SUNDAY TEA: To Post or Not To Post

Morning Storytellers! It’s been a while since our last Sunday tea chat and I thought it was about high time that we sit down together with some tea (or in my case juice) and popcorn and talk. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about today’s topic of choice, and really going back and forth with it in regards to my own blog. It’s something that I think every blogger or content creator goes through or at least ponders, and some (like me) tend to stress over it; that “it” being new content. 

Johnny Cash GIFNew content is probably the best and the worst thing that can happen in this nook of the world. On one hand, new content is fresh, exciting, and keeps your audience engaged and wanting to come back to your platform. However, on the other hand, new content can also deter your audience depending on what type of content it is. It’s a fine line to ride when in this business, and it’s one that we can’t just avoid–we must become the Johnny Cash of our platform and “walk the line”. 

Let’s talk

But the portion of this broad topic I want to zero in on is: what happens when your new content doesn’t match your old content…like at all? To make more sense of this, I’m going to be completely transparent with you and give you a glimpse of my journey here as a content creator and blogger. I first started my journey over on Youtube where, much like here on Fictionally Sam, I made book related videos and content. However, do to some external and internal forces at play, I no longer felt comfortable making videos and switched back to my first love–writing. This is where Fictionally Sam was born and I have never regretted a moment of it since. However, as time has passed and I’ve grown more comfortable in my reading journey and expressing myself, I’ve realized the things I originally wanted to talk about, weren’t up there on my lists to write anymore. 

My passion for it had fizzled out. 

I wanted to talk about different things, and gush about the new things I adored. I had–for lack of a better term– grown up and wanted to take you all with me. So I did. In 2019 (this year) I began talking less about YA fiction and more about romance; I also took a leap of faith and started adding in Film/TV related content because I simply adore storytelling and cinematography is one of the storytelling mediums I’ve been passionate about all my life. I began to be more me

Folks didn’t like that. 

Giving the folks what they want…kind of

I lost a bunch of my audience during my transition from 100% book blogger to more of a multi-platform gush zone. I had comments and emails from people telling me “I unfollowed because I signed up for a book blog, not an entertainment blog” and “why do you post so much romance? It isn’t even good writing.” 

So I started lowering the amount of film content I put up, to appease the masses. Couldn’t do jack shit about the romance because–well I’m tired of hiding my love for the genre and it’s mainly what I read (but this is a topic for a different Sunday Tea session). I stopped showing myself completely in what I call my nook of the internet. Because that’s what people had told me they wanted. 

Crossroads?

Now I’ve hit another crossroads in my time as a creator, where there is content I would really love to put out–but am unsure if I should. There is this age old, and very sage advice that bloggers give to one another when they first begin their journey, “write what you want to write.” Which is 100% true, but what happens when what you want to write doesn’t match your audience anymore and that external gratification ceases to exist? Do we take the plunge and say YOLO to the masses and write what we want to write even if the world waddles away? Or do we create a different account, a different brand, a different platform for that other content as to not upset the powers that be? 

For me, I’m not sure. I have never been good at juggling multiple platforms (my social media can be a prime example of this), so multiple brands and sites would suck any love for sharing my thoughts with the world that I have. I’ve always stood proud on the fact that I didn’t care about what others think, and if you are passionate about something, others will share in that passion too. 

However, I have found that it’s different when your in the midst of that situation, where people call out and tell you they don’t like it. It makes you stop and hesitate about posting that movie review you were excited about not even an hour ago, about gushing about that new erotica cover reveal you saw from an author you love, or taking that leap and introducing a different side of your blog/ new series all together.

School GIFIt makes you stop and hesitate whether or not you are Troy Bolton, from High School Musical, and this is the Cafeteria number where everyone yells at you to stick to the status quo. Should you make new content or stick with what you know? Or, should you push through the noise and tell Sharpay that you are breaking free? 

What are your thoughts on the topic? Have you struggled with content shift and wondering if your current audience will stay with you through the journey? Or are you like me, hesitating on putting out new and different content in order to not tip the balance? 

Let’s chat!  

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15 Comments

  1. Laurie

    November 3, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Honestly, if people unfollow you because you don’t only post bookish content, it’s their loss. Multiple types of content makes you happy, so go for it!

    I decided to transition my blog into a full English blog, so I’m in such kind of process too.

