6 Pieces of Advice that’ll Get People to Follow Your Blog!! (coming from someone who’s picky about who she follows)

So… I have had this blog for six months now. My first ever post on this blog went live on February 26th, 2019, and August 26th is my six month blogiversary. I’m celebrating (slightly) in advance!

It took me a while to find my footing and figure out what I actually wanted to do with my blog. But when I started taking blogging seriously and figuring out what I wanted from blogging, I had the best time.

I’ve had a lot of hobbies in the past–and tried to have a lot of hobbies–but none have stuck except reading, and now, book blogging. (The former stuck because of the latter.) People usually ask me how I manage to post so much whilst having school, and a big part of the reason why is because I love blogging. There’s a certain joy in drafting, formatting and editing a post I love, only for people to love it as well.

I have no words for how excited I am to continue blogging. The past six months have been great. I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished, but I know that I want to do more things, and I’m so excited to do them…. Actually, one of those things is to write an advice post.

Advice posts are incredibly fun to read, and most of the time, I find myself agreeing with what the blogger is saying. Plus, they are obviously really helpful, so today I’m gonna try my hand at writing them!

By the way, this is only part one of two advice posts coming to you this week. I was originally planning on writing one gigantic post, but then I realized that there were two core parts to it. Obviously, the first part is about how to get people to follow your blog. You’ll just have to wait and see about the second part.

Reply to Comments

I completely understand that some people out there don’t have the time or energy to reply to comments, and that everyone’s circumstances are different. At the end of the day, it’s your blog and you can do what you want with it. You don’t owe your viewers anything you don’t want to give.

But it’s way better if you take the time to reply to comments, no matter how late you are. (No one will mind, trust me.) When a blogger replies to their comments, my love and respect for them grows twofold, because it takes a lot of time and effort to reply to comments. I recently came back from a week of not replying to comments because of exams, and it took me hours to catch up on my comments.

Sometimes you just want to like a comment, or simply reply with “Thank you!!,” but I advice against doing this. When I write comments, and (probably) when other people do, I want to start a discussion, and it’s a little weird when the blogger doesn’t respond in turn. It’s like unboxing a package that just arrived at your house–only to find that it’s empty.

empty like my wallet

I don’t mean that you have to write a three paragraph reply to a three paragraph comment, but I like it when a blogger engages with my thoughts. Bloggers who do this really well are Xandra @ Starry Sky BooksBrittany @ Brittany the Book GuruMay @ Forever and Everly, and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, just to name a few.

Have a nice blog aesthetic

I cannot stress how important blog aesthetic is!! Unless someone is viewing your site from their reader, which I don’t like doing because I want to see everyone’s beautiful blogs, your blog aesthetic is the first thing they’ll see. And no matter how good or well written your posts are, they’ll probably click away if your blog is, well, ugly.

Moreover, blog aesthetic, for me, indicates professionalism. We can’t all be Kat @ Novels and Waffles, but not to worry–literally anyone can have a blog aesthetic that won’t scare people off! May @ Forever and Everly wrote this amazing guide to blog design that covers all the basics of making your blog look pretty.

Everything you need to know is in her post, but for me, the most important thing to remember when designing a blog is consistency. When your color scheme and graphics start to clash, it’s sure to turn people away from your blog.

Write discussion and advice posts

One of the biggest mistakes I made as a newbie was thinking that I couldn’t write discussion posts. I thought that every topic under the sun had already been discussed, and that my opinions weren’t strong enough. Sure, every topic has already been discussed, but trust me when I say that there’s no harm in adding your own perspective on the topic.

You can literally come up with any topic and discuss it. I don’t think it necessarily has to be a topic you’re incredibly passionate about. It just has to be a topic that you can come up with different pros and cons for. An example of an excellent discussion that utilizes pros and cons is Olivia @ Purely Olivia’s discussion on the controversy of hyped books.

As an alternative to pros and cons, you could also list stuff. For example, I wrote a post about why bloggers care about their statistics, and in that post, I listed a bunch of reasons why bloggers would potentially care about their stats, and then expounded on them one by one. (Yes, I’m self-promoting. Shhhhhh.)

But even though I said that you don’t necessarily have to be incredibly passionate about the topic you’re discussing, you should at least have an opinion on it and state it in your blog post. After you’re done listing pros and cons, or listing a bunch of points related to the topic, it’s best to end with you own opinion on the matter. Try to bring a piece of yourself into each of your posts. It’s what makes people have fun reading your blog and engaging with your content.

If you’re stuck on topics to write about, Xandra @ Starry Sky Books wrote a list of discussion topics she’d like to read from you–free discussion prompts for everybody!

I also recommend that you write an advice post at least once in your blogging career. Advice posts and discussions usually have very clickable titles, and people are more inclined to comment on them.

Xandra @ Starry Sky Books recently wrote an advice post that I adore on four things about blogging that seem scary, but actually aren’t. May @ Forever and Everly is also the best at writing advice posts. I already shared her guide to making your blog look pretty above, but other advice posts I love from her are her posts on how to get people to comment on your blog and things you shouldn’t feel guilty about as a blogger.

