In early July, I wrote a post titled Top Ten Hyped Books I Haven’t Read (Yet) as part of The Broke and the Bookish’s weekly Top Ten Tuesday link-up. And WOW THAT POST RECEIVED A LOT OF COMMENTS.
I mean, not hundreds, obviously, because my blog isn’t THAT popular, but you peoples left fifteen comments! This rarely happens to me! Also, l I just didn’t get very many comments in July in general.
Every so often I write a post and you wonderful readers SHOWER YOUR LOVE UPON IT, and it’s always weird to see which posts will be the most popular. Often, the posts I want to be popular – the posts I spend forever thinking about and then writing – aren’t the most popular!
Do I think there are Reasons that some of my posts are more popular than others? WHY YES I DO.
HERE ARE MY THEORIES ABOUT WHICH FACTORS MAKE SOME OF MY POSTS POPULAR.
I never seem to get as many views on my long posts as I do on my short ones. And I can’t blame people for not reading (or commenting on) my long posts… because I totally skim other people’s long posts too! I’m always like AHHHH OMG SO MANY WORDS I’M GONNA READ SOMETHING SHORTER INSTEAD.
I have a very hard time reconciling my indifference to other people’s long posts with my love of writing long posts on my blog. I think sometimes there are topics that just can’t be discussed in a few words! I like to write down ALL OF MY THOUGHTS.
Lists are easy to read and comprehend! Also, they’re just plain fun. Luckily, I LOVE writing lists, so it’s not at all difficult to write more posts in list format! Lists help me organize my thoughts! I’m particularly fond of top ten lists because they’re just long enough to be interesting, but not so long that it takes me forever to write them. (Or forever for people to read them…)
3. Writing style
I’ve been blogging for almost five years (my blogiversary is October tenth!) and I’ve noticed that over the years, my writing style has changed. It was very, um, IMMATURE when I started. (Hey, cut me some slack – I was fourteen. And overfond of exclamation points too, apparently.)
Then I went through a period when I was SUPER FORMAL. I wrote suuuuuper long posts and didn’t use slang, like, EVER. At that point in my life, I would never have written a post with intermittent CAPS LOCK and the word “like,” like, in the manner that I just used it.
Now I’m much more informal. Naturally, I change my writing style if I feel that the topic of a particular post needs to be treated seriously, but most of the time I don’t worry about being informal! I think it’s friendlier and more fun.
Confession time: I made a conscious decision to change my writing style from formal to informal. I actually base it off of how Cait @ Paper Fury writes! I LOVE her writing style. It feels like I’m having a conversation with her.
(Also, “writing style” is definitely related to “length” and “lists.” I didn’t write many list posts a few years ago, and all my posts were long… some of them were probably longer than they needed to be. Oh, well.)
Posts about BOOKS almost always receive the most views – whether the post is a list, review, character analysis thingy, et cetera. This makes sense because I follow a lot of book bloggers and they follow me back! People are more likely to comment on a post they can relate to!
After bookish thingies, my next most popular subjects are probably LGBTQ+ issues, photography, and movie/TV stuff.
Maybe this sounds silly, but posts without images never receive as many views/comments… at least not on Musings From Neville’s Navel! And I know why: Posts with pictures are eye-catching! Posts without visual interest are, um, a little dull. AND YET SOMETIMES I CAN’T FIND ANY PICTURES THAT I WANT TO USE IN A CERTAIN POST.
Obviously, interacting with my readers and asking what THEY think results in an uptick in comments! I love it when other bloggers ask me for my opinion at the end of each posts – it makes it easier to leave a comment when I’ve been prompted to answer a particular question!
…if you read my list of ten hyped books I haven’t read yet, you’ll recall that it included ALL OF THESE THINGIES. It was a short, informal list about BOOKS, complete with tons of book covers! I asked for your opinion at the end of it, too. I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule that something will AUTOMATICALLY make a post become popular, but I think there are some general thingies that may influence the popularity of a post.
SO. I’m pretty sure that if I want to increase the number of views, comments, and followers that I have, then I need to publish more posts that include at least one of the factors listed above. But how easy will this be?!
- Length: Meh. This can be so HAAAARD, peoples! One of the reasons I’m fond of Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes is that she writes a lot of thinky posts. I love thinky posts! But it’s very, very hard to prevent my thinky posts from becoming super long. (Also, dude. You changed your theme and I soooo didn’t expect that! Whoa. What even. But I love it.)
- Lists: Pfffft. EASY.
- Writing style: Pretty easy, since I adapt my style according to the subject of my post.
- Subject: Hmmmm. A bit difficult. My posts about, say, homeschooling or music don’t necessarily get a lot of views. BUT I LOVE POSTING ABOUT THOSE TOPICS.
- Pictures: Easy? Most of the time?
- Questions: Fairly easy, unless I’m trying to be fancy and Super Serious by ending my post with something declarative.
WELL, THEN. This post was so much fun to write because it made me think about what I could to do improve my blog! Now I just need to remember to look at this post every so often in order to remind myself of my Blogging Goals!
What do YOU think? Did I list any of the same factors that you believe help to make a post become popular? Is there anything you’d add or delete from my list? WHAT MAKES YOUR POPULAR POSTS BECOME THAT WAY?!