I'm participating in Bloggiesta! If you're not, never fear. I'll have a regular review post later this morning...
Welcome to my Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Step Outside Your Blogging Comfort Zone!
Routine is what keeps me sane.
If you're like me, you probably have some sort of flexible blog schedule of meme days and review days so that you don't have those panic-stricken "what am I posting tomorrow" moments. If you do have those moments regularly, then go check out the Bloggiesta organizational challenge hosted by Trini at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity.
So while I need my routine, it can also start to feel a little ho-hum...
My challenge to you: try something out of your blogging comfort zone.
Here are three suggestions, but feel free to come up with your own ideas!
1. Read something outside your preferred genre.
I blog about YA. But even within YA, I have my preferred genres (contemporary and paranormal) and things that are not exactly my go-to reads (mermaid books, zombie books, and fantasy.)
That said, some of my most fun reviews came when I tried a book outside my zone. I tried a fae book. I even tried a zombie book. You know how excited you are when you meet someone who's discovering a book or a genre for the first time? That's how your blog readers feel when they get to watch you try something new. It's fun for them, fun for you. If you hate the book, maybe you can get a spirited discussion going in comments...
2. Take something that you're passionate about and incorporate it into your blog.
You'll have fun and your readers will respond to your enthusiasm. Here are some ideas that some of my blogger friends have tried with great success! Click on the highlighted text to check them out. If you borrow someone's idea, don't forget to ask permission and/or give credit!
Total fashionista? Use Polyvore to create an outfit inspired by a book.
Love to cook? Offer up a menu paired to your latest read.
Travel buff? Do a photo gallery that shows some of the settings of your favorite book.
DIY manicurist? Design some book-inspired nail art!
Do you have kids or nieces and nephews? Sara @ Forever 17 does the most adorable feature where she asks her five year-old to interpret different YA covers with hilarious results.
3. Resolve to do some blog-related thing that you've been avoiding because it's scary!
For me, that's author interviews. I don't know why they are so terrifying to me. But I've resolved to do more of them.
Maybe you're scared to ask a publisher for a review copy. Or convinced that if you change the look of your blog, you'll make a huge mess you can't fix. Bloggiesta is the perfect time be brave -- we're all here, ready to offer support. You can do it!
For this challenge, make yourself a Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone blogging goal.