If you’re stuck on what exactly to give advice on, just write about something that you’ve gained wisdom on as a blogger and/or reader. Off the top of my head, some advice post prompts are–how to leave comments on people’s blogs, how to find audiobooks, and how to post more consistently. (Feel free to use any of these!)

Ultimately, I probably won’t follow a blog if the blogger doesn’t post advice posts and/or discussions–or if I do, that blog won’t become my favorite. These types of posts are incredibly fun to read, and they are more likely to get traffic. That being said, reviews, tags, TBRs, lists, and, of course, the god tier of generic posts, wrap-ups, are important too. Any blog that has the right balance of all of these posts will probably become a favorite of mine.

Post consistently

I don’t know about you, but I probably won’t follow someone with a sporadic posting schedule. I mean, what’s the point?

Usually, the more frequently you post, the more growth and traffic you’ll get, but it’s different for everyone. My advice would simply be to post at least once a week.

Cultivate your blogging voice

A blogging voice is, in short, how you write your posts, but for me, it is what differentiates you from other blogs. Writing-wise, one of my favorites is Rain @ bookdragonism. Her voice is incredibly distinct, and reading her posts always makes me want to unleash my inner dragon.

The best way to find your writing voice is to just be yourself. Generic advice, I know, but your voice will refine as you post more and more.

But, as I mentioned above, your blogging voice doesn’t just encompass how you write a post, but also how you format it. Do you include gifs? Do you make your font different sizes? I recommend doing these things because they make your posts a little more fun. This is the first post of mine where I’ve employed these two things, and it won’t be the last!!

Because I don’t think I did a good enough job of defining a blogging voice, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books wrote an incredibly helpful discussion on what a blogging voice is and how to find it. More recently, she wrote this wonderful post on how to give your blog posts that extra spark. Giving your blog posts that extra spark perfectly sums up what a blogging voice is for.

Comment on other blogs (blog hop)

Yes, I just wrote a semi-rant about blog hopping, but as I said in that post, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t blog hop. Blog hopping is such a great way to build an audience and make friends.

In my half a year in the blogosphere, I’ve noticed that most book bloggers’ followers are book bloggers themselves. It’s a small community, so it’s important to find each other. But you shouldn’t wait for other bloggers to find you. Comment on other blogs and see which ones notice your existence.

I’d recommend following and commenting on big book blogs first. They probably won’t follow back immediately, and it’ll take a while for them to get to your comments because they have a large audience, but following them will give you an idea of what it is that makes people follow blogs.

A lot of people also lurk in their comment sections, so people will probably wonder why they keep seeing your name and avatar everywhere, and then proceed to check you out. Also, it’s better to follow the people who you always see in comment sections. You already know that these blogs are big on blog hopping, so comment on their blogs and see if they’ll comment on yours too.

Now, this is a touchy subject because I don’t want to reinforce the idea that blog hopping is something that’s purely for stats. My stand on the topic is that you should blog hop to build an audience and make friends, but when it gets to the point that you only support people if they support you, it’s time to rethink things.

Also, while commenting, please show that you actually read the post. The easiest way to do this is to make your comment more than two or three sentences long, and to share your thoughts on what the blogger talked about. It’s pretty easy to tell when someone’s comment isn’t genuine. If someone comments on my blog only saying, “Great post!!,” or “These books are on my TBR,” I probably won’t comment back. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

That’s it! All of the things that make me follow a blog, and things that have worked for me personally! I’m not trying to say that I employ all of these things–I definitely don’t. I’m trying to be better about it though!

Thank you so much for making my six months in the blogosphere worthwhile. I’ve had the best time, and I’m excited for more years to come!!


74 thoughts on “6 Pieces of Advice that’ll Get People to Follow Your Blog!! (coming from someone who’s picky about who she follows)

  1. I got so sidetracked reading this post because I looked at a bunch of the links you posted haha but this is a great post and I enjoyed reading it, I totally agree with all your advice and you should definitely do more advice posts (I feel like people are more likely to read advice posts now, I used to think no one would ever read mine)!

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    1. Nooo, you were meant to be sidetracked. Read all of these people’s posts–they are amazing ahhh. But I’m glad you enjoyed this post!! right?? I always click on advice posts, and I usually have something to say at the end of them. Thanks, I plan to do more!! (+ I love reading yours πŸ’•)

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  2. Oof honestly if I had this grasp of blogging as quick as you got it back when I first started mine, my audience would be bigger. Great post Caitlin and happy sixth monthiversary!!

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  3. Happy 6-month blogoversary! You know, I actually thought you’d being blogging longer! πŸ˜€

    I read your post and I agree with much of the advice! I’m much more likely to click on discussion posts and advice posts (like this one) though I don’t write much myself πŸ˜‰ Given that I enjoy reading discussions so much, I feel like maybe I should try writing more myself!

