Happy Friday, everyone!
And guess what? My period of ignoring you is over! I’m back home!
My vacation in the Netherlands was absolutely wonderful: I explored so many interesting cities, finally got to see the beach again after almost four years, learned a ton about Dutch history and culture, managed to buy a birthday card in Dutch without the lady at the cash register realizing I didn’t really know much beyond “goedemorgen”, “ja”, “nee”, “alsjeblieft” and “dank je wel”, and had a hilarious Lord of the Rings movie marathon with my friend and her boyfriend. Trust me, I will never see Frodo and Sam’s relationship in the same light again… 😅
In case last week’s picture spam wasn’t enough, here are a few more 😁
Still, it’s also nice to be back home again. Sometimes, it takes going to another country to realize what you actually appreciate about your own. Like German bread 😍 Or the fact that you can just walk outside of a city and be in completely natural, uncultivated landscape. Or that you don’t constantly need to pull out your credit card and can simply pay in cash, which makes things like splitting bills so much less stressful.
So yeah, all that to say that I’m back, and I will do my best to catch up on at least some of the blogosphere news I missed out on!
And one of those things is finally thanking you for A Book Owl’s Corner hitting 400 followers a few weeks ago!! When I made this blog publicly available slightly over a year ago, I honestly didn’t think that anybody who didn’t know me in real life would read it at all. It means so much to me that you guys apparently care enough about what I have to say to keep coming back week after week to read all the endlessly long thoughts I can’t keep to myself and gush about books with me. So thank you!! Whether you’ve been here pretty much from the get-go, joined me along the way, or only just stumbled upon this blog, I’m happy to have every single one of you and always love hearing what you have to say!
Anyway, since so many of you apparently want to stick around with me, I obviously seem to know a thing or two about blogging. Basically, you could call me an expert. So, to help out those of you who might still be struggling, here are some extremely serious and very helpful tips I’ve discovered along the way that are guaranteed to make people fall in love with your blog! Trust me, they’ll never want to leave!
1. Make sure other bloggers know who you are.
If you want them to follow you, just message them something like this:
Hi, I just discovered your blog, it’s so good!! Seriously, it’s soooo good! 💕💕💕 I just followed you, so would you please follow me in return? Thanks XOXOXOXOXO
In fact, just go ahead and use this template – that will save you the time of coming up with a personalized message yourself. And to save even more time, do this without properly reading more than one of the blogger’s posts before you follow them. You can always unsubscribe later if you realize you don’t like their content after all.
2. After that initial message, never comment on a blog again.
After all, the blogosphere is big – if you want lots of engagement, you need to reach out to the masses and can’t waste time on a single person. Instead, keep repeating step one on as many blogs as possible.
3. To make sure a blogger really notices you, go ahead and like all of their posts in a row.
With so many notifications from the same person coming in at once, there’s no way a blogger won’t notice and appreciate you. Even better, they are sure to be tremendously impressed by your speed-reading skills!
For example, my average post length currently sits at 2,358 words per post. Just imagine my awe when people like about 30 of them in under a minute! If they liked a post, surely they must have read it, which means they must have reading speeds of over 70,000 words a minute! They can read a full-length novel in the blink of an eye! Isn’t that cool?
4. Like other bloggers’ posts without having read them.
While similar to the previous tip, this advice can actually be applied in a much broader context. Even if other bloggers are already aware of you and following you, it can’t hurt to let them know you still appreciate them every once in a while.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you actually have to read their posts. We all know you are a very busy person. But why should the blogger care whether you really liked their post or not? In this world, it’s all about stats. Bloggers don’t care if their words actually meant something to other people. They just want to see those numbers go up, so don’t worry about them second-guessing if that one person who always likes their post one second after they published it but never comments on anything actually likes their content.
5. If people follow you and miss some of your posts or don’t comment on them, make sure to retaliate immediately.
Don’t you dare to continue reading these treacherous people’s words! Make sure they know the only reason you came to their blog was so they would come to yours, not because you actually like what they write. Them having lots of work to do or reading selectively because they follow many different blogs is no excuse! After all, your blog should always come first.
6. If you have no clue what to post next, go ahead and take some inspiration from the blogging community.
Why use your own brain when others have already done the work for you? WordPress’s Discover tab exists for a reason. Just go on there, see what the most popular posts are, and copy these to your own blog.
However, make sure to change a few words and not to mention where you got the inspiration from. Then you can always claim you wrote the post yourself when someone accuses you of plagiarism. After all, typing Ctrl-C takes a lot of work! And then you also need to give the post your own touch! If people refuse to see how much effort went into this, it’s their problem, not yours.
7. Never use a spell-checker on your posts.
Look, gyus. Spellin is overrated anywey. Their’s know such thing as a missspelled word – writing is an expression of our crearitivity and spelling simpley reflekts that. using a spellchecker wood take up way to much time! Especially sense WordPress doesnt have it’s own one. U would have to revert to grammerly or pasting everything in two Microsoft Word. How annoying!
8. If you’re a book blogger, simple wrap-ups are the way to go.
What do I mean by this? Well, wrap-ups are actually a super easy post to write! Just copy the covers and synopses of the books you read into your post from Goodreads, and you’re all set!
After all, why should you take the time to actually tell your audience what you thought of a book when the synopsis already tells them everything they need to know? You don’t want to bias them before they read a book themselves. So don’t share your opinions – it will make your wrap-up much more professional and intriguing.
9. Don’t use images.
Here in the book blogging community, we know that true power comes from words, not pictures. We don’t need flashy attention grabbers here, especially not featured images. If your writing is good enough, your readers will willingly suffer through huge chunks of unbroken text to experience the wisdom you’re sharing with them.
10. When you make lists, make sure they include exactly ten items, because ten is a nice round number.
Who cares if the tenth item on the list is actually important or relevant? Top ten just sounds better, so simply reiterate something you already said or include some random other thing to make your list longer.
And that was it for today! If you aren’t already putting these tips to good use, what are you waiting for? Greatness lies within your grasp; all you have to do is reach for it!
Let me know down below which tip you found the most helpful, which of these you’ve already used, and what some of your own advice to new bloggers out there would be! And thanks again for 400 followers!!! 💙🦉💙