to posts of course.

YET. I’m going to also admit, paying attention to stats can also lead to feelings of disappointment or discouragement? Not when they’re doing well, obviously, that’s an extremely positive feeling. But when a post doesn’t do as well as I’d hoped/expected, I’ll be the first to admit, I feel disappointed. Much like a book! You have high expectations, and when they’re not met it leads to disappointment! When they are met, or surpassed, it is the BEST feeling ever and it’s the exact same for blogging, for me haha.

And again, like books, obviously I don’t have the same level of expectations for every post, especially because there are so many factors that affect the stats you receive on a certain post! Examples, because I am a helpful potato today:

  • What type of post is it? i.e. review, discussion, list, book tag/award, bookish meme post [like Top Ten Tuesday, etc.]

Obviously this can be different for different blogs, but generally I’ve noticed a trend (for book blogs, because that’s what I am and what I follow) for different posts:

book reviews don’t usually bring in very high stats, unless it’s for a popular/hyped up book
meme posts are more popular than reviews, and they can be great for stats and discovering blogs but more and more people seem to be against these posts because they become very repetitive?
discussions & lists tend to be the most/super popular! I’ve noticed this on my own blog, and also on a ton of other blogs as well; I love reading their discussions and lists can be super fun as well if you come up with a topic I’m interested in!

  • What day did you post on?

I’m still trying to figure out which day is the most popular for me… WordPress claims it’s Tuesday? I’m not going to be posting all my posts on Tuesday though, and right now the way I set up my schedule I only have like, one other Tuesday post. So.

But different days can definitely bring different amounts of people visiting your posts? I am speculating that Tuesday is popular for me because a lot of people participate in Top Ten Tuesday? In comparison, Monday posts or Sunday posts don’t always do as well BUT again so many factors that play into that!! I give up on trying to analyze my stats why am I doing this

  • What TIME did you post at?

I am FOREVER conflicted on what time to post!! I don’t know about you guys, but for me, when I posted something totally affected the stats. See, a lot of people, I am almost 100% certain, read posts from their WordPress Reader. Which means posting at a time where people are most likely to go on to their Reader = better stats! What do you mean you can’t predict when people are going to go on their Reader shh.

What time to post? I honestly don’t know. #help I once (accidentally) scheduled a post for 10 or 11 at night and I got, like 2 or 3 views? It was kind of funny, to be honest. But I do not recommend for stats!!

Nowadays, I tend to post more in the mid-afternoons. Not any particular reason why, though I’ve seen a lot of blogs I follow posting early in the morning like 7 or 8! So I might try that but so far my time has been working for me… mostly. What are your thoughts???

  • How relatable is it or how easy is it to create discussion?

Relatable posts are the best! Part of the reason why discussions and lists can be so much fun to read/write! Posts where your readers can relate in some way or talk about something do really well. Of course, it can be argued you can talk about something no matter what type of post, which is why I mention relatable! Obviously not every post has to be relatable, but having a mix of posts is so important, and relatable ones are the most fun to read and write, for me anyway!

OKAY got sidetracked there. Back to successful/unsuccessful posts!! I just wanted to touch on one more aspect of successful/unsuccessful posts, which is something totally unrelated from the numbers.

Comments and interaction is super important to me, but apart from that, I consider a successful post to be one that I’m proud of writing and put a lot of effort into as well. In the past, I’d say I kind of failed at this side of success? I posted mostly memes (SO MANY MEMES omg I honestly don’t know how people managed to survive on my blog back then) and effort was minimal! Which isn’t a bad thing, obviously, but I now focus more on quality over quantity, in terms of my posts? Being happy with your post is a whole different kind of success that can’t be measured.

YET. 

Sometimes, even if I consider a post to be ‘successful’ in the personal satisfaction sense, the stats don’t always match my opinion. Which sucks, sometimes. I can pour my heart out into a post, spend HOURS on a post and be really excited about a post, and it might still flop? There may not even be a reason why.