    And apparently my consistent passion is, too, about books whether it’s reading, or writing, or blogging about them. Others like piano and crafting come in and out of my life πŸ˜‰

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    1. thanks!! that was literally me when one of my fave bloggers said that they’d only been blogging for six months a few months ago. like, they were so seasoned already, I wanted to got like ???

      so glad you agree!! definitely write them–I’d love to read one from you!

      ohh, I tried piano once. didn’t stick lmao. but funny story–when i was in grade school (elementary school for you?), I wasn’t making honor roll, not because of math or science or anything like that, but because of MUSIC. so my mom made me take piano lessons, and they thankfully got my music grades up. yes, the only consistent thing in my life are books–whether it be reading or blogging! I want to write them too, but currently I’m not working on anything!


  4. happy blogversary!! I can’t believe it’s only been six months because it feels like so much longer. I’ve loved watching your blog grow with different themes and formats. also, these tips are all really useful! I love that you included a section about replying to blog comments because that’s something I try to do on the regular, unless I have an avalanche of coursework or rl distracts me.

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    1. thank you!!! really? it feels like time just flew by for me haha. AHH WHAT?? THAT’S SO SWEET THANK YOU πŸ’š I’m glad you found these tips useful! it’s okay to not reply to comments! it can get so overwhelming sometimes. and it takes a lot of time, but you reply to comments really well!


  5. Congrats on 6 months of blogging!! It honestly seems like you’ve been blogging for so much longer with the quality of your posts!
    This was such a fab post and one that had such good advice. I especially agree with discussions for me being posts I’m more inclined to click on. And wrap-ups – I LOVE to read (and write) wrap-ups!
    I love that you mentioned comments too and replying to them! I know it takes time but it definitely makes me more inclined to leave a comment if you show thanks for that support and reply! Especially in discussions – otherwise it’s not really creating a discussion is it?
    Great post Caitlin!πŸ’›

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    1. thank you so much, Emme! i could say the same to you because you’re so new but your blog is so professional already–no joke!

      i’m so glad you liked it!! yep, i regret not doing them earlier, but thankfully you already do them and you’re so good at them already! RIGHT? wrap-ups are the best! i love reading and writing them!

      i agree! they’re so time consuming, and sometimes I just can’t think of a reply. But I am more inclined to comment if I know that my thoughts will be responded to! yeah!! comments are a given with discussions!

      thank you for this amazing comment, Emme πŸ’š

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  6. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for six months, like, wow. I admire you so much Caitlin and once again you’re killing it with this incredible post!
    I feel the same way about comments: when I’m commenting, I’m looking for a conversation and when my comment isn’t acknowledged, it always makes me feel a little sad, too. I absolutely love it when people engage with what I have to say, it honestly makes my entire day and so, so very happy. You do this SO well and always so sweetly, by the way. ❀
    And yes to blog aesthetics and discussions, I pay attention to both of these, blog aesthetics make me want to check out the actual content of the blog and discussions make me curious and want to read on and interact, too.
    I love your point on blog hopping, too. You already mentioned that in a previous post and I agree that, blog hopppig is a fantastic way to build an audience and most of it all, to find your people in the sea, ocean that this community is. Yet, it's important to support people because we want to, not because we're looking for something in return ❀ AND yes on making the comment genuine. There are so many posts I want to read every single day and when I'm just not into it or don't find anything too meaningful to say or share, I won't comment. The great posts kind of comment makes me feel like the person hasn't read a thing and it makes me so sad, too. 😦
    I ADORE this post and I wrote a novel to show you my love and wow I apologize haha. Fantastic post ❀ ❀

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    1. thank you so much Marie πŸ˜­πŸ’›πŸ’›

      you hit the nail on the head! that’s exactly why I love commenting! ahh, I’m so glad that you think I do that well 😭 i just feel so awkward sometimes–and I probably am!

      yep, this place is an ocean of people, and when i was first starting, I had NO IDEA how to get people to know I existed! I’m so thankful that blog hopping saved my conundrum, even though I run into problems with it sometimes!

      I think I’m just naturally drawn to posts with interesting titles, so I usually get to comment on those! I feel a little bad about not reading the posts that don’t interest me on my reader though, but I try to show my support by liking! ahh, i get sad too. maybe they did actually read the post, but I just don’t feel like they did?

      i loved reading this comment so much πŸ˜­πŸ’œ thank you so much Marie!!

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      1. Oh I get that so much… I feel awkward and nervous 99% of the time I comment haha.
        I’m right here with you on that! An intriguing title will always make me want to read more of the blog post, too πŸ˜€
        And yes, sometimes… well sometimes I tell myself they might have read the post, but I always love it when comments get long and personal about everything, this just makes me sooo happy haha πŸ™‚
        Of course, you write the best posts ❀

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  7. Oh my goodness, you’ve only been blogging for six month!? You are SUCH a queen! I love you and your blog so much, and it’s amazing to see everything that you’ve already accomplished in such a short amount of time! ❀ This is such a fantastic post! I love being able to have conversations in comment sections, and I feel like it truly makes posts feel more personal! Nothing brings me greater joy than being able to chat with a fellow bookworm! Haha! I think you really hit the nail on the head with blog aesthetics and advice/discussion posts! These honestly draw me to blogs (especially the latter) so much, and they never fail to pique my interest!

