Bookish Blatherings #16: Quickie Blog Posts

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 28 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

This is going to be a short one this week. It’s 11:25pm right now and I have to get up at 5:30am. I need to write a blog post. Now, I know some of you write your posts weeks or days ahead of time but that’s just never going to be me. I tried, it never stuck. So, back to my whining. I need to write a post but I am dead-ass tried. I want to go to bed, but I hate skipping a posting day. I can when I really need to but I rather not.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. Never want to give it up. But some days are just super long for me and it’s hard to write something every day, even though I enjoy it. I think what I need is a type of post that takes me like 15-20 minutes to write. I would say, on average, most my posts take about an hour all together. Some a little less, some a little more. But I need to find a quickie post type I can write when I need to go to bed but I still want to publish something interesting that people would enjoy. And not a meme. I do one once a week, sometimes two on the rare occasion, and that is enough for me.

Have any of you dealt with a similar situation? Am I the only one? Is it wrong to want to write a quickie post? It makes me feel like a bad blogger. Or a slacker. Maybe I shouldn’t post anything. Which is worse, skipping a posting day or publishing a quickie post? But what I really want to know is…

Do you have a quickie post for those off days? If so, what kind of post is it?
Do you guys have any ideas for post topics/types that can be written fast but are still quality posts for readers, i.e. you?

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28 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #16: Quickie Blog Posts”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I always feel like I ‘should’ be blogging every day but I just don’t always have the time. I started to realise that this is my blog and I should not put pressure on myself to fit in a blog post if I’m tired or busy. It’s my blog, and I have to do what fits into my life and not worry about what other people might think! My advice? Do what feels right for you-blog when you want to and don’t stress about the times you can’t. Write long or short posts when you feel like it and run your blog to suit you. People will continue to visit you anyway and you’ll feel less stressed about it! You are not a bad or lazy blogger for missing a day so don’t worry about that! *grins*

    As to your questions, I don’t have a quickie post to slot in. I write my reviews, do my memes, blog rants etc and I post when I have the time to blog the post I need to do. I don’t personally do fillers but that’s just me.

    For quickie posts I guess you could blog about a news event and ask people for their opinion, do a film review (mine are a few plot lines, a few spoiler free lines about what I thought of it), a post about an upcoming book you are excited about, maybe a book poll…

    • Jennifer Bielman

      After reading everyone’s comments, I think a quickie post might not be a good idea. I will just skip the days where I don’t have time. Thanks for your input.

  2. Ashley

    If it were me, I wouldn’t want to do “quickie” posts.

    I guess my thinking is that the whole point of a quickie post is to do something halfass, and I wouldn’t want to halfass my blog. That’s where you start getting into “posting just for the sake of posting” territory.

    If I have a quickie post, I’m obviously not putting a lot of effort into it, but I WANT my blog to be effort.

    So I’d rather not post at all than have a quickie post. Quickie posts are filler posts and I think your readers can pick up on that. Do people really want to read filler posts?

    My filler posts used to be Waiting on Wednesday posts. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they totally were. Just throw up a book that sounds cool, write a sentence about why I thought that, and publish. I could schedule them MONTHS in advance.

    Then I woke up one day and realized that I was just posting them for the sake of posting SOMETHING. I’m not bashing WoW since I know a lot of people like it, but FOR ME they were filler posts and I didn’t like that. So I stopped doing them.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I can see what you are saying. I am looking for a post that I would love to write and people would love to read but doesn’t take as long as a review. I don’t want a filler post. But everyone is going to see “filler” posts differently. For example, I am a baker. Love baking. I experiment and create something unique all the time. If I already had the photos saved on my computer, I can see a recipe/baking post taking only 20 mins to write and it’s something I would love to share. Is this a filler post?

      • Ashley

        If it’s something you want to share anyway, then I don’t think it’s a filler. If it’s something you just want to share because it’s “quick and easy”, then it’s a filler.

        • Jennifer Bielman

          And that’s what I am looking for, something I want to share but takes less time than a review. If I don’t find something that means something to me, I would rather not post.

  3. kindlemom1

    When I use to do reviews on the weekend I would do “mini review” so they were short and sweet but then I realized even those were just too much sometimes so I stopped posting on the weekend all together. I suck I know but, it has been working better for me.

    I try to get my posts two weeks out but that doesn’t always work for me either, in fact right now, I don’t have any or next week done so I guess I know what I will be doing over the weekend this week. Sometimes blogging does get to be a bit much but I still love it. 😉

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I have been juggling around the idea of no longer posting on the weekends. Usually those are the days of the least amount of views. However, writing posts on the weekends is the easiest for me. It’s during the week that it gets hard. Just a day or two though.

  4. Deborah Jay

    I take my hat off to anyone who blogs every day.
    I try to post 3 times a week, sometimes only manage twice, and if I’m short of time I may share an awesome/funny video clip from YouTube – they always get plenty of views, like the one I just shared of the NZ/hobbit safety video.
    That went down very nicely, didn’t it?

