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Friday, 16 October 2020

101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

 

101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers



In the past I did a blog post with 60 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers (my most visited page on this site). Considering how popular that post turned out to be I decided to improve on it and give you this post with even more blog post ideas for you to use on your book blogs.

You will never have to struggle to come up with ideas for blog posts ever again! 

101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers



Do you ever feel stuck in a blogging rut? Struggling to come up with a new blog post idea? Feel like you just keep posting the same type of content all the time?

If you need some blog topic inspiration, I've got you covered. This list is sure to fill your content calendar.

101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers



Here's a list of 101 blog post ideas for your book blog:


  1. Why you started your blog
  2. Talk about your book blogging fails
  3. Share your best social media tips for book bloggers
  4. Create an ultimate guide
  5. Book to read by a certain age post
  6. Best literary jokes
  7. List of hacks
  8. Host a blog hop
  9. Book Reviews
  10. Book Hauls
  11. Book Tags
  12. TBR Lists
  13. Currently Reading
  14. Recently Read Recap/Wrap Up
  15. Books Vs Movies/TV Shows
  16. Favourite Books In ______________ genre
  17. Best Books You've Read This Year
  18. Favourite Authors
  19. Take us on a tour of your bookshelf
  20. Give some bookish advice
  21. Interview an author
  22. Interview a fellow book blogger
  23. Share your Net Galley shelf
  24. If you liked __________ read this
  25. Your fictional bucket list
  26. Characters you love/hate
  27. Series you're obsessed with
  28. Share tips for book bloggers
  29. Create a discussion post about books you feel strongly about
  30. Rant about your bookish pet peeves
  31. Create your own TBR Jar
  32. Share about your bookish swag collection
  33. Discuss Pro's and Con's of different book formats e.g. Print books VS ebooks
  34. Bookish gifts you'd like to receive/give
  35. Your favourite fandom
  36. Blogging tools
  37. How to posts e.g. How to use Canva to create blog graphics or Bookstagram images
  38. Event Coverage/Recaps
  39. Readathon vlogs
  40. Bookish merchandise
  41. Quotes
  42. Tips for working with publishers/authors
  43. Lessons Learnt
  44. Books with crossover appeal 
  45. Bookworm problems
  46. Useful resources for book bloggers
  47. Cover reveal
  48. Take us on a visit to your library
  49. Host a guest post
  50. Best ________ books (insert genre, or by author)
  51. Best character e.g. best villain, best father, etc...
  52. Books every __________ should read e.g. books every teenage should read
  53. How to review a book
  54. Do a collaboration post with a fellow book blogger
  55. Showcase book covers you love
  56. Compare different movie adaptions of books
  57. Share your love of an underrated author/book
  58. Do a Q&A with your readers and answers their questions
  59. Host a giveaway
  60. What if ________ (create an alternative ending for a book)
  61. Report on current news and events
  62. A beginners guide to book blogging
  63. Bookish DIY/crafts
  64. List posts
  65. Book blogger must haves
  66. Behind the scenes: A day in the life of a book blogger
  67. Your favourite book blogs to read
  68.  Your favourite booktubers/bookstagrammers etc...
  69. Celebrate your blogs birthday
  70. Write up a post where you share something new that you've tried
  71. A day in the life of a book blogger
  72. What skills should someone have if they want to start being a book blogger
  73. Truth vs Lie post
  74. What is the toughest part of being a book blogger
  75. Showcase some of your favourite book blogs
  76. Who is your favourite fictional character? How do you think you are alike?
  77. If your favourite book hasn’t been made into a film, who would you cast for the characters?
  78. What are your go-to apps?
  79. What are your favourite blog plugins?
  80. The best book related events that you’ve been to
  81. Nobody knows that I ________
  82. What are the top things you've learned over the past year?
  83. How do you stay productive?
  84. What top things do you wish you'd known when you first started blogging?
  85. Write an open letter
  86. Write a best posts of the season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) blog post recapping your most popular posts
  87. Write a memorial post. An author/book blogger you liked pass away? Share what you learned from them and how they affected your life/blog
  88. Write a checklist on how to ________
  89. A to Z post
  90. 100 Things post
  91. Create a cheat sheet or reference guide
  92. Bookish hashtags (what ones work for you)
  93. Lingo/ Terms book bloggers should know
  94. Celebrate a book birthday
  95. Your favourite genres
  96. Compare two similar books
  97. Share some book art
  98. Reading Challenges
  99. Describe your dream home library
  100. Tips and tricks for reading more
  101. Discuss reading troupes

