It’s January! A new year, and a chance to create some shiny new posts!
I usually spend this month making sure my blogging editorial calendar is filled out and focusing on content creation.
But this year, I’m trying to push even further- writing the year’s blog posts in one month.
Isn’t it what all of us dream of? Having all the work done ahead of time so we can focus on engaging and promoting? But bulking posts is only possible if you have a bulk of ideas.
Where can you find book blogging inspiration?
Before we get into the full list, lets talk about some of the best places to fin inspiration for blog posts
Hopefully you follow some other book bloggers and regularly read posts in your own niche. This is one of the best ways to find inspiration!
Be careful not to copy posts exactly, but there’s nothing wrong with replicating an idea with your own twist. After all, if other people are doing it, it probably means it’s working.
Pinterest is the perfect place to find ideas (and new bloggers who you might not have come across before!).
A quick search, such as ‘reading’ will come up with a whole host of ideas (and gorgeous pin designs).
EXTRA TIP: Keep Track of Your Ideas
Sure, blogging is a lot of fun, but it can be difficult to get going if you don’t have a stock of ideas ready.
Have a place to keep all your blog post ideas (for me, I keep them in an excel blogging editorial calendar). That way, if you’re lacking inspiration, you can quickly scroll through and find a post you feel like writing without having to think too much.
Now let’s get into it!
- The book review- a classic for most book bloggers (though not all). But it doesn’t have to be boring…
- Why not try a different review format with a catchy title like ‘# reasons you should read…’ , or ‘# tropes you can find in…’.
- And you don’t just have to stick to one book! Double, triple, quadruple book reviews– a great way to ensure that all your readers will spot a book they’re interested in.
In my opinion, book lists perform much better than book reviews. Why? Because your followers might not be interested in a specific book you’re reviewing but they sure will be in your recommendations! We’re always looking for more books after all!
- Start out with the basics- recommend your readers some books! Some ideas are ‘best epic fantasies’, ‘ya books for adults’, ‘best ya romances for a cute read’, ‘classics for beginners in the genre’ (my personal favourite).
- Once you’ve covered the basic lists, delve into more specific recommendations: lists based on time period, famous people recommend…, non-fiction book lists.
- Seasonal reads. I have a range of posts with books to settle down with whatever the season and they’re a great pick for seasonal readers.
- Try theming book lists! Maybe your readers are looking for books about vampires! Or books where the character goes on holiday… or books where the characters go to prom. There are so many roads you could go down!
How to… posts are extremely popular! Readers want to get better at the things they love (in this case reading!) and they want to do it in a relatively easy way.
- How to read more. Everyone who reads wants to know how to fit more of it in. Choose a catchy title like ‘how to read 100 books in a year’, or ’10 tips to read a book a month’ and include content can gain something from (i.e. with content they couldn’t find elsewhere). And whilst we’re on the topic of reading more…
- How to get out of a reading slump.
- How to get more out of your reading experience.
- And you don’t just have to share tips! You could write an informational post like ‘why reading is the best form of self-care’ or ‘why you should learn to read more slowly’.
Just like with your recommendations, you can share upcoming books from any genre:
- 2021 releases (fantasy, contemporary, YA, thriller, romance, non-fiction, etc.)
- Releases for the season
- It doesn’t just have to be books. You could share upcoming Netflix shows, or film releases you’re excited for.
Your audience is on your site for a reason! They want to know what you have to say and they want to know about you.
Sure, you don’t have to share everything, but sharing personal thoughts can make for really fun posts.
- Ask for questions and run a Q+A. These are a great way for people on your site to get to know you (they’ll be much more likely to return if they feel they know you personally on some level).
- Share how your year has been or how you’re feeling. In my monthly wrap-ups, I love chatting about how I’ve been doing mentally during the month.
Favourite book to film/ series adaptations
- There are always new upcoming film/ series adaptations and your audience wants to know about them.
