Do You Have Your Own Feature?

May 30, 2015 Discussions 19

When I started this blog last year, I noticed that a lot of the bigger and popular blogs had their own feature. Something they came up with that was different from other blogs. Like Pabkins Art It Up, or Nosegraze’s Blogging and Coding tips. I thought it was a fun idea, and came up with my Fantasy Creature Friday posts.

I love mythology, and it never feels like fantasy books use more than the standard creature types. So it was fun trying to find books that had lesser-known creatures in them. I don’t tend to get a lot of comments on them, and hardly ever get any links added. But it’s fun for me to come up with a new creature every week and see how many people I can stump!

So basically, for me at least, it’s still a win. There are blogs I follow especially because of their Features, as well as discussions. And there seem to be a lot of unique feature posts out there. I know things like the memes “Waiting on Wednesdays”, or “Stacking the Shelves” are technically features. But I don’t consider them all that unique since it seems like nearly every book blog has some kind of variation on them.

It got me wondering. How many other bloggers have a unique (or mostly unique) feature they run? And what kind of feature is it? Do you do the same sort of thing every week? Every month? How did you decide on your feature? I want to see what kind of fun things you all have come up with! So feel free to link up below, and then tell us about them in the comments.


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19 Responses to “Do You Have Your Own Feature?”

  1. Cayt

    I do have some features, I suppose. I have Throwback Thursday where I post about a book that I loved as a kid or that is old and forgotten about. And I have a feature called Beyond the Funny Pages where I read and grade a graphic novel from the point of view of a book lover, rather than a comic lover. I also participate in a couple of memes, but, yeah, I don’t consider them a feature. I also try to post discussion posts once a week as well.
    Cayt recently posted…Review – The Witch of Napoli by Michael SchmickerMy Profile

    • SilvaraWilde

      Sounds like you do lots more than I do! I just have my weekly discussion post, my Fantasy Creature Friday, and then 3 book reviews a week. I’m not sure I could keep up with as many things as you do.

      I like the Throwback Thursdays. I’ve found a number of books I hadn’t heard of before, as well as reminded of old favorites from my childhood.

  2. Lola

    Yes I have two features for my blog only. I have my Lola’s Ramblings and Lola’s Kitchen feature. Lola’s ramblings is my feature name for discussion type posts, I’ve seen a lot of bloggers name their dicussion posts feature so that’s not that unique, although I also add non discussion posts under that name sometimes like tens lists.
    Then Lola’s Kitchen are mostly my recipe posts, but as I am mostly a book blog, I think that’s still sorta original. And I like doing them, I think that’s what most important. Then I had a blogger interview feature when i just started blogging, but I didn’t knew a lot of bloggers at first and then ran out of people to interview and stopped.
    I like your fantasy creature friday as you always find those weird and excotic creatures I never or hardly have heard of.
    Lola recently posted…Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerMy Profile

    • SilvaraWilde

      Thank you!

      I like your ramblings, but I love reading your Kitchen Features. It’s neat to see all the foods you make for them, and one of these days I’ll actually get around to trying some of the recipes myself.

  3. Raisa

    Hi! This is my first time in your blog. 😀 Fantasy Creature Friday sounds awesome and definitely original!

    In my blogging circle, I’m known for my tech and gaming posts. I write a lot about games, nothing too serious or review-y, just whatever I’m playing at the time and why I enjoy it. I also enjoy tinkering with Android platforms so I’d write about that too. However, I’m a nicheless blogger so really, I write about everything. But those two topics are what I’m known for generally.

    I run a monthly linkup called My Favorite Things, where I take the chance to share what I’ve been enjoying the past month (which mostly happen to be gaming and tech!). Not sure if that counts as a feature, but it’s what I put the most effort in and what I’m most proud of. I also have another feature called What I Wore, just a fun little category to motivate me to get dressed and take better care of myself.
    Raisa recently posted…My Favorite Things: June 2015My Profile

    • SilvaraWilde

      My Favorite Things sounds like it’s a feature to me. *grins* Something you do every x-often and spend a lot of time/work on.

      I’ll have to go check out your blog, I love gaming but have been pretty out of the loop with it lately. So I’m sure there’s lots of stuff I’ve missed hearing about. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Elizabeth

    I love your fantasy creature Friday. I know a lot of these creatures, but I know most people don’t, so any chance you have to educate people is good.

    I have thought about reviving an old meme called Vintage Thingies Thursday, which isn’t specifically about books. My friend who used to run it no longer blogs. I thought I could start with sharing my vintage books and inviting people to join in with anything vintage they might like to share like jewelry, decorations, or clothing. What do you think? Would it be OK to do something that isn’t just bookish? I’d love any opinions. If you’re interested you can look in my categories to see the old posts.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Books Into MoviesMy Profile

    • SilvaraWilde

      I think it sounds like fun! Not everything on a book blog has to be about books. Tabitha at Not Yet Read hosts a weekly thing called Art It Up. Where she shows off the artsy stuff she’s done that week.

      I’ve seen people talk about video games, pets, or RL things that have happened to them that week. So I say if you want to do it, go for it!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I thought the same thing, and then the idea for my Fantasy Creature Friday just popped into my head one day. I can’t imagine that no one has done it before, or at least something similar. But I didn’t find anything like it when I did a quick Google search on book blogs. So figured I wouldn’t be stepping on toes.

      I’m sure something will come to you. And until then, I will just stay happily addicted (and linked up!) to your Discussion Challenge. And since it is a feature for at least this year, I think it could count. *nods*

  5. C.J. @ebookclassics

    What a great topic! Fantasy Feature Friday sounds pretty awesome to me too. I try to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme and I regularly participate in Nicole’s blogger discussion challenge. I have a regular features and a book to movie challenge which I will link-up. I would love to get more participation, but I think maybe people are a little shy to get involved if a feature isn’t well established…? I guess we just have to be persistent and keep getting the word out. What do you think>
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Thank you!

      I love Nicole’s discussion challenge. I did regular discussions already, but being part of the challenge makes me less likely to skip a week now. Your book to movie challenge sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out!

      I don’t know about shy, but I know it’s easy to overlook features if you don’t visit a particular blog regularly. One reason I picked this topic, (and the link up!) was so I could find all the features I most likely wouldn’t have discovered on my own.

  6. Daniela

    Hi Silvara, I think your Fantasy Creature Friday is very unique! Great Post! I loved visiting the other links! I’m a big fan of Terri’s scenic Sundays and Karen’s “Read This”.
    I don’t know if this qualifies but I have four “pages”: Disturbia, Eschaton , Otherworld and XXFactor that feature books with controversial themes (Disturbia), supernatural books (Otherworld), Dystopian/Apocalyptic (Eschaton) and Strong Female characters (XX Factor).

    As far as weekly features maybe not very unique but I have Blogging and Writing tips every Wednesday, Bloggers and Author interviews every Friday and Book deals every Saturday 🙂
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I consider blogging and writing tips to be unique. Not everyone does it the same way! Thanks for stopping by and adding your links!

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