- Is the feature unique or can you give it a unique viewpoint?
- Will people be interested enough in the content to continue to read every post?
- Can you maintain new content for the feature indefinitely?
- Is the feature true to your interests and abilities?
- Does the feature fit in with the tone or brand of your blog?
It's certainly not easy to come up with these things. Of course book reviews are important to a book blogger, but not all reviews will engage all readers, and it's wonderful if all readers can be engaged on something that is personal or informative to themselves. And that's why discussion posts do so well in connecting the blogger to their readers. And while I considered trying to create more discussion posts on my blog, I really don't think I could keep it up indefinitely, especially when I see so many other bloggers thinking of interesting, thought-provoking topics. (Like Gypsy Reviews, Angela's Anxious Life, and Paper Cuts for instance.) I usually can't think of anything.
For almost the whole of the last two years I participated weekly in Awesome Adaptations which was so much fun because it enabled me to talk all about the bookish films and television shows I love, but I don't watch enough new shows and movies to have kept up with that. You may notice that I have a banner for this post - Whimsical Notions - which doesn't mean this is a true feature - the banner is more a catch-all visual to add to a post that is mostly thoughts into words. But a week ago I had an idea for a feature that I think fits in with the tone of my blog and is also very true to my interests which I'm planning to debut as my weekly Monday feature.
I'm calling it The Refined Reader. I hope I can maintain this feature for awhile because I am really excited about making it a part of my blog. My idea came from thinking about the circulating libraries in the Victorian era. This led to the three volume novel which isn't popular today - or rather it kinda is as the trilogy format. I hope to go more into it next week as that will be my first topic for The Refined Reader. I envision that for this feature I will take a look at many different aspects of books and reading culture from the past and compare it to how different or similar it is to how we read, see and use books today. It's sort of history and commentary and hopefully some fun explorations of what it means to be a reader today. Bookish history basically. I love history, especially 19th century history, but I hope to explore and learn how books were seen and used in other times and cultures.
It's pretty much taken me two years to think of something cool and different for my blog. (I don't know if that is encouraging news or not to anyone reading this post and running into dilemmas similar to the ones I had!) So I hope I can really make this new feature informative and interesting for all potential readers!