What You Like v.s. What Others Prefer

September 2, 2014 Discussion 65

I think a large majority of us have all struggled with this problem. Torn being doing what you want to do with your blog versus doing what you know will bring in more followers/commenters/pageviews or however you measure blog success.  Everyone tells you to do whatever makes you happy because it’s your blog. But what if what you enjoy is something you know others will not? Where do you draw the line?

For example, Bec and I both love anime and manga. Readers in Wonderland is a YA book blog that focuses on such books, so the majority of our audience are YA book readers, not manga readers and anime watchers. We love talking about these things and enjoy making posts about them-but those posts have 80% less traffic. Knowing that these posts do not bring in traffic, do we stop posting them? It’s kind of a difficult scenario because even though everyone can say “Do what you enjoy” and we know that, you can’t stop from thinking about your readers. You inevitably end up weighing the two against each other and it’s hard to just say

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Another example, when Ashley’s post about whether an image slider was worth having went up and the results came in that less than 20% of people really liked image sliders, I took mine down. I did like having a slider because it added some more visual appeal, I didn’t want to have it if most people preferred it not being there. I haven’t had one since.

After all, aren’t we seeing businesses and such catering to society’s wants and preferences everywhere we look? Granted, they are running said business mostly to make money so it is pretty different. However, I think that model stays in my head a little more than I want to admit: do things people like = be more successful. And who doesn’t like seeing their visitors increase?

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Have you ever done something that catered to what the majority wants instead of what you want?

When faced with this situation, are you more likely to go with want you want or what others prefer?

Is there a balance where everyone can be happy?

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65 Responses to “What You Like v.s. What Others Prefer”

  1. Rashika

    This post is so on point, Alise! I mean everyone says to do what you love but sometimes it’s hard to do that when you think of the affect it would have on things like visitors. I mean we all like it when our blogs get traffic right? I do think it depends on individuals though because some people are at that point where they can cater to themselves instead of what their readers want and not care if it affects their stats and things of the sort but it’s hard to get to that point!

    I do think that in such a case, I’d definitely cater to my readers. I also believe that there is a way to reach a balance because there are a lot of bloggers out there that read manga and watch anime so if you were to do something that involves the two, there would still be people out there who would want to listen to what you have to say! Making it a monthly/weekly feature would also create a balance between what you want and what your readers want.. RIGHT?

    Fantastic discussion post, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Exactly! That’s actually a really great point, I know quite a few examples of that situation but yeah, getting there… phew. I think each case is so unique it’s really hard to predict how certain things will be received by your audience.

      Haha, right. I also think I cater to my readers with some sprinklings of what direction I want to go in / what I enjoy. Everyone has different interests so you make a good point about new people possibly joining in if they see a topic they like.

      Thank you! :D

  2. Ashley

    I love this post! You have some really great points. I think a lot of it depends on the situation. For example:

    If I were in your shoes I probably wouldn’t post about the manga. It’s great that you love manga, but just because you don’t post about it on your blog doesn’t mean you can’t read it. But if I were you and saw 80% less traffic, I’d kind of think, “What’s the point of posting?” Yes I love posting about my interests, but I also love being able to CONNECT with people over the same interests. If no one else likes manga who reads my blog, then no one’s going to comment, so then what’s the point of putting it out there in the first place? Or, as Rashika said, you could do them less frequently and maybe combine them into one big post only once a month or something.

    A huge part of blogging isn’t necessarily about getting a ton of page views, but about finding people to interact with. The more people you interact with, the more page views you get, but ultimately it’s the INTERACTION that we like. If you get 50,000 page views per day but only 2 comments, will you feel great about your blog? Maybe not, because you can’t SEE those viewers. But if you get 500 page views per day and 30 comments, that’s pretty awesome! That’s 30 people who love your content enough to want to talk about it.

    So I do think it’s natural for us to want to please people and pull more people in. I think the closest I can relate to this situation is in my recent post about redesigning your blog too often. Going through a ton of redesigns can be bad for your blog as a “brand”. But what if you REALLY REALLY REALLY want to redesign it like 3-4 times per year? Do you do what YOU want to do, or what marketing says you SHOULD do?

