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Blogging Tips #7: How to Blog When You’re Not Reading

A feature in which I share my dubious blogging wisdom with you.

Welcome back to the Blogging Tips feature! I have written numerous posts on blogging and have given my advice and shared what worked for me personally. It’s an introduction of sorts to blogging, and you can find all of it HERE. A similar topic I already discussed is blogging burnout, which you can also check out HERE.

It’s been a while but we are here again and we’re here to talk about blogging and how to do it when you’re not actually reading (or doing the thing that your blog is about). I don’t know about you, but I get into book slumps or I just don’t have time to read and when you’re not actually reading, coming up with content can be HARD. I feel you. So I am here to give advice on how we can overcome this pesky inconvenience.

1

I have found that when I lack content and I haven’t read a book in a while, the best thing I can do is turn to books-adjacent things. Meaning I will blog about things that have to do with books in one way or another, without actually talking about books. For example, I’d do a post on a book to movie adaptation or I’ll do a post on book subscription boxes or I’ll blog about bookish podcasts. This is a great way to still have bookish content, without reading anything new and plus, it’s something fresh and different which your readers will enjoy.

2

There are so many different features out there that you can do weekly and thus, always have a backup post in case you are feeling uninspired. Down the TBR Hole, or Top Ten Tuesdays (Wednesdays, whichever) and similar features are a great way to have a set theme and just work on said theme, without thinking too much about it. If you start doing a feature, you will always have a post to do and be all set.

Bonus Points: Come up with your own features! I have a lot of stuff I came up with that I do every once in a while – like my character Reading Lists, or Judging Books by the Cover. It’s a great way to work on something that’s interesting to you and make your content stand out. If you want to know more about features, I have made a convenient little post about them.

3

In case you’re stuck and you’re not reading, a great way to provide content is to share some people who are reading and are infinitely better than you at everything. I love sharing my favorite blog posts and my blogging friends. I love this community and there’s so much great content out there, so in lack of your own, you can just talk about some awesome people and their amazing book posts.

4

You know those book tags that you always get tagged in? SAVE THEM. I have all those tags saved in a bookmark folder, waiting to be done. Instead of doing them when I actually have something else to talk about, I save them for those dark days when I am not reading. Tags are fun, people tend to like them, and it’s a great way to talk about books you have already talked about (because you’re not reading, remember) BUT IN A NEW FORMAT. Fun.

5

Since you don’t have the time or energy to ACTUALLY read, why not discuss things that you would be reading if life did not get in the way? Talking about your TBR can be a lot of fun, and there are many different things you can do. You can talk about books you own, books you’d like to own, or if you are like me you can talk about books that you keep adding to your never-ending Goodreads TBR shelf in a feature called Recent TBR Additions.

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I feel like there’s always something going on in the bookish community and hence, there’s always something to discuss (yes, even the dick soap thing). But if you are not reading, a great way to compensate is to make discussions that will get people talking. Discussions are always my most popular posts and I love sharing opinions with other people on books and book happenings. So stalk Book Twitter for inspiration and then write a HOT TAKE post. If you scroll through my discussion posts, you will see that a lot of them are inspired by recent events. So discuss away!

7

Can you tell that I have started studying again and I have zero time to read? Because that’s what’s happening. So if you’re like me, try complaining about it but disguise it in a blogging tips post. I am sure everyone will appreciate that.

And those are some stuff to blog about when you don’t have the time or the energy to read. I hope that this was at least a little bit helpful! Please leave any tips you might have in the comments below or any requests for future blogging tips!

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14 thoughts on “Blogging Tips #7: How to Blog When You’re Not Reading

  1. I’m lucky that I’ve a bunch of old reviews waiting to be writtenm, so even if I stop to read I always found a way to be safe withj my unwritten review archive. Yet, I definitely try to resort to things like tags. I find those to be funny but also relaxing. Discussion are a bit too diffucult for me, on the relaxing side, because I tend to re-write them many and many times.
    More than what to write on the blog when I’m no reading, is finding the time and strenght to blog XD

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    1. Ah yes, when I first started blogging I did not know what to post, so I just went through my goodreads and posted a review for everything, that’s definitely a tactic I resort to! And yeah, finding time and strength to blog is something I have definitely struggled with in the past!

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  2. These are terrific tips! I am positively burnt out from trying to come up with blog posts when I’m not reading (after all, book slumps tend to suck all the creativity from you), and I’ve definitely contemplated some of these, such as book tags, discussions, and TBRs. I have yet to venture into features, and I definitely want to do a favorite bloggers post, but I’m a tad scared to go for it fully because it’s a deviation from what I do on my blog. However, it makes for good variety, and I hope to branch out one day. 🙂 Fantastic post!! ❤

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  3. Wow, this post is gold. PURE GOLD. I’m bookmarking this one for later use, because sometimes I just don’t have the time to read, but I still want to write a little post for the blog, you know? But seriously, this is amazing. You’ve included so many wonderful ideas; my creative juices are already flowing with new things to write about. Thank you for your wonderful content 😀

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  4. Amazing post! A lot of bloggers feel pressured because they think that to be relevant they have to read all the latest books which is so not true! Bloggers shouldn’t feel restricted with the content they put up on their blogs. Book tags and features give me so much joy to read through because I feel not only am I finding more books but I’m also getting to know the blogger!

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  5. This post is AMAZING! To be honest, I’ve never read a post like this before and it’s relevant to everyone!

    Everyone has a life beyond blogging whether its work, study, family commitments so these ideas of blog posts when your not reading is fantastic!

    I’ll definitely be referring to this as I’ve had a few weeks of late where all I’ve posted is my Weekly Wrap-up and Waiting on Wednesday.

    I wish I was a person that can post daily, but realistically, I do not always finish a book in a day, so I’d rather stick with a schedule eg 3 times per week, rather than be pressured to churn out a daily review.

    This is an awesome post!

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