I Do What I Want #32: Do I Really Need This Feature?

Posted March 20th, 2017 in I Do What I Want, My Features / 18 comments

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Sometimes I just want to talk about random crap. No theme, no rules, just…whatever. That’s where I Do What I Want posts come in. This is where I…well, do whatever the hell I want. Enjoy…and be very afraid.

It seems like you all really dig my personal posts. I get the most views and comments when I do a I Do What I Want post. Not that I care about the views but I do love the comments.  It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I see people enjoying my posts and commenting. I have been losing visitors since I stopped posting every day, but that’s okay. It’s the natural evolution of blogging, I think. And even though I consider blogging more for me than anything, I still want to make my readers happy. So I have been doing more personal posts, which I actually love doing so it works for all of us! Gotta love those win-wins.

However, I have a question for you. Should I continue to use my I Do What I Want feature for personal posts (non-related to books or blogging) or should I just scrap it? I could easily do a post with just the title based on the contents, with no header, no post count, and so on. Or maybe I can just stop counting the posts, like no more #32 and all that. Is it stupid to count posts for features? It may seem like a simple decision but I can’t seem to decide. So I leave it up to all of you.

Do you like my posts having the feature name, header, and number attached or do you want to see my personal posts do their own thing, nixing the feature part?

Suggestions appreciated!

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18 Responses to “I Do What I Want #32: Do I Really Need This Feature?”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I’d say it’s the contents of the posts that interest me…I don’t bother much what titles you use for them, I’ll still read them! I tend to just use my own titles for any personal blogs but it doesn’t bother me which way you prefer to do it.

  2. Ashley

    I don’t think it’s a huge deal either way, so I’m sure whatever you decide on would be fine. But personally I stopped labelling all my features – particularly in the titles. I realized that for most people (particularly people who aren’t already followers), the feature name doesn’t mean much or do much to draw them in.

    Which is more appealing?

    “Top Ten Tuesday #56”
    “Ten Science Fiction Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On!”

    I guess I just find it a bit more interesting to get straight to the point. Let the category name speak for what feature it is.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      That’s what I was thinking, that maybe the feature looking titles would deter people.

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I would read them either way. I agree with Ashley on the 2nd headline being more appealing to someone that may not be a follower. I will say though that when it’s emailed, I know exactly what kind of post it is by the feature name so that is helpful in that aspect.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Hmm, you make good points. Maybe I should just get rid of the numbers.

  4. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I enjoy these posts because I’m nosy. lol. I like that it’s a feature. It sticks out more when I scroll through my email, so I know what type of post it is. And I like that you add a title giving the subject of the post. The number I think is more for you. I number my Sunday Post mostly for my own benefit.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, the numbers really are more for me. Can you imagine me labeling something in the 1000s? That would be crazy.

  5. Lover Of Romance

    You know I have had the same thoughts on my discussions post feature. Especially since I do get the most comments for my discussion post every week. Honestly though, I don’t think it really matters.

  6. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    I do love discussion and personal posts. That’s crazy you’ve lost readers b/c of not posting every day. I feel like people don’t have time to read it all if you post every day – I mean, granted, I do this a lot through the week but it usually comes down to how much I need to post. haha

    Anyway, I think it’s whatever you want! I like the title, but you don’t have to count the posts – esp. if you want to do more.


  7. Olivia Roach

    I think they don’t need a header! They can just be their own post. I’ve switched up my blogging style to suit my reader preference and be more geared toward my audience too. I try that for every review, the next post is an ‘other’ one, like a movie review, discussion, haul post or something else. It’s fun and it’s fun to read as reader too ^^

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