It’s Been More Than a Year–So What’s Changed?: A Transparency Post feat. Stats & (Too Much?) Honesty

When I asked about whether people wanted to see this post, I definitely didn’t understand just how much personal information it would involve.

I spent a while thinking about whether I wanted to share a lot of very real, very solid numbers, because there are a lot of ways people could react. (Also, I contemplated sharing everything in shape, but without numbers, but soon threw that idea out the window.)

For some, this post will be “Wow, she’s grown so much, and I’ve literally gained 5 followers in one year–she’s shoving her success in our faces, can she please stop?” and for others, it’ll be “That’s it? That’s all that’s happened in this period of time?”

And so a lot of people are going to have a lot of different reactions to my blog’s growth, but over the past few weeks as I write this post, I’ve realized that it’s okay. Some people might take sharing statistics and this post in general as bragging, and for those people, this truly was not my intention and I’m sorry that it came off that way.

But ultimately, I believe that the book community is a community in need of a lot more transparency. For authors and publishers, I know this is a lot more difficult, but for bloggers–we control our platforms. Not anyone else. In the end, my blog is my blog and I can give insight to other bloggers by sharing this information (even if it feels so awkward).

As a blog, everyone’s numbers are fuzzy to everyone else. There are all these preconceived notions by other people on bloggers’ success. For example, just a few weeks ago, I got a sweet email asking for advice on writing review requests, as I “seem to be able to get the books I request.”

And yes, I am very privileged to read a lot of ARCs–both physical and digital–but did you know that I have never sent an email to a publisher and within a few weeks received a reply and a book in the mail?

I’ll talk about this more in the ARC section, but my physical-ARC-requests-for-publicists success rate is shockingly low (like, 0 low).

The entire book community is largely crafted to show more success than “failure”, even though it’s not actually failing, it’s more like not succeeding. And in this post, I hope you’ll gain some insight on all the times I’ve tried and not succeeded.

I’ve sorted this post into Blog StatisticsSocial Media Statistics, and ARCs so you can peruse the topic you’re interested in.

🌸 Please note–I ask that you’re all gentle with me. It’s hard to share statistics so very blatantly like this, especially when it’s something that I never see talked about and feels almost taboo, but this is something I think the community needs to see and something that I think would benefit bloggers new and old, and this is why I’m doing this.

I truly hope that I don’t make anyone feel bad with my stats, nor brushed off your hard work on your own platform. Everyone’s blog is different, and growth varies on a huge scale. There is no right way to do this, but I hope my experience will help you understand your own decisions better.

I am very proud of how my blog is grown, and it wouldn’t be without readers like you that this has happened. I am in no way ungrateful–if anything, I’m extremely shocked at how things have progressed recently, and am always flooded with gratitude when I see people enjoy my content or when I’m introduced to new opportunities. I could not be more content with my platform and am so thankful for the opportunity to support the book community in this way.

Lastly, keep in mind that

  • I’m a US based blogger, and I obviously have a lot of advantages because of this. I am a lot more likely to receive ARCs and be approved for Netgalley requests and am awake when the publishing community is awake. I have a built-in advantage because of this.
  • This is largely in terms of YA traditional publishing in the United States. Obviously, these numbers would be different in a different branch of publishing.

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Blog Statistics

Stats are so weird, and from the little I’ve heard from other people, they vary a lot. Below is a sample showing how my blog has grown from its inception in mid-July to now (October 18th).

Some people I know have bunches of followers, but not a lot of views. Other people, like me, have not-even-500 but a solid amount of views. It’s all very different, and greatly depends on how you interact in the community and what & how often you post.

I’m a heavy poster–I don’t post once a week, I post usually 4+ times a week, which is definitely why I’m view-heavy. Recommendations and discussions bring in the most traffic (100-400 views usually), while reviews (which, ironically, are what let publishers send me books) are the least clicked on (12-100, usually).