    It’s a tough call!

    Great post—it really got me thinking. :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you so much!

      Yeah, that’s pretty much exactly what I’m thinking. Sort of like posting about cars here, in such a niche blog with a specific audience it’s hard to get the response that you might have been looking for.

      That’s a really good point, I never thought about it like that, the two being in relation to each other. Yeah! I think I would always prefer the latter.

      I’ll definitely be checking out that post as I was just thinking about messing around with some things myself. Yep, I know that feeling completely-want versus should.

      It really is!

      Thank you :)

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I think there needs to be a balance between doing what your followers want and doing what feels good to you :) If you know a lot of people are annoyed by sliders in your sidebar, you have to think for yourself; it is essential to you to have them? If you don’t need them THAT badly, it’s better to think about your followers.

    If you really enjoy posting about certain topics, but you don’t get a lot of traffic on those, you should do the same. If it truly makes you happy to post it, you should do it :) Perhaps you should change it a little or post it less frequent then you wish to make everyone happy.

    Etc. It’s a bit about thinking what’s best for everyone and coming up with ideas to make it work for you and your followers.
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    • Alise

      That’s also a very good point! Taking importance into account instead of just what you prefer. I never thought of it that way, now I don’t miss sliders as much :P

      Yeah! I think for me it’s just wanting to discuss those certain topics which makes me think I could talk about them in other places designated for that particular topic if I really wanted to talk about it. My love of hedgehogs probably wouldn’t fit here either ;D

  4. Boyanna

    this is something i pondered upon recently. I strongly believe in expressing your opinion unfiltered, but its also sad when there is no feedback because it fells like screaming in a void – no one can hear you. So i suggest a balance between the two, or delivering it in a way that the non readers (lets say of manga) can connect to the content (witch is not an easy tusk!)
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    • Alise

      That’s also what my opinion is on the matter but yeah, it seems like a waste if no one else sees it or wants to discuss it. So true! I do like that idea, though. Trying to make something a little off topic become a little more audience friendly and easier to relate to on a larger scale.

  5. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Okay, I wrote a longer comment but my wifi died and it disappeared. T_T I’ll try to remember all the things I mentioned.

    I think, generally, it all matters on how you sell yourself/your post/your blog. For example, when I go through my feeds and see a post about a topic I have no interest in (ex. a TV series or movie), I would check out the post title and maybe read a few lines from the post, and if those grab me, then I’ll read the whole thing.

    If you find an interesting, fun and fresh way to introduce new interests to your readers, then I think it’s perfectly fine since you’ll get to share your interests and get traffic to your blog! Well, that’s my opinion, at least. ^_^

    Awesome post, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Awww :(

      You’re 100% right, I’ve done that very same thing so many times just because a little bit of it interested me or the title was interesting or the blogger always makes funny posts.

      That’s a really great idea, one I’ll for sure keep in mind :D

      Thank you!

  6. Tanya Patrice

    To look at it in another way though – although your blog is not known for something (like anime and manga to use your example), that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t get a bigger audience as time goes by. I find that if I enjoy posting something, I will continue with it, despite there being no audience for it YET. Hopefully, the audience will come as we post more and more about that subject. I have let some things go that bring in a lot of traffic simply because I didn’t enjoy it.

    • Alise

      Very true! That’s really great advice, because that’s exactly what we all did with the blogs we have now, it all has to start somewhere.

  7. Lola

    Great post! When I first started my blog I was very much concerned about number, followers and comments. I still love it when people visit my blog and leave a comment, but I let that obsession with numbers go. It is hard to choose to post about things that you know won’t get any trafic, but such a post can still make you happy.
    For example I review Fate Core roleplaying books, now I know that most of those who visit my blog aren’t interested in fate or in roleplaying. But I like to write a review of those books and if I already have written those reviews, why not post them on my blog as well. And even if no one reads it, I am still happy to have read that book and reviewed it.

    I have read quite some manga and watched anime in the past, now not so much anymore, but I still like to read posts about it. I would love to read your posts about the subject. Or maybe it’s an idea to make a seperate blog for those kind of post or maybe find a new audience for those posts?

