“Other Stuff” I Like Reading About on Your Book Blog. Let’s Discuss.

May 6, 2019 Let's Discuss 75

I’m one of those people who pretty much exclusively follows book blogs. I’m not particularly interested in following blogs that focus on something else like travel or fashion or general lifestyle stuff. BUT I’ve found that I actually really enjoy getting little snippets of those things on my friends’ book blogs.

I thought I’d highlight some of the types of non-bookish posts and topics I enjoy seeing on people’s blogs. Not because I’m expecting anyone to specifically create more of these because I like them, but just because I thought it might be fun to feature some of the other types of posts my bookish friends create.

  • Crafts – I absolutely love seeing the crafts that my fellow bloggers have been working on. Whether you’re knitting cool scarves (or cowls–this post was actually inspired when I saw this knitting post at Bookwyrm’s Hoard), or creating pottery (Steph Pajonas makes cool pottery), or creating bookish crafts, I love to see your progress!
  • Artwork – Some of my bookish friends are also talented artists. For instance, Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight makes a lot of digital art (often inspired by her SIMS).
  • Bullet journals – I’m hopeless when it comes to organization and beautiful arty designs, but I can live vicariously through my friends who have gorgeously artistic (and organized!) bullet journals! Annie over at Blossoms and Bullet Journals has a blog that focuses on both books and beautiful bullet journaling.
  • Vacations – I love reading about the trips my fellow bloggers take! (Pictures are a wonderful bonus.) Or even people’s explorations of their own cities/countries. Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag often does a Local Tourist feature. And I’ve learned some interesting things about Dubai from Gayathri @ Elgee Writes.
  • Movies & TV – I like hearing about my blogger friends’ favorite movies and TV shows. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight writes lots of posts about The 100, and she also does a feature called Sometimes I Watch Shows.
  • General Life Updates – I love reading everyone’s Sunday Posts and Monthly Wrap-Ups, and I especially enjoy reading what’s been happening in my fellow bloggers’ lives lately. Hearing personal stories helps me to get to know the people in the blogosphere in much deeper ways. Other random life-update posts or tags are wins too!

I’m sure there are other topics I enjoy reading about too, but these are the ones that pop into my mind. The funny thing is, even topics I’m not all that excited about normally are much more interesting when they’re shared by a blogger I already know and love. I might not seek out posts about fitness or healthy eating or music, for instance, but I might check them out if it’s someone I know talking about those topics. (And, of course, there are probably other people who specifically like to see those topics.)

The only place I really share any of these non-bookish topics on my own blog is in my Sunday Posts and Monthly Wrap-Ups. But this has made me think that maybe I should pepper in a few of these types of posts. For instance, I just recently used illustrated book pages (from a book my son destroyed) to make origami stars. Maybe I’ll write a post about it!

Do you like to see non-bookish posts on book blogs occasionally? What are your favorite types of topics? I want to know!

 

75 Responses to ““Other Stuff” I Like Reading About on Your Book Blog. Let’s Discuss.”

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      It’s funny because I was super confused when I read your comment—I am apparently not up on the bullet journaling lingo because I was like, “stalk pretty bujos”???? It took me a good five minutes to figure out what you meant. LOL!

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I love wrap-ups and Sunday Posts because I get to learn about the humans behind the blog. Those posts also make me realize that I’m a very boring person. I don’t do crafts and can’t afford vacations. I have to live vicariously through internet people. 🙂

  2. Kristina

    Ohh yesyes!! I love some BuJo and personal snippets so much aswell ! Even if it’s just some chit-chatty posts, and ofcourse some games related ones too – as i’m pretty much a gamer myself.

    I can’t think of anything else in the current moment, sadly XD

  3. Laura

    I definitely feel the same! I like getting to know other bloggers better through personal updates, and I like reading about their other hobbies if it’s a blogger I already know. I also like doing various crafts and things myself, so I always like craft posts! 🙂

  4. Annemieke

    I enjoy seeing different aspects of people’s lives. Things they are passionate about, how they combine it with their love of reading, how they are doing. I think it gives of a great feel for the person behind the blog.

    Annemieke recently posted: Best of the Bunch // April 2019
  5. ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks for the shout out! I’ve definitely added in more non-book related posts over the years, because it’s fun for me to read these type of posts too. I like seeing what people are doing off the blog, or what else they are interested in!

    -Lauren

  6. S. J. Pajonas

    I love seeing these kinds of posts too! And writing them. I think I start following any blog because I like the voice of the author, and then therefore, I enjoy a lot of other subjects that person writes about. Generally, I fall for the books, but I stick around for the person.

    S. J. Pajonas recently posted: Sunday Update – May 5, 2019
    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      That’s so true. You articulated it perfectly—I come for the books and stay for the person I get to know through their blog. And all sorts of things sound way more interesting when a friend is passionate about them!

