A Catalogue of Different Kinds of Blog Posts // A Collaborative How-To-Blog Post

When you start a blog, especially a book blog, you can maybe think, I need to post lots of book reviews. Or I need to post book tags. And then you may discover writing book discussions, and monthly wrap ups, or even how-to-posts. And then it’s all confusing and you want to scream, WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO BLOG ABOUT TODAY?

There are a ton of different kinds of blog posts! My friend Mal and I decided someone, i.e, us needed to help catalogue all these different kinds of blog posts.

And because I’ve been crazy busy, Mal wrote most of this post. Normally, I set up a google doc and my collaborator and I write equal amounts on the google doc. This time, I texted Mal, Hey there’s a google doc! Write whatever you want whenever you’re ready!

And then I turned around, and Mal had literally written 700 words. Was there anything left for me to say??? Well, maybe just a little bit. But MOST of this post is Mal’s creative genius.

Oh, Oh, Oh, there’s also these cute little pictures!   &    That way it’s super easy to see who wrote all these words, aka, MALANIE. Also, are you following Mal and her lovely blog? If not, you have committed a great crime (gasp) so go follow her blog!

Tags, Tags, Tags

 Tags are my one of my favorites, because they all you do is make lists! And tag others! And interact SO MUCHHH. Tags usually do really well as far as views/comments/likes on my blog, they’re just universally lovable.

And they’re not always exclusively about books. Sometimes they’re award tags, like the Mystery Blogger Award or the Versatile Blogger Award. Award posts often have you answer questions about yourself, which is probably my favorite thing to do ngl.

Mal is very right – there are so many different kind of tags. True story – I have been nominated for the sunshine tag, twice! And I’ve never done it….opps.

Monthly Wrap-Ups, i.e., my favorite

EVERYONE loves a good monthly wrap-up. They are just so perfect????? You get to show the best books you read, the worst, and rant about everything all in one post. This is my favorite kind of post to read. I love seeing what other people loved/hated in a giant summary.

They also let you talk about other things like movies you watched or TV shows you binged throughout the month.

Plus, these tend to by very popular on my own blog, usually drawing in the most views/comments. Two of my best five posts are monthly wrap-ups. Overall, this blog post is my favorite child and I reward her great personality with attention and chocolate c:

Yes! I love monthly wrap ups and started blogging because i fell in love with a certain bloggers monthly wrap ups. (i think i mention this at least once a month? GUYS, i just LOVE monthly wrap ups. Especially Mays. They’re literally therapeutic)

Random TBR lists: i.e.. everyone’s favorite

These are so great, I want to make “random TBR list” sweaters and distribute them to everyone.

How much better can it get???? LISTS! DISCOVERING NEW FAVORITES! FEATURING BOOK COVERS.

TBR posts are also super easy? I mean, they aren’t hard. If you like talking about your favorite books, than TBR posts are YOUR FRIEND. Also, people like reading these kind of posts?

Top Ten/Top Fives (weekly memes)

I’m only familiar with That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday and Bionic Book Worm’s Top Five Tuesday but these are usually extremely popular.

When you link back to the host’s site, your post will be added to their master list and this generates so much traffic!!!! Plus, you get to go and read everyone else’s list on the same topic. WHOLESOME COMMUNITY LOVE.

Just make them your own! I can’t say that enough, haha. Also, sometimes they make me laugh, because i know someone is always going to include a certain book on their top 5/top 10 list. *cough, Mal always mentions the Foxhole Court, cough*

Discussions, aka All our Opinions

If you love comments and ranting and just being creatively majestic, this post is for youuuuu.

I’ve personally only done one discussion in my entire blogging career and I’m so disappointed in myself sldkfjls. But that one discussion is my most popular post. Of all time in history.

Discussions are a great way to show what you think, whether it be on book friendships, diverse representation, or some other topic you feel strongly about.

I love discussions because they can be so varied. You can discuss really lighthearted subjects, like how we need more bookish friendships, or you can talk about something personal, or a harder subject. It’s ALL up to YOU!