    I think it would be best to go with what makes you happy and I agree with the statement that it’s your blog and you should do with it what makes you happy. But as my blog is relative small that’s easier to say, because a day with a post most people won’t care about still feels better then a day without a post. And I have to agree that sometimes I like writing posts knowing that people like to read that kind of thing, it’s nice to get lots of comments and views on a post.
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    • Alise

      Oh, definitely! The numbers thing can really get you down if you let it. I think it all depends on where you want your blog to go and what your goals are. “I am still happy to have read that book and reviewed it.” This! Sometimes I’ll review some manga for nostalgic purposes, to keep it alive just a bit longer and so I can look back on it sometime.

      Thanks! I kind of fiddled around with the thought of another blog but considering I can’t really even keep this one up as well as I want another would be near impossible, aha. I think for now I might keep the anime and manga topics to a more general level and try to see how many people are interested. Yeah, it’s just really hard to weigh something like that.

  8. Tanja

    I’m really sad you stopped posting about mangas. I mean I don’t know the second thing about them but Jeann and Meg often post about them and I really like reading their posts. But yeah I understand your reasons, but frankly I don’t think about it. I mean it’s not hard for me, as I usually read YA so there is not much else to post about. But it’s true and your post is really to the point!
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    • Bec

      *casually juts in to reply to comment*

      I haven’t stopped posting about anime and manga! I just haven’t had time to watch/read any recently (at least not entire series) so I haven’t had anything to review. Hoping to change that a little bit once uni is over for the year :)

  9. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    This is such a great post, Alise! I totally get where you’re coming from.

    Sometimes it’s even hard to say that you WANT to do what’s going to make your readers happy vs. everything exactly the way you want it. I feel like a lot of bloggers make such a big deal out of “blogging for YOU,” but I honestly think that sometimes it’s kind of bullshit. It’s not selfish or “wrong” to want your readers to be happy and to pick up more followers! I mean, deep down, don’t we all sort of want to be that awesome super-famous book blogger with more followers than anybody else? I think that we’re lying to ourselves if we say that there’s not at least a small part of us that is hoping to achieve that someday.

    I’m not sure if I’d want the responsibility attached with that level of book blogging…but, sure, I’ll admit that I totally want more followers! I want to make my readers happy, even if that means not always running my blog like I want it. There has to be some kind of compromise between the blogger and the reader. Like I really love my Historical Fiction Spotlight posts — they’re easily the most fun to put together because I’m a huge historical fiction fan — but there aren’t a lot of YA book bloggers who are also into HF, so those are always the posts that I get the least amount of views on. But, so what? If I want to do one of the posts each month and it makes me happy? Than I’m going to do it. But I’m not going to turn my blog into a 100% historical fiction book blog…that’s just not going to happen.

    Anyway, sorry for babbling, I just really love this topic and I’m so happy that you wrote about it! Awesome post :D
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    • Alise

      Thank you!

      ” I feel like a lot of bloggers make such a big deal out of “blogging for YOU,” but I honestly think that sometimes it’s kind of bullshit.” *nods* It’s just so easy to *say* that but not actually do it or mean like. Like telling someone they should just quit smoking but it’s definitely not that easy for them to do it. (That was a terrible comparison now that I think about it xD Ah well, sounded like it made sense in my head) oh, for sure. I’m definitely in agreement with you there!

      I really love historical fiction, I’ll have to check those out :P I never thought of that though, you’re right-it’s bigger in the adult world. “If I want to do one of the posts each month and it makes me happy? Than I’m going to do it. But I’m not going to turn my blog into a 100% historical fiction book blog…that’s just not going to happen.” Yesssss.

      No worries, thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts :DD

  10. Angie

    I get what you are saying.. but I still do what I want. I post video game reviews and comic reviews and those get the least views/comments. I don’t read enough to fill a week’s worth of posts with book reviews anyways so this adds some substance to my blog. I am not really interested in manga so no .. I wouldn’t read those posts. You post about video games??? I am there. I think that perhaps someone who is interested might stumble upon it and look forward to that post every week. Maybe not.. but if I stop blogging about what interests me then blogging gets boring.
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    • Alise

      I actually really enjoy your video game posts :P Yeah, I know what you mean. Although I think if it’s something a little out there and not relating to book blogs I might check it out just because I’m curious and maybe want to know a little about the topic. I can see what you mean though because if someone posted about classic cars I probably wouldn’t click on it at all.