Blogging, in that sense, can be so unpredictable. Of course you have certain expectations for each post, stats-wise, sometimes they’ll be met (YAY), sometimes they’ll be passed (YAY x2), aaaaand sometimes they will flop (CRY). It’s just how it goes?? I will be the first to say it’s disappointing when the latter happens, of course, but at the same time I don’t dwell often on it too long–my tip is to focus on all the ways your post was AMAZING rather than the numbers. 😉 Does wonders for your mood, haha. (“Easier said than done”, I can hear you say, but I swear it does get easier!)

RECAP TIME!! Because this discussion was too long and too confusing.

For me, I consider a successful post to be one with a lot of comments/interaction AND that I’m proud of writing. And whether a post is successful or unsuccessful depends on so many things, things like: type of post, what time and what day you post on, and also if the post invites discussion or is relatable. Yet sometimes there might not be a reason! Sometimes posts just flop, with no obvious reason why. And I think it’s happened to us all at one point?

What I consider personally to be unsuccessful posts, in a nutshell would be when I spend a lot of time on a post and it doesn’t provoke as much discussion as I was anticipating/expecting? Because comments mean SO MUCH to me, and having that positive feedback on posts I put effort into is a lovely thing. ❤

But I’ve learned to NOT dwell on disappointments for long, because then it just makes blogging all too serious and sad. 😦 AND THAT CAN’T HAPPEN!! (#hellobloggingslump) Focus on the happy stuff! Eat cake. Read fluffy or heartbreaking books. All is well. 🙂

Whoops, that was supposed to be a short recap. NOW is finally the time for me to shut my mouth!! What are your thoughts?? Don’t let this become a unsuccessful post pleeeease! (*wiggles eyebrows* Do you see what I did there?) What time do you usually post things? Have you had unsuccessful posts before and what is your definition of successful or unsuccessful posts? How popular are reviews, for you? Do you agree with me? What are some of your most popular posts? Let us discuss!!

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68 thoughts on “Blogging disappointments: Unsuccessful blog posts! // SAD FACE.

  1. Hello!

    Your post just popped up in front of me and I thought “Let’s go see what I can improve in my blog” because I was lost for a little while and now I’m back and -hopefully- here to stay!

    I do believe every blogger needs to have a theme/schedule regarding what and when they upload their posts. For example, I post three (sometimes four times a week) and every day has its own personal theme.

    Some of them can be considered “unsuccessful” but I mostly write because I love to, so eventually I think I’ll figure out what’s been off with some particular posts and fix it.

    And as for reviews… Well, I’m mostly reading YA novels so -obviously- the book reviews tend to be super popular. At least, that’s what the stats, shares and comments prove!

    Have a great weekend!

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    • Hi! Aw I’m happy you found my blog! I’ve been on a hiatus so I’ve missed a lot of comments, sorry about that aha. 🙂

      Oh I agree, having a set schedule can definitely be super helpful! And ooh yes, I write posts because I enjoy them for sure.

      Really? That’s so great! I’ve noticed for me, book reviews tend to be less popular which is pretty odd when we think about it… xD So it’s lovely to hear that’s not the case for you!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! ❤

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  2. Ooh, I love this discussion!

    I definitely have had unsuccessful posts before! I usually have an average number of views/comments/likes I expect, and when they’re not met, I can get disappointed, but I’ll usually just move on! I mean, in the end, there’s really nothing you can do to MAKE people pay attention to your post, no matter how excited you are about it!

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    • I’m glad to hear it! Ahah I’m happy I’m not alone in this, though I’m sorry to hear it at the same time. xD Oh yeah, exactly! I used to let it get to me a lot more, which was not fun. Nowadays it definitely affects me less! Haha yup, exactly, there really isn’t anything you can do about it? 😀

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  3. AGH, I COMPLETELY agree! When I look at my posts and determine which are successful, I look at the number of comments, and also, like you said, if I’m proud of the post. (But then when I’m looking at popularity, I’m looking at the amount of views on each post.) Unsuccessful posts for me would be like you said — when I’m not very proud of it and it doesn’t get as much discussion.

