My traffic on a holiday is always low, people are busy – well celebrating the holiday. They aren’t on my blog, they are eating turkey or waiting for Santa. But, you don’t want your readers to think that you are a total slacker – you want to post something right?
Here are some quick ideas on what to post on the holidays.
Post an image
Just put up a Happy Holidays image, or Enjoy Your Turkey! There are tons of free eCards on the internet with holiday wishes. Post a funny one, or a serious one. Simple.
Simply wish your readers well this holiday season. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just a warm wishes type of post.
Post a quick recipe of what you will be eating that day, those can be easy to post especially if it is what you are making and have the recipe handy.
Holiday Reading List
What are you reading on your day off? Share with some well wishes.
A short story about the current holiday, it doesn’t have to be a novel, just a few paragraphs that reveals a bit about you.
Share a Book
Have a favorite book that is based around the holiday that is being celebrated? Share the book in a quick – “this is a great book to read.”
A day in the life of you the blogger, what are you doing today? Take tons of pictures, add a playlist, link to specific restaurants or stores you go to.
Ask A Question
Prompt your readers to chime in, this could backfire though if there is no one reading your blog.
Schedule a Guest Post or Interview
Line up a Guest Post of Interview for that day. Spin it as a Holiday Celebration of Them.
Good luck! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy your family and have some good eats!
Dishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.
The Ten Things I’m Sorta Thankful For in Blogging
1. Book Tour Blogs
Thank you…Book Tour Blogs, I am thankful for you because you post NOTHING but blog tours, with copy given to you by the tour hosts. You make my shit look so much better and original.
2. No Comment Posts
Thank you…Posts without any comments. I am thankful for these little black-holes of depression because without them I would not be inspired to get off my ass and write something better.
3. Grumpy “Second Notice” Authors
Thank you…Authors that email me repeatedly checking in on their review requests. Your constant persistence and desperate cry for help reminds me that I was smart in deleting your review request in the beginning, because no one wants to review a desperate author. No one.
4. Mémoire Author
Thank you…Mémoire author who thinks that I should read their book and review it on my site, because it’s “not like those other mémoires, this one has a ghost in it” so I just might like it. Your nagging has inspired me to keep on top of my review policy and constantly keep it fresh.
5. Content Stealers
Thank you…Bitches who steal my ideas and then play like they came up with it themselves. Your lack of crediting and disrespect have urged me to come up with an even better idea and MAKE IT AWESOME so everyone knows it is mine.
6. Crazy Authors & Publishers
Thank you…Crazy Authors & Publishers, your bizarre actions give me a reason to write an op-ed about your lunacy and flex my journalistic abilities, or lack-there-of, without your ridiculously inappropriate behavior our little niche would be a boring place full of book lovers who just talk books. Thanks for bringing the reality show environment to the book blogging world, maybe one day a book blogger can be on tv pulling an author’s hair while both are dressed in bikinis and sipping moonshine.
7. WordPress Hackers
Thank you…Wordpress hackers and bots and other asinine malicious trespassers! Your constant barrage and attacks on my site have led me to be a better programmer, forced to keep you out. If I would I could meet you in person I would also have the opportunity to try out that palm strike I learned in Han Mu Do I’ve been so desperate to use.
8. Author’s Who Tweet “Buy My Book”
Thank you…Authors who tweet me the link to their book on Amazon with a “buy my book please” even though they don’t follow me or have ever engaged with me before. I love to click that BLOCK & REPORT button on twitter, it’s like my secret little desire come to light. Click. Ah. Ooh. Done. It makes my day. Thank you!
9. Newsletters I Never Signed up For
Thank you…Blog Tour companies and Authors that send me their newsletter even though I’ve NEVER heard of them before, another secret desire comes to light as I scroll down to the bottom of the email and click UNSUBSCRIBE and then get to use the dropdown menu that says “this email is spam and should be reported.”
10. Save Me Bloggers
Thank you…Bloggers that email me to “save them” or “show them” or “teach them” or “promote them” because they are new and dumb and want ARCs or blog readers or just want to become internet famous. Bloggers like you make me realize how hard I worked to get my blog off the ground and I never asked or expected anyone to give me a boost. Your desperation and lack of common consideration makes me appreciate the good bloggers around me that worked just as hard along with my own endeavors that got me where I am today. Thank you, because of your expectations of a hand-out, I appreciate the hard work of others much more.
And thank you Jimmy Fallon – sorry I stole your idea.
And on that note…to all my hard working bloggers, readers and authors, keep kicking ass! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! If you are not from the US and this isn’t your – Eat-Tons-of-Turkey-And-Other-Crap-Day, I’m thankful for you too – and I’ll eat some extra mac & cheese in your honor.
Have a Functioning Mobile Site
W3schools.com, the leader in all things HTML and internet related, states that about 4% of users browse your site using their mobile phone. Studies also say that this number is even higher on blog sites. What does this say to you? Make-sure your site is mobile friendly! Your site should be is easy to navigate on a mobile device and it should definitely load quickly.
- In Blogger: Activate your Mobile theme (under template in your settings)
- In WordPress: Install a mobile plugin like WPTouch or the best if you use a standard theme, is to just active your Jetpack Mobile Theme
They key to having people read your blog post is to actually get them to your blog post. You can’t complain about people not reading your book review, if you can’t even get the people to see your book review. What’s the trick? There really isn’t a trick – but here are a few suggestions to help them move a little closer to your words.
