Which way do I go?

So, I’ve been tossing around ideas and such over the last couple weeks regarding this blog.

I honestly don’t like that I post so much, because I worry that its scaring people away. At the same time, I read so  much that to get anyone’s review posted within a decent amount of time, sometimes I need to do 2 posts or more a day. That might cut down a bit now that I’m sleeping, but….. lol.

I could cut down on the weekly memes (and I am going to do away with my Wednesday This Week in Books, I think), but I’ve been told before that you need to have non-book-review content to help drive traffic to your site.

On the other hand, I’ve only been open since the end of August, and I’m at 350 followers, which given what I’ve seen from other bloggers seems to be doing pretty well, so I must be doing something right. …..but my page views are a little lower than I thought they’d be, given the amount of followers that I have. So maybe I’m doing something wrong?

Right now my schedule is as such (posts at 830 a, 630 p generally):

Monday: 1 book review, 1 movie review.

Tuesday: TTT, and generally 2 short story reviews.

Wednesday: Top 5 or This Week in Books and 1 review

Thursday: 1 book review, 1 random or reblog

Friday: 1 book review, 1 discussion or guest post

Saturday: Kids Corner – 2-3 kid’s book reviews, 1 sort of fun kid-related post.

Sundays: My day for stuff that I find cute or funny as well as the EMDR posts.

So what do you guys think? Any tips or suggestions?

Would I do better, maybe, if I sprang for self-hosting? I feel like I’m carving out my own little niche, especially since I openly support and promote indie authors, but its bugging me that I seem to have hit a wall I can’t get past.

I would also love to network and do guest-posts and features and such with other blogs.

 

 

23 thoughts on “Which way do I go?

  1. I am not overwhelmed by your multiple posts. I like your reviews and I don’t even read sci fi fantasty. LOL. Ok well rarely.
    I think you’ve done so much better than me that I couldn’t even begin to offer you advice. But I think other people have made some position suggestions. I have only one thing for you from the other side of the fence. You might approach some indie writers who like a blurb for their marketing materials. You can hit a whole new category of folks that way.

    1. Aww, thanks 🙂 Hmm, that blurb thing is a good idea. The only problem I run into… *coughmumblecough* is I’m shy as all heck. The idea of approaching someone gives me the cold sweats. …..wish I was joking.

      But maybe I just need to get over that!

      1. Don’t approach them in person. dear god, no. LOL. Search for people with amwriting tags and see where they are at. If they have a book coming out, use the contact me button to suggest you’d do an early review, post to work with their release date and would they like a blurb for marketing. You can do it all from behind your screen.

        1. LMAO – no I didn’t even think about approaching them in person. Just even the idea of contacting them via the contact me button gets me nervous. Put it this way, I’ve only ever “cold-requested” one book from a publisher, and that was because they had a huge “REVIEWERS WELCOME!” on their page. LOL.

          But yes, I do need to get braver.

          1. New authors LOVE to hear from reviewers who want to read their shit and give them a blurb and a review. Trust me on this. It’s a flipping dream come true. Ok a small dream, far after the one where a big publishing house offers you ten mil advance on your book, but a dream none the less.

  2. I think 2 posts are day is perfectly fine! I do one every day and take Saturdays off. But more than 2 is a little much, I think.

    That’s just my personal take, on it, though! Because the more content you have, the more visitors you’ll get, theoretically. Not every person is going to read every single one of your posts, so having a variety is great! For example, I’m a pretty regular visitor of your blog, but I don’t get around all your posts, so for now I think your volume is just right. :]

  3. You leave out one critical piece of information . . . no, make that two. The lesser one is which posts draw the most views. The greater one is what your goals are for the blog.

    You’ve been told you need non-review content to bring in readers. Does they actually bring in more people? Are they worth the trouble?

    And what do you want to do with the blog? Be the best-known indie reviewer? Who’s you’re competition and what do they do? Why should I read you rather than them? How do I find out about you? (Well, I know how *I* found out about you, but that’s not the same thing.)

    1. The meme posts being in more views all at once. The book reviews perform better over time.

      My goals are to 1.) Introduce more people to books they might not normally read, 2.) Make a little money to help pay Miss Ls medical bills 3.) Be part of a community.

      Why should people read me over whomever my competition is? Because, especially for other females, I’m one of the few female bloggers that focus on specifically male dominated genres like horror and hard sci fi.

      As for how you find out about me.. uhm.. that I don’t know. I guess my promoting indie authors works 2 ways, because that’s probably where you are most likely to hear my name?