    DUDE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TIME TO POST AT. I usually do it in the evening because school, but now that I’m out… I just post randomly. BUT I THINK I’m going to schedule it for 10 am always so 1) it’s early and people can read it and 2) when I get home from school I can answer comments right away.

    And haha Analee the people survived your meme-ridden blog because you’re awesome and we love you. ❤

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    • Ahhh I’m so glad I’m not alone in this!! Though it’s not exactly a situation I want people to be in? So I’m sorry? Okay, I’m making no sense, ignore me. Aaaaanyway. Comments and yes, personal satisfaction are the two big ones! Oh that’s interesting, I haven’t checked the individual views on my posts for a while now haha but yeah, definitely.

      I KNOW RIGHT?? I am FOREVER conflicted and generally CLUELESS. Gah. Oh, that’s a good strategy! I am kind of paranoid if I post it too early then my post will be pushed to the bottom of people’s feeds? But I like the idea of posting in the morning? #bloggingstruggles

      Ahahah well it definitely wasn’t for the memes. Those were pretty horrible. xD Thank you May ahhhh emotions!! ❤ ❤

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  4. YES, EXACTLY. I feel like I have too many expectations for my posts *even though I shouldn’t* BUT I feel like a lot of the posts that I’m proud of generally get more traffic. MAYBE THE INTERNET JUST *SENSES* WHICH POSTS I’VE WORKED HARD ON AND GRANTS ME STUFF. WHO KNOWS.

    I DON’T KNOW WHEN I SHOULD POST AGHAGHAGH I always think about this when I try to schedule posts, but I remember once I scheduled it at like, 9 or 10 ish and I forgot to turn off my phone and it was going off like crazy during school.. (yep, I played dumb for a while but they figured out that it was me. 😥 ) A LOT of the times I just schedule it at like 11 pm whenever I finish it because #procrastination lol but if I finish it earlier I usually schedule it at like 7 or 8.. or maybe 9.

    I mean, yes I am personally against tons of memes BUT it really depends on how people take the meme and use it in their post.

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    • Right?? 🙈 I’m like, were my expectations too high or…? Ahah yes, same here, it seems most of the time the posts I liked writing the most were the most well received. HAHA INDEED. 😂 WE MAY NEVER KNOW.

      I KNOWWW ah it is such a struggle. Haha that happened to me before! 😂 I ended up just turning off all my notifications lol. Oh, that’s interesting! I haven’t tried posting in the evening often, though I seem to write a lot of my posts then.

      Haha yeah I guess so! I had wayyyyy too many memes back then, I’m not very sure if people miss those? But I don’t really, haha.

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  5. I also like using number of comments as a personal indicator of “success” because I think comments show the post was interesting enough that people want to take the time to engage with it.

    I used to think weekend posts were bad for stats, and I guess weekdays are still better, but part of it depends on what I post on the weekends. I considered just not posting on weekends at all, and I know some bloggers do this, but I think I’m getting enough traffic it’s still worth it, and people do seem to catch up on weekend posts on Monday.

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    • Yes, that’s exactly it! I feel the same way.

      Oh, that’s interesting! Yes, I do think my weekday posts tend to be a bit better stats-wise as well, but it definitely matters on the content for sure! And oh yes, people do seem to catch up on weekend posts later. 😊

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  6. I really love comments on my posts because I love talking about books with other readers, and I want to get other people talking about books too, but my blog is small, so I am pretty happy with page views too. I post almost every day, because I read a lot and I also like to do some memes (Sunday Post, TTT, Can’t Wait Wednesday), which get the most traffic anyhow. The other days are for reviews and when inspiration strikes, a discussion post.

