Tuesday Tidbit #13- Be genuine in the comments!

Happy Tuesday every one! I hope you’re all having the best day possible!

Today’s Tidbit came about because of a lot of advice posts I’ve seen this past week, and some blogging experiences over the past few weeks. So many people have mentioned that the best way to grow your blog is to engage with other bloggers: like posts, leave comments, etc. I’ve also seen a couple people say that blog comments should be returned; if someone comments on my post, I should leave a comment on theirs.

While none of this is necessarily bad advice, I think it can lead to some bad comments. People can tell if you’re leaving a comment as a way to be seen, or as part of some checklist. And, as much as I appreciate blog traffic, it feels crummy when it seems like the only reason someone visits your blog is to fulfill part of their checklist list.

So if you’re looking to comment on another blog, for whatever reason, make sure you stay genuine about it. There’s a person behind the blog who’s taking their time and energy to read and respond to your comments, so make it seem like it’s more than just a check in your to-do list.


Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday Tidbits #12- Categories vs Tags

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people!I hope you all had an awesome weekend!

For today’s Tidbit, I want to talk about something that confused me to no end when I was a new blogger: Categories and Tags. So if you’ve ever been confused about when to use a category vs a tag, then this is the Tidbit for you!

Basically, both Categories and Tags help your blog get noticed. Categories are meant for broad organization, and tags are supposed to get more specific. The idea is that Categories give people the general idea of your blog; so you might have a Category for Books, or Book Reviews.

That way, any one who’s interested in the broad topic of “books” finds your posts easily. But because those categories have thousands of posts a day, they cycle through pretty quickly. They may get your post immediate attention, but in the long run, categories are great for blog organization.

Tags should be more specific. For example, I use “Book Review” as a category, and then “poetry review,” “books of 2018,” and “netgalley review” as my tags. Tags give your blog more long-term exposure; there will be new posts under “book review” every day, but because “poetry review” is more specific, you can still see my poetry review from over a week ago.

At the end of the day, Categories should be used for things your blog is about (books, book reviews, etc) whereas Tags should be used for things that the post specifically is about (poetry review, NetGalley review, book advice, etc).


Thanks for reading! I hope that clears up any confusion between the two!

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Tuesday Tidbit #11- Watch out for spammed comments!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome folks! I hope you all are living your best lives!

Today’s Tidbit is something that becomes an issue pretty regularly for every blogger, whether they’re aware of it or not. It’s something that I forget sometimes, and I’ve been blogging for almost two years.

Every once in a while, make sure to check the comments section of your admin page! Sometimes WordPress will assume that a comment is spam, when it’s really not! If you don’t know how to do that, it’s actually super easy!

If you’re looking at your blog, you should see a little tab in the top left that says “My Sites.” If you click on that, all the way at the bottom should be a tab that says “WP Admin.” That’ll bring you to a new page called your admin Dashboard, which has a whole bunch of information.

In the middle of the list of tabs on the left, you’ll see one for comments. Once you click on that, you’ll be able to find the spam comments pretty easily. Go through there and see if there are any that shouldn’t be in there.

You don’t want any of your followers to feel like they’re being ignored, so make sure to go through those spammed comments every once in a while to make sure you’re not ignoring anyone accidentally!


Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday Tidbit #10- Bring out your inner mad scientist and experiment!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you’re coming off an incredible weekend and that you have an amazing week ahead of you!

I’m super excited, because it’s my tenth Tuesday Tidbit post! When I started writing these posts, it was just something I wanted to experiment with. I had all these little tips and tricks about writing, or blogging, or just good life advice, and I wanted to share them. I wasn’t sure if they’d stick, but they weren’t doing anyone much good sitting in my notebook.

And now, ten weeks later, it’s something that I really enjoy, and I look forward to putting on my blog regularly! And that’s kind of what this week’s Tidbit is all about.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your posts! I’ve seen a lot of people say, “Oh, I want to talk about ‘x’, but it’s not exactly bookish, so it doesn’t go with my blog.” Who cares? Go for it! If you run a book blog, but you want to write a post about how well your garden is doing, post that shiznit.

#1- It’s your blog, you can post whatever you like, whenever you’d like.

#2- I actually love when bloggers branch out a bit! It makes me feel like I’m getting a little sneak peak into their lives, like I’m getting to know them better!