Similarly, I’m unfortunately not very social on other blogs. It’s just the truth, and after somewhat negative experiences on other platforms (Wattpad) with interacting and supporting other people very blatantly, I stay kind of low-key.

It’s largely for personal reasons–I don’t want to fall into the mentality of implied required reciprocation and I don’t think that’s a good way for me personally to make friends. I don’t want friends based off what we can do for each other, I want friends who like me and I like them.

And this definitely does not mean don’t support other people!!! I just personally have had bad experiences with support-heavy types of friendships, and I kind of stray away from them. I’m also a terrible person not for commenting on blogs as much as I should be, but I know my flaws. So if you ever want to send me links, like seriously, feel free, because I’m terrible at keeping up with my reader *sobs quietly*

But back to the graph. You can see growth sort of happens in spurts, and here’s an explanation for some of them:

  • January – I think a recommendation post blew up for me! I guess I wrote some good recs? I honestly don’t remember much.
  • February – Partial hiatus month. less posts = less views, which I expected.
  • June – Privilege in Publishing, Blogging, & the Book Community blew up on Twitter and a lot of people started interacting with me from it! Which is cool because I love seeing positive discourse bring people together.
  • August – I had a tweet go viral(ish), hehe!

To be honest, I’m not sure how much I have to say on this because I don’t have a lot anything to compare it to, but I’m sure y’all can make your deductions based on the info given!

All of this is very expected, but as you can see, through 1 year and 3 months I went from nothing to a very comfortable place, which I like and would very much enjoy staying at.

Blog growths happen differently (I assume) and what you see here is probably nothing like what your own blog is like. It depends on what you do.

And this isn’t a how-to guide–I’m not saying “post more to get better stats”; these are just the facts that I have and am sharing with you as I slowly stress myself out.

One of the things I like to note is how cyclical my stats look, like in this photo:

I mean–the curve is almost good enough to graph a sin or cosine curve on top, just because.

And it’s not even in 7 day intervals that a peak is on a certain day of the week–it’s more like 4-5 day intervals to a peak or trough, which I still can’t really explain (but I’m working on that).

So I don’t know what’s up with that, but I hope you gained something from this?

It’s all really awkward writing this, but I know this is a post that would have been super helpful when I started out (still would be helpful now if I could see this from someone else).

I’m also taking any questions about this stuff, so if you want really specific numbers, ask (politely). I’ll probably tell you.

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Social Media Statistics

Honestly, as I write this I realize I don’t have a lot to say on this. You could check all of this out on my social profiles, and I’ve only been recording monthly growth since May, so obviously that’s not a lot of time for you to watch growth. But here are some numbers all in one place so you can see how my social sites perform follower-wise.

(I also don’t have insights on Instagram because I switched back to a personal account.)

Note: Goodreads counts includes friends. It’s technically “anyone I’m associated with who might theoretically get my posts in their feed.” Also note that I don’t really want to be Goodreads famous (or any famous). That site’s A MESS sometimes.

I think the only thing I have to say about my social stats is that you should note the peak on the 2-Jul date, which is a result of my Privilege in Publishing, Blogging, & the Book Community post as I said before, as well as a peak in the end of August that I can’t really explain, but I think is because of my viral(ish) tweet–all of this which is most easily seen on Twitter.

Things that blow up = Stats blowing up. BOOM. Magical logic, am I right?

Growth happens in a lot of ways, and I think one of the biggest things about social media is that everyone does it differently, and it usually doesn’t pay to imitate (or copy) other people.

Neither I or you are Cait @ Paper Fury. I don’t write tweets about keeping dragons in dresses with pockets, and I never really will.

I’m me, but you aren’t. I write a lot of bookish opinion posts and opinion threads and really I’m just one big walking talking opinion with a moderate-ish stance and too many books under my belt.

And you’re you. You might be figuring out your platform, and that’s okay.

