Some of Our Most Successful Posts

Previously I posted about “6 Blogging ‘Failures’ at Pages Unbound” and a commenter asked why I did not post some of our successes.  Maybe posting about how great we are here felt a little too egotistical.  However, who am I to deny the public what they want?  So here it is, by request: a few of our successes over the past seven years.

Posts that Generate Traffic

Blogging Advice

It’s no secret that blogging advice generates a lot of traffic–that’s why you see so many book bloggers turn into blogging advice bloggers.  Some of our most-trafficked posts include “A Complete Guide to Starting a Book Blog,” “Trends I Think We’ll See in Book Blogging in 2018,” and “52 Discussion Post Prompts for Your Blog in 2018.”  None of this is surprising.  After all, people want to be cutting-edge on their blog and they are looking for discussion post ideas since it’s well-known that discussion posts generate more traffic than views.  However, my personal favorite here is Briana’s “Complete Guide” because I like that it has everything in one place and does not make new bloggers scour our blog for relevant posts in a piecemeal fashion.

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Spoilers)” and Nerve by Jeanne Ryan” are two of our most popular book reviews.  I assume the first one generates interest because it has spoilers and people want to know what others thought about the book in-depth.  The second one seems to be popular through luck; Briana had written one of the few reviews for the book when the movie was released.

“The Dilemma of Delphini Diggory (A Criticism of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)”

We have done several book discussion posts over the years, but most do not  seem to generate traffic.  Two years later, however, Delphini is still going strong.  I like to imagine that people who don’t like her character at least begin to see why she might have been included in the play, after they read my post.

Writing Rambles: Tips for Writing Historical Dialogue

I guess a lot of aspiring writers want to know how to write convincing historical dialogue.  Awkward historical dialogue is one of my pet peeves (along with people who say Shakespeare wrote “Old English”) so I wish these writers success.

Some Personal Favorites

Because success means you enjoy what you do.

Classic Remarks

I think that discussing books with people is one of the most fun parts of blogging, so I loved that our bi-weekly feature invited other bloggers to discuss books with us.  People are still answering the questions and linking back to us, even though we don’t run this meme anymore.

“How Can Book Bloggers Promote Literacy?”

Promoting literacy is really important to me, so I loved seeing the discussions this post generated and all the ideas others have for promoting literacy.

“How to Obtain a Library Card When You Can’t Leave Your Home”

I see a lot of people say they can’t access their library.  So I thought it was cool to be able to offer a partial list of libraries where you can obtain cards online and then use them to check out e-books–often without ever having to leave your home!  (Though policies across libraries do vary. Some ask  you to show up in person to verify your e-card.)

“Six Easy Ways to Support Your Library”

I’m a fan of libraries and would hate to see any close or reduce services because tax dollars are withdrawn.  I think it’s important to remember that supporting libraries doesn’t have to be burdensome but can be as easy as placing items on the in-house cart to be counted for statistics.


33 thoughts on “Some of Our Most Successful Posts

  1. Mattie @ Living Mattie says:

    I loved the post about supporting your library. My local library has honestly been such a special place to me growing up!


  2. Elley says:

    Thanks for posting this, because now I need to go check out all of the posts you linked here, haha! 🙂 I especially appreciate that you shared some of your own personal favorites, because you’re so right – it’s important that we enjoy what we do! 🙂


        • Krysta says:

          Perhaps they are overwhelmed by the advice to comment prolifically for traffic? It’s difficult to form and maintain relationships when you’re all over. I can always tell those types of bloggers didn’t even read the post they commented on and they certainly never come back to see my answer to their comments.


          • Grab the Lapels says:

            Yes. I can think of one blogger in particular who shot to “fame” really fast because he had great content, but he was also commenting on a LOT of blogs faithfully. Then, one day, he disappeared from the internet. No more blog, Twitter, etc. I’m very careful about cultivating certain relationships I have, checking out new ones, and being willing to say “goodbye” to those I don’t feel enrich me.


            • Krysta says:

              Yeah, that sort of thing seems to lead to blogger burnout. I think it’s better to start out slow and see what you can really commit to, lest you disappear one day because you feel swamped by everything you “have” to do!