- Include searchable keywords in your post. If you want people to find your blog if they search contemporary romance, make sure you use that term within your post.
- Cross promote your posts, put related links at the bottom of your posts, or direct link them within your content.
- Include an eye-catching headline for your post.
- Work on your network, join blogging communities and forums that will cross-promote your posts.
- Guest blog or contribute on bigger sites than your own, establish yourself as a great content producer with entertainment value and the page views will follow.
- Set-up a blog roll, advertising swap or cross-promotion group.
- Include your post title or main keyword as the ALT tag on your main image. (Explanation at bottom of post)
- Comment on other sites.
- Respond to comments on your own site.
- Regularly comment on leading blog sites and industry professionals, authors, publishing sites and news sites.
- Share your posts on social networks.
- Submit your post to StumbleUpon.
- Include all parties involved in your tweet, publishers and authors. But only if it is positive.
Interested in an Advertising Swap?
Parajunkee’s View can set up an advertising swap and cross promotional group if anyone is interested. Match bloggers that will make a commitment to cross-promote. We can figure this out together.
ALT tags are the alternative text version of your image. Always include an ALT tag on your image for SEO purposes and users that are not able to “view” your web page in the usual manner.
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Confession: No on reads my book reviews. Okay, a few people read my book reviews, but nothing compared to the readership and interactions I get on — say this type of post.
And really, this is how all this got started, right? Book reviews. Book Blog. Book stuff! Books. Books. Books. I’m a book blogger. I should review books. They send me books so I can review them on my blog. Will THEY hate me when they read this and find out that no one gives a shit about my book reviews? I hope not.
Looks over shoulder guiltily.
Honestly though, I recommend more books via a quick tweet of “this book was awesome” than I do with a well thought-out and titillating review. Because no one wants to read a review, unless it has some entertainment value and three paragraphs on the reasons “this book was awesome” <– that is not entertainment. Three paragraphs on why THIS BOOK SUCKED, well that has more entertainment value – hence the reasons my negative reviews are on a 3:1 page view ratio with my positive reviews. What do I have to do? Am I not entertaining?
All the experts (whoever they hell they are) say the reason no one reads certain post is — you are not offering valuable information — what? I’m telling you the book rocks, is that not valuable? Is my thoughtful digestion of the book not awesome? WHY!? WHY!?
That is my denial phase. Which usually leads to my bitter phase and then my despondent phase.
Should I just give up? Should I sell out? Negative reviews get more attention, should I just read really CRAPPY books and post about them!? What would they think of me? Or better yet, I can start reviewing vitamin supplements (I get a TON of request to review those for some reason) – that would get their attention!
No, really, to be serious here – I have really thought about just saying “screw it” and posting whatever the hell I feel like it, which doesn’t include book reviews. Because, frankly — this just sucks:
…and it makes me want to react like this, to blogging in general:
But, I don’t, cause I’m a professional and I really do like blogging and my other posts get a lot of attention. Just not my book reviews. Maybe that says something about my tastes in books. Or maybe my book review style. Or maybe just my readership.
Are you having similar issues? Please say I’m not the only one!
Controversial post topics to draw them in, but might kill you a little bit inside as you write them
…a Naughty Girl’s Guide to Blogging
You’re An Idiot If You Do This
You know of a popular fad that is making the rounds of your social media crowd? Does it make you want to vomit a little bit, each time you see someone do this? Post about it, make sure to use sentences like “only dumb people would do this” and “past-times of the poor and ignorant” that should keep them coming in. You might get some negative feedback from the poor and ignorant, but secretly everyone will be agreeing with you.
Do Something Naughty
Look, here I am grabbing THREE of these hot ARCs at BEA! Three bitches! Glare in horror and jealousy as I flaunt them on my blog, telling you sweetly that I shall give one to a giveaway winner and the other one to my bestie best blog bestie that shall remain nameless because I haven’t figured out who my bestie is as of yet. It might be you, but probably not.
Take a Tip From a Fashion Blogger
No, don’t steal their content! But, take some tips from one! Those girls sure know how to get pageviews and one of those things they like to do – post pictures of themselves…and sometimes they are like, well they don’t wear a lot of “fashion.” Turn “book porn” into book porn! Hot librarians are the rage, show off what you are really doing in the library’s erotica section… (do they have erotica sections in libraries?? If not, why?!)
Public Service Announcement with a Bite!
Nothing gets our motor revving than a good anti-something-or-other piece. Shoot for a really good one, where people can commiserate and put themselves within your embattled shoes. A post where they can take pity on you, moan with you regarding the injustice served and then get motivated to screw that person, place, thing or business over with grand vigor and divine (or undivine depending on your religious background) and righteous indignation. Make sure that your headline is really good too…for example:
Parajunkee Screwed Me Over! How the book blog forced me to read the Fever series and now my world view is completely skewed!
Disagree With A Popular Belief
“I just don’t like children” will definitely get you some attention, (especially if you have children) probably not very positive attention, but hey, page views are page views.
True Confessions of a Narcissistic Blogger
You don’t have to be narcissistic per-se, but admit it, most of us bloggers have a touch of narcissism, why else would we blog and post and re-post and display proudly our 500 twitter followers? Pride? Same thing. So, confess it. Admit it. Let it all hang out…
Overall, you shouldn’t be afraid to post about controversial topics. My only suggestion, if you go this route, make sure you are passionate about the topic. Your readers will know if you are just “faking it” because it will come across in your writing.
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