The Struggle of Creating Good Content

Have you ever asked for blogging advice? You probably have. I know I did when I just started out, because there’s so many experienced bloggers out there that know how this ‘new thing you’re just trying ‘out works. And one thing I’ve heard countless of times: good content. Good, interesting, and engaging content is THE key to make your blog thrive. Which is true. Nothing is more true than that, but it’s also one of the most vague answers ever. There are SO MANY book blogs out there, how on earth can you set yourself apart from literally hundreds of other bloggers trying to do the same. What post can you write that will set you apart from all these other posts that are being posted daily?

Review posts generally are the posts that are least frequently visitied (at least on my blog)

Writing reviews is easy. I don’t mean to be condescending at all, but honestly, once you’ve been blogging for a while, writing a review becomes the easiest way to create blog posts. You do what you love (read a book) and then continue to write about it. But, what I think we can all agree on is that reviews are also the posts that are the least frequently visited and commented upon. Frustrating isn’t it? Obviously the reviews are a big part of a book blog. That’s what we do, but it’s not the kind of good content that will help your blog thrive. A blog with just reviews just isn’t that interesting to read.

Memes are a great way to generate good content and get some traffic going

Another option is memes that I think we all enjoy: Waiting on Wednesday, Stacking the Shelves, or Top Ten Tuesday. These memes are a great way to get some traffic going, as people participating in the meme often take the time to visit other blogs and comment. I used to participate as well, I used to do  Top Ten Tuesday a lot. Which I highly recommend if you love making lists. Plus, and I loved this most about TTT, it’s a GREAT way to stay up to date on what’s releasing soon and finding exciting new titles to put on your TBR list. So why did I stop? Well, I found that it got a bit repetitive to be honest. I realized I wasn’t really enjoying the process of writing these posts anymore and that I was only really doing them for the traffic it generated. I made some new friends through this meme and found some of my favorite blogs to follow, but I wasn’t participating for the right reasons anymore. So I quit, but for those of you looking to generate good content and get some traffic going along the way I would highly recommend finding a meme you’ll enjoy and participate in those!

When I think about good content I think of discussion posts

Then there’s discussion posts, and I think we can all agree that discussion posts usually do fairly well. I think this mostly has to do with the fact that these posts are engaging, you touch upon a problem, something you struggle with, or something you have a strong opinion about and it invites people to chime in and give some advice or their opinion on the subject. When I think about good content, discussion posts are the first thing that I think off. Unfortunately, creating good discussion posts, or rather coming up with good discussion posts isn’t that easy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had this internal discussion post generator and we could just come up with good topics willy nilly of find inspiration for good posts anywhere? Yeah, doesn’t work that way. I’d love to be able to have a solid discussion post for you every week, but I can’t without becomming repetetive or using topics that have been discussed by loads of other bloggers before me.

Being passionate about what you do is just as important as good content

Seems like I don’t have the answer for you either guys… Sorry. I’d love to hear your definition of

However, as long as you’re doing what you love and write with passion I think you’ll be doing very well. When I read a review or post and I can see that someone is passionate about what they’re writing about it’s infectious. If you’re excited about something and transfer it to your writing, chances are people will see that and become excited too, which means they’ll probably come back and visit your blog again. And for people to have a fun time on your blog and for them to come back at a later time is ultimately what we all want.  So, good content and passion in your writing should be the golden combination!

What do YOU think is good content?

 

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5 Comments

  1. 27/01/2016 / 20:58

    This is such a hard question, and I’m sure everyone has a different answer, but this problem is actually one of the reasons I haven’t started my own blog. Everyone has so much creative content, I don’t know what I could add to that. As a blog reader, though, I enjoy discussion posts the most. Even if I’ve read about the topic before, it’s always interesting to see people’s own perspectives. I also like TTT, depending on the topic, and reviews that are reader-inclusive (Kaja from Of Dragons and Hearts is a good example of what I mean). I think the most important part is whether or not the blogger engages with the commenters, because that’s the part that makes a post fun and encourages me return to a blog.

    • Iris
      Author
      28/01/2016 / 23:51

      I enjoy discussion posts myself the most as well. It’s actually really interesting reading your comment, as you said yourself, you’re a blog reader, which gives you a different perspective! I will definitely check out the blog you mentioned to see what you mean, anything to improve my own blog! Just saying, I think you would make a wonderful blogger!

      • 29/01/2016 / 21:30

        I think it’s the way she phrases her questions at the end. It’s a review, but it’s also a discussion. :)
        Aww, thanks, that’s really nice! I *may* have been browbeaten into starting my own blog, but I’m not 100% sure yet, haha. I still have the problem of not knowing what to post!

        • Iris
          Author
          30/01/2016 / 00:33

          Well, if you do start your own blog, do let me know! You’ll have one faithful subscriber already! I’m sure you’ll be absolutely great, dedication is half the work!

          • 30/01/2016 / 22:00

            I will, thank you! <3

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