#3- I can only speak for myself here, but a post about something that isn’t specifically related to your “theme” makes me more interested in that post! If you run a book blog, and once in a while you post about mountain climbing, it makes me think, “Hey, that person loves books, and so do I. If that person loves mountain-climbing, maybe I will, too!”

So maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly feature, or writing a new post about something that doesn’t exactly match your blog’s theme. That’s okay! Go ahead and experiment, you might find out that it fits your blog better than you thought!


Thanks for reading!

What sorts of posts have you experimented with? Have you ever been nervous to write a post that didn’t fit your theme? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tuesday Tidbits #9- A different way of looking at “failure”

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you all have an incredible week ahead of you!

Today’s Tidbit is inspired by something one of my high school teachers taught me. I decided I wanted to take Latin in high school, and let me tell you, that shit is HARD. Like, every single person in the class failed a test at some point.

But we were super lucky, because our Latin teacher was one of the most encouraging people I have ever met. And every time we failed a test, he would remind us of something that has really affected how I view progress and failure.

If we got a 50% on a test, he would remind us that it was actually a good thing! At the beginning of the year we knew 0% of the material, and that, even though school will say it’s a failing grade, that 50% means we have learned SO MUCH. We went from knowing 0%, to knowing 50%, which is something to be really proud of!

Once I really accepted this mentality, I wouldn’t get so hard on myself. It became easier to look at failure as a form as progress. I could look at things and say, “It may not be where I want to be, but it’s further than I was.”

When writing my book, I can say, “15,000 words isn’t where I want to be, but it’s much  further than 0 words.”

When looking at my blog stats, I can remind myself that yes, I would love to have more views or followers, but I have way more than I did when I started, and I can be proud of that.

So if you’ve ever felt down about your progress in any area of your life, try reminding yourself of how far you’ve come, instead of looking at how far you have left to go.


Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday Tidbits #8- Go ahead and write that controversial post

Happy Tuesday all you awesome people! I hope you experience only the best things this week!

Today’s Tidbit comes from something I think a lot of bloggers experience at one time or another in their blogging journey: we have with an opinion that’s unpopular or controversial, and we get too nervous to post it!

But posting that controversial idea, whether it’s a review, a discussion, or just some unpopular opinions, can be the absolute best, for a few reasons!

First off, it often draws more attention to your blog! Of my five most popular posts, three of them were unpopular opinions of some kind or another. Plus, if I’m scrolling through my feed, and I see that someone has posted something I might disagree with, I’m more interested in reading it. I love seeing new perspectives on things!

Secondly, there’s no need to be nervous! The blogging community is amazing! As long as you stay respectful and open-minded when you write your opinion, the blogging community will do the same. So your post can lead to some incredible, surprising discussions!

So if you’ve ever felt nervous about writing a controversial post, I want to encourage you to go ahead and do it! It can lead to some pretty awesome stuff on your blog!


Thanks for reading!

How about you? Do you enjoy reading about controversial or unpopular opinions? Was there ever an opinion that you were too nervous to blog about? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tuesday Tidbits #7- In which my perfectionism came out to play over post links

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you all have awesome weeks ahead of you!

This week’s Tidbit is brought to you by my supreme perfectionist tendencies, and how much I like everything on my blog to match. Almost every blog has a theme; some of you guys have beautiful, floral designs, some of you have clean, streamlined themes. For me, the only thing really tying it all together is the green, because it’s my favorite color!

Like most WordPress themes, mine has a specific color for links inside my posts. So, if I put a link in my post, it automatically appears as this nice green color. Which made me happy, because it matched with the rest of my theme.

BUT THEN I DISCOVERED SOMETHING. That color doesn’t stay the same across all platforms. If you read my post on my blog, you see a green link. BUT if you read my post on the WordPress Reader, it’s that light link blue! And that’s when perfectionist Ryann came out to play!

If I wanted my links to be the same color no matter where your see them, I had to do it by manually changing it when you write the post. (The easiest way to do this is to highlight the part you want to make the link, and change the color BEFORE you add the link.)

So if you’re as big a perfectionist as I am, and love when everything about your blog is color coordinated, make sure to manually change the color!


Thanks for reading!

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