Got an idea to add to this list? Post it in the comments section below.


101 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers


Need more ideas, inspiration, or motivation to put together a solid plan of action for your blog? I can help.


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Book Review: Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock

   

Book Review: Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock


My thoughts about Dear Girl by Aija Mayrock

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From a poet and celebrated spoken-word performer comes a debut poetry collection that takes readers on an empowering, lyrical journey exploring truth, silence, wounds, healing, and the resilience we all share.

 
Dear Girl is a journey from girlhood to womanhood through poetry
It is the search for truth in silence
The freeing of the tongue
It is deep wounds and deep healing
And the resilience that lies within us
It is a love letter
To the sisterhood

 


Have you read this book? Got a suggestion for another book I might enjoy based on this book review? Join the conversation in the comments section below.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Book Review: Reality Girl by Jessica Hildreth

   

Book Review: Reality Girl by by Jessica Hildreth

My thoughts about Reality Girl by Jessica Hildreth

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Book Review: Reality Girl by by Jessica Hildreth

Recently out of college, broke, jobless, and without a boyfriend, Lou Whitson is recognized by a talent scout at a football game, and then offered the opportunity of a lifetime. To be the star of a reality television show. Along with it, $500,000 in prize money. There is a catch, but it isn't much. Especially considering her life's lack of love. Live with six different men, one a month, for six months. Then, pick one to marry for an additional $500,000. A Navy SEAL, a biker, a jock, a surfer, a business man, and a billionaire. Without hesitation, she agrees. This is her story. It's smoking hot, sexy, funny, and will take place at the pace of one book a month for six months. Each book has a satisfying ending (never a cliffhanger) that will leave you grinning for more.



 



Have you read this book? Got a suggestion for another book I might enjoy based on this book review? Join the conversation in the comments section below.

Monday, 5 October 2020

2020 Challenges: September Update

 

2020 Challenges: September Update


2020 Challenges: September Update

September was a better month. Not great, but better. 




The Blog Audit Challenge 2020

This is a challenge I created aimed at improving our blogs. You can find full details here in case you missed the introduction post. 

Before I jump into talking about my progress with the September tasks I wanted to share some good news with you all. September saw the highest number of views to my site since it's creation. I'm thrilled with the results. I hope you're noticing an increase in your own traffic too. 

I'd also like to point out that I'm actually posting less to my site than I have in the past too so don't think it's connected to putting out more content. It's not. It's about putting out the right content and leveraging it to get the best results. 

Now on to the September goals. The focus was to do with developing readership.

Task 1: Optimise your comment system

I'm already happy with my comment system so didn't actually need to make any changes for this one.

Task 2: Make sure you reply to all comments

This is one of those tasks that is easy for comments on recent posts but can get tricky for older posts. With new posts I get a notification when someone leaves a comment and so it's super easy to click through and reply. This doesn't happen for older posts. For those I need to go through and approve them. These tend to be where spammers try to post and so it can be quite time consuming going through them all.  Unfortunately this can mean that it takes me a while to reply to the genuine comments left of those posts. I've started going through the list once a week now to try and keep it more under control and make sure the genuine commenters get a reply. 

