3 Tips On How To Grow Your Readers – A Detailed Guide | Guest Post by Mahriya

Hi, everybody! Words cannot describe HOW EXCITED I AM to be here! I am absolutely honoured to have this opportunity to guest post on one my favourite blogger’s site so excuse my massive smile right now.

Sithara asked me to do some sort of blogging advice and I jumped at the idea. I haven’t done a blogging tips post in a while and I think this would be great to refresh my memory of giving readers something to help them out!

Today, I will be talking about THREE things that YOU CAN DO to pull readers in.


Let me just stress on HOW important interaction is. When I first started out blogging, I never even bothered to socialise with other bloggers and this took its toll. I got the occasional like but NO-ONE was actually reading my blog and I was pretty sad about that.
You’ve got to follow other bloggers in your niche. So, if you have a writing blog, follow blogs with the same topic. If you have an ‘all over the place’ blog follow other random blogs. I’m not telling you WHO to follow, but that’s definitely a suggestion to get people coming to your site.Follow more blogs, get out of your comfort zone! I have a book blog but I also follow lifestyle blogs – it doesn’t always matter. Be sure you’re interacting and becoming MORE part of the blogosphere. 

Don’t just settle with 20 blogs to follow, find new ONES EVERDAY – unfollow blogs you aren’t interested in or aren’t active. Don’t be stubborn when following, GO WILD!

Interaction also helps make bonds between bloggers. Believe it or not, I have SO many blogging friends now. Sithara being one of them. If I hadn’t commented on Sithara’s blog and broken out of my shell, then we wouldn’t be talking and this guest post wouldn’t exist.  I talk to bloggers on a regular basis and it’s AMAZING, I’ll tell you that.

Commenting on other people’s blogs is beneficial because

  • People get to know you
  • Bloggers will check out your site
  • You get to make blogger friends
  • You’re more involved in the blogosphere
  • Your name is more familiar to people

But DON’T comment pointless things like – ‘Great Post — *insert blog link*. I for one, hate these types of comments which consist of JUST self-promotion and prove that the commenter has not even read your post. Make sure your comment is –>

  • a decent length
  • related to the post
  • friendly, clean and polite
  • easy to reply to and start a conversation
  • addressing the author of the post
  • not spam or promotion


These are just a few guidelines to help you along the way.



Good content is KEY and believe me, it took A VERY LONG time to master this. In fact, I’m not even sure I HAVE mastered because it’s very tricky. There are so many factors that contribute to good content, it’s hard to get it right. Here are some points you might want to jot down for your next post.

A Decent Length

Unless it’s an occasional update, then make your you posts aren’t too long but aren’t too short. I’m always seeing REALLY short posts being posted every day and my thoughts are 1)why is there only 1 sentence? and 2) why don’t you combine all the updates into one post? Long posts  I don’t seem to mind too much but I don’t want to use too much of my time reading a blog post. People have short attention spans!


No-one REALLY wants to read about you eating sausages for dinner, and then going to sleep and how you made your bed in the morning. Whatever you write about has to be either –>

  • entertaining
  • beneficial
  • relatable
  • thought provoking

This post is beneficial and some posts are entertaining! I post lots of discussion posts which I hope are entertaining and thought provoking. Sometimes I post book reviews which I hope are beneficial to authors and bookworms. People have to WANT to read your posts so make them interesting. Write properly, explore ideas and make your post WORTH the read so more people follow and comment.

Suitable For All Readers

I don’t just mean making it appropriate, but making your post ‘well rounded’ is definitely helpful. My posts aren’t ALL well-rounded, like my book reviews, because not all people have read that book or want to. However, a discussion would be suitable for a wide range of readers because everyone has their own opinions.

Unique Posts

People don’t want to be reading the same stuff over and over again. Make your posts UNIQUE! Don’t follow the crowds, MAKE up your own ideas. Sometimes you can take inspiration but your blog’s selling point is YOU and so be YOU! I, personally, don’t like a blog that JUST posts weekly blog hops or memes. One a week is fine but if every day is either Memory Monday, or Sunday Sum Up, Or Tuesday Talks and WWW Wednesdays, then I unfollow. I used to be guilty of always posting awards and tags BUT THEY GET BORING after a while, you know? People want new, so give them fresh and shiny posts.  It can be hard but writing down ideas and thoughts in the day can develop into unique content.