    • Alise

      Thank you! That’s a great idea, I can’t believe I never really thought of that. It’s actually the more unique posts and topics that get my clicks. Definitely with you on emulation.

  11. ShootingStarsMag

    Great topic. I think it’s good to have a balance if you’re goal for your blog is engage readers. Most people want readers and viewers, and if you’re posting things that nobody really wants to read, then what do you do? Well, if you like it and find it worthwhile, then post it, and someone will also enjoy it. But don’t forget to listen to what your readers most like about your blog and include that too.
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah it’s really important to take both into consideration and weight the importance of each to you, personally. As well as take into account where you want your blog to go-if you want to be a huge blogger then you’ll probably find yourself making more sacrifices and catering to your audience.

  12. Andreea

    Love this post. These posts are the reason I love your blog so much.

    I understand what you said, but I just post what I want, to be honest. Of course it would be great to have more followers and comments and I could probably think of posts that would draw more followers, but I just don’t want to. I want to post what I want to post because it’s my blog and I decide what posts I publish. Some posts get less comments than others and it does bother me, I won’t lie, because after all, I have a blog because I want people to read it, otherwise, the whole blogging would be in vain. BUT I understand that people have different interests and thus, there will always be readers who will be interested in a certain topic more than in another. So I will continue posting the things I want, hoping that one or two people will like my posts :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you so much :D I’m so happy to hear that!

      That’s exactly what I was thinking-if you don’t want all that then do what you like and love every second of it. Depends on the blog and what the person wants to achieve with it, I suppose. I know what you mean! I really like the idea of remembering how people have different interests and not to take it so personally when a post didn’t get as much attention as you wanted it to. Definitely keep doing what you love, it’s working! I really enjoying reading your posts too :)

  13. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Fantastic post Alise! This is something I’ve often wondered myself, especially after a so called offensive post from an indie author who said that bloggers are only concerned about what would get them the most page views. I think as bloggers, we are constantly thinking about our readers but also balancing what WE want to put on our blogs. I know what you mean about the anime posts and how much you like it and stuff, because I post my Sailor Moon recaps on my blog and I know a few people like them but it doesn’t get very much views at all.

    For us to be analysing the stats and seeing what is more successful and whatnot is just an element of trying to constantly improve our blogs but I think overall, it is our blog, which is an extension of OUR personality and over time, page views become less important. I mean I know if I kept on doing what brought in the most views while neglecting things I want to do on my blog, that it would get tiresome quickly you know?
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    • Alise

      Thank you! I think I remember that post… or something really similar. Or maybe it’s just a (terrible) general stereotype. I love your Sailor Moon recaps xD But yeah, I definitely understand the point. If we were just concerned with getting readers I think a blog’s content would be almost frightening, and definitely not unique. A blog is a reflection of the writer, just like you said. Yes! Not only that but it would become so boring and not enjoyable at all.

  14. Finley Jayne

    I’ve been blogging since the beginning of the year and starting out I had grand ideas of becoming one of those super awesome blogs that have thousands of followers, and are a known name in the blogging world. I followed several bloggers who were at this point and I tried to mimic them. However, what I discovered is that while they’re doing a great job at what they do, they’re not me. We’re in different phases in our lives (these bloggers don’t have small children at home and I have three) etc.

    So I’ve stepped back and reevaluated how I’ve been blogging. I no longer look at numbers (I have absolutely no idea how many hits my blog gets now and no clue what posts get viewed more). I’ve made some changes this summer and when I get back from my short hiatus I’ll be making more.

    I’m now blogging how I want to and I’m very happy with this :)
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    • Alise

      Oh, same. I think everyone goes through that stage. I know I used to strive for that as well. Yeah, everyone’s case is different. Some people have hours to dedicate to this hobby and others can barely afford a few minutes a day. Everyone situation is really unique.

