Post Ideas for Book Bloggers / Blogtober Day 29

It can be hard to come up with new blog posts. Especially after you’ve been doing it for a while. You feel like you’re running out of ideas, and sometimes you just can’t think of any. So, today I thought I would share some ideas for general topics you can write about! Feel free to share any others in the comments, too! You can refer back to this whenever you feel like you’re having writer’s block :)

The Basics:

  • TBRs: These can be monthly, seasonal, read-a-thon specific, etc. They are a classic blog post topic that can be done frequently!
  • Wrap-Ups: Similar to the previous one, these can be done monthly, seasonally, every 5 books you read, etc. They are always going to be different because you are talking about different books (duh, that’s how it works).
  • Reviews: Obviously, as book bloggers, we read! So, there are always new books we can review. I have actually grown to love writing reviews. There’s something so fun about trying to capture the essence of a book in a new way every time.
  • Recommendations: There are so many different recommendation posts to do, which is true for all of the post ideas I’ve mentioned so far.

These are all great because they can be redone in many different ways over and over again.

Fun:

  • Tags: There are hundreds and hundreds of tags floating around the web. You can just search “book tag” on google and find tons of them to choose from! They are a great way to engage with the community, too. You can tag others and read their responses! It gets a lot of people involved.
  • Weekly “Memes”: Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc. are all great blog posts that give you at least one new post every week!
  • Q&A: This is a great way for people to get to know you. You can talk about other hobbies/interests you have, answer questions specifically about books, or a mix of everything!
  • Giveaway: Host a giveaway! This is a  really fun way to get more people to check out your site (if you promote via Instagram/Twitter/etc.). This is obviously only something you should do if you have the means to. You can give away a book you already own (maybe even annotate it), or you can buy someone a new release, or even give away a voucher for a specific bookstore!

Unique Content:

  • Discussion Posts: You can write a discussion post on pretty much anything- which is why this is such a unique post. Everyone will have different takes on certain topics, so reading them is always fun.
  • Blogging Advice: This is another one that’s going to be different for each person. We all have different experiences when it comes to blogging, so we have different tips to share! You can also make these specific and do different variations. You can write a post on formatting and using code in your blog posts, another on how to go self-hosted, a general tips post, and more!
  • Interviews: You can interview authors, other bloggers, bookstagrammers, Youtubers, etc. You can do so many of these and ask different questions for each person! I personally love reading interviews- it’s a great way to learn more about people in this community!
  • Reading Tips: This is a fun one because you can do a lot with it, too. For example, you can do a “how to read more as a college student” or “how to annotate” and so many other variations!

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What are some of your favorite blog posts to write? Mine have to be recommendations or discussion posts! But I love them all in different ways :)

Jessica

Book Blogging Tips / Blogtober Day 25

I’ve been blogging for four years now. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I am still not an expert when it comes to blogging, but I’ve learned a few things over the years. I have a blog post giving some advice from a few years ago, and I still stand by those points. However, I think this updated post is necessary, and I have some new tips to share!

Here they are:

🖊 Be consistent, but give yourself breaks.

Consistency really is key. I have seen it in my own stats. When I post once a week, or twice a week, my readers know what to expect. More people are also able to find you the more frequently you post.

However, everyone needs a break. I’ve taken many blogging breaks during my time on here, and trust me, they were much needed. You’ll be much happier in the long run, and you’ll be able to prevent burn out.

Prioritize your mental health!!

🖊 Find your voice.

Finding your voice is probably the hardest tip to achieve that I can give, but I think it’s important. The easiest way to do this is by thinking about the way you communicate in real life. Do you like to crack jokes? Are you sarcastic? Are you a super happy, ball of energy? Show that in your writing! Use bold or capital letters, add some humor, put in your dialect, etc.

Some of the best examples of distinct voices are May, Marie, Cait, and Shealea.

Read through a couple of their posts. You’ll be able to tell the difference between their writing styles because each one is super unique!

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🖊 Don’t compare yourself to others.

I know I just told you to go look at a few other bloggers, but at the same time, don’t compare yourself to them. You are your own person, and you will do things in your own way. It is important to keep that in mind, especially if you are a beginner blogger. Don’t look at the way some people have a developed style and you might not yet. Don’t think about how many readers someone else is gaining that you’re not.

It’s totally ok to look up to certain bloggers, but remember, they got where they are now through a lot of hard work and dedication. It doesn’t happen overnight. To get where you want to be, you just have to be patient and continue to do the thing you love.