I view many blogs from my reader but when I first check out a blog, I go on their actual site and I DON’T WANT TO BE bombarded with 5 billion colours,40 widgets and just a wild jumble of words. No, I want to come to a clean, site where I know where to go and get stuck in. A simple title, a page for blog posts, and a pretty sidebar that helps me with my experience. I don’t want to bombard you with too much stuff, but here’s some help below.

Software to design on

I use Canva And Picmonkey which are great sites!


Design Bold (free)


Adobe Photoshop (paid)

– BeFunky (free)


Free Graphic Sites

-Angie Makes – http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/

Designs By Miss Mandee – http://www.designsbymissmandee.com/downloads/graphics/

-Free Pretty Things For You –http://angiemakes.com/free-girly-graphics/

– We Lived Happily Ever After –http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/p/photo-editing.html

The above sites give LOADS of free graphics and normally spark off my inspiration. However, MAKE SURE you read the conditions. If it says it’s allowed for ‘personal’ use, you can use it for things like blog headers, your own designs etc… If it says you are allowed to use the graphics for commercial use, it means you are allowed to make money from the designs (Sell them). Most designs are for  ‘personal’ and normally. you have to PAY for a commercial licence so be careful HOW you use designs.

One mistake a lot of designers make is good graphics = good design. I made this mistake too. I thought that If I had the prettiest resources and fonts, my designs would be PRETTY as well. But that’s really not the case.

It’s all about matching, and laying it out. You could include all the nicest graphics, but your design could look cluttered, give off the wrong message, or just look plain ugly. You’ve got to play around with designs and set out things nicely. I find simple looks the best. Don’t go overboard with graphics.

Advice on making a header image

  -A Wonder Forest article

-An Angie Makes article 

-A DYOB article — 

Pinterest IS A LIFE SAVER for graphic designers. Need a watercolour wash for your design, search it on Pinterest and you’ll find lots of pins websites which take you to some wonderful links. be careful with what you download, though! I use Pinterest for

a) Inspiration
b)finding graphics

Graphic Design Pinterest boards:





Colour Palette

Another thing to keep in mind is colour palettes. You really shouldn’t have too many colours. My colour palette is green, black and white. It doesn’t have to be as simple. A Light blue, pink, and black used to be my colour palette. But to make sure it’s consistent use the same shade of a colour.

You can also check out some more tips here –> https://mybookylife.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/how-designed-blog/ And if you would like me to design YOUR blog for free—>http://designermall.weebly.com/custom-design.html

Was that long or what? I’d just like to thank Sithara for letting me guest post on her site! It was so exciting and wonderful.


Mahriya @ My Bookish Life


I’m an OFFICIAL book addict, potato lover and addicted to stationery. If you want to have a conversation, then follow the chocolate wrappers or the smell of books. My all time favourite TV show is BBC Sherlock and for a book…probably, The Kite Runner, or Six Of Crows – if you must know. I’m so indecisive, I can’t even settle on a handwriting style. I’m also a proud geek (but an undercover writer) who claims that having marshmallows or white chocolate IS LIFE – which it obviously is. To get more marshmallows head over to My Bookish Life 

See you over at my blog and stay awesome,

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The Blue Sky Tag!

First of all, I have some very exciting news!! Mahriya from My Bookish Life will be guest posting on my blog!!!!! I am so excited!! Thank you Mahriya for doing it! Her post will be up this Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Now, on to the tag! I was tagged for the Blue Sky Tag by Write Ally! Write! Thank you for tagging me because I really do like doing tags and challenges.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Tag 11 people
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer

The Questions:

1. What was the last book you read?

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon. It’s a very good book based on Norse mythology.

2. What are you trying to achieve with your blog?

I’m trying to improve my writing skills with my blog. Writing is something I absolutely adore and I hope to make a career out of it someday so I’m trying to make my blog a stepping stone towards that.

3. Do you think you are someone with a sense of humor?

Well I do have a sense of humor but I’ve never been the funny one. Although I am fairly sarcastic.

