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What do you do when you can’t think of blog post ideas? How do you come up with new ones? If you are smart, you go and read other blogs. You check out Fanna @ Fanna Wants The World To Read‘s post on Five Fun & Amazing Content Ideas For Your Book Blog*.

Or if you’re me? You procrastinate and decide to do a “funny” post on all the other things you can be doing instead.

*Seriously, check out that blog post, it is so great and so good. I’ll be using it for ideas, eventually.

Read.

Oh, you think I mean books? Because we’re book bloggers. Right, yeah, no. When you’re procrastinating, you read everything but books, my friends. Read blog posts. Read random internet articles. Read fanfiction. Read theories on why that thing happened in that TV show and how it associates with another wholly unconnected TV show. Eye your books and tell yourself you will pick them up in a minute. And then don’t.

Scroll aimlessly through social media.

Go online to respond to someone’s tweet, or comment. Get sidetracked. The next thing you know, you’re neck deep in finding out about the politics of a country you’ve never been to in your life. Is it accurate? You’re not leaving social media to find out from other news sources, you’re spiralling into another black hole and now you’re finding out which celebrity cheated on their partner.

Watch YouTube videos.

I wish I could say I was watching BookTube videos. And I did! Maybe like half of the ones I planned to. And then I started watching trailers for movies that will not be coming out in Malaysia. And trailers for Hallmark movies. And then I was watching some cooking videos. And then more trailers. And oops, five hours have passed.

I also watch some TV – but never the shows I need to catch up on, of course. I have procrastinated so much that this is the result of it. My content well seems to have dried up, I say as if I am not hoarding blog post ideas for next week and my birthday month.

What do you do when you are supposed to be drafting your blog posts? How do you come up with ideas?

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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