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    • Yes, same here! Talking to other people about books and mutual interests is the best. Page views offer really interesting stats too! I should look at those more often. 🙈
      Ooh that’s good!! I’m envious haha I could totally not keep up with posting every day, or almost everyday. Ahh that’s such a neat and organized schedule! 😊

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  7. Hi!! I recently started to co-review with a couple other bloggers. We call those posts the Blog Book Club. On our first review the other two bloggers said their posts go out at 2am. We are all in the US and because our reviews were linked to each other I wanted mine to go out at the same time. So I changed my post from 6am to 2am and saw a noticeable difference! Maybe because bloggers from other countries could read it during their day? Then the US reads a few hours later? People are night owls? Who knows! But, ever since then I post at 2am and my stats are up. Yeah! Lol.

    W are looking for other Blog Book Club members if anyone is interested?

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  8. It’s so weird sometimes I post and the post gets barely any interactions or views and then other times I do a similar post and it’s gets a lot of views and comments! And I can never figure out what time or day of the week to post either! I liked this discussion! Very interesting to read 🙂

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  9. Comments > likes, at least for me. I feel more validated when I receive comments on my posts because then I will know that people really read what I wrote whereas when I get only likes, I feel like people felt obligated to like it just because they opened my post.

    Aaand as for the time, WordPress says my best time is at 8 in the evening and that is because most of my readers are from the US and I live in the Philippines. I used to schedule posts during the day but not many people saw my posts instantly so I changed to 8pm so I will still get to interact with people (because school won’t let me visit my blog during the day and I’m already too tired if I post later).

    I realized that my least successful posts are the ones I don’t spend too much time thinking about and personally don’t like (I don’t even know why I even publish those kinds of posts!!) I’ll try putting quality first even if that means I’ll be on mini hiatus on some weeks because I’ll have no good posts…

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    • Oh, same!! I put a lot more value on comments than likes for sure, though I appreciate both. I love talking to other people, and I get to know that they actually read my post, as well haha.

      Oh, that’s cool! I’ve never really tried posting in the evening, but I like the idea.

      Ahah yes, same here! It’s funny how readers seem to sense when the post wasn’t truly written with heart haha. Yes, exactly, I post a lot less often than I used to, but I like to think the quality is better! 😊

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  10. OH this is such an interesting post, Analee! 🙂 I judge the success of my blog posts by the interactions they get, and mostly comments, because with each one of my blog posts I’m trrying to create discussion and I want to talk with people, so when they comment and react a lot, I feel like I have done something good!
    As for the time, I always schedule my posts at the same time, I actually never tried and did tests or changed that. Since everyone is basically in a different time zone, I’m hoping they will see the post in their reader and read it if interested ahah.
    My most unsuccessful posts are the reviews as well ; especially when they are for books that no one has heard of before, or it’s not a popular book. It makes me a bit sad but well… I don’t know what to do about it ahha 🙂

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  11. I love that you wrote a post on this because I am constantly struggling with the fact that the posts I am most proud of and expect the best stats on usually get very little traffic! My most popular day is also Tuesday and I think somewhere around 7am but I’m still figuring it out. Hopefully we all have the answers one day!

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  12. Great discussion!

    Knowing what time to post is something that stresses me out. Not being in the US I’m never quite sure when the most successful time is? I normally post late at night my time which is like midday in the US? It seems to be working okay, but I always wonder if there’s a better time.

    I think interaction is definitely the sign of a successful post. Reviews are definitely my least viewed especially if it’s a backlist book or one that doesn’t have a lot of hype. It can be frustrating at times because I HATE writing reviews and would love some recognition 😂 but at the same time I tend to only read reviews for books I’m interested in so I understand why.

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    • Thank you! (I’m so so sorry for getting to this so late ahhh.)
      RIGHT? Oh my gosh. Oh, I live in Canada so I don’t precisely have that issue, but that must be tough!! I end up posting around midday as well, but I keep questioning if I should try other times haha.

      Yes, exactly!! I definitely value the interaction when seeing how popular a post is. Same, I totally get you!! It takes me so long to write a review and I spend so much time on it?? And if it goes by unnoticed it kind of sucks. xD Very true!!

