Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fiction Friction (#10): On Gaining a Larger Audience (Blogging)

These posts are meant to bring about some conversation, discussion, and perhaps even a debate. These discussion posts can occur at varying days of the week, mostly depending upon what's scheduled on the blog and what I feel like discussing.

I mentioned something along the lines of "how do I get more readers to look at my blog?" the other day on Twitter, and I started talking to Natalie @ Novel Reads about this dilemma. 

I know that I'm still a fairly new-ish blogger, and with my URL move and all, it's even more confusing for some people. But I do think I've been trying a lot harder, both for myself and for my audience. I know I don't have to post every day, and the main reason that's been able to happen is that I had a bunch of old reviews that I wanted to circulate out after my URL switch. I try to have original content and make my reviews interesting or insightful to read. I try to sort of promote my blog via Twitter. 

I mean, yes, I still blog for myself. I don't necessarily think about my stats and my page views or anything like that, but as much as many of us hate to admit it, it is important sometimes. Plus, I like knowing that people do read what I put out there. I want to blog because I want to talk about books and TV shows and music and movies. That's part of the reason why I LOVE comments. I want to talk to you guys! (And extra shout out to Cait @ Notebook Sisters for constantly commenting on my posts.)

So what I want to know is, how do you think is the best way to increase readership and reach a larger audience? Is there any way other than time and chance/luck? What makes you follow or read a blog's content? And just for me to know, why do you/do you not come back to Fly to Fiction and read my posts/reviews?


  1. EEEEEE. My name. x) *blushes* Thanks for the shout out. I love your blog because I think you're a super nice person and I like talking to you!! (On twitter too!) I love how you don't JUST post reviews...so the discussions are probably my favourite, and also when you do random posts and just...it all, basically. x) How specific am I, right?!

    I really sucked at blog audiences until late last year...and then I kind of learnt a secret. Be friendly. It's kind of hard for me because I get REALLY nervous around people! The kind of "omg, am I saying something dumb?" Now I just say the dumb stuff and talk to lots of bloggers and go on lots of blogs aaaaand...I know so many awesome bloggers I JUST CAN'T EVEN. YOU ARE ALL WONDERFUL.

    1. hehe No problem! :) Awww, thank you so much! So glad you like the discussion posts. I've kinda burned out on new ideas, but hopefully I'll have more up soon. And yay for random posts! :P Hahaha, no worries! Thank you so much *hugs* And I love Notebook Sisters. You (both) always make me laugh :D

      Ooo, I'm the same (as in being nervous around people not blog audience). I try to talk to as many bloggers/people as I can, but many of them just talk to me on Twitter and don't stop by often. Hopefully it'll change a bit! :)


  2. I agree with Cait and just to get to know the people in the community :-) I don't have a huge audience but I love my blogger friends and the folks that visit my blog. I try to respond to comments and visit their blogs though I usually fail at these things. I think also being yourself and putting your heart in your reviews and posts helps. Of course, unique content always helps. I tend to visit blogs where I have a similar taste in books, they are a close bloggy friend, or they have interesting discussion posts or an unique feature.

    1. I love my blogger friends too! I try to talk to as many as I can, even if I get nervous often. I always like to respond to comments when I can since I get so few of them, and I'm trying to be better about commenting on other people's blogs, but when I barely even have time to post on my own, it's tough.

      Ohh, awesome. Thanks for the advice! :)

  3. Gaining a readership has been something that I've struggled with even after two years of book blogging. Like at the end of the day, I'm still blogging because I enjoy it but it's also really nice to see that people actually read your blog and appreciate your content. And being totally honest here: sometimes, I wonder how some people who have been blogging less than I have were able to so quickly pick up readers. It's not wondering in a mean way like they're so much worse than I am but I'm just genuinely curious (and maybe a tad envious), what makes people come to your blog and stay? I feel like I've been blogging for a pretty substantial amount of time but this is still something that I am so clueless about. But I try not to think too much when blogging about will this get me more readers because I don't think that's a super healthy way to go. I like to just do my own thing, have fun and if great things happen, then they'll happen but if they don't, that's okay too because I love blogging and I'll keep doing it because I love it!

    1. Right, exactly!

      Me too :/

      Yeah! That's definitely the best way to go :)


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