How to Posts

I love how to posts, even though I sometimes feel like writing them is kind of weird. It makes me ask, do I really know how to do said topic.

But they are so ridiculously helpful sdlfkjslj

For instance, when I first started Edelweiss I was SO CONFUSED???? Admittedly, I didn’t really try very hard. HOWEVER. Marija’s post on navigating the site really helped me. Now, I’m obsessed and I request stressful numbers of books.

PS. Edelweiss is v. confusing. I need to listen to Mal and read her suggested post.

Book Reviews

Even though we are book bloggers and book reviews seem fundamental, book review posts NEVER do well on my blog. They are so unpopular. I think it’s a common thing among other bloggers too?????? From my experience, readers would rather have information on multiple books at once (lists, tags, monthly wrap-ups) +++ everyone is afraid of spoilers. Which tbh  is a legit fear. I’M PERSONALLY TERRIFIED. And usually bloggers don’t means to spoil a book, or something you wouldn’t consider a spoiler, someone else would. It’s a mess. But I love reviews anyway.

I LOVE writing book reviews! And I’m not sure if they’re that unpopular? I think it depends on how you write book reviews, and when they’re published. Like ARC reviews are slightly more popular for me, and then RANT reviews are ALWAYS popular. So, it all depends.

Also, stats are fickle things and VERY hard to guess about. Post what you enjoy and don’t worry about what tons of fickle internet beasts think. (Internet beasts is not a very nice term, but idk what else to call the internet hordes) 

NOW, you KNOW ALL the different kinds of blog posts. OR you know all the ones invented thus far. SO GO OUT AND INVENT MORE. JKJKJKJKJK, that sounds like a lot of hard work.

But major applause to Mal for helping compile and write this lovely list. I hope it’s been helpful and given you some ideas for ALL the tons of different kind of blog posts you can do!

Now, I need to decide whether to write a book review or write some writing planning posts for Nano? HARD decision. I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I worked on a book review. And I’ve read SO MUCH lately.

lets chat

What’s your favorite kind of blog post? Why do you think tags and TBR lists and other book lists are more popular? Do you like writing reviews?  Do you read reviews? (please, don’t disappoint me :-)) 

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7 Comments

  1. October 25, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    i love everything about this,,,our friendship is immortalized <3

    ALSO YOUR BLOG IS GORGEOUS

  2. October 26, 2018 / 1:25 am

    me, running away, crying into my hands because of how KIND YOU ARE: 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 (Liz you have to stop complimenting me like this!! you’re making me soft!!!) (but also omg I’m still in awe that my monthly wrap-up post had some part in inspiring you to blog 💗)

    anyways, I love writing discussion posts! they’re some of my favorites to write, even though they take a long time for me to be able to actually form my thoughts coherently lmao. and I want to do more book tags because a lot of them tend to be similar to book recommendations posts, which I love writing! I’ve gotten a lot better at actually doing tags though now 😂

    great post! I love how you and Malanie created this together 💖

  3. October 27, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I love writing discussion posts and what’s on my tbr posts. Love this! 🙌🏻

  4. October 29, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Oh this is such a fun post, I love how you wrote it together so much, such a great idea! <3
    I love discussion posts the most, because they allow me to… I don't know, ramble on more in comments and start a conversation a bit more.
    It makes me so sad that reviews aren't that appreciated, I have the same issue, I really enjoy writing them, but the statistics are the worst. but then again, reviews make me happy and make me feel like I'm shouting about the books I love and helping the author a little bit, so I'll keep on going 😀

  5. November 2, 2018 / 5:38 am

    This is such a great, enjoyable and such a helpful post! Also, I have to take a second to admire your graphics because they are absolutely gorgeous!

  6. November 2, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Ahh, I cannot properly express my love for the post. <3 I really love wrap up posts too, it's just so fun to see what everyone has been up to! And tags are the best because TALKING ABOUT BOOKS and discussions are amazing too, for obvious reasons. 😉

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