One of my resolutions this year was to write more personal posts. And I am the type of person who starts on my resolutions immediately.

I followed a bunch of authors/literary agents/publishers/editors on Twitter.
I caught up on my reviews and returned my library books in favour of personal books.
I made a spreadsheet to keep track of my book buying/borrowing.
I started editing my NaNo project from last year and resolved to finish editing it by the end of January (okay mid-February).
I am exclusively wearing pants with pockets to carry a pen with me everywhere.

But I haven’t written a single personal post.

Or any creative post, for that matter.

I want to write more unique posts here, but I have no ideas. And I want to have ideas. I want to find ways to mention how I got an awesome new laptop that I love (Macbook Pro, I HAVE JOINED THE DARK SIDE). And I want to mention how my managers at my part-time job (at my library) finally hired me permanently instead of  a contract position and how excited I am to continue my work there. I want to mention how I’m starting school again this year and how my semester is almost over and then I have one semester left of school. I want to talk about the awesome TV shows I’m watching and how I just caught up on Arrow and WHY WOULD YOU GUYS DO THIS TO ME. And I want to talk about the music I’ve been listening to. And I want to talk about how stressed I am about school and life and work and EVERYTHING even though I feel so happy. I want to talk about how random I feel.

I want to make this blog more personal, and find ways to discuss my personal life. But I’m not sure how. I want you guys to know more about me, and I want to know more about all of you.

But how do I do that?

How do I make my posts creative, interactive and fun to read?

I guess what I’m saying is that I have no idea what I’m doing when I say I want to write personal posts, but what I know is that I want to share more with you guys, and I want to write what I want when I want.

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19 thoughts on “On Creativity + Personal Posts”

  1. You should just follow your own advice. Write what you want, when you want and how you want it. There’s no right or wrong, and I’m sure we are all interested in whatever you have to say. So just do what feels right I guess. By the way, one semester left of school? That’s awesome!!! And congratulations on your job! It must feel good to know you’re permanently there.
    Valeria @ A Touch of Book Madness recently posted…Series Crash Course: Croak by Gina DamicoMy Profile

  2. The thing about personal posts that I find is that they have to hit you. I haven’t been writing personal posts and I’ve done it like once but I remember that the one time I did, it was very snap decision. It was a thought of “wait, what if I talk about this…” and then I just started writing.

    I love hearing about the lives of others; it’s really interesting to me. But whatever you’re talking about has to be interesting too. Interesting things happen all the time and since you’ve got a pen handy, you’ll be totally prepared when it hits ya!

    really looking forward to a personal post when it happens, Shelley!
    Nova @ Out of Time recently posted…Book Review: Unraveling – Elizabeth NorrisMy Profile

  3. I’m just always worried about writing personal posts because I feel like no one will read them/be angry at me for not making the blog bookish so thank you!

    And yes, the pen has actually come in handy! I had a couple of ideas that I liked, which reminds me, I need to get the transcript off of my phone..
    Shelly recently posted…On Creativity + Personal PostsMy Profile

  4. Maybe you could do a weekly/monthly wrap up post. Or both. 🙂 I know in my weekly posts, I’ll do a quick recap of my life (which isn’t terribly exciting), then in my monthly recaps, I include everything, anything new that’s happened, anything I’ve been obsessed with/discovered/listened to/watched/youtube videos, just anything and everything goes in my monthly recap. :
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  5. I used to do one but as a group, Octavia and I decided that we really only have time to do a monthly recap! We did our survey and most people said that they prefer monthly recaps anyway! I would do something like that but it won’t really work out. Thanks anyway, maybe I can do a feature like a weekly recap or something?
    Shelly recently posted…On Creativity + Personal PostsMy Profile

  6. I agree with Valeria, you should follow your own advice and then you are golden. We will read & love every single thing you write so I don’t think it’s a question of how so much as it is a question of doing what you want. Like if one day you want to tell us about the music you’re listening to (which yes you should most certainly) then just go ahead and follow that instinct and WRITE IT. Because Shelly, your posts are ALWAYS interactive and creative and fun to read. YOU SERIOUSLY ROCK AT THIS OKAY??

    This post, in and of itself, was really interactive and creative and fun to read so yeah, just follow your own advice: doing what you want when you want.