🖊 Stats aren’t everything

It can be easy to feel discouraged because you’re putting in a lot of work for each blog post, but then no one is reading them. It’s ok. Keep putting out this content, and eventually, an audience will come to you. It takes a lot of time, especially in the beginning. Try not to focus on the stats because that will only tear you apart and won’t make you happy. Focus on the writing and the reading, the rest will follow.

🖊 Don’t feel pressured to post specific content or read specific books

When I first started blogging, I was not reading all of the books that everyone else was. I didn’t buy a lot of books in general. I would go to my library and pick up a random book, read the synopsis, and decide if I wanted to borrow it or not. I did not reach for Goodreads to read the reviews first.

Eventually we all fall to the hype- maybe not all the time, but you may sometimes find yourself browsing a bookstore and picking up books that you’ve heard about online. You might not even glance at books you’ve never heard of. And if you only read “popular” books, that is totally fine! Most of my reads can be considered hyped books.

BUT, don’t read those because you feel like you need to. Read them because you want to. If you’re a romance reader, read and write about romance books. If you like fantasy, don’t force yourself to read the next hyped contemporary if you don’t want to.

The same goes for your content. You don’t have to post TBRs, wrap-ups, tags, etc. If you want to, do it. But if you have a really cool, creative post idea that you’re afraid to share because it’s uncommon, you should just go for it!

No two blogs are going to look the same, and that is ok. In fact, it’s what makes this community so great. We all enjoy different books, we all have different styles and tastes.

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I hope this post was helpful in some way! Please leave a comment with any other book blogging (or blogging in general) tips you have.

Do you like this type of post? Would you want to see more like it?

Jessica

Why I Started Blogging // Blogmas Day 5

It’s crazy to me that I started blogging (seriously) a little over three years ago. Time really does fly. I still remember when I first created my website, and the thrill of all of the new possibilities ahead of me gave me goosebumps. Back then, this site was not called Kisses From Jess (I honestly can’t even remember the very first name of it), and my posts were mainly fashion and beauty related.

Today, we are here at Kisses From Jess, a name that stuck for about two years now (after some heavy rebranding), and I write about books and writing- things I am truly passionate about.

These past three years have been full of ups and downs, and I have changed, learned, grown so much despite it all.

I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the reasons I began blogging in the first place because it was a decision that truly changed my life.

I needed a creative outlet

So, before this blog, I actually gave Youtube a shot. Many of the friends I met online had Youtube channels, and I used to watch other content creator’s videos constantly. I thought it was perfect. But I quickly discovered that Youtube was not for me. I did it for about a year, and then I quit.

But I was feeling so restless. I needed to put my creative energy into something else, now that I wasn’t filming and editing videos. I’ve thought about blogging before, and I had a Tumblr account back in the day that I was on constantly. So I figured, why not give it a try?

I love to write and wanted to explore this passion

I also thought of blogging over other things because I love to write. I have been creating stories and writing poems for as long as I can remember, and English was always my favorite subject.

I knew that this was something I wanted to do more of, and eventually share it with the world! Blogging allowed me to do just that. Now, I share a lot of my poetry on here, and I even post writing updates on books I’m writing (how crazy is that?!).

To develop new relationships and meet new people

Finally, I wanted to meet likeminded people that I could connect with. It’s hard to find people in real life that are as passionate as me about writing and reading and all of the other things I post about.

I attended a Vo-Tech high school where the focus was on studying medicine and health. I realized that is something I no longer want to pursue in freshman year. I was surrounded by people who were passionate about studying medicine, while I was more interested in creating new stories.

Blogging allowed me to meet so many amazing people who I now call my friends. I really don’t know where I’d be without the support of so many of these people.

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That is it for my little post today. I hope you found this inspiring, and maybe it will make you want to start your own blog! As always, feel free to leave any comments down below, I love reading all of them :)

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Blogging Tips!

Hi everyone! I wrote a post called The Blogging Guide almost a year ago! I have grown so much since then, and learned a ton more. After over a year of blogging regularly, I think I have gained some knowledge, and I would love to share it!

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Post Original Content
People don’t like to read the same posts over and over. While yours may be the only blog they read, chances are they read multiple blogs, and will get bored if all posts are the same. I do a lot of pretty basic posts, but I try to keep them original with the style! Think of posts not many people have written, or put your own twist on them.

