I was interested to read Cristian Myhai’s ‘Six Types of Blog Posts that Always Get Read‘.  It seems that writing blogs giving writing/blogging advice is the way forward for writers who want to gain more readers.

However, I’ve also found that blog stats increase if there’s something in it for the reader.  In my case I run a ‘Share Your Short Story’ writing contest every few months which gives the winner and runner-up a shout-out, and I promote the winning stories on my social media sites.  These ‘Share Your Short Story’ announcements and winners seem to be the most read of my blogs, along with my blog asking whether we’re writers or authors, and my interview of Chris the Story Reading Ape (Chris, you’re famous!).

The blogs in my opinion that do not gain as much attention as the ones above are author interviews, and posts where I promote either my own books or books written by other authors, ha ha, probably because they contain buying links.  Also strangely enough, readers don’t usually bother too much about any post containing a book review, probably again because it has a buying link.  However, blogs promoting free books gain many readers funnily enough (the last Free Book blog I wrote ‘sold’ 950 books) …

So… it seems that one blog post about the same old writing tips and advice will be re-blogged ad nauseam.  It makes me wonder whether the person re-blogging it ever takes up the advice or subscribes to the original site, or re-blogs without even reading because their stats are sure to increase if they publish a blog about writing tips!

Who knows? By the way… yes, I did read ‘Six Types of Blog Posts that Always Get Read’…

 

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