When a Post Doesn’t Do Very Well (Let’s Talk Bookish)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

The Prompt: Imagine you’ve spent several hours, even days, perfecting a post that you’re so excited to publish. Finally, you hit publish and eagerly await the response. But the response is not as much as you’d expected, or worse, it’s nonexistent. Has that happened to you before? How do you handle poor post results? Do you think there’s usually a cause for poor post results? (SUGGESTED BY NICOLE @ THOUGHTS STAINED WITH INK)

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Krysta and I have been blogging here at Pages Unbound for ten years now, and even though we’ve gotten to a point where I consider our traffic stats good for a book blog, unfortunately . . . this still happens all the time.

Now, my standards of what counts as a post “doing poorly” have changed a bit. A popular post on our blog might get 80-100 views the day it’s posted. An average one might get around 50. A “disappointing” one gets around 30 views. And while I know 30 is average for a lot of people or perhaps better than what many book bloggers would expect, it’s still a bit sad when I know we frequently write posts that get 100 views.

So what do I do? Well, frankly, nothing. Besides feel disappointed that no one is reading what is clearly a work of genius (I jest!) and move on with my life. Partially because I know Krysta and I are lucky to have good stats in general, and it’s just a fact that not everything we write is going to interest or resonate with people. And partially because, while I do sometimes think what posts are/are not popular is unpredictable, there are other times I know beforehand that people aren’t going to flock to a particular discussion or review. And I write it anyway because it interests me, and writing what I want to write about, regardless of whether it gets a million views, is one thing I really value about running this blog.

I think someone who is interested in running a very popular blog could come up with ideas ONLY of posts they think will either be popular with followers or rank well on search engines (though, again, sometimes some things you really think will take off flop), but I’m not too interested in doing that. This blog isn’t monetized and never will be, so I don’t see a lot of value in writing things purely because I think they’ll get views. I try to focus on writing things I want to write and shrug off the disappointment when other people apparently don’t think those things are as cool as I do. :p


13 thoughts on “When a Post Doesn’t Do Very Well (Let’s Talk Bookish)

  1. Carol says:

    I deliberately clicked out of WP reader to your site so you’d get credit for my view! 😂
    I’ve given up trying to predict which post will get views! Posts I’ve worked hard on and I think are content worthy sometimes don’t gain much traction but otter posts that I quickly threw together get an exceptional number of views! But as you pointed out, I’m happy with my stats overall so the occasional highs and lows don’t affect me greatly.


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      I’ve honestly always been confused over whether the WordPress reader counts as a view or not!

      Yes, I have no idea how people who blog for money and actively try to get views do it because my predictions of what will be popular or even what will get search engine hits are often very wrong!

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      • Carol says:

        Unfortunately, I don’t think WP Reader counts as a view unless you click visit site (but I’m not certain of this!) ….I think it’s the same as reading an email. One has to click through to your site for you to get credit for the view. That’s why I try to remember to put in the “read more” fold line….to provide that nudge for clicking through!

        Trying to predict what will get views is impossible! I notice this on FB….I post a notice of a blog book review that I’ve poured my heart into….crickets….but if I post a dumb meme of a dog I get dozens of likes!


  2. Shaharee says:

    I have another mind numbing phenomenon: I have a post that since a year is outperforming all my other posts. Even the ones I just published. Equally frustrating.


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      That happens to us, too! We’ve been blogging for ten years now, so all our “top” posts are things we published years ago because they get search engine hits, but it is at least mildly depressing to look at the stats at the end of the year and realize basically nothing I wrote THIS year was as popular!

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  3. Charvi says:

    Love your views! I just published my post for this discussion as well and yes, as long as I’m happy with the post I don’t care how it does. That’s about all that you can really do.


  4. bestofwrite says:

    This is so relatable. Sometimes the articles I write don’t get the number of views I want and that gives me self-doubt from time to time. However, I soon realised that focusing on the writing process is more important and meaningful. This way of thinking, as basic as it seems, has helped me to overcome my reluctance to write on many occasions. I can safely say that it’s the thought and effort that counts, not the accomplishments. With hard work and persistence, excellence and success will arrive. Anyways, this was a very good article and I love your blog. 🙂 Do also check out my blog sometime too!

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  5. Books Teacup and Reviews says:

    This was great post and I agree with your thought. We can’t do much than feel disappointed when we thought of topic different from usual or have given much time to it gets lower view or interaction. I find posts getting views is highly unpredictable. Posts written with unique idea or as per search engines or researches, keeping all things in mind, might not get same response. So we just write for ourselves and let it be and even better not to look at those stats.


  6. Karla says:

    It’s always disheartening when you put time and effort into something and it goes unnoticed but I have tried to see it from a different point of view, and as long as I’m proud and as you said, talk about what I want to talk about, that’s what matters! 🥰

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  7. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Yeah this happens to everyone and there’s no way to predict it! I will admit I sometimes get sad, especially if I spent a long time on something and was really excited by it, but ultimately it’s not something I’m doing for money or anything. And there really isn’t any way to predict when a post might get readers and if it’s going to hit- so it’s something we all have to make our peace with I guess 😅 I think I do better in general when I ignore most of the stats


  8. Roberta R. says:

    “This blog isn’t monetized and never will be, so I don’t see a lot of value in writing things purely because I think they’ll get views. I try to focus on writing things I want to write and shrug off the disappointment when other people apparently don’t think those things are as cool as I do. :p”
    Same. Though I always hope that one of my reviews can inspire someone to read an underrated book I liked LOL.


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