4. Imagine 10 years ago. How does that make you feel about yourself now?

Well I was seven 10 years ago… How does that make me feel about myself now? Well uh… I’m not exactly sure. I guess I’m proud of my achievements?

5. How would your friend describe you?

Probably as the introverted studious type. Although my friends do describe me as creative too.

6. Do you have hobbies that others might find unusual?

I write letters to my friends even though I know I will most probably never get a reply. Writing letters itself is rare in this electronic age but I keep writing them and actually post them to my friends even though they won’t write back… Which is a bit weird.

7. Have you ever done something illegal?

Nope, I don’t think so.

8. If you end up being a prisoner, what likely would be the reason?

For getting really angry and accidentally hurting someone in that anger.

9. What is the most likely thing that will get you angry?

Someone insulting my family or friends.

10. How do you handle yourself when you are angry?

I usually end up saying or doing things I will regret later or I end up crying. Which is NOT the way I want to handle myself when I’m angry. I do try not to say anything and to keep my calm.

11. Best thing to eat when you’re angry?

Chocolate!!!!! Chocolate is the answer to everything! *looks around cautiously* 

I tag:

  1. My Bookish Life
  2. The Stylish Dreamer
  3. itsJerrod
  4. Recipe that’s Easy
  5. Zwain Movie Reviews
  6. My Independent Wings
  7. Consider Yourself Warned
  8. A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts
  9. 50shad3s0fjay
  10. sensiblewizard
  11. Jinx Coolness’ Bookworm Blog

My questions for you:

  1. How long has it been since you started blogging?
  2. What is the best thing you like about blogging?
  3. Do you prefer a sunrise or sunset?
  4. The stars or the moon?
  5. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?
  6. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  7. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
  8. Do you or would you ever read fan fiction?
  9. What is your favorite social networking site?
  10. Do you have siblings? If not, who would you prefer to have, a brother or a sister?
  11. What is/was your favorite subject at school?

    Well those are it. If anyone else is interested to do this tag you are welcome to. 

    The next post is gonna be Mahriya’s guest post so watch out for that!! 

    Thank you for reading 

    ~Sithara ⭐

    Writer’s Ink Challenge 

    Hello! So, I’ve been challenged for the Writer’s Ink Challenge by Mahriya (Most of you know that she’s AWESOME, but if you haven’t found her blog yet, then go, go, go!! What are you waiting for?) Anyway, thank you so much for this, I know the post is a bit late, sorry! And the creator of this tag is Eseosa, and thank you for creating such a wonderful tag.

     I don’t know how much of a writer I am, but I absolutely love writing and I do a lot of it. Writing, reading and music and the three things that I hold closest to my heart.

    Anyway, here are the rules,

    1.Thank your nominator
    2.Answer at least 8 questions about writing
    3.Nominate at least 5 people

    When did you first start writing?

    I’m not exactly sure about that because I have always written things for as long as I can remember… But I started writing more creatively when I was in the 9th grade I think.

    Have you always been interested in writing?

    I have actually, which is something I realized only recently. When I was younger I used to get these really creative ideas which I never actually did. But now that I think about them, I realize that they have always been connected to writing somehow.

    Why do you like writing?

    Hmm… I don’t know really… I feel that I express myself more through writing because I sure can’t do that if I’m talking (Introvert Alert!!). But apart from that, I read a lot of books and when I read them, I feel like I am part of that story, that anything is possible. So many wonderful authors have created such beautiful worlds through their stories and I want to be able to do things like that too.

    What genre do you write in?

    Well, I mostly write fiction but related to real life situations. I have always wanted to write science fiction or fantasy though.

    Who or what motivates you to write?

    Not exactly sure about this one…  But I think the desire to create something of my own is what motivates me.

    Do you write poetry?

    I do actually… Poetry is one of the things that I started writing first. Although I wouldn’t say I’m very good at it. I write more short stories these days though.

    Have you ever written a story with a friend?

    I haven’t exactly written one with a friend but I did talk over a plot idea I had with one of my friends and she helped me get rid of (most) of the plot holes. But I think it would be really fun to write a story with someone and i want to one day.

    How do you write your stories (first person, third person)?

