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Blogging is very fun, but it can be far too easy to fall into the patten of posting the same types of posts, especially for us book bloggers, for whom reviews often make up a lot of our content. If you’re looking to spice up your content, or just try something new, then here are a few post types that you may want to consider trying out.

1. Open Letter
I love the idea of writing a letter, and posting it on your blog. You can get really creative with this: a letter to a favourite author, to the blogging community as a whole, to your past/ future self, to a book character, etc. I have a few ideas for this one, and I’d really like to try it out.

2. Tag/ link-up

I personally love blog tags, as well as link-up parties. It’s a great way to find other websites, and get to know bloggers better. It’s very easy to find blog tags/ link-ups but if you’re not interested in any of the ones that you find, you can always make your own! I did this last year with the Candy Book Tag, which was very successful.

3. Interview

If there’s a topic you’d like to discuss but don’t have much knowledge about, you can always find someone who does! I’ve seen 2 types of interviews in the book blogosphere: interviews with authors (or other publishing professionals), or interviews with fellow bloggers. Both seem really interesting to me, so I definitely suggest trying this out at least once or twice!

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4. Reviews

It’s true: book bloggers tend to do a lot of book reviews. I enjoy reading book reviews, but I think it can also be fun to try reviewing different types of bookish products, or even things that aren’t necessarily book-related (ex. restaurants or cafés). If you want to see an example, you can check out my Vistaprint business card printer review.

5. Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, why not pull out your camera and snap some photos? These can help enhance existing content (Cait does this really well), and you can showcase some of your photos in a post of their own. For example, I love Kara‘s Friday Photography feature.

6. Infographics

Infographics can be a great way to get information across without having to type out a whole post to explain something. You can also print these out, and hang them on your way if you’d like!  I’ve make infographics for Bookish Serendipity before, and had fantastic feedback! If this is something that you’d like to do, I highly recommend the website Easel.ly, which has lots of beautiful templates.

7. Guest posts

Are you just not in the mood for blogging, but you don’t want to abandon your blog? You can always send out a public call for guest posts, or just contact some trusted bloggers and see if they’d like to write something for your blog. Better yet, you can even try a guest post exchange!

8. Giveaway

If you’re feeling generous, you can always sponsor a giveaway on your blog. Your prize doesn’t need to be anything expensive, you can always give away something small like a pack of bookmarks, or a low-value giftcard. I use Rafflecopter for all my giveaways, and it’s great!

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9. Freebie

A freebie is different from a giveaway because unlike giveaways, freebies are available to everyone! This can be anything– graphics, photos, a how-to manual, screensavers–that you’re willing to give to your readers for free.

10. Discussion

Discussion posts are one of my favorite things to read on blogs! It’s always interesting to hear someone’s opinion on something, even if it differs from my own. Discussions can also be a great way to start a conversation (in the comments section) on your blog.

11. Lists

This is something that works really well for me. I am, by nature, an organized person, so I love seeing posts that are formatted into lists. You can do a lot with this topic: favorite TV shows, tips for new bloggers, book you’re excited to read this month, etc.

 What are your favorite types of posts to read?

18 Comments on 11 Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

  1. Daisy @ A Bookish Flower
    May 21, 2015 at 12:29 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I had the “New Post” tab open and my curser was blinking back at me, waiting for me to write something up! When this showed up in my inbox! I’ve never opened up a post so quickly in my life. Thanks so much Jess! I’d better get to typing!! 😀
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  2. Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books
    May 21, 2015 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

    You’ve definitely given me something to think about. I’m going to try the lists and photography one and see how that goes. It’s always a good idea to change things up every once and a while. 🙂
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  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    May 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay…you got me here. *hides in corner of shame* My blog is pretty much 95% book reviews, and I really want to change that, but I feel like I can never come up with something creative enough to post; but your list has really given me some great ideas to try. Thank you for putting this together Jessica!
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  4. emily @ for the bookish
    May 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm (2 years ago)

    These are some fantastic ideas! I’ve got this post bookmarked for the next time I’ve got blogger’s block! 😉 Lists are always a go-to post when I’ve got nothing else, lol.
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  5. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!
    May 23, 2015 at 1:25 am (2 years ago)

    These are great post ideas! I always feel as though I run of things to post so this list will definitely help me if I need a post! Thank you Jess! 😉

    ~Kaitlin
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  6. Nova @ Out of Time
    May 24, 2015 at 12:10 am (2 years ago)

    I actually don’t really like writing book reviews as much as I used to. I mean, I still do them but now I’m really into finding new posts that aren’t discussions but also aren’t really ANYTHING classified. For example, my evolution of a blog design is more personal than discussion but there is discussion room.

    IMO, I think that post ideas depend on the person – like I could never do infographics because I’m auditory and they don’t help me. Instead, I love writing about music and sometimes recording myself

    Awesome post <3
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  7. Lola
    May 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Great ideas! I like the open letter idea, although i have no clue what I would write about, but I do like the idea and style of those posts. I myself often do reviews, discussions, weekly-wrap-up and since January also recipe posts. I don’t do a lot of giveaways anymore as I can’t afford them at the moment. I sometimes have guest posts from authors during blog torus, but not a lot, not sure why. It definitely helps to consider a few other posts types to have some different types of content. great post!
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  8. Meg
    June 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Good ideas! I love reading all different book-related posts, but for some reason I only write reviews myself.
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    • Jessica
      June 2, 2015 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Glad you liked it!

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  9. Sarah
    July 19, 2016 at 10:06 pm (8 months ago)

    A few other ideas for blog posts:
    Talking about things you want to see more of in books
    odd mixes of genres that do/don’t work
    talk about an author’s evolution throughout there books
    Any of this help?
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  10. Jamie
    August 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm (7 months ago)

    Great post! I think it’d be so fun to write a letter to one of my favorite fictional characters. I’m trying to keep a variety of posts on my blog, but that can be hard sometimes! I try to constantly brainstorm. This list definitely added more posts to my list of posts that I’d like to write! 🙂

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