[LET’S CHAT] Is There A Pressure To Be A Creative Book Blogger?

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Most book bloggers expect and admire creativity.

It isn’t really a bad thing. Most people search for originality everywhere – whether it’s in the form of a book, a movie, a television show, music, etc. – so it’s no surprise that most book bloggers want a blog that can introduce them to something new rather than the same old-same old. But I’ve also realized that with people wanting and asking for new content comes other people who feel anxious and uncertain because they’re just not creative or original enough.

I thought it’d be nice to go over the pros and cons of being a creative and original blogger, for those who are trying to figure themselves out, and to maybe ease the pressure on those who feel like they’re sucky bloggers because they can’t churn out content three times a week!

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Pros of Creativity

1. You’re more likely to stand out. This is definitely true! If I asked people about their favorite bloggers and why they liked them, said person would probably name a quality of them that if I went to their blog to check it out, I’d probably understand what they’re talking about. Whether it’s their discussions, their blogging voice, their expertise in a certain topic, their reviews, etc. if you stand out in a certain part and people notice that, more people will probably be more likely to check out your blog over the one that posts the same thing over and over.

2. It will create more attraction to your blog. When most people list the reasons as to why they follow a blog, most of them say “originality.” Even I mentioned it in my own post about following blogs. I feel like if you have original content that you enjoy making, people will eventually find your blog and start enjoying it. I know that I felt that that was the type of experience that my blog had, and it took a few months, but it was worth all the hard work I put into it.

3. It’s easier to find an audience. I personally think it was much easier to find an audience when I started writing discussions that people can easily relate to and comment on over the memes, tags, and reviews I did in my first month of blogging. Yes, it was my first month of blogging, but the stats for my tags and reviews were much lower than the one discussion post I posted that month, and when I went from tags and reviews to lists in February, my stats definitely did go up, and the more I dove into original content, the more my blog grew and the more people find me, so I think an audience is easier to find when you’re posting discussions and tutorials over the same old book tours and blitzes that people can find on 280284 other blogs.

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1. You might end up like everyone else. On the other hand, some people can be original, but still be like everyone else. There are some discussion topics that can get old, so a discussion about ebooks versus audiobooks versus physical books is something that might get people talking, but is also a super old and overused discussion topic so it’s not really SUPER original. Honestly, it goes both ways!

2. It’s much harder work. Trust me, blogging is fun, but constantly having to come up with ideas and actually WRITING out the posts is a lot of work. It’s definitely not as easy as it seems. And I’m also a huge perfectionist, so sometimes a post will be just fine, but I’ll still mess with it anyway, such as this post, which was actually much shorter, but I decided to write EVEN MORE, because I felt like it wasn’t good enough. SOMEONE HELP ME.

3.Β It’s hard to come up with ideas. I feel like the main problem with those who want to be creative is that they feel like they can’t come up with any good ideas, which I can understand! I know I’m constantly thinking and always in my head, so I easily can come up with ideas from nowhere, and that’s always how I’ve been, but I know some people just can’t, and that’s really the basis of originality and creativity, and pressuring yourself to keep up with that might be unnecessarily stressful on a certain blogger.

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1. It’s easier to create content. It’s definitely true! I know that the couple of weeks I was doing memes, it really wasn’t that taxing. Of course, it might differentiate depending on the meme, but I think it’s safe to say that most of them are pretty simple and don’t take that long to write. I personally did WWW Wednesday, which was pretty easy to put together, and sometimes it’s nice to just only take a couple minutes writing a post that’s basically already made for you over something that will take longer to write and you have to think about what you want to talk about and how to format it, etc.

2. You’ll find an audience among regular bookworms. Though I’d say that most of our audience is other bloggers and we’re more likely to target our content towards them, I know I do have some e-mail followers that I assume read some of my posts, and might enjoy it when I give recommendations or when I review books or do fun tags! I know that a large majority of my Google searches are from people searching for reviews of a book, and some of mine pop up, so there’s definitely an audience for that content.

3. There’s an infinite amount of ideas out there. Obviously. If all you do is reviews, all you have to do is review books (and there are a lot of them). If you mostly do memes, most have topics set out for you, and if not, you provide the material by yourself (like WWW Wednesday or Teaser Tuesday or Stacking the Shelves, etc.), so it’s pretty hard to run out of. There are lots and lots of tags out there, and even if you do run out, you can create your own! Basically, if you don’t have the pressure to be creative, there’s tons of material that you can use without wracking your brain for ideas, which will work better for some people than others.

