In between the posts on book reviews, there are outfit of the day posts, inspirational life anecdotes, posts about weddings, posts about studio photography, fashion photography, lifestyle posts, decorating posts and graphic design posts.
Personally, I feel that my blogging life has been enriched since I have started to read blogs outside of my niche. I've been doing some thinking and here's why I think variety really is the spice of my blogging life.
I read blogs outside of my niche because I want to read them. I read blogs outside of my niche because it's fun.
Not because I want to be part of the blog-o-sphere community. Not because I'm returning support to bloggers that so generously support my blogs. Not because I'm hunting for new followers. Not because I'm trying to generate traffic to my blog. Not because I feel obligated to.
Reading blogs outside of my niche brings me back to that initial joy I felt as a new blogger. I'm reading blogs because I'm genuinely interested in the content. I have other interests beyond books (*GASP*), and this gives me a chance to explore those. I know that the writer probably has no interest in my book blog, and that's okay! I'm not thinking about the "business" of blogging (which isn't bad per se). It refuels my blogging engines and reminds me why I loved the medium of blogging in the first place.
Reading blogs outside of my niche helps me be more creative. I love seeing beautiful things. It's inspiring to read a beautifully written account of someone's life or see some beautiful photography. It feeds my right brain.
Reading blogs outside of my niche helps me be a better blogger. I really enjoy seeing how non-book bloggers layout their posts and blogs. I've gotten so many ideas on blog layout and design from other lifestyle blogs. When I see how other non-book bloggers run their blogs, I feel like I can bring new ideas to the book blogging community.
All that being said, I do enjoy reading book blogs. All you book bloggers are great. I never even have to think about which book I want to read next. And I love seeing all your rants and book crushes. I like reading about reading. But I've found venturing out in the blog-o-sphere has augmented my blogging experience, and I encourage you all to try it.
If you don't know where to start, I complied this little graphic:
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What are your favourite non-book blogs?
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