              I also think people are wrongly comparing themselves. A lot of bloggers who are the most active don’t have jobs or kids or whatever. It’s obviously going to be difficult to dedicate as much time to blogging if you have a full-time job and a family than if you don’t!


  3. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    This post makes me so happy! I remember your “Blogging Failures” post and I considered at that time how much I wish I had heard your successes. Turns out I should have just asked! I don’t feel like we celebrate our victories enough. Anywhere in the world.

    I’m glad you included your own favorite posts. What about your favorite posts made them that way? Is there a theme you can connect through them all?

    Looks like I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me… 😉


    • Krysta says:

      I think you are the one who suggested this post, actually! It was someone in the comments!

      Um…I think my favorite posts are my favorite because…I really like talking about libraries and equal access? 😉 I think that even avid library users sometimes don’t know about all the cool resources available and I wish everyone could take advantage!

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Holy buckets. That *was* me! Hahaha. I’m so cool. 😉

        Yes! I’m so glad to hear that. Only recently I’ve started to learn about what the library systems offer which I don’t know exist or take advantage of. I wish the library systems had better marketing staff or something. For example, I didn’t realize I could ask a librarian to help me find a book until recently. Where is “Making the Most of Your Library 101”?


        • Krysta says:

          You ARE cool! 😀

          My library marketing person is part time, I believe because there’s no funding available to make full-time employees. But I always think that if you were going to invest in a full-time job, you’d want to make it the marketing job! It would, in theory, recover the investment!

          Strangely, I see most people at the library just walk up to the desk and ask for books. I didn’t realize for years that most people seem not to know how to use the library. Which I get to an extent because some of the collection divisions are weird. But I used to think everyone knew you looked under the author last name in fiction, for example. But it seems like people don’t do this. But I’m not sure how one would go about teaching people how to use the library. I don’t think offering a class would get a high turnout….

          But, yeah, I have definitely asked the librarians for books that are listed as on the shelf but mysteriously not on the shelf. They can look in back and other places the general public can’t go, so that’s been useful for me.

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          • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

            I agree that teaching courses would not get a high turn out. I work in corporate education, so I have some thoughts on it– but it would require an investment from the libraries which I don’t think they have. People need just-in-time learning options. Something they can access as they approach a shelf or a computer which will guide them towards resources and solutions. In a perfect world, there would be soundless videos which would use text and images to help people understand what the library offers and how to take advantage of it. Probably with a touchpad built in to many different surfaces.

            I imagine it would be similar to the text-based computers we used to have in the libraries (I’m dating myself now…) which would force the user to select from a certain list of options.

            Anywho. Without knowing what the true resources available are, it’s hard for me to really extrapolate more. But so many options!


            • Krysta says:

              That sounds amazing, but I also flashed to all the times I’ve seen people blithely ignore library signs. I feel like it would primarily benefit people who actively WANTED to benefit from it. And that might not be enough people for the library to invest in such systems. My library is somewhat broke, sadly. Maybe larger libraries could do it, though. They seem to get more grants and stuff.


  4. La La in the Library says:

    I always thought that my Sunday wrap-up posts were my biggest view getters because I was doing a link-up. The host of the link-up I was participating in, who doesn’t use Blogger, was trying to tell someone that Blogger doesn’t have analyticals and that you can’t get a drop down menu widget on Blogger. When I commented that Blogger does indeed have both of those she was not very nice in her reply, basically calling me stupid. So, I decided to not link with her feature any longer. I was worried that my hits were going to drastically fall, but they ended up going up some. I don’t get as many comments as I used to, but I think thats because I am not hopping as many Sunday posts. I am still surprised that my wrap-up posts are the most popular. I loved seeing what draws in your biggest audience. Thanks for sharing it!


    • Krysta says:

      I think our wrap-up posts are pretty popular, too, now that you mention it, though I don’t do them often (Briana does more), But, strangely, I can see that even though they are popular, very few people click on any of the links!

      That’s quite sad she wasn’t nice about your help! I would have thought that your information would be useful for her and her readers!


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