This isn’t to say you can’t write cute list-y tweets or opinion threads. You can do that if you wish, especially if it comes to you in a fit of genius and you’re passionate about it. But forcing content that’s not you to gain more followers (honestly, doing anything with a main goal of gaining followers) is probably not going to work out.

Your followers want to see your content, not your watered down version of a successful person’s content. Obviously if your content is similar, but you’re passionate about it, go for it. But don’t do it for the follows or likes, because it’s honestly not going to work out.

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ARCs

I’m sure this is a very intriguing section for a lot of you and the content you’re really here for, so I’ll try and make it worth your while with a lot of concrete numbers.

Throughout my 1 year and 3 months of blogging, I’ve gotten access to 202 review copies through a multitude of methods. Here’s how they break up by type:

Digital (118)

Netgalley (requested): 54
Edelweiss (requested): 32
First to Read (random): 8
Netgalley (read now): 3
Blog Tour Digital (non-pub): 14
Blog Tour Digital (pub): 1
Digital (through author): 6

Physical (86)

Book Con: 28
Giveaway (random): 19
Bookish First (random): 4
Blog Tour Physical (non-pub): 11
Blog Tour Physical (pub): 2
Publisher Expecting Review (random): 3
Publisher Expecting Review (reached out to me): 3
Physical (through author): 4
Library (ARC): 8
Surprise (from pub): 1
Kind People (ARC): 3

This count is very much NOT 100% accurate & the totals do not match, but it’s close to the actual numbers. There are some duplicates (i.e. I got something in a giveaway AND on Netgalley) and I probably missed a few numbers too, but overall, this is a pretty accurate count of how many ARCs I’ve gotten and through what method.

As you can see, a majority of the ARCs I read are digital copies, and a large chunk of the physical copies I’ve gotten are because my family was privileged enough to go to Book Con and pick up some ARCs there.

A Note on ARCs from Authors

99% of the time, you should not ask authors directly for ARCs of any kind on social media etc. Check an author’s website’s contact page for if there’s an ARC form or if there’s a publicist to reach out to or what the proper procedure is.

A lot of the ARCs I receive through this method are because I have established good relationships and they have reached out to me. Reaching out this way can be fine for some people, but for a lot of others it puts authors in really awkward positions, and it’s just a good situation to avoid. There are a lot of other ways to try and review something instead of cornering an author into it.

More stats on digital copies…

Most of these are obviously from Netgalley and Edelweiss. Also, please don’t take me talking about denials or not usually being approved as unhappy or ungrateful. These are honestly just facts, and I’m not salty about it or anything because I know the publishers are trying to do what’s best for the book. I’m thrilled to be able to review anything early, but I think it’s good for people to know that everyone gets denied, hence why I’m writing this post.

Netgalley

On Netgalley I’ve been approved for 80 books (some of these are from download links from authors + blog tours, a few are Read Now titles), and I’ve been declined for 42 books. (Some are also left perpetually pending.)

If we’re going to break Netgalley down even more, I am almost always approved for Random House & Sourcebooks titles, occasionally approved for smaller Macmillan and Simon & Schuster titles, occasionally approved for seemingly random HMH Teen titles, and very rarely approved for Disney-Hyperion titles.

(Also, if you’re a publicist reading this, know that I appreciate all the work you do and that I’m very much hoping not to get blacklisted for this post. I have no salt, truly, and I’m incredibly thankful to be able to review titles early. No one is entitled to ARCs, not me or anyone else.)

Obviously my I’m approved a lot more than I’m denied on Netgalley, but I also try and request titles from publishers I know are likely to approve me (although I do go out on a limb sometimes) which is largely why it’s skewed this way.

Edelweiss

On Edelweiss I’ve been approved for 36 books (a few of these are from blog tour widgets) and I’ve been declined for 8 books (and a few more are left perpetually pending).

But, this is also because Harper Collins (excluding the Blink and Harlequin Teen Imprint occasionally) always approves me. So a very large majority of the books I request there are Harper Collins titles.

