I don't know about you all, and I don't know if you know this, but I've been at this blogging thing since 2009. Don't believe me? Check out the archives over on the right.
It's hoards longer than a ton of super popular blogs out there. I haven't been able to figure out how to get mine noticed more. And this year, I've adopted social media for it and interacted more and more with the blogging community. And I've discovered something. That's not what I set out to do.
I started the blog to keep track of what I've read, what I've loved, and to talk about books. That's it. ARCs are a plus, and my library has expanded so much I can't fit my books in my room anymore. I love that. But the best part? I've met so many great people, I've discovered my passion in life (I'm desperately trying to enter publishing as a career), and I've truly enjoyed expanding and bettering my blog over the years.
Which brings me to the point I wanted to make.
My blog views spike when I host titled giveaways.
What do I mean by that? When I specifically title something as a "giveaway," I get all these people suddenly "reading" my blog who I've never seen anywhere before and who don't really leave quality comments. They're speed reading through and don't really care about what I'm saying about the books.
And to my loyal readers — I know I don't have many (and welcome, to all you new ones), but I genuinely appreciate you all. I've met some pretty cool book friends here on Internetland, and I really like having you all around. I love your comments, and I always make an effort to keep up reading your blogs and commenting on your posts because I genuinely love talking about books.
So thanks for sticking around :)
And as far as giveaways go, I think I'm going to stop titling them as such. I like to save my books for people who truly want them.