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1. You’re pretty much like everyone else. I mentioned this in the previous post a little, but when you sign up for fifty blog tours with fifty other bloggers that are also a part of it and the only work you put into the post was copying and pasting HTML, it’s not really going to draw people to your blog. Why see your cover reveal of a certain book when ten other bloggers are doing the same cover reveal on their blog? What makes it truly stand out? There’s definitely a market for that, but I know I get bored with a blog easily when all it seems to do is have a million blog tours that speak positively about every single book they’ve read. It sounds way less genuine and seems like a move to look popular with publishers, but maybe that’s just me.

2. The content can quickly turn repetitive. I know that I always find myself really disappointed when I go to someone’s Reader and all I see is review…after review…after review. It gets really boring after a while. Obviously, too much of a thing can get tired after a while, but I’d much prefer someone posting discussions and lists over and over again rather than reviews or memes.

3. Finding an audience among bloggers is harder.Β  As I mentioned earlier, bloggers are looking more for quality over quantity, so posting the same old, same old every day a week might be good for stats, it might be hard to build a true following among followers, since most seek diversity in the posts they read (or I assume they do). I think this one really depends on what you want your audience to be and what goals you have for blogging!

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32 thoughts on “[LET’S CHAT] Is There A Pressure To Be A Creative Book Blogger?

  1. This post is so awesome–I was just thinking about the struggle to continuously produce unique content when I saw your post! I’ve been struggling with the idea of memes and tags lately in that I want to participate, but I also want to be different and establish my unique voice. I’m sure there’s a happy middle ground, but I’m still working on finding it πŸ™‚

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  2. I don’t much care for WWW Wednesday either…

    For me having a “creative” blog isn’t a priority because I’m not a creative person. *gasp!!!* I know that doing something unique and individual would require so much more time for me than the average person, and I’m low on time as it is! That being said, I haven’t been blogging for long, but I’m hoping that if I just chug along, throwing in something creative when it comes to me but not focusing on it, eventually I’ll get where I want to be. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I know there are people who just aren’t naturally creative! I’m one of those people who’s always in my head, so it’s easier for me. πŸ˜‚ And I think that’s definitely a good idea! I only posted one discussion post my first month of blogging and everything else was tags and memes! So, it’ll eventually come to you! πŸ˜„

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  3. Oh, I definitely want to be a creative blogger! Sometimes I see posts in my Reader that are “unoriginal” (put as lightly as possible) and I always like to have fresh content! It’s hard because I don’t think I’m a very creative person… but I try. XD I don’t think you have to be creative ALL the time tho. For example, you could offer new insight on the ongoing battle of physical books vs. ebooks vs. audiobooks. πŸ˜‚

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    1. Haha, I get that! There are some blogs I follow that I enjoy, but I’m more likely to skip on their posts when another blogger posts because I like what they post more, if that makes sense? πŸ˜‚ That’s true; I don’t think so either! Haha, I don’t know if you could. I honestly never thought there was a battle in the first place, but maybe there still is???

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  4. Sometimes it’s hard to be original and creative and coming up with ideas. When I first changed my blog to have a larger focus on books all I did was tags and memes and I got bored of them so easily, after a while I decided to try to post more original content. I don’t do tags anymore and the only meme I do is Top 5 Wednesday and I only do that once a month.

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  5. I totally, totally agree! There is a lot of pressure to be creative on many different book bloggers, but I STILL feel like there are more “unoriginal” book bloggers out there than “original” book bloggers, which kind of makes sense, since it’s hard to think of ideas!

    Personally, I also feel like the bookish community that does only reviews, book blitzes, etc., is kind of separate from the community that does discussions, if that makes sense?
    As in, I get lots of comments and interaction from people who also do discussions, and a lot of people who read review-only blogs ALSO do only reviews.

    Anyways, great discussion!

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    1. Yeah, it definitely is hard to think of ideas! And that makes sense! There’s definitely an audience for that type of stuff, but I’m definitely not a part of it! πŸ˜‚ Every single time I go to blogs like that, all I see is constant praise for every book they review, and I don’t get the appeal??? But, again, I’m not the audience. Yeah, I think most of the blogs that comment on most of my stuff also are more likely to comment on all my posts! πŸ˜„

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  6. When I was asked to contribute to WLABB, I was like, why not, I love reading and writing about books. I do feel that there is pressure to stand-out. I have done some discussion posts, but it is hard to come up with a topic that has not been beaten to death. I more or less only work and read right now, so I can’t do those TV or movie posts. I don’t do a ton of memes, but I love the Sunday post, TTT, and Can’t Wait Wednesday. Each of these give me a chance to share a lot of different books and give me another way to relate why I like said book, rather than just posting a review.