  7. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I’m like you: I love these little peeks into other blogger’s lives. Especially the weekend wrap-ups, the travel posts, and the crafty posts… which is why, after years of blogging mostly about books, I decided to share a little of my knitting and spinning, too. (So thank you for the shout-out!) I follow mostly book blogs, but also a smattering of knitting and spinning blogs and Instagram accounts. 🙂

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: Sunday Post – 5/05/2019
  8. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    AW you are the BEST because you know how much I put into these ridiculous The 100 posts hahah so it makes my heart SO HAPPY to see that you enjoy them! I agree though, I LOVE hearing about people’s other interests- especially shows because sometimes I find out about new ones! Travel too, I love. But honestly ANYTHING that people are passionate about I generally enjoy reading, you know? Especially since like- we get to know each other through the book posts, but I still care about everyone’s other life stuff too! Fabulous post, I could not agree more!

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: The 100 Episode 6×01: Sanctum
  9. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Aww thanks for the shoutout and the kind words! And I completely agree. I find that sometimes I just start to like the person behind the blog, and then I’m interested in pretty much anything they decide to talk about on occasion, even if I normally wouldn’t be. And I do like getting to know other bloggers more, beyond just what books they enjoy.

  10. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    It’s why I love the wrap ups so much, weekly and monthly, because I get to know the logger more and more. That was something I had incorporated a lot when I blogged at Latte Nights Reviews. And according to the readers, they loved it because I’d show pictures of my Puerto Rico island and the adventures I’d go on and go into detail about them. Since I moved to US, it hasn’t been the same so there isn’t much to share, unfortunately. I’ll definitely be checking out the Bujo blog because I need some inspo!

  11. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I love this post to pieces! 🙂 Like you, I only follow book bloggers but I also enjoy reading about different topics and learning more about my blogger friends. I love the way you broke it down to specific topics and bloggers!

  12. chellesbookramblings

    I’m always hesitant about sharing non bookish things on my blog.. other than movies and stuff like that because I’m pretty boring but I do want my community to know a little more about me.. so I make the effort from time to time…

  13. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    I only follow book blogs, even though I do like reading lifestyle and travel blogs every now and then, they are not the kind of blogs I follow as regularly as book blogs. That being said, I’m just like you and I love getting to know the blogger a little more, too, I think that’s why I love reading monthly wrap-ups just as well and seeing every now and then some different posts, too. I’m especially a fan of travel posts 😀
    Great discussion! 😀

  14. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Love this post. I only follow book blogs as well, but I definitely like to read posts about any other interests my fellow bloggers have and I’m a big fan of the Sunday posts where people talk about what’s going on their lives. Those kind of posts really help me get to know bloggers better and build a sense of community.

  15. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    Things like The Sunday Posts are my favourite kind of blog posts because I get to know the bloggers a little bit better and get a snapshot of their lives. I’m like you in that I don’t really go for blogs that aren’t book focused but I love seeing other posts scattered amongst the book talk… I find it interesting. Plus, a lot of the book blogs I adore don’t necessarily read the books I do but I visit them and build relationships because I find the people interesting.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yes, that’s a really good point. Many of the book bloggers I follow don’t read YA and MG (which is most of what I read anymore), but those “other stuff” posts can draw me in, even when the bookish content isn’t to my taste.

  16. tonyalee

    You know me – I’ve been slowly transition my blog from books for a long time before completely changing it. I’m glad you love reading about other stuff on their blogs though – and I’m totally cool with you not reading all my posts LOL

  17. Mary Kirkland

    I don’t consider my blog a ‘book blog’ but I post book reviews on my blog a few times a month. I also have pet rat posts, subscription box posts, free sample posts and post a lot of other things as well. My blog is a mix of whatever I feel like posting. I’m kinda all over the place but it’s always been that way. LOL I follow a lot of book blogs but I really like more personal posts too. I like seeing those thrown in sometimes too.

    Mary Kirkland recently posted: Happy Raturday!
    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      I guess your blog is one that I subscribe to that isn’t specifically about books. There are a few of those types of blogs that I follow because of the person—especially since a lot of book bloggers have branched off into other things as time went on.

  18. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    Great post! This is an interesting topic for me to consider, because my approach to sharing personal information (which is the only topic I address apart from book-related ones) on my blog has changed over the years. I post brief updates about my personal life as it affects my blog in my monthly wrap ups. Generally, I’m not that interested in reading about ‘other stuff’ on the book blogs I follow – I’m just here for all things books 😛

  19. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

    I love non-bookish posts. It’s so much more interesting to hear about these topics from a fellow book lover, and I agree it helps us understand each other better. Discussion posts are also fun – bookish or non-bookish. It’s something I really want to do more with my blog. (It’s just been super hard to start with work stress, but now that it’s summer vacation I hope to really get into this!)

    Crystal @ Lost in Storyland recently posted: Teenage Spy Survival Guide: Based on Alex Rider: Secret Weapon
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