Rachel over at Beauty and the Bookshelf has created this tag called “get up offa that slump” that is supposed to help you get out of a reading slump or get the inspiration you’re lacking right now. Check the schedule and if you find it fun then go for it whether you are in a slump or not.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
An Interview With Yourself
I know what you’re thinking: Umm, Rachel…what the hell? But trust me on this. I did this a couple years ago (you can see my post here) and it’s actually really, really fun. And I think it’s a fantastic way to kick this giant blogging party off. People will get to know the person behind the blog, and you’ll have an entertaining new post.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Bookish Things You’d Give a Kidney For
March 10 is World Kidney Day, and people always talk about giving a kidney for something. SO. What bookish things would you give a kidney for? It doesn’t have to be physical objects–get creative! It could be a new book from a favorite author or a ship setting sail or getting an epilogue–the possibilities are endless.
Inspirational, Badass, and Strong Women in Fiction
International Women’s Day is March 8, so this post is all about women in fiction.
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Do a Book Tag
There are these things going around the blogosphere called book tags. It’s basically some idea or subject, and then you put books into their categories, matching them up. Here are just a few tags I found that you can do, or you can make your own!
Note: Some of these are YouTube videos, which you don’t have to do, and the questions should be under the video’s info.
If You Were a Fictional Character
March 14 is, in fact, Pi Day, but I couldn’t think of how to mix books with math (except for how much money we spend on them). But then I got to thinking of smart characters, and our favorite geeky and nerdy characters (not a bad thing to be), and then I went back to this idea: being an actual fictional character. Perhaps it’s you being one of your favorite fictional characters; what would life be like? Or maybe create a persona or alter ego of yourself based off fictional characters, or making yourself a fictional character to be with or defeat other fictional characters. Let your imagination run wild.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
Don’t Post That Venting Review/Bash That Book
Have you ever heard of it being therapeutic to write a nasty, venting email to someone who’s bothering you, but without actually sending the email? Then this post is for you. Maybe you hated a book, or you loved a book or series but one thing in it just pissed you off. Write a “review”–or unfiltered letter or whatever–to that book–but remember, you’re not supposed to send it–but you’re going to post it. Your challenge: to write your book bash without naming the book or any parts of the book that would obviously give away what that book is.
Review Your Favorite Book Ever
I know I said this extravaganza wasn’t about reviews, but this is a little different. This is your favorite book in the history ofever. This entire review would be incoherent spewing coming from your heart because you love this book. You’re not even really reviewing it. You are writing a love poem, a sonnet for this book, and possibly buying it an engagement ring and lots of chocolate (but keep it away from the pages!).
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Mad Libs are probably going to be the next big thing after coloring books, let’s be real. And you can make your own. Pick a scene or passage or whatever from a book, take out names and nouns and adjectives and verbs and all that fun stuff, and create a Mad Lib. Then fill it out and please don’t die laughing. (And be sure to leave a blank version for others to fill out, too!)
Character Dating Profiles
That poor character you adore really needs to be in a good relationship, so you’re going to make an online dating profile for them. Tell us what they like and dislike, how old they are (or say they are), what they look like, some of their best quotes, and all that jazz. The more the merrier.
MONDAY, MARCH 21
Book Spine Poetry
It’s World Poetry Day! I don’t know about you, but poetry really isn’t my forte and I’m not its biggest fan. But book spine poetry? I can dig that. All you have to do is take titles of books–books spines!–and make them into a poem (or, oh my gosh, go even further and dissect a book and make sentences into a poem, you super creative overachiever, you).
Reenact/Read a Scene
Picture this: You, in front of a video camera, reading aloud from a book. But it’s so much more than that, because you will literally be acting it out, or at least giving a very dramatic dramatization and oh my gosh, everyone please do this because I think it will be the funnest thing ever. Bonus points if you read a steamy scene. (Also, whatever you read, please try to make it free of spoilers, and if there are spoilers of any kind or magnitude, please post a warning.)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Puppies + Books
March 23 is NATIONAL PUPPY DAY. People are constantly pairing books with things, like outfits and celebrities. But now we’re going to pair books/book covers with their matching puppies because PUPPIES.
Pitch a Book
You really, really liked or loved a book but like no one’s reading it and that makes you a sad panda. So pitch the hell out of that book to us. Use whatever mediums and supplies and bribes you want, cover all the best points of the book, and get people to desperately want–no, need–to read it. In a sense, this is like a review. But it’s not your typical format and it’s a chance to refresh something that seems to be in such a set outline across the board.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
Plan a Fictional Trip
I don’t know about you, but there a lot of fictional places I would love to visit (some for years and some for literally just a second). So plan a trip! You’ll get an unlimited budget (just use cheat code THISISFICTIONAL at your bank) and then plan the whole thing. Where you’re going, who you’ll see, what you’ll do–paint the picture! And then every time it’s 11:11 make a wish to go on that damn trip.
Make an Idea Board
At this point, the Blogging Extravaganza is almost to an end, and I’m hoping you’ve gotten some new ideas or sparks for future posts on your blog. This is where an idea board of sorts could be super helpful, because it puts all those ideas together as one. And then you can share your idea board with others and help inspire more creativity and blogging. (I have a page like this in my bullet journal. It’s just a picture of a light bulb, but it’s a spot where I can jot down ideas I have for blogging, Instagram, reading, whatever.)
MONDAY, MARCH 28
Tell Us Your Ways
As we all know, blogging isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to write a post, other times it’s hard to stay organized and keep up with everything that goes into blogging–it’s almost like you need a system to help keep the flow going. If you have any methods to help make blogging work and keep it the most enjoyable and actually do stuff, please share your ways and cheat sheet!
Your Dream Easter Basket
March 27 is Easter, and Easter, among other things, means a bunny delivers you a basket filled with goodies. What would be in your basket? And please, feel free to make our wallets weep because we will want All The Things and need them Immediately.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
The Positives of Blogging
It’s THE LAST DAY. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Blogging Extravaganza and that it’s helped to give you a gentle shove back into blogging, and that it’s given you some blogging inspiration. For the last post we’re getting just a wee bit serious. Even if you’re struggling with blogging, you’re still here and you’re still doing this; there’s a reason why you don’t want to quit blogging, and you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. So tell us: Why are you still here? What makes blogging worth it? Why is it so fun and fantastic and you don’t want to let it go? Why do you love it? (And the goods outweigh the few hardships, don’t they?)