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  13. I tend not to look at stats much, especially not at likes. I like knowing people liked my post but often, especially in the beginning of my blogging career, people liked my posts without reading them. It’s really weird, I had more likes than views, which should not be possible. I do love comments and value those at least ten times more than likes.
    I don’t stress timing, I did that in the beginning but I think it was just a fluke or something, because people tended to read more of my posts during my night. Now I really don’t know, I tend to post in my afternoon/evening, just because that’s convenient for me.
    For me, the most active day on my blog is Sunday, and I thought it was because people might be catching up on my posts on Sunday, but I don’t know?? I got a large Tuesday crowd too but that is because of my discussions, which I always post on Tuesday.
    Great discussion!

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    • I don’t always look at my stats either ahah. I do notice the likes because whenever I open my notifications they’re there, but I don’t really pay that much attention to them? I like seeing them, and I expect a certain number but apart from that not really. Oh wow, really? Definitely should not be possible haha. And yes SAME! Comments are definitely a lot more important for me as well.
      Yeah, I’ve gotten more used to and like the time I’m posting now and kind of stopped thinking of what time is best for stats? Because honestly it’s all over the place haha. That’s good! Ooh that’s interesting.. I usually find my weekend posts less popular than my weekday ones, but then again there are always exceptions ahah. Oh yes, discussions are definitely more popular! Thanks so much! 🙂

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      • I guess we all have like different times and days that work better for us, I don’t know. I always see spikes in weekends…
        Usually I don’t look at stats a lot but lately I feel they’ve been going down and it’s not that I’m complaining but I don’t really understand why that happened since I haven’t made any major changes. Anyway, stats are weird and we should probably not try very hard to understand them haha

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  14. Loved reading this post, is very relatable, as you said discussion posts can be! I took a break from blogging, and since being back, I haven’t been getting the stats, comments and likes that I used to before, which I consider unsuccessful for me, especially when I have just come back to doing something I love but not really getting it noticed the way it was before. I do find that my discussion posts are a lot more popular than my reviews, but I also tend to write long posts, so I don’t know whether that puts people off reading them? I usually post about 10am, but I think that’s just a standard time I have chosen, I don’t know whether to change it?!

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    • Oh, I’m so glad to hear that!! 😊 Ah, I totally understand what you mean! I went through the same thing, when returning from my 7-month hiatus a while ago and again more recently. It was SO tough for me, because as you say, returning only to find not as much success as before was quite disappointing.

      Hm, I’ve wondered about the length of posts before, but I’m not really sure. Oh, that’s cool! Haha well if it’s working for you I suppose I would say no, unless you find a better time! 🙈 But I’m utterly clueless about post times haha.

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  15. SO I BASICALLY hate all the posts on my blog.Partially a reason why I’m moving blogs because right now, I don’t LIKE the content I’m posting. If someone else posted my content, I wouldn’t comment, maybe just like. It’s just not the content I want. Even if I got 100 comments on that post (which would never happen because I don’t like that post, so other people won’t so it wouldn’t get that many comments I still wouldn’t like my post but I WOULD feel successful because people are commenting on my horrible content which shows that no matter what I posts, I have got some amazing followers). I LOVE it when people comment on them but I always feel ‘but this isn’t a good post, WHY are you reading my rubbish content?? I CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. I promise you’ but of course I can’t say this because those lovely bloggers actually used their fingers and eyeballs to show me some appreciation.

    However, If I have a post that I like and get good comments then those comments are well-deserved and I feel much better.And if it’s a post, I’m MEH about and I get a lot of comments, then I feel successful I stopped checking my stats because honestly, they take so much EFFORT

    I don’t have a schedule and I have no idea about timings BECAUSE TIME ZONES. So don’t ask.

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  16. Oh, I like this topic!

