Let’s Talk Bookish: When A Post Doesn’t Do Very Well

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a little bit different. I’m participating in a discussion for Let’s Talk Bookish which is something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages. It’s just that either I never had time to fit a post in or not much to say about the topic but finally, the stars have aligned!

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.

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)

Let’s Talk Bookish: When A Post Doesn’t Do Very Well

Let’s get it out of the way. It sucks when a post doesn’t do well, especially if it’s a post you love writing or you worked hard on. I’m also going to be talking about my experiences here so this may not apply to you. Well firstly, I don’t keep constant tabs on the engagement my posts get. But I do gauge the success of my posts by the frequency of comments I get.

As soon as I realise that a post isn’t doing well I check whether I promoted it properly. Most of my promotion comes from me promoting my content on Twitter and through discord groups so I give it additional shout-outs there. Often people are busy or maybe you post gets lost in their Twitter feed so it really helps to do that.

But then there are times nothing works.

It’s just not happening. The post isn’t doing well and it’s time to face it.

In that case I try and remember to boost it through my other posts in future. For example, if a book review I wrote didn’t do very well and I’m mentioning it in another post in future, I’ll link it. That’s about the most you can do really.

After that you have to deal with your emotions. I always ask myself if I enjoyed writing the post. I read it and ask myself if I’m happy with it. Usually the answer is yes (only because I don’t post things that don’t make me happy). In that case, sure it hurts me that the post didn’t perform well but I’m still proud of myself. I still feel happy when I read it and I want that content to stay there on my blog. In the end, you’re writing for yourself and you’ve got to be happy and proud of yourself and your content, even if doesn’t get the kind of engagement you were expecting.

Another example would be my wrap-up posts nad posts in my University Journals series. I don’t mind if they gets zero comments, really. These kinds of posts are more for me, as a sort of journal where I keep track of my life and the content I consume.

Then there’s the off-chance that I may think to myself, this isn’t the kind of content I want out there. Maybe I don’t like the formatting or the way I’ve written it or just something is missing. In that case I may take it down and work more on it. If I’m still not satisfied then I’ll simply trash it. I may even choose to publish it knowing that it’s not my best work but then I won’t expect people to love it. Not all my posts that I’ve written are good. Im not proud of all of them. But I’ve come to the point that I don’t mind posting content that is just nice instead of amazing and absolutely flawless. ‘Nice’ is still an achievement, it’s better than nothing. Not everything that you produce can be fantastic and it’s something I’ve come to terms with.

These are the kinds of posts that may not do well and I’ll be fine with it. I won’t say that they are filler posts but like I said, if I find them just nice, my audience will probably have similar feelings, hence lower engagement on such posts compared to my other posts.

I mean those are all the possible responses I have and usually I’m too busy with life to even look at my statistics. Bless my academics for that, otherwise I would be obsessing over mys stats all day long, lol.

So those were my thoughts on the topic. What do you do when your posts don’t do very well?

What is your definition of a post doing well? For me it’s more comments rather than views

Do you think you can get too caught up in a post doing well rather than writing about what you love?

8 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: When A Post Doesn’t Do Very Well

  1. When i’m in my more depressed state, I get contemplating if this is all worth it and wether or not I should just dissapear and all that 😬. but in the end I do love writing, and all the little tasks that blogging give me (though it does feel overwhelming at times..)

    I have this wierd thing happening where- sometimes the posts I work hard on it works less good than the one i’ve anxiously doubt about not being enough … which get an increasingly amount of comments and stuff. I don’t quite understand 🤭

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  2. I’m a bit obsessed with stats (in general, not just on the blog) so I always notice when a post doesn’t do well, or even worse, when a week goes by with very low engagement. The thing that I try to remind myself of is that months have passed by where I didn’t have the time and/or energy to engage or comment on any blogs, and that didn’t have anything to do with the quality of people’s posts. So I imagine that something similar is going on in other people’s lives. Maybe it’s midterms, bad mental health, a bust work week, whatever, that keeps my post from doing well.
    I think it just makes me sad though, because part of why I blog is for the discussion and for the interaction with others. So it makes me upset when I don’t get that kind of interaction. I do try to engage more with others and link and promote my posts when they don’t do well, but at the end of the day sometimes posts just don’t do well! I guess that’s just something you have to accept when you decide to run a blog!

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    • Ah, yes that’s a great point of view to look at it from. I know I’m terrible at blog hopping around my exams 🙈

      Oh my god, so true. Like the engagement and overall discussion on any bookish content on instagram and other social media is so less and unsatisfactory. Talking about things in the comments section is definitely one of my favorite things about blogging 😊

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  3. This is such an interesting topic and it’s also very important to address.
    I started my blog just to keep track of my reading. I did no promotion and yet, somehow, people started liking my posts and reading them. From there, I started to actively engage with other bloggers and work on promoting my posts. I loved it when I was at my peak and receiving comments and likes on my posts.

    But then I needed to go on a hiatus and when I returned, I found myself struggling to get the same level of interaction with others. Even now, I struggle to get likes, retweets, or comments on my posts.

    At the end of the day, I just remind myself that my goal with blogging is to have fun and share my thoughts on the books I read. As difficult as it can be at times, I need to stop worrying about the engagement and just enjoy myself. I also have to acknowledge that I have limited free time and am doing the best I can with the resources that I have.

    Great post! It’s really made me think a lot!

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    • Oh wow, that’s so interesting! I never knew that your blog started out that way.
      Ah yes, sometimes long hiatuses unfortunately mean less engagement on your return, although I’m not quite sure why.
      Yes! I hope you don’t forget that, even on days when it’s easy to worry about stats and engagement. I’m so glad that this post made you think ❤

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