I am also a terrible person and I test out the system by writing a bunch of requests at once (~6) and then picking one in the middle to request without a description, and all of them still get approved. So take that as you will.

All the other publishers on Edelweiss very rarely approve me, and I don’t really know much about their policies on there. Edelweiss is still very confusing sometimes, haha, but I appreciate my ability to review Harper Collins titles through that site.

More stats on physical copies…

I only started getting physical copies at the 5-6 month mark in my blogging time. You can find my stats on that month (January) in one of the earlier sections, but this was because of a giveaway! A month or two later, I started getting a couple publisher-affiliated ARCs (although most were indirect).

There is no right time to request ARCs. I probably didn’t start requesting until later that month at the exact 6 month mark, but I know other people got it earlier than that. I didn’t request earlier both out of fear, and out of the fact that I hadn’t told my parents about blogging yet. (You can read about my experience doing that here!)

Throughout the time I have blogged, I’ve written 6 review request emails to publicists, and here’s what happened:

  • 3 did not reply at all, and nothing came of it.
  • 1 did not reply, but asked me to the blog tour a couple months later.
  • 1 replied with a form I had already filled out, and nothing came of it.
  • 1 replied yes, but nothing has come of it yet (but the book publishes next year, so maybe something will happen).

So, if we’re being really generous, I have a 33% success rate, even though nothing has come of 83% of them and the other 17% might not have even been as a result of my request. If we’re not generous, it’s a 0% success rate.

And honestly? I don’t really mind. I’ve stopped writing review requests. Even though I’ve never actually written many in the first place, I find there are so many easier ways to obtain ARCs of books I want to read, and I’m almost never passionate enough about a book to go and harass a publicist to read it or write a really lengthy email that has a very slim chance of showing results, when I could just wait a few more months to read the final.

I find it’s just not worth my time and effort to chase ARCs down this way, and probably not worth the publicist’s time and effort either to decide whether to send an ARC or not.

This is obviously my take on this, but you can definitely go through this route (especially if you’re international and a lot of other resources aren’t available) if it’s something you like to do! I just like other programs more and the amount of effort that goes into these types of requests could be diverted elsewhere in my case.

I’m not really going to elaborate more on ARCs, but if you have questions about this section or what the different methods I listed above mean, drop a comment and I’ll do my best to answer!

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In the end, blogging is a mixture of successes and not successes, and honestly, I’m super happy where I am.

I know everyone struggles. Bloggers with bigger followings are still thankful that they are part of a specific opportunity, like a blog tour, and even they still get denied from time to time.

If my blog stayed at the exact same size and stats for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy camper. Growing would mean more opportunities, and I don’t really have time for that. And I hate saying no to people. Right now I have a good balance between what I’m able to do and what opportunities I’m presented with, and I wouldn’t wish for thousands of thousands of followers, because it wouldn’t really make me any happier.

With regards to ARCs, I think the best method of thinking that I stick to is that denials are just saying you’re not the best fit for promoting a specific book and that their decision is doing what’s best for the novel. Because that’s what it is, and part of my goal is to support authors, not to get access to whatever book I want.

Don’t take it personally. A lot of this stuff is up to chance, and you’re not defined by your stats. Everyone’s stats are different and nobody’s got a perfect platform that every single publisher wants to work with.

So you do you, and know that you’re showing your best you and that’s enough.

much love, vicky

Let me know how this was! I really hope I didn’t come off as bragging, because that was not my intention.

Also, if you have any pressing or even personal questions about my stats, now’s the time to ask! I’ll try to answer them all.

I really hope this was helpful for y’all and gave a lot of transparency for how things are for (one) blogger’s experience. I honestly have no idea what other bloggers stats + interactions are really like because no one talks about these things 🙃 So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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63 thoughts on “It’s Been More Than a Year–So What’s Changed?: A Transparency Post feat. Stats & (Too Much?) Honesty

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your stats with all of us! My stats are very similar, and I have similar cyclical nature when it comes to views that I have been watching because I am a curious stats person. Happy to share my data with you if that would be helpful in that regard.

