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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?