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    1. Yeah, it’s true! It’s definitely hard to come up with truly original discussion posts, especially since there are so many book blogs out there that have been around for much longer (I sometimes feel that way as someone who started blogging this year). And that’s definitely a good thing! I don’t like memes personally, but I know that memes to some people are what’s good for their blog, and if that’s the type of content you or any other blog wants, that’s perfectly fine! πŸ˜„

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  7. I defiitely agree that bloggers want quality over quantity, I would much rather follow someone who only posts once a week, but has a really interesting disussion or in depth and thought provoking review, rather than a blog tour.

    I have to say that I do find all the memes repetitive and boring, which I know is really hypocritical because I do T5W myself. That being said I am hoping to stop posting them in 2018, in favour of some of the features I prefer to write like discussions and TV Chats. They’re a really good way to get into blogging (for most people) but they’re really not for everyone, I know I write them but when I see them in my Reader 9 times out of 10 I don’t click on them.

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    1. Yeah, I have some blogs in my Reader that post every day or twice a day, but most of their posts are just reviews and memes, so in the end, it doesn’t really mean anything!

      Yeah, most of them are really boring and pointless. I don’t mind TTT or Top 5 Wednesday, but most of the other ones don’t have that much substance, in my opinion. And, yeah, same; I don’t write them and I don’t read them too often!

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  8. I am a sort of bookworm who doesn’t have anyone in real life who read or talk about books. So I just sort of keep my blog to talk about bookish stuff that is just constantly churning in my mind. Is it creative or uncreative? honestly, I don’t mind either way. πŸ™‚ (Maybe that is the reason I have such a small community in my own blog, lol)

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    1. Yeah, I don’t have many friends who are as voracious readers as I am or read the same books, so being online is where I find people who understand that. I don’t think that’s uncreative! I’be probably done one non-Bookish post about my fave TV shows, and that was it! I’ll do more like it in the future, but I usually just like talking about books more! πŸ˜„

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  9. GAH, this is a thing I struggle with CONSTANTLY. Because I feel like I am not a creative person by nature? Not that I’m not unique, but I have a hard time coming up with ideas to… portray it, I guess? It’s just HARD to keep coming up with stuff- it’s like, how many ways can we even talk about books, you know? Great post!! πŸ˜€

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  10. Love this post!! I love how you talked about different points of view regarding creativity. I can definitely relate to the points you brought up.
    My general experience is that my discussion posts generate the most hits, likes and comments, but they are definitely time-consuming to write. It is a challenge to come up with new ideas. My first post is about print books vs ebooks, which I thought was SUCH an original idea, though I realized later that it’s been way overdone!! But these are also fun as well, since it is always interesting to read people’s comments and respond to them.
    I try to rotate between different types of posts, i.e. Discussion, tag, review, blog hop, wrap-up, repeat, so that hopefully there is something for everyone.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I think my discussion posts are the most popular! I tend to have a lot per month, so it’s easier for me to write them depending on my mood! Oh, yeah, is going to be talking about discussion topics next month, so that should be fun!

      And yeah, exactly! And I also hope I balance blogging and bookish posts since I have e-mail followers who probably don’t blog and don’t care about my blogging related posts and vice versa! πŸ˜„

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  11. YES! I firmly believe there is this pressure to be unique and stand out, because like you said, the bloggers with mostly original content will get a larger following. Or maybe not? But that’s what I believe. I struggle a lot with original content lately, but the memes and tags floating around are getting increasingly boring to me, so I’ve been posting a lot less than I used to instead of forcing myself to post which has it’s own pros and cons I suppose πŸ˜›

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    1. I think it goes half and half! I’ve seen popular bloggers that are pretty creative and I’ve seen popular bloggers that literally post blog tours and reviews for every post and have a large following, so I think you can be successful no matter what! That makes sense! I need to work on not forcing out a post when I’m not feeling like posting it just for the sake of having a post! It never works out well. πŸ˜‚

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  12. So much food for thought here.. once you come into your own and connect with your tribe, it helps the process. Ideas live in our souls, come with experiences and just hang in the lurch waiting to be birthed. I tend to just open my heart and thoughts and just let them both connect and spill out. People often times inspire my writing so that keeps my content stocked up. Best part for me is taking in other people’s creativity and just sitting with it.

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