    I am almost 8 months in at this point and just wrote my first review request email; not really expecting that anything will come from it but it was kind of exciting to be at a place where I felt ready to go there. I experience a lot of privilege with my arc approvals on NetGalley, and usually when I am declined I just wait for the FC because I am fortunate to be able to afford it.

    I really like your whole message here – I think the book community would benefit from demystifying what “success” and “average stats” look like. Pages Unbound did a survey fairly recently and average was 1-50 views a day, if I remember correctly, yet I think people get hung up on the stats and numbers. I care more about engagement than anything – I love having people to interact with on my posts & on theirs and am honestly so humbled to not be shouting into the void.

    Thanks again. You know that I adore you and this post is just another reason why. xoxo

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    1. ahh, I hope your review request is approved! i’m crossing my fingers for you!

      and thank you! I think success is so blurry in so many places of the book community, and that seems very accurate for the community. people really do get hung up on the numbers, and in the ends its things like comments that are the most important and gratifying parts of the blogging experience–knowing that people are hearing what you’re saying.

      thank you for the insightful comment, Kaleena! i’m truly glad this was interesting!

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  2. I love that you shared this, I always hesitate joining blog tours because of my stat, I thought that they would deny me, some don’t some does? I think? I haven’t tried requesting for physical ARCs yet. Being an Intl Reader is tough (with shipping costs etc) but I think I’ll just stick with eARCs (though like you said there is no guarantee about it). And yes, ironically reviews does get the least views of all. But seeing your transparency over it. Actually inspires me to just be me and I am the person who controls my own blog because umm, yeah I am the person behind it. (NO, you didn’t came out as braggy if you’re wondering.) I am thankful you did such post! ❤

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    1. aww, no! try try try is my best recommendation. one blog tour company I’ve been trying to join their tours for 1 yr and 2 months, and just a few weeks ago, I was approved for my first tour with them, even though I was almost going to give up! so don’t give up!

      requesting physical ARCs is definitely really tough as an INTL reader, and it might be good to look into that HC branch that sends internationally, I think? I know there’s a lot of great posts on ARCs for INTL bloggers out there.

      and i’m really glad this ended up being inspiring! it’s good to hear I didn’t sound braggy, phew!

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  3. I love this, Vicky! And please don’t feel bad about your stats, ever! You’re amazing and your blog is amazing, no matter what the numbers say 💖 I also find it fun to discuss stats and growth (I guess we’re both nerds) lmao! For me, my blog stats peak was last summer, but my monthly stats have gone down this year as I’ve interacted less and posted less, since my mental health has just been so bad. (It’s really discouraging to me actually, because instead of progressing, I’m regressing — but my mental health is more important to me than blog stats!) The same thing with Goodreads: I got a lot of followers quickly last year and the beginning of this year, but it’s tapering off now that I’m less active and write less reviews (again, because of mental health 🙃) But I’m so happy to see you growing and you deserve it all! 💖

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    1. awww, May, you’re too sweet, thank you!!!

      i’m glad you’re putting your mental health first, and I know it can definitely be discouraging to see stats go down, even when you *think* you don’t care about them, but YOU FIRST, MAY.

      I’m hoping this post is helpful to new bloggers in seeing one case of growth, so crossing my fingers!

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  4. Wow I love how this post is so very transparent! Kudos to you, this must have taken a lot of courage. As for me, I don’t know what statistics are good or bad(I’m new) but yours seem really nice!

    Also I love your Twitter threads and all tweets in general ❤️ Thanks for this post!

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    1. aw, thank you Charvi! and haha, yeah–I was definitely really stressed about this.

      honestly, I don’t know what’s good or bad either! nobody talks about it, but I have a feeling there is no good or bad, just everyone working to do their best.

      thank you so much for all the sweet words!

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I always kind of wonder what other blogger’s stats are because I’m kind of a data nerd.