    I try not to pay a lot of attention to stats. When I first started, it really bothered me, which is unfortunate since I didn’t start blogging for an audience. I was just looking to, sort of, expel my thoughts into the ether and get them off my chest. With that said, I personally get more gratification through comments. There is a certain connection with readers who actually take the time to interact with you that views can’t really deliver. However, at the same time, knowing that your blog isn’t getting clicks and visits can be quite a downer. Mine never really did, but I wasn’t pushing for traffic either. My post times were all over the place when I was blogging regularly. Maybe that had a lot of negative impact to traffic. I’m not sure.

    Your post makes me want to experiment with it though. I like experiments. 🙂

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    • I’m glad to hear that!! 😀
      I totally understand ahah, stats can really get inside your head and it’s not always fun? Oh yes, same here, comments are super important to me and I definitely crave that connection as well! There’s just something about comments, the act of bonding, talking to someone else about a common topic that’s really a lovely feeling. Very true! There are so many layers to this topic ahah. I personally don’t look at views as often, but I can totally see how it might be disappointing to see a low number of views and clicks! Ahah posting times will always be a question for me! Mine were definitely all over the place at one point too, not sure on the impact of that either but :))

      Ahah I;m definitely thinking of experimenting with it as well. I hope yours provide some results, if you do! ❤

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  17. This is a great discussion Analee, and I agree with EVERYTHING you’ve said in it as well. 🙂 ❤ I think everyone has disappointing posts, I've had a few myself that haven't reached the stats I've expected/hoped they would, but I tend to move on to the next post pretty quickly, and when it comes down to it as long as I get people viewing my reviews/tags/etc. I'm happy.
    I tend to post at the same time every night, or around the same time. Not sure why but it's probably because it's when I get back from work and have had time to answer comments/comment on other people's blogs. 🙂 I don't do change easily so once I settle in a time to post I stick to it.
    My most popular day is Tuesday as well, but that's probably because that's when I publish my TTT posts! 😀

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    • Ahah thank you Beth!! I’m so glad I’m not alone on this topic. Yes, I do think it happens to everyone at some point! Oh yes, me too haha, there’s not really anything to do about it? Once I get onto posting something new my attention moves on ahah.
      Oh yes, I try to find a consistent time to post ahah, I usually lean towards mid afternoon because then I can reply to comments after class or work, depending. Ahh that’s good! If it works, why change it am I right? 🙂
      Ahah TTT posts are definitely quite popular!

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      • Definitely not. I feel as much as we all have different opinions on books there are some things that are universal for bloggers and this is one of them. 🙂
        For me my consistent time is in the evening. Mainly because work and commuting takes up all my day and I like to reply to comments before posting something new. 🙂
        They really are! 😀

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  18. Nice discussion! I think about this so often! It’s very interesting to find out how someone found my blog, why they decided to follow and what encouraged them to comment – this goes for particular posts too! It’s interesting to find a trend as you explained with discussion posts being the most popular.

    I never really thought about particular times to post – I usually schedule them anywhere between 10am through 11:45am, but I’m definitely going to pay a bit more attention to this in future to see which posts get more traffic quickly depending upon time of day!

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    • Thank you! ❤ (Ahahah it took me so much time to find the courage to reply to this because it's SO LATE and I kind of feel like hiding in a hole but alas) I'm glad I'm not the only one who has thought of this. Right?? Whenever someone new finds/follows my blog or comments, I'm always curious as to HOW or why they did. 😀

      Ooh I definitely have been meaning to try posting in the morning! Ahah I'll be interested in hearing what you find, for me it's been so confusing and all over the place haha. xD

