Stop & Chat Saturday


Stop & Chat is a weekly discussion post here at Read. Sleep. Repeat. where we talk about what ever tickles my fancy!

So I was sitting on my porch the other day when I was asked “how do you keep it interesting?!”. Now of course said question came from someone who does NOT have the unpredictable chaos of a kindergarten attending four year old, but I still turned and answered:

“Well I’m more of a home body anyway so I don’t crave face to face interaction, and I have my books which give me all kinds of excitement, and I have my blog that keeps me somewhat social.”

Instead of said person just say “oh ok, that’s cool” they instead replied with:

“everything you just said but blogging sounds really boring, and even blogging has to get boring right?! I mean you type and read then type and read over and over! Where is the variety?!”.

By that point I was already annoyed with the bugs and a person talking that I just smiled said see you later and went inside. But as I sat down I did question, how other bloggers add that does of variety into their blog.

Personally I’ve added variety to my blog via:

  • Stop & Chat Saturday’s. What better way to add variety on a blog where I mostly write, than to get other people to write on it?!
  • Reading After Dark. This is little “umph” is my baby. Through Reading After Dark I’m able to showcase some of the more mature things I read, and show that yes I love YA but I enjoy a good steamy read too!
  • TBR Takedown. While not my most successful idea, the TBR Takedown, was meant to include non-blogging book lovers to my current and future reads.

But for me, variety isn’t exactly something I strive for, but something thats happens solely because of my tiny attention span. But I’m curious, what do you do to add that spice of life to your blog?

37 thoughts on “Stop & Chat ~ The Spice of Life ~”

  1. HAHA oh, this is a good one! I’m usually all for original features on my blog, so I do strive to create good discussion posts for readers 🙂 I have this feature called Blogger Bites, where I just discuss whatever bloggy topics come to mind. But of course I have to keep the conversation open, so I encourage others to comment as well! I have a weekly Day of Debate too, where my brother and I, well, we argue online about certain aspects to books. It’s great because we can make lots of people laugh that way 🙂 And on the rare occasion that something interesting pops up on the internet, I feature news articles about books and discuss those too. Memes are well and good, but I do like a little “spice of life” once in a while! I LOVE Stop and Chat!
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  2. I’ll have to stop by your debate this week because that sounds like a AWESOME idea! It has to be a really interactive feature and think of all the awesome bloggers/peeps getting to know you! Ahhh that is the spice! THAT!
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  3. There’s always my What If posts.

    But I think what brings variety to my blog is more of my different moods when I write stuff. Sometimes I’m serious, sometimes I go on a GIF craze, and sometimes I go on rabbit trails. *shrug*
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  4. Um… I’m all over the place when it comes to my blog! I have more features than necessary, and have a list of future feature ideas in a file (though I doubt they will ever see the light of day). And I do it because of my attention span. I love reading, but I rarely read more than one book a week so it’s just not possible for me to review multiple books a week. But, I still want to be a part of the community and talk somehow, so I try to come up with creative ideas to make it work. I think blogging can get boring and repetitive, but only if you let it. I think if you really love what you’re writing then it won’t be too bad. Do professional basketball players get bored of basketball since they play all the time? Do authors get bored of writing since they write all the time? I mean, really. As long as it makes a person happy, then they won’t get bored. And if blogging makes you happy, even without spicing it up, then obviously you’re doing the right thing.

    Stupid people 😉
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  5. I think your 150% right! But I think over time a lot of bloggers forget that this is suppose to be a fun hobby and they get so caught up in the drama and competition and promotion that they forget to have fun. They forget to get out of that rut. Maybe I can put all your awesome ideas and words in a blinder, throw in some vodka and serve it to the blogger community? Hmmmmm 😉
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  6. I wish I knew the answer to this question! I’m one of those people who rarely comes up with my own ideas, but I see interesting posts on other people’s blogs, and I think, “Crap. Why didn’t I think of that?” Right now, I feel like I’m just going with the flow, and I’m waiting for the right inspiration to hit me. And then, I can come back to this post and properly answer the question. 🙂
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  7. Oh I hate that! I’ll read a post and immediately go “I would have thought of that! Eventually….maybe.”. Enjoy the flow, it’s he most awesome part of the day, and good luck finding the right inspiration!
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  8. See I love blogs that can come up with original content (other than reviews) on a regular basis. I want to start a weekly feature on my blog but I have yet to come up with a name. Plus I am really scared that I will feel like I am then LOCKED into doing that feature every single week. And what if I don’t have anything interesting to say? Then what?

    I commend you for your blogging efforts!
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  9. Cool thing about coming up with your own weekly feature? It’s YOURS! Do as much or as little as you please, but do post that mean something to you. I’m stubborn as a mule so when I feel locked into anything I immediately look for means of escape. But Stop & Chat is like the 60’s, I just let it all hang loose…or maybe that’s the 70’s? I don’t know, but you get it right? Groovy.
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  10. I LOVE your Stop & Chat posts! They’re always so good and very interesting to read! I really need to spice up my blog a bit, although I try to write interesting discussion posts. I do need to work on exciting posts though!
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  11. I think I would get bored if I had a strict blogging schedule (like reviews Monday, Wednesday, Friday; discussions Thursday; blog tip Tuesday; etc.). Instead, I write posts when I have a topic I’m excited about.. and that process in itself excites me. So I don’t sit around on Monday night stressing over coming up with a blog tip post. I just go about my routine, then an awesome blog tip idea smacks me in the face, then I get all excited and giggly while I write up that exciting idea.