    I should keep track of my own stuff more… I’ve basically just been tracking WordPress stats, but it would be cool to see social media growth too.

    Congrats on all your growth. I’m glad you’re in a place where you’re happy with your viewership!

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    1. aww, of course! and yeah, as I wrote this I realized I could record more, but that would probably stress me out & isn’t worth it.

      and thank you! I hope this was helpful ❤

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  6. Thank you so much for this post, Vicky! As someone with a book blog barely two months old, it is a great help and comfort to see stats and insights from someone who is “comfortably established.” I completely understand that growth takes time, and am excited for every new follower but I definitely have those moments every once in a while of “Am I doing this right?” And I’ve also been curiously looking around at other blogs trying to suss out the metric for a “successful” blog. I have no ambitions to be wildly sensational – like you I’d just like a nice healthy following, but I’m unsure of what that “number” is (and as you say, it’s different for everyone). For now I’m just content every week or month that I see the number go up. 🙂

    Seeing success stories (or perhaps even more importantly, what hasn’t worked for you) is a lovely check-in. Thank you again for taking the time to write this!

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    1. definitely! I went through a lot of that when I started–let me know if you want any numbers from my earlier months and i’ll dig them up for you! in the end though, everyone is different and each blog grows differently depending on what you do.

      i’m very glad this was helpful for you! thanks for letting me know ❤

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  7. This is a wonderful, bold post Vicky! Tbh, you sharing this is both insightful and inspiring. I only started blogging last January. If you remember, you are one of the first book bloggers I’ve met here in the community and seeing your growth? It makes me so proud of you. I know you’ve been working really hard and I always love your polls on Twitter and discussion threads.

    I’ve learn a lot from you and it inspires me to continue even I almost lose my heart in the process just recently because my laptop was unfixable but one comment from you telling, “you’re doing amazing Karlita” have me uplifted. Thank you!💛

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    1. aww, thank YOU Karlita! it feels like you’ve been blogging for so much longer as time has really flown by!

      and omg that is so nice to hear! i’m glad I could brighten your day–seriously dm me if you ever need a pick me up Karlita because you’re such an amazing person.

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  8. I think this is a fantastic post!! And I can imagine the anxiety and nerves of posting it, so just know you are AMAZING and a lovely humble blogger 💛And I also laughed at the big about meee.😂Lmao. I actually will confess my twitter has backfired on me and people are ONLY there for my comedy tweets, and it’s like a dead echo chamber if I tweet about my books or blog.😂But the likes on my comedy tweets are still a nice boost lmao. Anyway!! I totally hear you with ARCs and I rarely have the energy to pursue them these days either (I have, no joke, like 10% or LESS success rate on Edelweiss/Netgalley. I barely bother anymore, it’s depressing). And I think consistent posting is a really really huge tick in the direction of getting more traffic flow and making sure people don’t forget your blog!

    Anyway I’m completely rambling. But I just wanted to say, this is great and you are so nice and we should probably all talk about these things more right?! Not for the comparison-game, but to give each other tips on how to grow and to celebrate how VARIED we all are. And that is actually great!

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    1. aww, you’re too sweet! (also I was so confused when you said “big” until I looked it up and found out it was a non-American English thing! you learn something new every day!)

      aww, nooo! I could definitely see how that happens, and i’m sure it was a struggle trying to sort out being a published author and blogging and separating the two, although I think you’ve been doing a great job! (esp. on goodreads)

      and yeah, pursuing ARCs seems like just way too much work, and it definitely seems a lot harder from an INTL perspective with all the netgalley region bans.