    1. Siham @ readingatlastblog

      November 4, 2019 at 7:27 am

      I think you should be posting what you love posting. It’s your blog and if they unfollow ( then it’s their loss tbh ). I’d love to read about the thing you are currently enjoying, no matter the topic 🙂

  2. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    November 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    If they don’t like what you post, then they can unfollow. You don’t need that kind of negativity anyway. This is YOUR blog and you should be able to post whatever feels right for you.
    Also, who doesn’t like romance?!

  3. Kristina

    November 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve seen it happen with Tecsie too, when she went from a book blog to mostly gaming and only going to a bit of books.
    Ithink the most important in all of this is loving your contents and writing what you wanna write— I did that too before allowing myself to branch out of blogging &books solely. I know that posting something JUST for your followers make the journey a chore and you despite scheduling days as you need to fit in a « square »…

    It is hard to see the numbers go down (hell, i’ve been seeing it too since going self-host) but the most important out of this is do you want someone to follow you because of your CONTENT or because they like you as a person? If they follow for you, they’ll like whatever you post and would read it anyway! BUT, it’s really just a question of time if it’s only for what you post.. How you feel toward your blog and your journey matter so much more than thoses who wanna spread some hate because « you changed » ❤️❤️

  4. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    November 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Pffft. Sam, I adore your content even though I’m very very very guilty of not visiting often enough and spamming you with all the love that you deserve. But I really understand where you’re coming from since I’ve gone through the same thing (less of the “I unfollowed you because blah blah” but a lot more silently unfollowing) and despite acting as though I’m not bothered at all, I’m actually a little bothered? I really suck at multiple platforms too, which is why I kind of converted myself to a more entertainment blog with a lot more books but with the occasional film or gaming content. I think personally I’m not as bothered as much because I started blogging at 15, and at 15, I was a freshman in high school but right now, I’m a senior in college. I’m in my 20s. I kind of HAVE to change in some way? But anyways, I definitely struggle with not tipping that balance, but I think focusing primarily on bookish content with the occasional other forms of entertainment works out for me? I don’t know, to be honest.

    Also on a side note they can choke on a sharp pineapple. I’m a firm believer that yes, you should follow a blog for their content, but you should also follow someone because you like them for being themselves. Creating content should be something that YOU enjoy, because do you really want to do something that you hate 24/7? Not really… that’s kind of when blogging becomes more of a chore than something you truly enjoy; and that’s kind of something that I learned a hard way when I first started as a gaming blogger before scrapping and becoming a book blogger.

    Anyways, I could go all day, but you are doing great and I think you should definitely post what you want. Maybe try out primarily bookish content, but with the occasional movie review? I don’t know if that will work out for you if you’ll continue getting those emails (personally I think that’s just disrespectful; just unfollow silently, you don’t need to rub salt into the wound further). But it IS hard to see your numbers go down and you’re completely valid. <3

  5. Jayati

    November 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

    I understand that it is definitely hard to follow the mantra ‘write what you want to write’ but honestly, if writing about various other things such as about the cinema makes you happy, it will be reflected in the content you post and so people will stay for that – I know I will!
    I started posting Bullet Journal related stuff in the middle, as well as a few mental health posts which received a little less attention that my bookish related posts but it is what I wanted to write then, and so I did.
    I think I might start posting more varied stuff in the future, probably once I graduate for real and have more time for my blog and I really hope my audience stays with me through it.
    I wish all the best to you on your journey ahead!

  6. Mere

    November 4, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I have many feelings on this topic, and they run along the lines of what everyone else has already said. I think there’s quite a few people I follow because I like them as people, and I’m interested in what they’re reading/their content, and others I follow simply because I like them as people and I like supporting them in what ways I can.

    I know for me, I try and post content I like, but also content I hope is engaging? I don’t know, I’ve never had a good sense of how to engage people at all.

    But anyways, I know the gratification is nice (like yes, I need it because I like getting responses) but I also know that it’s supposed to be fun. It’s a hard line to walk.

    Also…I’m just getting into romance books…and I’ve found a couple I’ve liked. I feel like I need to try more!

