We have had our fair share of success at Pages Unbound. This is our seventh year of blogging and, somehow, we have managed to grow our audience and make connections with tons of fabulous readers and bloggers. Still, not everything goes as expected when you’re running a book blog. This post is to celebrate all those times we (meaning, mostly I, Krysta) thought we had wonderful ideas–only to realize that no one else understood how wonderful they were! So, next time your post seems to flop, remember that we have all experienced that same sense of confused disappointment!
For awhile, we thought it would be fun to post updates on upcoming books, TV shows, and films. We even announced fun news like the time a new stink bug was named after a Tolkien character. We did this sporadically for awhile and then every week. But almost no one read or commented on these posts, so after three months of weekly updates, we stopped. And no one ever complained.
In July 2015, we set up a Wizarding School Adventure where participants could go school shopping, get Sorted, attend classes, and more. It got a fair amount of comments, but I was expecting massive views. Since we didn’t get them, I scrapped the next adventure I had been setting up. It would have been weeks of planning for little interaction.
We have hosted three read-alongs here, including one for L. M. Montgomery, one for C. S. Lewis, and one for Tolkien (along with Stephanie at Chasm of Books). We were lucky if three people participated. I guess bloggers have so much to do, a read-along can sometimes seem like additional stress!
There are tons of L. M. Montgomery fans in the book blogosphere, so every time I write a Montgomery review, I gear myself up for some joyful fangirling. However, I have come to realize that Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea get all the fangirling. My favorite girl Pat? Not so much, unfortunately. However, if you’re looking to expand beyond Anne, we have recommendations based on your Hogwarts House!
I started experimenting in 2017 with more visuals, so I created a few flow charts to recommend books to readers. The Tolkien one was pretty popular and so was the L. M. Montgomery one. However, the Halloween flow chart was pretty much the opposite of popular and the C. S. Lewis flow chart only got three commenters. I’m still trying to figure out if the less popular ones are failing because of the author/theme or because they’re not intricate enough.
I thought a post about how to obtain free books legally would be massively popular. To my surprise, it hardly got any clicks! I mused that perhaps people aren’t familiar with Project Gutenberg and so won’t read a post about it. Maybe it sounds boring if you aren’t aware that there are free books involved. At any rate, this is just another example of how something I thought would be a guaranteed success instead silently disappeared.