Hello all! How’s your Monday going? I stayed up till 4am this morning reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, so as you can probably guess, my morning wasn’t the best. BUT I just got home from reading in the park (currently reading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr after hearing so many good things about it!) and I am feeling energized and ready for the rest of the week. 🙂
For today’s Monday Musing I want to talk about blog creativity. As we all know, there are hundreds, probably thousands, of book blogs out there. Something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how do you stand out from the crowd? I mean, sure, I write this blog for myself because I love reading and sharing my love for the books I read, but ultimately, I do want to have readers to share these thoughts with. How do I create interesting content so that I’m not just “one of the other blogs”? So far I’m not sure if I have the answer to the question yet, but I think the Elizabeth is Missing Blog Search I did last month could be a start.
Here are examples of interesting and creative blog content that have caught my eye recently:
Cover Wars by 52 Books or Bust – This is a semi-regular feature that Tanya has and it’s all about comparing book covers! A lot of the time a book will have multiple covers, and this feature is a great way for us to compare the different versions and talk about which ones worked and which ones didn’t. As someone who has always been interested in that kind of thing, this feature became something that drew me back to Tanya’s blog again and again.
Richmond, Virginia in Five Books by River City Reading – This blog post was all about describing Shannon’s city, Richmond, Virginia, in five books. I absolutely loved this post because not only did I learn about some awesome books, I also got to know Richmond a little more! Such a great idea.
Six Degrees of Separation hosted by Annabel (who is linked) and Emma – I found out about this through The Steadfast Reader’s post and I thought that it was such a smart game! It was so fun seeing how The Goldfinch is related to Confessions of a Paris Party Girl in only 6 degrees of separation! It’s a connection that I never would have made if it weren’t for this meme. So cool!
Do you have any creative posts/features to share? Do you ever worry about keeping your blog fresh and creative? Are you more likely to read a blog that is constantly trying something new? I can’t wait to hear what you think! In the meantime, I’m back to brainstorming new ideas…