Be Honest
Your readers can tell if you are lying about loving a product just for more views, or just because you are sponsoring something. Don’t post about a product unless you genuinely love it, or you are misleading the readers.

One Type Of Blogger?
Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to one “theme” of blogging. I write beauty, fashion, and lifestyle posts. When I first started this blog, the name of it was fashion related, but I realized after a week that I didn’t only want to write about fashion. Now I mainly do lifestyle posts, so I am happy I didn’t commit to fashion. Experiment with posts you write to see what comes most natural.

Be Active On Other Blogs
Read other blog posts and leave nice comments, or give the post a like! Not only will more people see your blog, but you may even make a friend in the process! The blogging community is so big, but so welcoming. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others. One of the best things that came from it were all the friends I made.

Those are all the tips I have for now, but I hope they were helpful! Leave your own tips in the comments below :)

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25 Facts About Me + 1 Year of Blogging

Wow. Today is the day I created my blog last year, and the day of my first post ever. 1 whole year. I can’t imagine my life without this blog anymore, because it brought me so many opportunities. This past year I took part in many amazing partnerships and also met amazing people. My first blog post ever was a 25 facts about me, so I thought I would continue the tradition and do 25 facts every year.

Before I start, I am currently accepting any writing pieces (poems, short stories, informational posts, etc), as well as art pieces. If you would like to be featured, please email me: kissesfromjess@gmail.com ! Thank you :)

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  1. I am 16 years old, but turning 17 in 2 months.
  2. My favorite food is mozzarella sticks.
  3. I want to have a job in business and advertising one day.
  4. I love to read. Most people don’t like to, but I love it.
  5. My favorite shows are the Carrie Diaries and New Girl.
  6. My go to makeup product is my Naked 3 palette.
  7. I love fruits and veggies.
  8. I run track at my high school.
  9. I am 5’4″
  10. I’ve been out of the country numerous times, but all to one place: Poland.
  11. I speak Polish fluently.
  12. I do my makeup at 10pm or later at least once a week out of boredom.
  13. I am attending Beautycon NYC for the 2nd year in October.
  14. My favorite artists at the moment are Ariana Grande, Hailee Steinfeld, and Rihanna.
  15. My biggest life goal is to ride an elephant.
  16. I want to travel the world, and go to as many places as possible.
  17. I love to write (that’s why I have a blog, duh).
  18. My favorite class this year is economics.
  19. I really want to do a color run.
  20. I absolutely hate math.
  21. If I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara.
  22. I am bad at keeping plants alive, but I have a bamboo plant in my room that I’ve had for 6 years (idk how that’s even possible).
  23. I have an obsession with notebooks, and I’m always buying new ones.
  24. I want to get another bunny because my old one died.
  25. I am a morning person, and hate going to bed really late.

I hope you learned a bit more about me from these facts! Thank you for the wonderful year of blogging. I’m looking forward to another one.

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My Blogging Routine

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I recently came across a post like this on Lazy Thoughts and thought I would take my own spin on it. Reading how other people blog is actually really interesting because I never thought about how many steps go into it.

Planning & Brainstorming
I begin by planning out what blog posts I am going to write for the week, sometimes even the month. I do this on the monthly layout of my planner (like this for an organization post). When I decide what my next post is going to be, I jot down some ideas I have for that post in a notebook. This includes how I am going to take my pictures, the outline for the post, and some things I need to include. For sponsored posts, I also make sure I incorporate the brand in some way.

Taking Pictures
For a few of my blog posts I just used stock images because I didn’t have time to take my pictures, but that was only for about 3 posts. I prefer taking my pictures, and I usually take them before I write the post. I take the pictures around 11-4 in the day so the sun is still out and the pictures look the best. For pictures, I use the canon rebel Sl1 with an 18-55mm lens. I then import them to my laptop.

Writing the Post 
After all my pictures are imported, I move onto writing the post. Most posts take me about an hour to write, but sometimes if they have more depth, I stop and continue writing the next day. Since I already have my outline, the writing part comes naturally.

Editing
The last step is editing the post as well as the pictures. To edit my pictures I use Picmonkey.com. It is a great website to add text, saturate, or add brightness! I also read through the post one last time to make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Honestly, sometimes I forget to do this, so there are often a couple of mistakes here or there. I’m working on it! After all of this, it is time to publish! Then, the rest is just having others read it!

Blogging is a lot more work than it looks like, and it takes a lot of time and dedication. Let me know if your routine is similar or different to mine if you are also a blogger!

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