      I think so many bloggers could benefit from just knowing how varied stats can be–even though we’re a relatively open community, we’re still so so closed off. thanks for stopping by, Cait!!! ❤

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  9. Thank you so much for this post; it is going to mean so much for so many. I wish we as a community could feel more comfortable being more transparent about numbers, and I hope this post paves the way. Also, you can really tell this post comes straight from your heart. 💗xx

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    1. aww, of course Melanie! I do too, I think a lot of people could benefit from just knowing how varied these things are. and that’s so good to hear, thank you so much for stopping by & letting me know! ❤

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  10. This is such a fantastic post Vicky and I admire you so much for writing this down and sharing it all like this. Statistics seem to be a bit of a… taboo, like you said, in the book blogging community, I’m not sure why. I know that I have a conflicted relationship with statistics, since I am very, very, very prone to comparison even when I shouldn’t and can’t help it but measure myself to others and feel like I’m never good enough – but that also might be my anxious mind speaking. ANYWAY, I am so proud and happy you shared this and so incredibly happy to see your growing success, it’s amazing and you completely deserve it, with your incredible blog posts and discussions and reviews and everything. You’re a hard worker and such a great blogger and I’m happy that pays, number-wise. ❤
    You're also lucky with ARCs, that's so great – and it's so interesting to see your statistics and feedback you received, I always wondered about that for other bloggers 🙂 I'm guessing my experience is a bit different, since I am international and get much, much less success, especially on Edelweiss who for some unknown reason does not like me haha, but it's so interesting to see the feedback an US-based blogger might get on the different ARCs platforms and such! Thank you for sharing that! 😀
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post! ❤

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    1. I totally get that feeling! and aww, thank you, Marie! I hope this has helped provide perspective for a lot of people.

      And a lot of that is definitely because I’m lucky with giveaways and live in the US! There’s an inherent advantage with that, unfortunately. As to Edelweiss, my success rate is probably only that high because I basically only request Harper titles anymore, hahaha!

      I know that even more established US bloggers have had 0 success on Edelweiss, which is crazy to hear.

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      1. It really helped me and I hope it will help tons of other bloggers as well. I feel like these kind of stats posts are important and help us put things into perspective, too 🙂
        Ahah well I think it’s quite awesome you have such a great relationship with Harper on Edelweiss, they do have incredible titles! I feel like Edelweiss is so… obscure, somehow, some people get approved, some are automatically approved while others have no success at all. I’d love to know WHY and how the people behind it all process to accept or deny requests. NOT to be bitter and scream at them, don’t get me wrong!! I’m just genuinely curious and wonder what catches their eyes in requests, or not 🙂

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      2. Yes! They need like more publisher policies or something on Edelweiss, because it really is SO confusing. like, i’m pretty sure Harper doesn’t read my requests so what’s the point? it’s all very fuzzy

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s something that needs to be spoken about more.

    I must admit, I actually love stats? Well, just looking at them, not trying to work anything that’s similar to Maths 😁

    It’s really interesting to see how everyone views their stats – what numbers they see as good/bad. For me I started my blog last year, but barely posted as I was busy studying/in a bad spot. But now I’m posting more and seeing a bit of a change – and that’s good!

    Like for the past few months – I’ve had views/visitors every single month! Obviously not that many, but I feel good about myself 😁

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    1. aww, of course! i’m glad it was helpful and i’m finding so many similar stats nerds through this post!

      and that’s awesome! i’m glad you’re getting good interactions! if you’re happy, that should be enough ❤

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  12. This was a really interesting post to read, I think it’s important to celebrate your successes and be honest with how you’re doing. Sharing your stats shouldn’t be shamed because at the end of the day if you didn’t think about stats at all you wouldn’t move forward. It’s great that you’re being completely transparent because it shows your truth and honesty with your audience. Very well done on all your successes and you should be proud. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us!
    Alex x
    https://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com/

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    1. Aww, thank you! I hope this ends up being helpful for a lot of other bloggers so they can see how varied “success” can be.

      I’m definitely very proud of how far I’ve come. Thank you so much for your sweet words!!! ❤

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  13. I loved reading this post about stats. I love to analyze stats! I fall in the envious category….but I’ve enjoyed steady growth on my blog which is satisfying to me and blogging/Reading/reviewing all bring me joy so all is good! I use my stats to monitor that I’m showing steady growth….that’s a measure of success that satisfies me. Congrats on your achievement!