    Well I write in both actually. It varies according to the story. But I’m more comfortable writing in first person and if I ever write a novel it would be in first person.

    And now, I challenge:

    1.  Write Ally! Write!
    2. Jinx Coolness’ bookworm blog
    3. Zwain Movie Reviews
    4. Writing With Style
    5. The Stylish Dreamer
    6. Writings To Heaven 
    7. And YOU if you are a writer, if you love to write, if you want to write… I don’t know many writers (who haven’t done this yet) here on WordPress so if are reading this and you want to do this, please feel free

      If you’ve done this before then do send me a link. I’d love to read your post. And how would you have answered these questions? I’d love to know!

      Until next time!


      Why You Need Positivity and How to Bring it Into Your Life

      Hey guys!

      Like I said in my last post, I’m entering a contest held by The Stylish Dreamer (its awesome and today is the last day to enter so you’ve still got time if you want to and here’s a link to her orginal post). It’s all about spreading positivity which I think is a really great idea because lets face it, positivity has been something that has been lacking in today’s world. So I’m required to post on positivity (along with a few other requirements). And here is my post!! 

      I was thinking about what I’d write and I wanted to do something different.  I didn’t want to blab on and on like a bad philosophical book so I thought why not take a more practical approach to it? Yes we talk about positivity but why exactly do we need it? Isn’t it just easier to think negative? (Because THAT sure comes easily) Well you’ll find that it’s not and so here it is! 

      5 reasons why you need positivity in your life

      • No stress:-When you think positive it obviously reduces negative thoughts and also worries and tensions which will of course result in a very stress free life.
      • Great first impression:- If you are a positive person it will reflect in your actions and words and people will notice that when they meet you. This will create a great first impression and help you in many situations like competitive interviews. 
      • Helps to turn a problem into your favor:- If you are a positive thinker, then you can find opportunities in the problems that arise in your life. This will help you to face the problem and turn them in your favor. 
      • Better relationships:- If you think positive you will avoid finding faults and seeing only the negative things in people and that will help you have better relationships with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and almost anyone. 
      • Good health:- Positive thinking will of course increase mental and physical health. It’ll help you keep away from diseases and postive thinkers rarely fall into depression. Many a times you can find that people may fall sick if they have too many bad thoughts. So positive thinking keeps you healthy.  

        So now you’ve got reasons to be positive. But how exactly can you be positive? And so here are,

        5 ways to bring positivity in your life

          • Consciously try to think positive:- This may sound obvious but if you really make an effort you will find that you can think positive more and gradually you’ll do it automatically.  
          • A good meal and a good night’s rest:- Aren’t we all crabby and snappy when we’re hungry or tired? A satisfying meal and getting enough sleep will definitely keep you in good spirits and increase your positivity. 
          • Read and listen to positive things:- However sceptical you may be, a good motivational or positive thinking book or speech can do wonders for you. Even if you don’t get what’s in the book or audio, your mind will unconsciously start being more positive. 
          • Do things that make you happy:- You may have a very busy schedule, but find time to do things that make you happy. Maybe it’s an old forgotten hobby or spending time with someone you love. More happiness of course, equals more positivity. 
          • Find the silver lining:- Yes this too is an obvious thing that many people are sceptical of. But if you force yourself (I say force because this maybe exceptionally hard to do sometimes) to find atleast a good thing in a problem, you’ll find yourself gradually doing that automatically. If you find a positive thing in a problem then you could use it to your advantage and find new opportunities in a problem. It gives you the confidence to face the problem head on rather than leave it for later. 

            And here’s one more bonus point that I personally assure you will definitely bring positivity to your life. And it is

            • Spread positivity to the people around you:- Be kind, help someone out, give random surprises to your loved ones, comfort someone if they’re feeling low or simply smile at someone.  You never know what could make someone’s day. And I promise the more you make others happy the more you’ll feel happy. 

            So there you go! You’ve got reasons to be positive and you know how to bring it in your life! Be happy, be positive, be kind and don’t let negative thoughts get you down. 

            Would you say that you’re a positive person? Tell me what you think of this post and whether it will help you. I’d love to hear what you guys have to say on this. 

            Untill next time!