    Wonderful post, Caitlin! ❀

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    1. thank you!! πŸ˜­πŸ’› i have no doubt that you did so well as a newbie as well, though!

      same! I love comment sections and blog hopping because of that! yes, I’m so happy that you agree! they are really important things for me to love/follow a blog (which is why I adore yours) πŸ’œ


  8. I really love this post, and agree with everything/find all of it helpful. Discussion posts are something I’ve always struggled with – like you said, because everything’s been discussed it feels like my opinion wouldn’t really add anything new to the convo. I have a few discussions scheduled right now, though, so I’m hoping this will change for me. πŸ’œ Thanks for writing this post. πŸ’œ

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    1. thank you so much, I’m so glad I helped!! i think that every topic has already been discussed, but it just depends on how the blogger discusses it. that’s what I look for in discussionposts! i can’t wait to read them from you πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  9. First of all, HAPPY 6 MONTHS BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY β™₯ That’s such a great milestone, and I’ve loved reading your posts since you started! This was a really enlightening post to read, from the point of view of both a blogger and reader. I know I do try to reply to comments as well as possible, even if it takes me a bit of time to get to them. And I wholeheartedly agree with the blog aesthetic: it took me months to find my footing, I kept changing my post headers style until I figured it out about six months into blogging. Is it great? No, but I did it all on my own, and I was quite proud. I wanted something that was simple and quite calm, if that makes sense.
    I do struggle with consistency because of work and life things, but that is something I want to work on, definitely. I try to write in my own style, putting as much of my voice into it as possible, but it’s a work in progress. But the point that was really the one I needed to hear was about discussion posts. I kept thinking I had no original take on already discussed themes, but I’m discovering you can make a theme your own. Such an important point.
    A really great post Caitlin! β™₯

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    1. thank you so much!!! πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

      i’m so glad that it was enlightening!! it’s okay! even if people are late, I appreciate them so much anyways. your blog aesthetic is amazing!! ahhh, it’s so cute — I love it 😍 it really is simple and calm–and it’s great–what are you talking about??

      i really regret not including that consistency isn’t something easily achievable in this post! definitely don’t blame yourself–book blogging is just a hobby for almost all of us, and it’s important to put more pressing things first. i’m just happy if you post at least once a week, because your posts are amazing, NoΓ©mie!

      your most recent post–the one about audiobooks, was a great discussion! i loved reading it, and I felt really inclined to comment on it. i don’t think anyone really has an original take, but nobody really cares anyway, trust me!

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  10. you’ve accomplished SO MUCH in 6 months!! congrats you’re doing amazing at this blogging game.

    i TOTALLY agree with everything you mentioned (and what a great and comprehensive list it was). interaction definitely makes me remember which bloggers are engaging and friendly and makes me want to read their posts more. and blog!! aesthetic!! yessss. it captures my attention from the beginning and makes me want to come back. give me beautiful blogs!!!

    posting consistently is probably my biggest difficulty. it can be so hard to keep creating content but you’ve given some GREAT tips and im totally going to try and apply them
    fantastic post, caitlin!!

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    1. THANK YOU, MAY!! πŸ˜­πŸ’š

      I love blogs that interact because it takes a lot of time to do it! yep, blog aesthetic is the first thing something will notice about a blog, so it’s KEY.

      I really regret not expounding more that posting consistently isn’t possible for some reason! Definitely don’t regret not doing it, and post at your own pace πŸ’• i personally value quality over quantity, and your posts have a lot of the latter so it’s fine!! thanks for the amazing comment May πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  11. Happy 6 month blogoversary! πŸ™‚
    I definitely agree with all your points! Personally the biggest thing for me that makes me want to follow a blog is the discussion posts. They’re my favourite posts to read, so if someone writes a lot of discussion posts or particularly interesting discussion posts then I’ll definitely follow them!

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    1. Thank you Laura!

      I’m so glad that you agree! Right? It’s not the most common tip, but for me, discussions are super fun to read and engage with. Bloggers who excel at writing discussions get immediate points in my book!


  12. First, congratulations on your 6 months! Second, CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING BEST NEW BOOK BLOGGER! I know that wasn’t mentioned in this post but I just couldn’t NOT say it while commenting. I’m so happy for you. Posts like these are why you are so deserving of the reward! I think you have some really great pointers in this one. I was actually JUST thinking of how daunting catching up on replies and comments are before reading this post, so I was glad you brought it up. Even though it sometimes takes a while to get around to my comments, I try to always respond because I don’t want to make anyone feel like they are being ignored or like I don’t appreciate their input on the discussion, review, etc. I’ve noticed that it takes a lot of other bloggers a little while to catch up on comments, too, so I know that everyone is very understanding. One of my favorite pieces of advice that you shared was to make sure to have discussions! It took me a while to feel comfortable with discussion posts for the same reasons you listed: it seems like every topic imaginable has been covered, I was too new and small to have any valuable input, etc. but now I LOVE writing them. We all have such different perspectives on different topics and I genuinely enjoy reading about another person’s thoughts towards said topic. Lately, I’ve noticed myself seeking out and reading more discussion posts than any other types of post. There is so much insight and information to be gained from those discussions! Since I’m on that topic already, I wanted to say that I’m so excited to read the posts you linked in this.