    I think that’s sort of a weird way that I help keep things interesting. And in general I love doing my Bitchin’ Book Blog posts because it’s like someone asks me a question about my favourite thing ever and I can’t wait to SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE!
    Ashley recently posted…Stacking the Shelves (61)My Profile

  12. See! THAT’S what Stop & Chat is for me! I’ll be eating breakfast and a cool post will bite me in the butt and say “hey, people, people might care about this, hop to it”! And not to get all fangirly, but yeah. You have the most interesting and spiced up blog out there. So, there. I fangirled a bit didn’t I? O_O
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  13. Am I safe to say you changed your blog? I love your widget on the right – the one you click to see what you are reading and what’s coming.
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  14. LOL! Somethings have shifted a bit. 😉 Thanks for noticing! It’s really all thanks to Ashley’s Ultimate Book Blogger plugin though! All these cool widget and bookish things are all thanks to that fantastical plugin!
    Octavia recently posted…Rule by Jay CrownoverMy Profile

  15. Lol I would’ve been annoyed too by that person’s response. Hmm right now I’m coming up with ideas for my blog. I want to have my own feature, but Stacking the Shelves are spicing up my blog life 🙂 I mean, who wouldn’t want to have new books? 😀 I’m just really happy with reading, reviewing, reading, reviewing. Other blogs are spicing up my blog life too! I love seeing everyone’s blog and their posts!

    – leigh
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  16. This reminds me of a very interesting post that Ashley at NoseGraze shared this week. Yes, book reviews are pretty much the point of book blogs, but having those alone, no matter how eclectic your reading taste, does not really spice up a blog in my eyes. I do not find memes to be too impressive in this area either, unless they are exclusive memes for your site, such as your Stop and Chat! I do think I have enough variety in my blog though. Well, I hope I do!
    Christine @ Oh, Chrys! recently posted…Book Review: Pivot Point by Kasie WestMy Profile

  17. Interesting – I try to experiment with different things on my blog. I have a #WekendReading & Eating feature on Fridays, and during the week I might do some “digital life” posts. I tried incorporating fitness too, but I think I’m not going to pursue that. I’m also a huge fan of “book lists” i.e grouping books you’ve read together with a theme. In fact, I’m going to try some theme weeks and see how that goes. So my advice would be to experiment with incorporating other interests – I love “Manicure Mondays” on another blog – but if you have no other hobbies, then try using reviews in other ways – like lists.
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  18. I like to add in the Lego art for some variety but like you I have a wee one so I feel like my life can get pretty uncontrollable. I like having the blog be something I can control all by myself! It’s MINE AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT. hahaha. I needed that with my day to day life. Plus, how can reading be boring? Sigh. I just don’t get that. Each book has a new story, style and characters. It takes all types to make the world go round so I’ll accept some people don’t get it…I love a lot of folks that don’t get it. Great post! Nice chatting with you
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  19. Well I have not only a short attention span, but also want to do ALL THE THINGS so I have started so many features, or started participating in so many. I love food so I have food features, as long as they are related to books somehow. I love photography so I have the Photo Field Trip feature, which isn’t related to books but does show everyone a mostly unseen view of New Orleans. I mean this city is fabulous, how can I not share it? I like doing others’ memes, such as Top Ten Tuesday, Wondrous Words Wednesday, Behind the Blog Monday… but I don’t do each of them every week. Usually I will pick one and go with it, and switch them up depending on what content I have available for the topics. And yes memes can get boring, but I try to pour some of my personality in them to make them *mine* before I publish them, so they don’t look all cookie cutter. Mostly for spice I just try to be myself, and hope that whoever is stopping by likes what they see.

    Recently I’ve started asking for help from fellow bloggers! This week I asked for examples of books where propagana plays a large role in the story, because I’m going to use them as research material for one of my college projects. I foresee a new feature coming about in the future once I get going in my graphic design classes, too, especially since I’m going to gear them as much toward book design as I can. 🙂

    Whoever that person you were talking to was that said your blog sounds boring obviously doesn’t know anything about blogging. Psht this is such a fun and engaging and very NON boring community!
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  20. I just want to say that I’m a homebody too. And I’m asked how I don’t get bored doing nothing but reading, twitter, and blogging, BUT first I have 3 kids, a hubby, & a dog……that’s adventure enough anyway…….books could never bore me……and gushing about the, to other people will never bore me. Since my blog is new I have mainly the regular blogger stuff…..but I hope to experiment w some other stuff soon! I personally love your Stop & Chat…’s mainly bc you make me laugh! 😉

  21. Hahahaha, what! That’s so weird. Like, how could blogging be boring? I mean, I suppose it could be boring if you were just blogging to yourself and never got comments and never visiting other blogs. But um… yeah, sounds like they’re just uninitiated into the awesomeness of blogging communities. Sigh!
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  22. That’s what I said! But then I say the word “community” and they immediately think of some crazy internet cult or something! Like it’s impossible to “meet” nice and not crazy folks on the internet who share the same bookish hobby as you do! Crazy people.

  23. I am not really a creative person, Octavia, but I love variety. But because I cannot have variety if I’m not creative, what I do is scour blogs and see if they have interesting memes. If the memes get my attention, I would certainly join the fun. One of the memes that I like particularly is Chrys’ and Helen’s Let’s Discuss Feature and Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves.

    But now that you raised this question, I can’t help but reflect. If I keep doing all those memes say for a year, it would pretty much get routinary, thus, it is possible that it will get boring either for me or for my readers. Hmmn… Maybe, I should start really thinking about new features on my blog. But as I’ve said, I am not that creative. Nyay!

    TFS, Octavia!
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  24. I’m not creative either! But maybe something you like doing could be a source of spice? I know Leanna of does like photos and New Orleans related stuff on occasion. It’s not bookish but it’s different and fun. 🙂 Or maybe dedicate a day to middle grade reviews (or something)? Middle Grade Wednesday’s! My point, in this long winded comment lol, is that it doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant to add some spice. 😉

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