            ~Sithara ⭐

            One Year Blogoversary! And a few thoughts on leaving school

            Hello everyone!!! Finally my exams are over and I can finally start writing (more) again! As you can see from the title, its my one year BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!! I cannot believe it’s been a year. Last year I never even thought about starting a blog. And now here I am! I’ve got 196 AWESOME followers! I cannot believe so many people have actually liked what I write. Each like, each comment and each follow, it really means a whole lot to me. So a HUUUGGEEEEE thank you to my amazing followers and to all the people who’ve read my posts, who’ve liked and commented. Thank you to the wonderful people who’ve tagged me and nominated me for awards. And just gaahhh thank you!!!! I’m not really doing anything special for the blogoversary mostly because I have no idea what to do… (Suggestions are more than welcome!) 

            Anyway I was in 12th grade this year which means I’m going to college next year! Omg I can’t believe it!!! Me??!!! In college????? It still hasn’t sort of sunk in that I’ve finished my school education. I still sort of expect to go back to class after a few days. I went past my school today and that’s when it hit me… It won’t be my school anymore. I won’t sit in that class again, those teachers will never take classes for me again, I won’t ever study with those students again… On one side it seems perfectly normal because of course I knew this day would come but on the other side it’s too much to take in and I still can’t believe its happening… I have no idea where 11th grade went I mean… WHERE IS IT?? Looking back, these past two years have been a blur. Maybe it was because I was having fun. But however fast the years went I did make friendships to last a lifetime and also beautiful memories. I have no idea how I’ll make it through college without my crazy best friend by my side. 

            Anyway that’s it. I’m also entering a contest held by the awesome The Stylish Dreamer. You guys should really join because it’s an awesome contest and it spreads positivity! Here’s a link to the orginal post for the full details! So I’ll be posting on positivity for the contest so look out for that! 

            Until next time! 

            ~Sithara ⭐

            The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

            Hello everyone! I know I haven’t been posting much but I have exams going on which will finish this Tuesday (Finally!!). Meanwhile I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Ally Mare from Write Ally! Write! Do check out this awesome blog of beautiful poems and haikus. And thank you so much for the nomination. Receiving awards always mean so much to me. 

            Moving on, the RULES are:

            • Display the award on your blog.
            • Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
            • Share 7 facts about yourself.
            • Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

            So here are 7 FACTS about me:

            1. I’m currently in my final year of school. (Finals are going on)
            2. I’m a huge potterhead and marvel fan. (Along with quite a lot of other fandoms)
            3. On a related note, I’m a Hufflepuff and my favorite superhero happens to be Iron man. 
            4. I’m an Aries. (Birthday in a few days eek!)
            5. I can get emotional quickly.
            6.  I don’t have a very large group of friends but I’m very close with the ones I have.
            7. I don’t use makeup. 

              Here are my NOMINATIONS: 

              1. The Stylish Dreamer
              2. My Independent Wings
              3. Recipe that’s Easy
              4. My Bookish Life
              5. Writing With Style
              6. Writings to Heaven
              7. A Word of Substance 
              8. 50shad3s0fjay

                I know it says 10… But I’m 2 short… Oops😳

                Anyway to my nominees, I know that you may have received this award a zillion times but please let me know if you decide to do this! 

                Untill next time! 


                Micro Story 5

                They shook their heads in disapproval seeing the news about the gruesome rape. But alas, only when one of their own met the same fate did they say now is the time to act. 

                Prompt: Now Is The Time

                Source: The Scrawled Stories 

                I thought I’d write something related to the happenings of recent times. 



                Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to everyone who has made this possible!! Its such a nice thing to know that people read what I write and that they like it! Last year if someone had told me that I’d have a blog now AND have a thousand likes I would have just laughed. Thank you to my lovely readers for making this possible!!! 

                ~Sithara ⭐

                Quote 5

                This happens to be one of my most favorite quotes and it’s from my favorite book too… I love this quote so much because I think that pain really does demand to be felt. One can never suppress pain for a long time. It will have to come out sooner or later and sometimes it will consume us for a while. Pain is something that can demand our attention and our lives unlike anything else. It’s not exactly an optimistic quote but I still think it’s beautiful. 

                ~Sithara ⭐