      I noticed some of your changes, looks like they are going well for you! I think it’s really great to do whatever you are happy with and whatever works well.

  15. Ren

    Sometimes I feel the need to cater to the majority in certain situations.

    For example, I thought about doing a Top Ten Tuesday recently, but the characters I wanted to talk about are from little known books so then I thought ‘Why don’t I just answer the prompt with popular characters? That way I’ll be able to have a proper discussion with people as more people will be likely to comment if they know who I’m talking about.’ But it was frustrating to think like that because then I would feel boring because everyone will choose similar characters and then I couldn’t see the point in posting about it at all.

    Trying to guess what people want pushes me into a spiral of doom.

    I think at the moment I prefer doing what I want to do rather than think about ‘what’s popular’ because if I think about things the other way around I get stuck in a rut and end up doing nothing at all.
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    • Alise

      That’s a perfect example! Almost kind of sad how that works, huh? I’ve done the same when people ask me what my favorite book is. Frustrating for sure! “I couldn’t see the point in posting about it at all. ” Yep, this is exactly what I struggle with too.

      It’s definitely a challenge, and you can’t please everyone, it’s impossible.

      That’s usually how I end up in a rut of a blogging slump too, because if you aren’t mixing in something you enjoy blogging just becomes tedious.

  16. Nara

    I feel like, if you love what you’re writing about- go for it. Honestly, even if one or two people comment on your post, you’re still getting some engagement. You’re still entertaining those people! :)

    I suppose it really depends on how much you care about pageviews and comments and things- if you want more engagement, then writing what other people like to read makes sense. On the other hand, if you just want to write whatever you like, then it might have to come at the cost of not having as many people commenting.

    Personally, I go the path of posting whatever the heck I want haha :P
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    • Alise

      True, there’s definitely still some interaction there, if not as much. Exactly! It comes down to a personal preference almost, what you want to get out of blogging. Aha, not a bad way to go about things :)

  17. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I tend to agree with Mel and Boyanna: I think a balance between what you like and what others like should make up your blog posts. I think if the blog had manga/anime posts, it might lead to those types of readers seeking out your blog. Especially if you set out seeking out other manga/anime-friendly blogs and interact with them…then the posts you do on the blog would likely get more traffic. I enjoy manga/anime but I’m not nearly as familiar with all the good ones so those posts would help me discover new ones :D I definitely understand how the drop in traffic would be disheartening though, I think we all have modified our content in some way to increase traffic and give our followers what they like, the key is to stay true to yourself while doing it.

    Excellent discussion post ^^, definitely an interesting topic!
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    • Alise

      Yeah! Because if you blog for everyone else where does the actual writer really come in? It’s almost like everyone wearing the same clothes, you lose your uniqueness. Especially with so many blogs out there it is pretty beneficial to be somewhat unique even if it’s at the cost of some page views or whatever. Yay :D Good to know you’d be interested! Definitely!

      Thank you :D

  18. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    Great post Alise!

    I tend to try to keep it balanced and make everyone happy (if possible, but not everyone’s going to be 100% happy if you know what I mean). I mean trying something new might reach out to others and maybe prior readers would enjoy it as well. But like Micheline said, the key is to stay true to yourself while doing it. ^_^
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Yep, I know exactly what you mean, I made a similar point in another reply. You really can’t please or bow down to everyone. Some people might not like a blog background and never come back even if they like your posts, there is so much open to personal preference. For sure :3

  19. Romi Foster

    This is a pretty hard topic, isn’t it? One I think you wrote about really well, Alise, but certainly a difficult one to navigate.
    I guess I would want to keep doing the posts that I really enjoyed, for the fact that I enjoyed them, but also keep posting the other things that readers liked- I would want to go for some middle ground, I suppose, but it is so important not so start disliking the things you wrote about, so I would never cut out something I loved because it got less views or what not.

    Fantastic post! I really love these discussions you bring about!
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    • Alise

      It really is! Thank you! Yeah, that’s what my overall opinion is on the matter too. “but it is so important not so start disliking the things you wrote about, so I would never cut out something I loved because it got less views or what not.” This sums it up perfectly.