    Also- thank you so much for mentioning me β™₯ I love commenting on your posts because you have content that really starts valuable conversations!!

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      Yes, i always get overwhelmed by comments, especially because I let them pile up a lot! But I really don’t mind if someone is late, because the reasons for it are very understandable! And same, I always respond because someone took the time to write out a response to my post and the most I can do is give them a response in turn. Especially when I write discussions, I am more inclined to reply to comments because the point of a discussion is to start a discussion! I think we all think that everything has been discussed already, but there is actually zero harm in tackling it our own way! for me, it’s not the topic, but how the person discusses it! I love writing them too, and I love reading and commenting on them!

      You write some of the BEST comments! How could I not mention you πŸ˜­πŸ’œ also, I looked and some people clicked on your link because of this blog post I’M SO HAPPY BECAUSE YOU NEED MORE RECOGNITION

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      1. You’re so very welcome!!!!πŸ₯°β€

        When I first started book blogging and only got comments here and there, I honestly did not ever see myself putting off answering the comments and responding. Now, though, responding can take so much energy and time, especially when the comments go beyond the simple “good review, good post, etc.” because you want to properly converse with the person commenting! I’ve gotten to the point now where I almost always wait a day or two after posting before even reading the comments posted under it because the post itself took a lot of work & effort and I need a breather, lol. I’m so glad to know that other bloggers feel that way too because it lets me know that I’m not offending anyone when I take a little longer to respond.

        Discussions are SO much fun to read and write and I’m so happy that so many of us have realized that just because a topic might have been covered, we still have valuable insight to add. Otherwise, I wouldn’t get to read all of the amazing discussion posts!

        And ahhh THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You are so sweet to have mentioned me and I appreciate the blog traffic you sent my way β™₯β™₯β™₯

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      2. Yep!! Sometimes I get sad when someone just comments β€œgreat post” because did they even read the post? But comments like that are soo easy to reply to! With longer comments, I really want to make sure that my response shows that I value the fact that the person commented on my post!

        Oh same! I take a little of a breather too! But it’s a bit of a double edged sword because that makes the comments pile up sometimes that they get even more overwhelming! But yeah,
        Letting them sit for a day works for me too!

        I know!! I love them so much, & I really do encourage everyone to write them + read them πŸ’–πŸ’–

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      3. I’ve actually had a few comments before that made it super obvious that they didn’t actually read the post and it always makes me so sad 😦 But yeah, I always try to put lots of effort into the longer comments!! And taking breathers with the comments can be such a blessing and a curse πŸ˜‚ For instance, I posted last Friday and thought to myself, “I’ll handle all of my comments on Monday and take a break for the weekend”, yet here I am now on Thursday slowly dwindling down the pile of comments I need to reply to πŸ˜… The longer you wait, the more they build up and it can be soo much sometimes, lol.

        As for discussion and advice posts, I’m sooo glad that you’ve been writing them lately! I’ve been loving all of the great conversations and help that so many people have been sharingβ™₯

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  13. I’m definitely sharing this ❀ I feel like I don't know how to write advice posts, but I'm glad that you linked Xandra's list of discussion topics so I can take a look and see what I can actually respond to for those! And congratulations on making six months! That's such an amazing feat. I'm also so so proud of you for winning best new blogger (I know I told you that on Twitter but I'm saying it here too :D). I absolutely adore your blog and all of your posts every single time I come across them.

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    1. Aww, thank you Leelynn! Ohh, I definitely get the feeling! But for me, advice posts are a little like discussions. You simply list a bunch of things that work for you and then expound on them–but I totally get it if you don’t think you can write them yet! I felt the same way a long time ago, and you shouldn’t push yourself!

      I love the topics that Xandra gave so much! they are of a wide variety and I’d love to read about you discussing one of them!

      AHHH THANK YOU!! you’re so kind, and I really don’t deserve you–it’s true πŸ˜­πŸ’œ


  14. CAITLIN!! I’m not sure what time it is for you, but for me I am just on time to officially wish you a happy 6 month blogiversary!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’•

    I’ve always wanted to post something like this, but I’ve always been really scared because… do I even know what makes me follow a blog? Who am I to tell people about these kinds of things? Who even knows, because I certainly don’t. But you executed this post so well!! I’m so excited to see the second part! πŸ™‚

    First of all, I agree with all of these 100%. When I got my very first comment ever, I was confused. I was like, β€œwho is this? What do I do with this comment?” But I quickly realized that I needed to comment back in order to get the engagement going, because that’s how interaction works! πŸ˜… Over time, it’s not just simple comments that matter the most – it’s more about real interactions and conversations! (but oh my goodness, I always feel so bad for responding 1 whole month late! I’m so sorry for being so late to almost everything!)