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  19. I COMPLETELY had to disregard my stats in this year because they are horrendous compared to what they once used to be. It doesn’t matter if I look at visitor numbers, likes or comments, the blog is a wasteland right now and I know it all started when I was overwhelmed by work and didn’t post as regularly anymore. I know that my friends and some people still care, but it really doesn’t feel the same when the numbers don’t back it up. It was actually really dragging me down, so I try to just not look at all these days. I can’t do more than I am doing right now and even with my #CurrentlyWatching posts, which were A TON of work, it seemed like I wasn’t getting the kind of feedback I once used to get.
    I am clearly very bitter about this hahaha I am sorry I am loading this off here, but it’s just a phase I suppose.
    I know there is so much that plays into it, especially me not doing popular memes like Top 5 Wednesday and TTT anymore made the stats go down. I think the time difference also comes into play now that I am in Canada, but in general I don’t know what exactly it is that doesn’t work. Either way, I can’t go back to posting 5-6 times a week, there’s just no time for that hahahaha
    I love your posts and this one in particular, because blogging isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Thanks for the food for thought ❤ ❤

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    • AHHH KAT!! I relate to this SO MUCH, you have no idea. When I returned to blogging a few months ago after my 7-month (*hides*) hiatus, my stats…. AGH. A complete disaster compared to what they used to be because of my hiatus, and also because my present schedule makes it SO HARD for me to blog hop as regularly as I used to, which definitely affects my stats. I am SO grateful for anyone who visits my blog and the friends who comment, but it didn’t always feel the same knowing my stats were better in the past or could’ve been better now *if only* I had posted more, etc. It was a horrible mindset! Dragged me down for so long. I have a suspicion the stats played a factor in why my hiatus lasted so long too? Because I was/am putting so much effort, and work into writing posts, and so when I don’t get that feedback, it’s really disappointing? I know there’s nothing I can really do about it, and I do get over it, but the stats affected my mood, so much, and so I hardly look at my stats page anymore. I am so relieved to see someone else feel the same way, because it seems like most people are not as affected by the stats as I was? But at the same time, I’m SO SORRY you feel/felt that way, I know how much of a downer that is. ❤ ❤ And haha no worries!! This was actually so refreshing to read because I relate so much! I was so bitter about this as well, and I didn't feel like I could really talk about it then? But ahah I totally understand you. ❤ Your blog is FABULOUS though, don't you forget! 😉
      Oh yes, what type of post it is definitely plays a factor! I didn't participate in memes for such a long time, but when I did, my stats were definitely at least a bit higher haha. I know right?? It's impossible to know why a post doesn't do well, which is frustrating because all I ask is WHYYY?? And never find an answer. *sigh* Oh same! Back in… 2015? (WOW) I posted SO often, especially during the summer months, but now I have work, and I put more effort into posts which means I have zero time for posting that often haha. And it's okay! You do you. ❤
      Ahh thank you, this topic has been festering inside me (that sounds so odd, ignore that) for such a long time and I really needed to share this! xD Thank YOU for this lovely comment, I needed to hear this so much. ❤

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      • I am sad and glad at the same time that you can relate to this. I didn’t go on hiatus as long as you, but throughout the past year I kept doing mini-hiatus of sorts where I didn’t post for a week or two at a time and it has really affected the blog.
        I think all your blog posts are so original and creative! ❤ I can totally see the work you are putting into them and I would need hours and hours to do a fraction of what you are doing, because you are so thoughtful and funny with everything you put out there. I am sure the stats will go back up for you soon enough 😉 but I can also picture how different it was before the hiatus.
        Do you also sometimes feel a little bitter about people not visiting while you are gone? Because I can see such a difference in a single week, just from looking at the days a post goes up to the days where there is nothing new and it frustrates me a little bit. I don't know how some people post every day, stay up to date with their comments AND blog hop all the time. I have become absolutely terrible at interacting on other people's blogs and I feel so bad about it. Because, of course, I can't expect people to make the effort on my blog if I never return the favor. Ugh, this is all so difficult but I am so glad you could relate and that you posted all of this! ❤

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  20. Absolutely agree! Comparing ourselves to other bloggers is very toxic and won’t make us feel any better. You just do you you 😉
    Also, stats don’t matter as long as you’re enjoying yourself. Writing about a book/subject you’re not passionate about just because it attracts more bloggers is insane. Why not both?
    Sometimes it’s more a matter of luck rather than skill, to be honest… In the end, it’s just numbers! Everyone should aim to simply have fun 🙂

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    • Yes, exactly!! It can be SO toxic, agh. I learned that the hard way. 🙈 And yes!! For sure. The best thing is to stick with writing what you love. Makes for a happier experience (imo) and I think most of the readers would prefer to read something that you’re passionate about, anyway.