      Thank you so much!

  20. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Well this is some honest post. To be honest as well, something I feel the pressure to like a book if my last 2 weren’t great. I feel like my readers will get tired of seeing negative reviews for me and that’s some pressure because I don’t want that to happen but sometimes it’s innevitable. Most of the time, I pick a book of a author I know so there are more chances I enjoy it and try to read it between ARC (which gets stressful as well because I do have a schedule for those but if that’s what I have to do to get more readers and comments then alright, I’ll do it! LOL
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    • Alise

      That’s something I never thought of but really should have! I think I’ve had multiple negative reviews in a row by chance and never gave it much thought. Now I’m wondering if people don’t like that, aha. Great point to bring up!

  21. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Oh yes yes yes this is a very difficult question and one I toss around a fair bit. I used to LOVE having quotable days, where my post was just a quote and everyone quoted in the comments. But come now. That appeals to such a minority of people and is kind of a filler. They went. I took a poll once about what kind of posts people liked and it came back with book reviews being the lowest…so I let book reviews by my least posted about thing (which is difficult sometimes because I read too much!).

    But when it comes to design or style of the actual blog? I usually do what I want. I’m the one who’s on the actual blog the most after all. ;)
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    • Alise

      I think it’s really funny because that IS the general consensus – people like reading reviews less but everyone writes reviews. We are book blogs after all, some could argue that’s the point of them. It’s like a double standard. (which gives me an idea for another post, haha) “I’m the one who’s on the actual blog the most after all. ;)” BAHA! LOVE this, I definitely need this as a plaque or something because you are so right. Others may not tire of a design but that’s because they don’t have to look at it constantly xD

  22. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    I have a hard time organizing my thoughts about this post because I am also like you, Alise! I am torn between what I want and what my readers like. When I first started blogging, all I want to do is to review books that were already published in the market but I’ve noticed that ARC reviews get more page views especially if they’re really popular. This is perhaps one of the reasons why I strive hard to up my stats to get more popular ARCs. But while ARCs are enjoyable, I still want to go back to my normal reading life. But I am really afraid to do that because I might lose some readers.

    And then, I also want to make posts about environment and games but most of my readers are more interested in books than games and environment. So until now, I am still divided whether to just continue with what I am doing right now or follow my heart.

    I am sorry, I can’t really give you a good advice about this one. I’m also in a dilemma. ;D Lovely discussion, Alise!
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    • Alise

      It’s such a strange system, isn’t it? Especially the process you mentioned about getting ARCs because so much goes into it. You try to please people and sometimes it goes right against what you want and it’s just hard to find that balance. What an amazing point about ARCs and stats I hadn’t thought of, though! Guess we are both conflicted then xD No worries :P Thank you!

  23. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    Fantastic post! I definitely understand what you’re getting at here. I think that the notion “it’s your blog” is perfect. However, if you do want people to actually read your blog and want to post things that you know a lot of people will not read/enjoy, I think the best thing to do is just not post them as often.
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    • Alise

      Thank you! It really can be summed up in that sentence, because blogs are a reflection of the writer, after all. Yeah, that’s what I am beginning to come to terms with.

  24. Laura Plus Books

    This is definitely a really tough question. I feel like there is some kind of balance but it’s hard to find. I’ve definitely done a lot of things based on what other people want but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing what you want as well. If it’s something that doesn’t affect you like taking down an image slider, than I say, definitely do what the audience wants. But when it comes to writing some kind of post (anime, mange etc.) that you really love doing and don’t want to NOT do, then I say go for it! I understand if you don’t want your traffic to go down and so there’s nothing wrong with posting them a little less. :D
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    • Alise

      Such a good point about the difference between the two! Love the comparison you made. While I might prefer a slider I definitely don’t need or really get any enjoyment out of having one. Thanks for the advice :)

  25. Lucy @EBookObsessed

    When I started my blog, I kept trying to write the perfect quotable review. I’ve came to realize that I wasted so much time trying to be fabulous and was rarely ever being quoted. So now I write my thoughts on a book and if I am not the most quoted blogger, so what? It’s never worth it to do something for someone else. I have to be happy with it.
    Lucy @EBookObsessed recently posted…Celebrate Our Third Anniversary!