    And I love what you said about blog hopping! For me, I blog hop to see if I can make a connection with others. Sometimes I’ll comment a nice comment, and the blogger will just reply with β€œthanks! :)”, and that makes me feel like they don’t really want to chat. It might take time to get to know someone through their blog, but you should at least try to put yourself out there and maybe make friends!

    I could go on and on, but anyways! Amazing post, Caitlin! I’m looking forward to your next 6 months, and all the posts after that! πŸ’• (and thank you so so much for sharing some of my posts! 😭)

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    1. oh, it’s the 27th, but it doesn’t matter THANK YOU SO MUCH πŸ˜­πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

      same, but then when I actually sat down to think of it–these six things came to mind! also, i think you have all of them haha ❣ I’m so glad that you think I did it well!

      No, it’s okay! We all get it–anyone who gets comments get it! And you always take the time to write good replies so it’s all good πŸ’™

      same! especially if I left a long comment, I feel like I maybe overwhelmed them? but it makes me sad because I really wanted to chat!

      i’m so glad that you enjoyed this Xandra πŸ˜­πŸ’–πŸ’– I’m looking forward to them too! (also, how could I not??)


  15. omg caitlin you’ve been here for six months??? WHY DID I THINK YOU’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR LONGER BYE. but ahhh congratulations on hitting that amazing milestone you’re doing so great!!! ❀ also, thank you for reminding me to reply to comments… i'm literally Dead inside right now and idk why i'm just so bad at replying… but that is a characteristic that i apparently have lmao. like, blog hopping is so much easier for me than replying to my owN comments.

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    1. a lot of people seemed to think that, so it’s oKAY. I find it kinda funny actually πŸ˜‚ THANK YOU!!! lol i’m always dead inside. i feel like a personality trait of mine is being bad at replying to comments. i always read them in advance, but never reply/just do not know what to say! blog hopping is so much easier, especially when I really enjoyed a post!


  16. It’s insanely hard to keep up with blogging, but I’ve learnt that overall, you just kinda need to be there, and seem approachable. Posting, having good content, and visiting other blogs to make friends. It’s simple, but also, not that simple to execute, unfortunately! I do wish I’d had this clear when I started out! So this is an awesome post!

    Congrats on your blog’s growth and also thank you for the amazing content!

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    1. very true! yes–those things are all essential to grow your blog, but they take way more time than I have! i just wish I could blog full time and have it a source of livelihood. that’s the dream 😫

      thank you!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–


  17. Congrats on your 6 month blogversary! πŸ’• I love this post so much because I’m extremely picky with the blogs that Chana and I follow as well. One of my baseline criteria for following a blog is a combination of a few of the things you mentioned!

    I don’t follow blogs that only posts reviews because I don’t tend to comment on those. On the other hand, I love leaving long, lengthy comments (much like this one will probably end up being) on discussions, because I tend to have so much to say! I also much prefer following blogs that include gifs because otherwise my eyes get tired when I read through a post that’s just a solid block of text. Although, I am more lenient with this one, and as long as the post is broken into shorter paragraphs I don’t mind as much.

    I think the only place my opinion differs from typical advice is that I don’t like when blogs post daily. I think this is because I like commenting on as many posts as possible from blogs I follow, and it’s hard to keep up when there are too many of them! And then I feel bad that I wasn’t able to comment on every post.

    This turned into a whole discussion of my own of what makes *me* follow a blog, which was not my intention. I had so much fun reading through this post and I think you gave wonderful advice! (And I’m not just saying that because I agreed with everything you said πŸ˜‰)

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    1. Thanks, Malka!! Yay, so glad that we share the same thoughts!

      Sadly, same. Reviews are just way harder to comment on, and if your reading tastes don’t align with the blogger, there’s little to no point in following them, sadly. Unless you want to branch out! On the contrary, discussions are so easy to comment on–I love them!

      Yep, I definitely regret not incorporating gifs into my post until now. I think that incorporating them allows for a more fun and engaging reading experience for you audience. And you’re right, reading one large block of text is a little boring.

      Ah, I didn’t mean posting daily! I’d get kinda annoyed too if a blogger posts daily. I can think of one blogger in particularly that I sadly unfollowed because of that, oops:-(( it’s just that I didn’t really like their content anymore, and it was getting tedious to comment on every single one of their posts. If I do like the blogs content though, I’ll still follow, but I probably won’t read/comment on every post of theirs! I think the key is just posting consistently–at least once a week!

      It’s perfectly fine! I love reading your comments, and THANK YOU. πŸ’–πŸ’–


  18. Happy blogversay! And thank you for the tips πŸ˜›
    I dream with the day I’ll be able to draw beautifully or be able to afford to get my blog the best it can be! While that doesn’t happen, Canva is my best friend ^^’
    I’m usually a mess when it comes to blog hopping (today I spent 6 hours doing it and I’m not even finished) and posting consistently BUT I’ll get my life together this next semester and things will get better, idk, probably, hopefully ??