      Hmm.

      1. Interesting. Presumably people like to read fresh memes, while they look for book reviews when considering a book?

        So I guess the question becomes one of trying to find the community of readers/writers and inserting yourself into it, by fair means (preferably not foul ones, no matter what Shakespeare says). There much sci-fi/fantasy/horror action on Goodreads? Does io9 do many book reviews?

        Here’s a thought. Can you articulate a viewpoint or perspective that informs your reviews? I ask this because anyone I can think of who’s best known as a critic has had a few informative axes to grind.

        Now, so far as I’ve read your reviews, I can think of one obvious ax you use: the sex/romance in many books is unnecessary for plot or character development and harms the pacing and mood of the story. Push that harder. What DOES drive plot and character development? What are the role of these things in genres where the appeal so often appears to be anything but? Put another way, how does one talk about future tech, alternative realities, and stories loaded with dread and gore, and still tell a meaningful story? And where does simply joy in reading come into this?

        I’m rambling a bit, because I want to throw out a number of suggestions, knowing at best one or two might suit you. And, yeah, I’m grinding my own axes!

          1. OK, but keep in mind I’m not a success at blogging by the goals you’ve set, so this isn’t the advice of someone who’s made it in your terms, just someone who’s thought about it.

            I started Sillyverse, which you’ve visited, as a way of writing and circulating some fiction. So which posts get the most attention? All the ones that don’t involve my fiction! The most popular post, that still gets hits long after I’ve posted it? A review:
            http://sillyverse.com/2014/02/18/review-flowers-galdrabok-icelandic-book-of-magic/

            Now over on my other blog, sillyhistory, which I don’t know if you’ve visited, I get visitors to many of the posts there, simply because they have enduring value. The most popular one there? Take a look:
            http://sillyhistory.com/2015/01/24/the-women-pirates-of-the-caribbean-anne-bonny-and-mary-read/
            People just can’t leave women pirates alone, especially women blog readers!

            So there’s a hint of a strategy there: luring people in with links to what they do know, in order to expose them to what they don’t know. When you think about it, that’s how many book reviews of the blurb variety work. “Oh, it’s just like Stephen King’s Mumblescratch!” “I think it has a superior take on the scientific research of ghosts that people loved so much in Hell House.” “Here’s my list of five indie books that take a them from the classic novel 1601 and do it one better.” The web seems to love lists. Awards, too, though maybe wait until you’ve a year’s worth of reviews to do that. (Eh, maybe at the rate you review, you COULD manage semi-annual awards. 🙂

            End ramble for the day. I have to go off to see a friend defend her dissertation. Thanks for putting up with my suggestions and thoughts.

            1. I like the way you approach things. Its a different viewpoint that makes me sit back and think or think harder about certain things. Again, good points!

              Good luck to your friend!

  4. You type as fast as you read…I’m jealous! Here I thought you were just good at managing time or a time traveler–whichever was more plausible.

    1. lmao! Well, the reading and managing family time works rather well when you consider that every single one of us is an unabashed bookworm. I’m the worst of the lot – with an e-reader, a reading app on my computer at work during downtimes, and a reading app on my phone – but all of us have our noses in books frequently.

      My typing speed is around 75+ WPM on an average day. I read 2-3 pages per minute when I’m not engrossed in what I’m reading. More when the story has me in its grip.

  5. I don’t know if others are doing this, but unless I want to leave a reply, I just read your updates in my inbox, without actually visiting your site. That could explain the reason for the low number of visitors you are seeing.

  6. I have nothing intelligent to suggest — but I’m in awe of your ability to read so much AND write reviews AND blog several times a day AND be a parent.

    You say you have 350 followers, yet a notation in the margin as I write this says “You are following this blog, along with 1,769 other amazing people.” ???

    Page hits improve over time if you keep plugging away. FWIW, on my blog, after 28 months my page views are up 792% over my 7 month stats. May I suggest you’re doing pretty darned well?

    1. I don’t understand how the stats work. I just know my WordPress followers says 350. I guess email followers might be different? But if so, page views should still be up yet I’m only hitting around 100 a day in average.

      I don’t actually blog several times a day. I generally spend about 15 min at night working up a post or two, schedule them, and go on. I type and think as fast as I read, lol.

      Thanks for the support!

    2. Oh, yeah, my best friend, bless her, says I’m a ‘fiddler’. I keep poking at things, always seeking ways to improve, never happy with the status quo. I can’t help it! I get twitchy! LOL

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