- Like upcoming book releases, you could try theming these lists– ‘upcoming period dramas’, ‘upcoming ya book to film adaptations’, ‘upcoming Netflix series based off books you’ll recognize’.
Blogging/ bookstagram tips
A lot of your followers will be bookstagrammers or bloggers like you and they want those tips just as much as reading tips.
- Blogging tips- How to start a Book Blog, How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book Blog, How to Write a Strong Blog Post
- Bookstagram specific- How to Grow on Bookstagram, How to Engage With the Bookstagram Community, How to Use Hashtags on Bookstagram, Prop ideas,
- These are one of my favourite types of posts! You could share your monthly or yearly tbr…
- Or you could share how out of control your tbr is– readers want to see it (to know they’re not the only one!!).
- For some added fun, you could even have your followers vote on which books you are going to read this month.
- Share the new books you’ve picked up recently (your readers want to see them!).
- Theme your hauls! Fantasy book hauls, diversity haul, non-fiction hauls, and anything else you can think of!
- Talk about the books you’ve read! End of the month/ year wrap-ups are so popular, because readers want to know what you thought of a book, and whether they should read it.
- Book tags are always flying around the internet– a quick scroll through through some of your favourite book blogs will come up with plenty of tags for you to try on your blog.
- Or why not make your own? Think of a tag (that hasn’t been done before) that is relevant to your brand and write a post relating to it. Once you’ve promoted the post, other bloggers may also take part and this will lead more traffic to your blog.
- Like book tags, these are easy to find- on book blogs, on Bookstagram, even just with a quick internet search. Last year, I took part in a tbr challenge and a diversity challenge to read more BIPOC and LGBTQ+ rep books.
- Or run your own! They’re such great fun and you’ll likely make a lot of new friends in the book community.
- This is especially popular coming up to Christmas- you could make a list of ‘Non-book presents for book lovers’.
- But it also works all year round! You could make ‘bookish valentine presents’, ‘birthday presents for booklovers’.
- We’ve already talked about seasonal book lists but there are other seasonal posts you can do- ‘halloween ideas for book lovers’, ‘summer activities for readers’, ‘cosy activities for winter time’.
Who doesn’t love a juicy discussion?
- Why not chat about your favourite book of all time and why you love it so much?
- Or you could chat about your most hated book/ series and get your readers opinions.
- Talk about some of your favourite characters. You could even try writing a diary entry or chapter as if you were that character.
- Or go even wider: which are your favourite/ most hated tropes?
- Chat about the need for more diversity in fiction.
- You could even delve into some of the most controversial authors, and whether we really can separate the write from the fiction.
- You could compile all your favourite quotes from a certain book or series in a list.
- You could list your top 10 favourite quotes of all time and talk about why each of them means something to you.
- You could even run a poll and write a post with your readers favourite quotes.
Interviews and collaborations
Collaborating with other bloggers is so fun and a great way to direct new readers to your site.
- Reach out to some of your favourite book bloggers and ask if they could take part in an interview for your site.
- Collab with a fellow blogger/s on a fun post, maybe chatting about a book or talking about how you each got into the book blogging community.
- Or try guest posts! Have a fellow blogger write a post on your site or offer to write one on theirs.
- Once you gain more traction, you could even look into author interviews to get your readers excited for upcoming releases.
- What better way to give back to your audience than with some free stuff? You could give away a book, a voucher to book depository, or really anything you think people would want to win.
- We have selfies on Bookstagram and you can share a similar thing on your blog! Write about how you organize your shelves (and share some pictures)…
- Or share some of your favourite bookish artwork…
- Your favourite book props…
- How to design a cosy reading corner or home library.
Share your favourite creators
- A perfect post to finish off on! Shoutout your favourite book bloggers or bookstagrammers– it’s a great way to build connections and some of them might shout you out back!
Are you a book blogger? Are you going to try out any of these prompts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or you can connect with me directly on any of my social medias.