3. SEO comments

I'm usually quite good at SEO in my comments both on my own site and others. When you've had some experience with copy writing it comes naturally after a while. The hardest part of doing it is making the comments unique. I often find that readers will leave similar comments on a post. I want to try to give each person a personalised reply. Sometimes this is easier said than done. 

The Audiobook Challenge

This challenge is was created by Eline from Lovely Audiobooks. I'm doing it as a year long challenge. 

Last month I told you I downloaded my first audiobook ever from Net Galley. Well I listened to it! Finally making progress with this challenge again. That said, I don't particularly like the Net Galley app. Maybe I'm just too used to Audible? If anyone has any thoughts about this I'd love to hear from you. 

The Audiobook Challenge 2020 Progress Report




Audiobooks listened to in September:
  • Dear Girl by Anji Mayrock

The A to Z Reading Challenge

Next up is the A to Z Reading Challenge

Better progress with this challenge too.

A to Z Reading Challenge 2020 Progress Report


Books read this month:

R- Reality Girl by Jessica Hildreth


Armed with a Bingo

I'm also doing the Armed with a Bingo challenge.


Armed with a Bingo Challenge 2020 Progress Report


Books read this month:
  • Dear Girl by Anji Mayrock (Poetry Collection)
  • Reality Girl by Jessica Hildreth (Book of your choice)

2020 Challenges: September Update


Saturday, 3 October 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: September Link Up


Blog Audit Challenge 2020: September Link Up #BlogAuditChallenge2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020

As I mentioned in the sign up post for this challenge, I'll be hosting monthly link ups in order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress. On the first Saturday of every month participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 

#BlogAuditChallenge2020

September Link Up


How did you do with the September challenges? What was the hardest part of the challenge? What are your thoughts about the Blog Audit Challenge so far? Create a blog post sharing your progress and link it up below so we can all visit and support each other in our mission for blog awesomeness. 


Save the date!

Check out yesterday's post for the October Challenges. The November Challenges will be posted on 2nd November. 





You might also like: 60 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers


Don't forget to promote your participation in the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 by using the following graphic in any blog posts you do connected with the challenge along with a link back to this site. 


Blog Audit Challenge 2020 hosted by @JoLinsdell at www.JoLinsdell.com

Friday, 2 October 2020

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: October Challenges

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: October Challenges #BlogAuditChallenge2020


Blog Audit Challenge 2020


Welcome back for another month of challenges for the Blog Audit Challenge 2020!

I hope you did well with the September challenges. Remember to link up your progress reports in the Link Up on the 3rd October

Each month we'll concentrate on a different area of our blogs.

Life is strange for most of us this year with Coronavirus, Lock-downs, etc... If you fall behind with the monthly tasks don't worry. Just catch up when you can. First time joining us? No problem! Everyone is welcome to join and catch up whenever. This challenge lasts the whole year. 

The Challenges:


January- Plan of action
FebruaryInformation pages
March- The trimmings
April- Design
May- SEO
June- Links
AugustContent gaps
October- Get social
November- Press and collaborations
December- Know your stats

Monthly link ups

In order to keep us all on track, and give us a way to see each others progress, I'll be hosting link ups on the first Saturday of every month where participants can share their links and discuss their progress. 


#BlogAuditChallenge2020

October Challenges


Our focus for October is on getting social

We've already done a lot of work towards this months challenge already during the previous months of the Blog Audit Challenge. 

The October challenges:


1. Increase traffic to your blog

The first step to getting more traffic to your blog is to share your content. If you just publish and wait for people to flock to your site you'll be waiting a long time. People need to know your content exists. 

Task 1 : Make sure you are sharing your blog posts on multiple social media sites. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.... and anywhere else you're active. 

Sharing your blog posts doesn't need to be too time consuming. There are plenty of apps that help you schedule posts for your social media profiles. 

On Facebook you can schedule your posts directly on site. For other sites you'll need to use a third party app. The good news is there are lots of options available, and some are even completely free of charge. This article has a list of a good selection of apps.