    PS. Congratulations on your job!!!
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  7. I think the easiest advice is to “just do it”. Start drafting a blog post, talking about one of the topics you’ve mentioned, and see where it goes from there. It doesn’t have to be funny or exciting or whatever. People will read it because they’re interested in you, and knowing you want to write it will automatically make the words flow easier!
    Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections recently posted…Review: Requiem by Lauren OliverMy Profile

  8. Write what you feel it’s right, Shelly! You can share things in dedicated posts or at the beginning of reviews (I usually do that, add a lil personal bit at the beginning of each post), or make something to talk about shows you love or things like that!
    I don’t mind personal posts at all!
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  9. I have the same problem on my own blog. It took me forever to even incorporate discussion posts about books – but I have so many ‘personal blog’ ideas as well, and just feel like they don’t FIT. I get this major block when I try typing them, because I have these ideas of what “should” be on my blog.

    Personally, I have several blogging resolutions this year so I’m trying to take it slow. But I think the main thing is to just sit down and type the posts that are in your head, because it sounds like you have several ideas! Good luck
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  10. You’re not sure how to write more personal posts BUT… you’ve just done it!

    I want to write more personal posts too this year, sometimes a few personal things filtered through on to bookish posts, but I want to do actual personal ones this year – I started with the small bits here and there and then one day last week I had an idea that I wanted to share and just went for it, and got great feedback. Start small and I think it will just naturally start happening when you develop a style for it. I already know much more about you because of that one paragraph! 😀
    Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) recently posted…Review: Who R U Really?My Profile

  11. I read a lot of blogs and sometimes that helps with inspiration. I don’t get too personal on my blog, but I do like to inject my personality and my other interests – like with my wine posts on Friday, etc.

  12. I think finding the balance between personal + bookish posts can be really difficult – especially if you’ve stuck with one for so long and you’re only just now trying to transition! But hey, I’d consider this post a personal one in itself, so I think you’re on the right track already 😉 Perhaps it might help to set aside one day per week/month to just catch up with the blogging community and let us all know what you’ve been up to? I have a Me Me Me Monday segment on my blog where I dump all my personal things, and it’s really helped me. 😀 Good luck with it! x
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  13. I sneak personal bits into bookish posts but I also do whole posts dedicated to mental illness or my daughter. I think that weekly recap type posts are a good place to start. You can talk about what you’ve read and then move on to the rest of your life. A lot of people do it that way. I currently do monthly ones but I’m thinking about changing over to a weekly post instead.
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  14. Maybe writing weekly recaps of your personal life and combine that with the new books you got or what you posted that week? I always join the Sunday Post on sunday and combine those 3 things in one post. I usually just write down every topic that comes in mind or were I have an opinion about, it takes a while to get used to comming up with topics for discussion or eprson posts. You can also write a post about each of your hobbies beside books?
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #108My Profile

  15. I think weekly recaps or monthly recaps of lives can be a little hit and miss– mostly because for many of us, our lives aren’t that exciting. Whenever my life gets routine, I tend to shy away from these kind of recap posts because they’re not fun to write (and I imagine their not that fun to read either). When I break from routine, that’s when I want to share– my first car, moving to a place of my own (in 12 days!), exploring a new city.

    Here is something else to consider…

    1. I’ve heard Arrow is a pretty popular TV show. I’m also exploring the world of superheros (because my boyfriend is nutso about them). But…I’m a little reluctant to start watching Arrow. Why should I give it a try? Are there any other superhero TV shows you watch– Gotham? Flash? Are they as good as Arrow? Do you love superhero comics or just the TV shows/movies, and why do you think this is?
    2. Congrats on your new full-time library job. Whatta dream! What do you do at your library? Why do you love working there? Are you looking forward to any specific library programs?
    3. Maybe you’ve already discussed this somewhere on your blog, I’m uncertain, but what are you going to school for? What kind of career do you hope for? Did you take a break from school (your post makes it sound like you did)? Why did you take a hiatus and what made you decide to return?

    Also, this post in itself is a personal one, and I think it’s a great start– look at the discussion its generated. I think a lot of book bloggers, myself included, are a little fearful of posting about our private, non-book related lives. Many of us follow book blogs because we want to squee with each other about the books we love, and we’re afraid that personal posts will somehow cause our readers to lose interest. But, if you’ve been reading blog posts recently, a lot of other book bloggers feel the exact same way– they want to share about their personal lives, and they want to learn about the lives of the bloggers they follow. It’s like, all of a sudden, many of us have started feeling comfortable enough to share glimpses of our personal lives with our readers. We want a greater connection. I say even if this is a book blog, bring on those personal posts!
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