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    1. I totally get that–envy sucks and sometimes it feels like you can’t stop that. But I’m definitely so happy you’re getting good growth on your blog! Thanks for stopping by ❤

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    1. Besides interacting with people & posting status updates with words, not just page counts, maybe try putting out a “hey! add me on GR” on some of your other accounts (i.e. I do this occasionally on twitter). Hope this helps!

      (also, more reviews = more opportunity for interaction)

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  14. This is so nice for baby bloggers like myself. Sometimes it feels that I’m writing for myself and that no one really cares. It’s nice to see that it’s normal. We so often feel that we judge ourselves against others’ successes!

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  15. I loved this post so much~it’s exactly what I needed to hear. I’m new to blogging and it’s so overwhelming at times. I work in finance, so I’m automatically drawn stats and details. Whenever I try to do research on stats, arcs, blogging, etc., it always leads to someone trying to offer a class or tutorial that I need to pay for. I just want honesty and flat-out facts, and that’s exactly what you did in this post. THANK YOU!!!!!

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    1. ahhh omg that’s so good to hear! blogging can be so overwhelming, and you should definitely not pay weird people for this info (unless it’s like a patreon, then maybe you might). so glad this was helpful! ❤

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    1. yes! and I’ve definitely gotten complacent too–in the end I don’t care, but for the people that do, I hope post like these are helpful and reassuring!

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  16. Edelweiss is primarily a platform for booksellers and librarians, and there are many publishers that will only approve those groups, so don’t feel bad about not getting approved! I’ve requested books on Edelweiss and been rejected, and then turned around and requested the same book on NetGalley and been approved, go figure!

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  17. I love that you decided to go ahead with this post in the end! It’s great to see how much your blog and social media grow. I skipped the ARCs section because I’m not on the US and I’m also not interested in ARCs at the moment.

    I used to look at stats a lot and continue doing what worked etc but it was exhausting. I also used to post a lot but now, due to college, I have way lesser time. I took a while to accept that I just don’t have the time to blog as much as I used to, but I’m now finally in a place where I don’t look at stats unless I click on that tab by mistake and I focus solely on putting out content that I like. Frequency, stats and followers can go as they wish 😌

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    1. No worries! ARCs are unforunately a very US-based thing. I honestly only look at my stats for record purposes–so one day I can go back and say “Wow. Look at how itty bitty I was back then.” I’m glad you’re content with everything and only blog because you want to blog! I think we all strive to reach that sort of level some day ❤

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  18. Thank you so much for creating this post, its clear you have done a lot of work on it! ❤

    I have to admit, this is a huge help for me. My blog is super duper small, but it is so interesting to see how someone else has grown so much, and what that has meant for their blog/media, and all the bits in between 🙂

    Congratulations on your year, and hopefully things continue exactly how you want them too.

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  19. Thank you so much for being so honest and transparent within this post! Also, you were so incredibly nice about it and I sincerely hope that no one was rude because you went about this in the best way possible. Anyway, I’ve been blogging for four years, but for about the last year and a half, I’ve posted very infrequently, and I’ve yet to post anything this year. I’m just now trying to get back into it. I had a lot of burnout when I first took this (very long and unofficial) hiatus, and a large part of that was stats. It’s hard to compare yourself to other people- especially when we don’t even know their numbers, and are often just assuming. At this point, I’m amazed that I still get any views at all, and I’ve come to terms with the way I’ve left my blog, enough so that I think I could potentially get back on my feet again. So we’ll see how that goes! Anyway, thanks for the fabulous post!

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    1. awww, of course Amy! I hope your hiatus helped you though, and I believe in you!!! Getting back in it can be hard but I hope the time off helped you build up your creative well. Comparing to what you imagine other people are like in your head can be really hard, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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