Task 2: Make sure it is easy for your readers to share your content on their social media profiles.

Social media share buttons are an essential element on any blog. People are much more likely to share your content if it's easy to do so. Click and share buttons to multiple social media channels are a must. 

I personally love Sumo.com and use it on this site as it allows for image sharing as well as plain text. It's free too!


2. Increase engagement on your blog

In September we looked at the importance of the comments section of our blogs and developing readership. This month we're taking that a step further and looking at ways to get more people commenting. 

Task 1: Comment on other blogs. 

As bloggers we're part of a community of people who share common goals. We all want more traffic, more comments, etc... A great way to draw new readers to our own blogs in to post quality comments on other blogs in our niche. Not only will you build a great relationship with the other bloggers (which can lead to some awesome collaborations and opportunities for all involved) but you'll also be putting yourself in front of their audience (who are interested in your niche). 

In some cases it also gains you backlinks for your blog too. Whilst we're on this topic I'd just like to take a minute to talk about dropping links in the comment section of someone's blog. As a general rule, don't do it. It's tacky. As most comment sections automatically link your name to your profile (your blog profile, Twitter, Facebook or Google etc...) there really is no need to add a link anyway. It just makes you look spammy and not genuine. So avoid doing it unless the blog host asks for links to be posted. 

An exception to this would be if you have a long standing friendship with the blogger. In this case you might drop a link to related content from your own blog e.g. you both covered the same topic, reviewed the same book, etc... or if the post is part of a weekly meme where link sharing among participants is considered the norm. 

Task 2: Link to other blogs in your content.

As you've probably discovered throughout this Blog Audit Challenge, you most likely have holes in your content. If these holes are not necessarily topics you really want to cover why not send your readers to other blogger that have covered them. You fill the hole as you're still giving your readers the chance to get the content and at the same time you're building relationships with other bloggers. When you link to another blog the host usually at least shares your post on their social media (featured at....) or will post a comment of thanks. In some cases they'll add a link to your site on theirs either to promote you including them or to return the favour by post a link to one of your posts to fill a gap in their content. 

As we covered links early in this challenge I won't go back over the importance of external links again here, but just remember it's good for the SEO of your site.

Task 3: Make sure your social media channels are set up and that you're interactive with your audience. 

You don't need to be on every social network that exists... in fact I recommend concentrating on just a couple. Better a strong presence on one than a load of nothing on several. Spreading yourself too thin will achieve nothing other than increasing your stress levels and hinder results.

Pick one or two that fit best for you and your brand and work on those. Reach out to others in your niche and join conversations. Again, be real not spammy. 

Task 4: Share your content.

This might seem like a no brainer but you need to share your content. You can't just wait for people to discover it and hope they share it for you. Also when you do share it make sure you're using relevant hashtags.

A great way to accomplish a lot of the above tasks is to be part of an online group. One of my favourites is the Book Bloggers Support Group on Facebook. I also love The Write Reads group on Twitter. Although very different from each other both are great for building relationships with other bloggers in my niche, driving traffic to my site, improving engagement on my posts and on social media, and increasing the amount my posts get shared by people on social media. Consider looking for similar groups that fit well with your blog content. 


You might also like: 108 Book Blogs To Follow


Free downloads: You can grab copies of all the extra materials for the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 for free here


Save the Date!

Remember to drop by tomorrow for the monthly link up post for sharing your September progress. The November challenges will be posted on 2nd November. The monthly link up post for sharing your October progress will be on 7th November. 

Blog Audit Challenge 2020: October Challenges #BlogAuditChallenge2020


You might also like: Exploring CTA's: Different Types of Calls To Action To Use in Your Blog Posts

Don't forget to promote your participation in the Blog Audit Challenge 2020 by using the following graphic in any blog posts you do connected with the challenge along with a link back to this site. 


Blog Audit Challenge 2020 hosted by @JoLinsdell at www.JoLinsdell.com


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