    • Alise

      That definitely rings a bell with me too, I was quoted once on Amazon and I was like asdfghjkl! And also worked towards that goal. But, also like you, that kind of thing doesn’t really matte as much to me anymore.

  26. Savindi

    I really love this post because it’s something that I’ve struggled with sometimes too. However personally I’ve always thought about it in a way where “I blog for myself.” I appreciate all my readers because there are a few who have followed me over the past two years and have left comments on new things that I’ve tried, so I appreciate that, however at the same time if you don’t try something out you never know if it’ll be a hit or not right? I personally would love to read posts about anime and manga because they’re some truly AMAZING stories in those genres and I think writing about them may expose people to something that they never thought about? I know personally when it came down to watching Cowboy Bebop (An AMAZING anime if you haven’t watched it) my brother and his friend nagged me till I sat down and watched it. By the end I was like “ahsahflaflahfkafha this is AMAZING.” Who knows, maybe people need a nudge to try out something. But I think it’s been said many times you should do what you want, yes your readers are important undoubtedly, but I think you owe it to yourself to publish what you want content wise. You can’t satisfy everyone all the time, but if a post makes you really happy and proud then that’s what matters :). I hope that made sense! Even if you don’t publish anything anime or manga related I’d still love to talk to you about those!!
    Savindi recently posted…Future of The Streetlight Reader

    • Alise

      Whenever I’m down or discouraged I always remember that as well “I blog for myself” because it’s so true. That’s a really great point, if you don’t experiment you’ll never know if something works better than what you are currently doing, exactly! I haven’t watched that one yet but I’ve only heard great things about it! I think that too, a nudge was how I found a lot of my obsessions. You did :) Thank you!

  27. Trish @ Between My Lines

    It’s a hard one isn’t it. In an ideal world what we want and what our readers would be one and the same thing! I do think though that when you really enjoy something you should post about it, no matter how low the numbers. You never know you might inspire someone else to try manga and when you are passionate about it, that would be such a feel good feeling.
    I think experimenting and not being afraid to try something is always worth the risk. In time it might get more popular and if not, at least you always have the posts for yourself anyway.

    • Alise

      Wow, I never thought of that. I know I’ve been inspired by things like that so you make a great point-that would indeed be a pretty good feeling if that happened. Very true! You never know what works until you try!

  28. Anya

    I took down my image slider at the exact same time! I did get some responses thanking me though because it was making it hard for them to load my blog, so I don’t want that! I get this problem a lot with deciding between reviews and discussions and what kind of book reviews get more views than others. Just because adult and middle grade reviews bring in fewer readers though, doesn’t mean I stop reading those books since I like them so much *shrugs* I try to just not pay too much attention to quantifying anything on the blog and just respond to whatever comments I do get because I want to discuss these things that I enjoy with whoever wants to talk to me, hehe. That could be why my blog hasn’t grown as fast as others, but oh well I guess.
    Anya recently posted…The Martian by Andy Weir {4 Stars}

    • Alise

      Really? That’s interesting… I’ll have to keep that in mind if I ever feel the need for a slider again :P Ah, yes, that’s another great example. You’re still a book blog and you enjoy those books so I think it’s good that you are keeping those. Yeah! I don’t know, it’s not always a good thing to sacrifice what you want just for the numbers. Thanks for stopping by :D

  29. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I have a regular feature that no one reads. No one. I don’t care though, because I like it. I stopped doing it for awhile because it’s time-consuming but I started it up again last month. I’m doing it every other week instead of every week, which gives me more time to put it together (but I’m doing it the day before anyway, ha!), and also allows me to alternate it with a middle grade review. It would be kind of pointless (to me, but maybe not to someone else) to have an entire blog that no one cared to read, but it doesn’t bother me to if I have post once a week or every other week that doesn’t get any hits.
    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA recently posted…Weekly Rewind : September 7-13

    • Alise

      Aw :( But yeah, as long as you enjoy it I would definitely keep doing it. Who knows, maybe an audience will build after awhile that will love that feature you do! Yeah, I think so too.

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