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Hello, Follow Bloggers (and readers!)
The topic for today’s discussion is actually one that I have been stewing on for quite some time. I’ve tried writing it several times, in fact, but I can never get the tone right. It always seems to come off… jealous? No, that’s not right. Preachy? No. Petty? No. Hm… I don’t know what exactly, but it’s not a tone I like to convey. But now that again, I’m seeing so many new trends (and things) and I just have to discuss and get some input!
What do you do, when the trends in the community could potentially hinder your growth?
No, hear me out.
First, I’m one to admit that I like growing my blog and I want to grow my blog. I think we all do, even though there’s this stigma around those that care about followers, visits, trends and the like. And while I love doing my own thing and not really jumping on the train of TRENDS, I feel like at some point we have to adjust to keep up, or we get lost and left behind.
Lately, it’s been all about visuals (and bookstagram). I didn’t get the appeal of Bookstagram at first, but now that I have been spending more time with backdrops and “shoots” I see the appeal and love it. I really do. It’s an ORDEAL, though. I don’t over edit or use a HUGE amount of props, and it takes me at least 1-2 hours for a full week worth of photos. I can only imagine how much time some accounts spend on it. Although my visuals have changed, and my pics are more bright and busy, I don’t feel like I am doing everything that I COULD be doing to gain a substantial following. I’m trying my hardest to stay true to myself and not follow the trend TOO MUCH. But I also feel like I just haven’t found my niche yet, ya know? It’s it’s not for everyone!
And anyway, regardless of how much I love it, and how much time I spend on it, a pretty picture will never persuade me to buy a book. That’s just the hard truth.
Along with this line, visuals in general within a blog post are becoming a HUGE trend. I see many blogs that incorporate pictures and/or collages into their review(s) to show off their visuals of characters, the setting, or whatever else and it’s amazing. But again, It’s TRENDY. I’m not saying there is something wrong with it at all – on the contrary, I love them myself, they’re beautiful, but it’s not something I can see myself doing in my posts. Sure, I COULD try but I don’t want to jump on the TREND TRAIN and because of my stubbornness, I could possibly be looked over.
I mean, It’s even common enough that it’s recommended as a way to bring readers TO your blog, keep them and not be so damn boring. I guess I’m just stuck in the OLD WAYS where just our thoughts were good enough, ya know?
I AM BORING!
Now, in addition to visuals such as photos, collages and blog graphics, there’s been a HUGE influx of book merchandise stores. I am one of them! What kills me, though, is that I feel like what I make is not widely loved and not within “the market,” so it’s not as popular and sales aren’t as high. Which is fine, because I love what I make and what I do. I could easily make paper bookmarks or create some graphics for Society6, but I don’t. In the same token, however, I feel like once something gets popular, 1001 other shops pop up making the same thing, and it’s hard for smaller shops or companies to be successful. (There are things I could say about this when it comes to accusations of stealing or being “unoriginal,” but I won’t.)
So here is where I get to the point of my post: I feel like every couple of months, something gets widely popular and EXPLODES. Right now it’s visuals; with pictures and bookstagram and bookish merchandise, with or without account reps, etc. But, how long will it last? And when these things get HUGE, does it leave the blogs/people/shops that don’t follow the trend, behind?
I think so!
- Do you think a blog (and/or shop) needs to adapt to trends? Why or why not?
- What are your thoughts on visuals in blog posts? Do you do it?
- What are some other trends you’ve noticed within the community?
- What are some trends that you’ve noticed that died within the past year?
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