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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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