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    1. Thank you!! So glad that you found them helpful πŸ₯°
      Same!! I don’t have any art skills at all. And I don’t have any money to commission stuff, so the most I can do is just make do with what I have πŸ˜… (ugh idk I’ve tried canva but it doesn’t work for me? I just use phonto haha)
      6 hours?? Marta, you should really take a break ahhh!! I don’t think you should do all of these things if you start to burn out. I hope you can get stuff together though!! πŸ’– blogging while balancing school sucks

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      1. It ended up being 8 hours haha But it was really exciting to see my feedly list empty of new posts to read ^^ I love the feeling! Once classes start, I need to come up with a decent blogging / blog hopping schedule or I won’t survive …

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  19. First of all, congratulations on six months of blogging!!❀️ I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for that long, because you are already SO professional and lovely and experienced and I also feel like we’ve known each other for a lot longer than less than six months???

    Secondly, I’m so sorry I haven’t been commenting on your amazing posts recently, and that this comment is very late- school started and my blogging interaction dipped to literally below zero, but I’m slowly trying to catch up. Third, I loved this post!! Absolutely loved it. I agree with everything you said and I also thank you so much for shouting out one of my discussion posts, I’m super glad you enjoyed it.πŸ€—

    I’d have to agree that writing intriguing, click-worthy (without being clickbait lol) posts and commenting and having interaction are the most solid ways to get people to follow you!! Of course, it’s not necessarily as easy as that, but the more you interact and post, the more people will see your blog, and that can lead to your blog getting more exposure through things like blogging awards, people tagging you, people mentioning your posts in wrap-ups, etc.

    Anyway, this was a phenomenal post as usual!!! I hope you’re doing well. How’s life??

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    1. Thank you πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’–πŸ’– I’m just crying and overflowing with love right now!!! It feels like that too πŸ’“

      It’s more than okay, Olivia!! I know how stressful school can get, & you should definitely prioritize it over blog hopping. Prioritization is something I should really work on! I’m so glad you agree! And of course, I absolutely loved your discussion πŸ’—

      Yes, you do that so well! It really isn’t as easy as that, but I think that those are the best ways. And yes, people mentioning me in wrap-ups always boosts my stats!

      THANK YOUUU πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š love you so much :-)) haha, school is annoying and stressful, but what’s new? I hope school and dance are going great for you ❀️

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  20. This is all such great advice! Especially “But it’s way better if you take the time to reply to comments, no matter how late you are. (No one will mind, trust me.)” Life got in the way and I went a month without replying to comments but you better believe I just went and got all caught up! Replying to comments is so important if you’re able to do it but I definitely agree that people will understand if it sometimes takes you a minute to do it!

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    1. Thank you!!! Yep, no matter how late you are, people will always appreciate your effort!! And I admire you for catching up on them because when I let comments pile up, it takes me HOURS to catch up, like what I’m doing right now πŸ˜…


  21. I’m so sorry I am late saying this but Happy 6 month anniversary!! *confetti party* You are doing amazingly, you blog is wonderful and I for one am so glad you started a book blog– I love your content and you are imparting your wisdom in this wonderful post which so much great advice and I am very thankful!!
    I agree I like hearing people’s replies to my comments so I can talk to them and hear their thoughts. It is really nice and helps you to feel involved in the community. Also I do love discussion and advice posts and I have been wanting to do more on my blog as I love writing them as well and hearing what other people think.
    Having a consistent posting schedule is really helpful, I have kind of let my schedule slip recently but I want to get back into it and I think it is helpful for me and my readers.
    Finding a blogging voice is great and will definitely entices readers to your blog as you get this unique voice that you love– it is another area I want to improve on to try and get more of my personality through.
    Ahh… this is a wonderful post– it is so helpful and so well written!! And Happy Blogiversary (I think I spelt that right, I am never sure) again!!! ❀

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    1. lmao, mood about the spelling. the two blogging terms I have no idea if I’m spelling correctly are blogiversary and blogosphere. actually I first spelled blogosphere like blogisphere :”)
      Thank you, sophie!! You are always so damn nice I’m crying 😭😭

      Please do more discussions and advice posts! Your discussion on rating systems was amazing. and don’t worry about letting your schedule slip! I’m sure you can get back on it in no time!

      I’m always so worried that my blogging voice isn’t engaging enough. Like, I see people out there who have unique and distinct blogging voices without trying, and I just don’t know how. i think a unique blogging voice is one of the only things you just have to have to be successful in blogging, and I just don’t think I naturally have it ahhh. (yours is very unique though!)

      thank you!!!

