Tutorial TuesdayBlogging Tips for Book Bloggers & Authors
Blogging can be intense. Keeping it fresh is one of the hardest parts of this crazy blogging endeavor, especially if you are trying to maintain a daily blogging schedule. Most of us can’t post a review every day, so we are usually left with a post vacuum…and a big question? What else can we post besides reviews?
Here is a list of blog post ideas for book bloggers and authors. Let me know which ones are your favorite.
Tutorial or How-To Post – Like the post you are reading now, teach your followers. Think about something you struggled with and learned how to do, then post about it. Tutorial and How-to posts are always popular.
Lists – Everyone does them. They do them because they work. Lists favorite books in a genre. List best resources to do something. List your favorite bookstores, or authors. If you think your readers will find your list useful, list it!
Define – A definition post is fun and a good way to get search engine traffic. Heard a new word or term lately? Define it in a blog post.
Checklist – One of my more popular posts is a review checklist. Help others organize themselves into a handy checklist.
FAQs – Get asked the same questions over and over again? Do a FAQ and answer those questions.
Survey – Survey your readers and post the results.
New Releases – Post about new releases and things that are “coming soon.” Movies, books, new authors.
Trends – Post about book blogging trends, or trends in the publishing world.
Reactions – React to trends or latest news. Hot topics like the last Divergent movie going to the small screen are great reactionary posts. Post what you feel about this topic.
Historical – Post “this day in book history” or inform readers about past trends.
Issues – Are there issues going on that will impact your audience? Post about it.
Question – Ask a question. Explain why you are asking this question.
Challenge – Start a challenge post and challenge your readers to do what you’re asking them.
Contest – Offer a contest to your audience.
Show Me – I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. TBRs, Book Hauls, Swag Grabs – post them and ask your audience to show you theirs.
Join – Join in a group post, or challenge post, Top Ten Tuesday or Follow Friday. Come up with a new one for your blog.
Holiday – Don’t forget to post on holidays. Post a graphic or a “happy day” post.
Lifestyle – Post about your life behind the book blog.
Hobbyist – Post about “other” hobbies, outside of your niche.
Inspire – Feature beautiful quotes, or inspirational stories that motivate you.
Reveal – Reveal a little bit about yourself, or a peak into something that is very personal to you. Share.
Life Hacks – Things you’ve learned to do in your life that make things a little easier.
Mentors – Share people that have impacted you, taught you, or brought you to the path you are currently on.
Write – Tell a story. Fiction. Non-fiction.
Comedy – Do a crazy gif post. Take it to the next level with satire. Use humor in your post to draw in the crowd.
Cartoon – Fancy yourself an artist? Start a cartoon feature.
Meme – Go on that crazy “meme site” and create funny memes for book bloggers. Post them on your site.
Parody – Take your favorite book and parody it.
Controversial – pick a topic that angers you and post about it. Make sure it’s something you feel strongly about it. Pick a side, but make sure you’re ready to hear from the “opposite side.”
Mock – Wrap it in sarcasm and satire and deliver a hot piece…but make sure you own it. This can be offensive – so make sure your readers will forgive your insensitiveness.
Respond – Is there something crazy going on in your niche fueled by a post? Post a response to a viral post, agree or disagree.
Snopes – Think there is some misinformation floating around your community? Post the right information.
Promo Posts – Whether a guest post, book blitz, or author Q&A showcase your favorite book.
Compare – If you like this, you’ll like that. Have a thing for Harry Potter, try these books…
Peer Promo – Post about your favorite bloggers.
Self-Promo – Post your top posts, or a monthly break-down.
Interview – Interview a peer, someone in the publishing industry, or someone you think will impact your readers.
Link list – Put together a list of posts you think your readers will enjoy.
Profile – Showcase someone that you look up to, or would like your readers to know about.
Crowded – Post about an idea in the community, a crowdsourced project, or a fund for a charity you support.
Popular – Post about people you think NEED to be followed and why.
Hot Topic – Choose something that you saw this week that you want to post about. It can be another post, or a book, funny tweet convos, you name it, post it.
What do you normally post other than reviews?