Book blogging slumps and #BookBloggerChat

Posted October 23, 2015 by Emily in discussion post / 7 Comments

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Yesterday, Mishma from Chasing Faery Tales wrote a post titled, “Are We Going Through the Great Blogging Depression???” and it sparked a conversation on Twitter.

Now, I’ve written about people ducking out of book blogging before. But this time, the conversation seemed to be different. Rather than talking about why people leave or get bored of book blogging, the conversation centered around how to stay interested.

These tweets got me thinking about the changes I have brewing on my own blog. It seems like the way I used to blog before isn’t working for me.

Eventually, our conversation got too cluttered to contain all the twitter handles, and we moved it over to #bookbloggerchat (hashtag by April from Good Books and Good Wine).

If you can make it through the hashtag, I’d suggest it highly, but if you can’t here are a few highlights.

How can I monetize my blog?

But if you’re not doing reviews, then what else is out there?

And, at least for me, the answer is, DEFINITELY NOT!

But I’m not great at coming up with unique content ideas.

Hey, that’s totally okay, I struggle with it too. What I’ve found to be absolutely life-changing is to look to non-book blogs for ideas. Part of what has made Forever Young Adult, Book Riot, and The Book Smugglers successful is by featuring books in unconventional ways. It’s not the same type of review over and over.

But, how do you carve out your niche? Here are a few things to get you started:

Six tools for creating titles and articles that make readers clickThis website has a bunch of headline generators. This is my go-to for when I feel like I’ve hit a creative roadblock or I want to try something new. It’s good for coming up with ideas for lists.

Make a quizI’ve probably taken a hundred Buzzfeed quizzes. This is an article on how to make one.

Start reading blogs about creating content. There are hundreds of thousands of pages of FREE material available to help you make your blog shine. Here are three people I follow (I’m still relatively new to content bloggers, so if you have one you love, please send me a recommendation).

  • ByRegina.com. Regina is incredible. You’ll find so many gems and ways to monetize your blog on her site. Try creating an ebook or making an e-course!
  • Sophie Lizard from BeAFreelanceBlogger.com. This is geared a little more toward freelance blogging and monetizing your blog through writing. I recently signed up for her email list and I’ve loved getting her updates. She also has a list of places that pay $50 or more for articles!
  • Ashley from NoseGraze.com. I wrote about Ashley when I moved to WordPress (she did my migration). Ashley has a great email series about how to monetize your book blog, so go check it out!

Start working with authors

Another way to really start creating unique content is to reach out to authors.

Also, start collaborating with other bloggers

Overall, experiment. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

Thank you to everyone who offered advice and asked great questions in the #BookBloggerChat. Yes, book blogs are changing, but twitter chats like this remind us that there is a huge community here ready to help people succeed.

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7 responses to “Book blogging slumps and #BookBloggerChat

  1. Thanks so much for posting this recap Emily! What an interesting conversation—I’m bummed that I missed it.

    I feel like I’m so over book reviews. I don’t read them anymore and I rarely write them. I used to love them because I would research a book HEAVILY before reading it. I’d try to really figure out ahead of time if I’d like the book. These days I like to pick up a book on a whim (based on the cover/synopsis) and if I don’t like it, I just stop reading. That’s all.

    I’ve seen a lot of bloggers express similar sentiments—that they just aren’t reading reviews anymore.

  2. I caught bits and pieces of this chat last night, but I appreciate you compiling it in such an organized way. As a newish book blogger, I can’t help but wonder if I’m “doing it right”… there’s no guide to any of this and I’m just faking it until I make it. That being said, I’ve got a new feature that I’m introducing starting in the month of November, so I’ve got some original content ideas. This chat gave me some inspiration about reviews (since they’re absolutely the worst thing for me – feels like such a chore), so I’m going to tap into that inspiration too! I think we’ll get there as a community – a “do what you want”, “get creative”, “let’s lean on each other” type attitude. Thank you so much for this, Emily.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. It was very interesting to read. I’ve felt like the book blogging world has been changing for the last year or so and this confirms it. I know I need to innovate, but I’m not sure how exactly. I’ll have to find a way so I can get out of my slump and keep moving forward.

  4. Kaitlynn

    I’m really sad that I missed out on this Twitter chat but thanks for recapping. I was talking to Mishma about this the other day and I’m really glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. I mean, I’m not happy that others are going through a slump but at least I’m not alone in this feeling. I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to feature books without actually reviewing but I haven’t come up with anything great yet. I really do need to revamp the blog though and I’ve been following Ashley’s email series about monetizing as well. I really want to see if I can make my blog profitable.

    Thanks for the post!

  5. I always love reading your recaps from chats we did. #bookbloggerchat was really fun and educational for both new and old bloggers! I hope we do another one soon. 😉
    Also thanks for featuring one of my comments, I’m kind of excited that I said something worth mentioning!

  6. Thanks so much for this great recap! This also sparked me to learn how to embed tweets like that. I’ve seen it around and always wondered how people do it. I’m really impressed by how fast you turned this around too. I think everyone who participated in this chat found it really valuable. Emily Reads Everything

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