  7. proudbookreviews

    November 4, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I think I’m lucky in that I came into the book blogging world at the tender age of 27 when I was already past enjoying much YA while also totally loving romance. So most of my audience are coming to me knowing I read mostly romance. But I also made it very clear in everything I’ve written about myself that I’ll read what I want to read.
    I believe that if they don’t like your content anymore, that’s fine. You can unfollow the person. Doesn’t mean you need to make a comment about it and make that person feel less valued just coz they aren’t posting what you love anymore.
    I’m also shocked at how much hate so many people have for the romance genre. Yes, I’ll agree there are some very easy/light/silly romance reads out there. But I love those on the days where I feel like crap (you know those days where you don’t feel sexy/loved?) while also still loving more complex books. I had that feeling on Fathers Day when I was telling my dad about how Harper Collins had reached out to me to read a new romance they had coming out. His first reaction was “That’s great. But why are you reading that crap?” meaning romance. I couldn’t believe it. The man who’d raised me to love books and read what makes you happy was telling me my main genre sucked.
    My instant “F You” response was “Well I don’t care what you think. I enjoy the genre and I’ll read what I love”. And I’m all for that when it comes to posting what you want to post about.
    If you’re passionate about something. Post about it!
    As you grow and your posts change, so will your audience. Some might grow with you, some might leave and I’m sure you’ll gain new followers as well.
    I also have an option on my blog where people can choose what types of posts they want to get notifications about so they are only getting emails about the topics THEY want to hear about. I have a small following though so I dunno if that’d work for you?

  8. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    November 5, 2019 at 5:17 am

    You can’t please everyone. If they don’t like the content you’re creating anymore then they know where the little red x is to exit off your site/unfollow button. Something I’ve always struggled with is not posting reviews on my blog, luckily I’m able to create other posts which I’m proud of and I feel are more me? I’ve never loved reviewing things and I always felt that showed in the reviews I posted.

    I don’t read a whole lot of romance…if any at all and I’m not huge on TV/Film but you know what I am here for? ALL OF YOU. The masses who leave were only here for the content, for me personally I’ve always tried to be here for bloggers content and them as people. I like getting to know people, what excites them and so what if we don’t have tons of overlap with our interests. It’s a bonus if we do but that shouldn’t matter. (I think I went off on a tangent ooops)

    Anyway my point is, this is your blog, your corner of the web and it’s gonna suck losing followers but you’ll gain new followers who are excited about your content and those of us who are still here by your side are here to stay. (I know I am 🙂 ) I’ve been lucky enough to not notice if I lose followers on my blog and people don’t really tell me if they have unfollowed my blog…which is also nice cause to be quite honest I don’t want to know their reasons why. My blog is me and is my playground to have fun and experiment with things. I’ve totally forgotten where I was going with this BUT just know you are amazing, I adore you and your blog and the people who don’t like your content/unfollowed/send you emails are not worth the time it takes you to stress/worry over them. <3 <3 <3

  9. TheCaffeinatedReader

    November 6, 2019 at 5:02 am

    Well, those other people are just going to lose out on awesome content. I love the thought of you writing about other things you love! Bring on your movies and writing projects and WHATEVER YOU WANT BECAUSE IT’S YOUR BLOG and maybe you’ll lose a few followers in the beginning but I bet in the end you’ll have more than before because people love you, for you, not because you’re sticking to some strict content list. I love everything you do, I will shout from the rooftops how awesome your blog is and that’s not going to change.

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  11. northernplunder

    November 6, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    slams cuppa tea on my desk i truly think its important to write what you want, im all here for movie posts and tbh at first my graphic novel posts didn’t do as well but gradually im noticing more people pay attention. also maybe you can get new readers. idk either way im always ready to hear what you have to say

  12. Ruby's Books

    November 13, 2019 at 7:35 am

    rolls up sleeves I, like many before me, believe you should read and write whatever makes you happy. You want to gush about the latest pie recipe you found and made and was delish? DO THAT. (actually please do because I love food and pie) Who cares if a group of people unfollow you because of you? It’s their loss.

    Now. I’d be liar if I told you that there haven’t been times where I didn’t stop to think “does this post really scream me, would it matter to my audience?”. But at the end of the day, if it’s something that makes me happy, then the first person I have to make happy is myself. Because if you post content that you don’t care about, it shows. I’d rather follow someone that has content I don’t generally search for because I love them as a person and their passion for that topic shows, rather than follow someone that writes content I like but writes it in such a way that makes me think it’s a robot writing it, if it makes sense.
    sends allllllll the hugs in the world

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