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      1. Yes haha I don’t think I will ever know how to spell these blogging terms.. but to be fair I have spelt my own name wrong so I’m a lost cause πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Of course and I really mean it πŸ’›
        Aw.. Thank you so much for your kind words and support. It means so much!! Yes I hope so!! 😊
        Blogging voices are really hard and something I struggle with but I genuinely enjoy reading your posts and I think you have a great blogging voice. I am always excited to hear what you have to say and how you’ll say it. I think we struggle to see our own voice as unique but that doesn’t mean others won’t. I love your blogging voice!! (Thank you so much Caitlin πŸ’•)

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  22. These are wonderful tips, Caitlin. Thanks for sharing your perspective with us!

    I still need to work myself and my blog on so many points that you mentioned! But especially on discussion post! I’m not sure why but I always feel insecure to write one! I’m afraid that it has been talked/discussed too many times before, and therefore I’m not being very original. Or I’m too afraid that my discussion will be not that intriguing to invite others to share their opinions. I know, I know, this is such a bad thinking and I need to be more positive! I promise to myself that I’ll change that a little by little before 2019 ended. So, pls wish me luck with that! πŸ˜‚βœŒ

    OHH! And this is super late but happy six months blogversary!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Vinny!!!

      it’s okay–we all grow in our own pace. i know that I still have to work on these and a lot of other things too. Don’t feel insecure about discussions though! I felt that way when I first started blogging, but when I actually wrote one, it was amazing! Don’t worry, every topic has already been discussed but it honestly just depends on who discusses it. I think you could just list a bunch of reasons like I mentioned and then add a few questions for your followers at the of your posts! I hope that helps :)) Just don’t be afraid to write a discussion–everyone can do it, especially you.

      it’s okay!! thank you πŸ’–πŸ’–


  23. You said all of this so well. I love when people leave long and engaging comments on my blog. I really love Marie for this. She is my inspiration for all the blog hopping and commenting πŸ˜€
    True, graphics and the site look is the first thing that I notice in a blog. If it doesn’t appeal to my eyes, I don’t bother. Having a good balance is really important and I always try to make that balance.

    P.S. Sorry that I am bombarding you with comments on your posts πŸ˜› I got some free time today so..

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    1. right?? Marie has commented on literally every blog post in existence, you cannot convince me otherwise. I’m amazed at how she can still keep her comments so personal and uplifting even though she probably comments on dozens of posts everyday! She’s my inspiration too!
      i see a lot of blogs that have amazing posts, but sadly don’t get enough traffic because they’re lacking in the blog aesthetic department. yep, balance is key. I really don’t like it when colors or graphics clash. that’s a good way to turn me away from a blog at first look.

      it’s okay hehe! thank you so much for using your free time to comment!


  24. This is some really fantastic advice! As someone who’s just now getting back into blogging from a veeeeery long hiatus, I’m looking for some advice, and writing discussions/advice posts really hit home for me – I think the whole reason I became burnt out in the first place was my lack of original content. I’m definitely hoping to focus more on that this time around. Thanks for the lovely post!

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    1. thank you ❀ and ahh, i just checked out your blog! welcome back, and i hope you stay for a long time ❀
      yes!! i love discussions so much because they are entirely original content, and you can basically write them however you want, and the interaction i get from them is *chef's kiss*. i'm sorry you got burnt out though! it happens to everyone, and i hope it doesn't happen to you again ❀

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      1. Oh, thank you so much!! I’m glad to be here. XD
        Absolutely – I think they’re the meat of a blog.
        Yeah, I was also really young when I started my blog (12 I think? yikes, somebody needed to take away my computer privileges haha), so that had a lot to do with it. As I got older, I had a hard time making my blog grow with me and I think that was the main problem. I’m hoping I’ve matured enough that that’s not an issue anymore, haha!

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      2. Yeah, whenever I see a blog with no discussions (and that’s totally valid!), I honestly like them a little less because as you said, they’re the meet of a blog.
        omg, i was doing wild things on the internet at the ages of 10-12, so no worries! It’s amazing that you came back to your blog after a few years though, and that you have posts that you wrote back four years ago to look back on and remember your tween self! I really hope that it’s not a problem for you anymore as well! I think that 16 is a great age to restart a blog, and I’m excited to see your future content!

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  25. I get somewhat scared when it comes to discussion post mostly because I don’t want to seem stupid and I’m afraid that I’d say something offensive without realizing. The same goes to advice post too because I don’t know if I can be of any help with a particular topic. So thank you for your tips on writing these kinds of posts. I’m still new with my blog and don’t have that much content yet but I’ll try my hands on writing these kinds of contents on my blog someday 😊

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    1. i’m glad i could help! i’m always available if you have any questions! & you don’t have to worry about that at all! discussions are just your personal opinions, and as long as you’re respectful of others & don’t say anything insensitive, you’re good. haha, my old advice posts had trash advice & i think i came across sort of arrogant in them πŸ˜… i get embarrassed whenever i think of them so yeah, maybe don’t give advice if you don’t stand by it. though if you really feel like you have something useful to share, go for it!! not every piece of advice works for everyone, but you could be of help to someone, you never know ❀


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