    • Jennifer Bielman

      🙂 I love a good YouTube video. That has been an idea I have been throwing around for a bit. Thanks!

  5. Lily

    Blogging everyday is practically impossible for me since i’m always just so busy. I try to blog and review whenever I have a chance to. I just finished exam week so I’ve basically done nothing for the blog for two weeks straight and looking at my calendar for next week I’ve got absolutely nothing planned. It’s bad. LOL

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, It can get very hard to keep posting at certain times of our lives. This is a rough patch for me, that’s for sure.

  6. Braine Talk Supe

    For me it’s the formatting that takes the most time. While I read I either make notes or try to write a summary via GR so when I write the actual review, I have pointers that I can expound on. I guess my quick posts would be my Gush & Gripes, Girl Crush Mondays and FlashBook Fridays although I don’t do these as often as I used to.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      YESSSS. The formatting/set-up is what takes so much time, especially with reviews. I like your Gush & Gripes!

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh I’m one of those plan way ahead girls. lol I don’t have every single day scheduled ahead but a lot of them are. For those non-scheduled days I have a big stash of “just for fun read” reviews in my scheduled section that go out until like October at this point. So when I just don’t feel like doing a post for a day or want to skip doing one I’ll insert one of those reviews. Or I do a Randomly Random post with something quirky. Man candy picks or one time I did this uber creepy post on a guy who did cement “art” for under the ocean and he did human figures for them. Totally freaked me out and ended in a post. Heh Sometimes I just do a funny pic and a ‘hey everyone come check in and talk at me’ post where everyone can just be random and tell stories about their pets or what they’re cooking or whatever. I do them on FB a lot. On the blog now and again. Takes maybe 10 minutes to set up at most.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      That does sound like a fun post. I wish I could write posts ahead of time. I have tried to many times and it never works out. Maybe I should give that a shot again.

        • Jennifer Bielman

          Any post that I write ahead of time just makes me lazy and I use them up right away. Or if I have free time to write posts ahead of time, I find myself steering more towards reading more books!! I blame the books!.

          • anna (herding cats & burning soup)

            LOL I get ya. I have a hard time sitting on some of mine and want to use them NOW so I totally understand that.

            And oh man yeah blame the books. *nods* I was just supposed to write reviews this weekend. That’s it. I ended up adding two more books to the need to write a review list instead. heh

  8. Melliane

    Ah difficicult thing right? I use to write as many posts as I can on the weekends so I prepare them and I can post when I want to without knowing what I’ll post during the week. I really don’t have the time otherwise to do that during the weekend, mainly now that I’m doing a Ph.D. But like you I wake up like 1 hours early to do my tour of the blogs because I don’t really know when I’ll be back on the evening and I’m usually too tired to do that. For now it works perfectly well, so we’ll see. As for writing a review, I tend to do it right after finishing a book because I forget too easily. I write them in French, send them to friend so she can read them and them I translate them. And before posting them, I re read because sometimes I have big mistakes in them. But sometimes it can be really long to write them, even longer to translate. I think we all do things differently. For now I’m lucky enough to be able to blog everyday so I hope it will stay like that.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I sometimes wake up at 3am and do my posts then. It’s crazy! and jeeze, I cant imagine doing all this and working on a PhD. I should try to write more posts on the weekends.

  9. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I have to plan ahead or else I know that blogging would never happen. AS for quicky posts, I don’t know. I don’t really have any that I can slap together quickly and I don’t think the idea really appeals to me. I’m not putting it down, it just wouldn’t work for me. I like working on my my blog and I can’t seem to do anything quickly anyway. If it were me, I’d just not post.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I can see what you are saying. That’s why I am asking, to see how bloggers feel about the idea. It does seem like most would prefer for me not to post, which works for me on those off days.

  10. Lily B

    I don’t think it makes you lazy, go ahead and do a quicky… heh.. Post that is 🙂 my scheduled and current situation outside of blogging has prevented me from posting as much as I use to, but hopefully it will come together again in a couple of months.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, there is just certain times in my life that are harder to post than others.

  11. Jaclyn Canada

    I haven’t been able to come across any type of quickie post, that’s why some days I just don’t have posts up. The easiest ones for me to put together are the Harry Potter Moments of the Weeks because it’s a simple question with an easy answer. Most memes are like that. Other than that, I do the Sunday Cover Scramble which doesn’t take a lot of time either. I know that everyone’s not able to post every day though so it never bothers me if I visit and see that I’ve already viewed the last post that went up by that person the day before. I’ll just come back the next day and see if there’s anything new. For what it’s worth, I got a kick out of just seeing the sleeping bunny.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      hehe, love that sleeping bunny.

      I think I will just not post. But there has been this idea flying around my head about doing a baking post. I love to bake and as long as the pictures are already taken, it shouldn’t take too long to get the recipe written down. I bake something usually once a week so it would be perfect. It’s not book related but I think people would like it.

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