      Aha I know right? There are so many unpredictably factors, and sometimes you just end up lucky. 😂 Yes!! Preach ahah. Having fun is definitely my priority.

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  21. I agree with so much of this! Like, sometimes I’ll write a post that gets a load of views and other times I’ll have almost nothing. That pushes me toward certain types of posts, even if I don’t like them so much… which is just so wrong – I should write about what I enjoy! So I try not to look at stats too much 😀
    Megan @

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  22. This is a really interesting topic! I don’t look at my stats too often but it’s obvious when I have more/less comments/likes on a post that is/isn’t doing well. I had this happen to me recently with one of my posts. And it’s such a bummer that reviews don’t do as well, because they’re a standard in the book blogging community, and a lot of the time, I think people expect you to write them. And discussions, some of the most time-consuming posts, are the ones that seem to do well. Most of the time.
    I’m trying to find a good balance of posts on my blog, and this month is just getting to be hectic! Wish me luck haha. 😉 Great post!

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    • Ah yes same here! I kind of have an idea of how well a post should do so based off the likes and comments I can kind of tell which ones didn’t do as well. Oh yeah same here! I don’t write many reviews nowadays, but when I did they definitely were not great for the stats, which is so sad!! So many people write put time into writing reviews (or don’t, I guess it depends) and it’s disappointing when they don’t do well. Ahah yes discussion posts tend to be super popular! I find it super disappointing as a result if they *don’t* do well haha. Oh it is so hard to find a balance! GOOD LUCK! You got this. 😂❤ Thank you!

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  23. This post has been really helpful. I created my first ever blog yesterday and I’ve only added one post so far and looking at the stats, seeing that only one person followed me and saw my post worried me because I thought what if I never get anywhere with the blog. But after reading this post it has helped me to better understand what I should think about the stats. Thank you

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    • I’m so glad to hear that! Oh and welcome to the blogging community! 😊 Don’t worry about it ahah when we’re starting out the stats aren’t automatically high (or it wasn’t for me, anyway haha). But I’m sure you’ll get there! ❤ No problem!

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  24. This is such a great post! Everyone always talks about all the great things that blogging brings – and it really does! But it’s definitely important to acknowledge that it’s not all cookies and rainbows! And figure out how to MAKE everything into cookies and rainbows.
    Now I want cookies.
    I DIVERGE.
    I agree, I generally call a post more successful if it has more interaction as opposed to whether it has more views. And I definitely need to get better at having a set schedule and figuring out which days work best for the blog!
    Thank you for this post!!

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    • Thank you!! 🙂 Ahah yes exactly, seeing how this topic was such a common occurance throughout my blogging experience, I wanted to talk about it a bit more, especially since blogging is definitely not all cookies and rainbows! AHH I want cookies too now, Esther, what have you done?? 😀

      Yes! I’m glad you agree. I look more at the interaction over the views, for sure. Haha I know right? I’m still so clueless as to which days work best for stats.
      It was my pleasure! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. ❤

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      • ALL THE COOKIES MUAHAHAHA

        I mean, if people read the post, but don’t interact, did the post really do what you wanted it to?? SO that’s my logic 😀
        I’m giving up on the suggestions haha and just scheduling my posts for the days that work best for me!! ❤

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  25. Just wanted to say how I much I enjoyed this post! I think success or not as much success is something that a lot of people, if they are honest, are worried about. Checking views. Checking likes. Checking comments. Comments are definitely something that I base my “success” off of. But I’m really trying hard to not focus on the stats or what other people like to read and just post what I love. While I may not have as much popularity on posts….I feel true to myself

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