Using Habitica for Book Blogging: Gamify Your Blogging (and Life)

Posted August 1, 2018 by Sophia

Blue laptop and coffee cup with a phone featuring Habitica’s loading screen.

I am a tech geek (among other things, but today’s post is about how much of a tech geek I am sometimes).

I like trying new techy things, I like skipping how-tos until I’m stuck with figuring it out on my own, and I like finding new things that improve my life.

Maybe you don’t like new techy things or skipping tutorials (I’m adventurous, I know), but you like finding new things that improve your life, right??? (Also I’m pretty sure Lupe over there is going to read this one day and repeatedly tell me I find the weirdest apps. 😝)

Let’s talk about Habitica, a productivity app that takes in gaming elements to make your life more fun.

I discovered this app sometime in 2016 (forgot how and why but I must have gotten bored with all of the other task management apps), took a break from it and then came back to it.

You can say I have abandonment issues with Habitica. It’s not them, it’s me. Because I adore this app and love it, and I really have no issues with it. One of the reasons why I decided to try out this app is the RPG (roleplaying) aspect, which sets Habitica apart from other task management apps. You can:

  • Gain experience points and levels as you complete tasks
  • Collect virtual pets and mounts
  • Receive gold as you complete tasks to spiff up your mini self
  • Lose health and mana as you abandon tasks (oops 🙈)
  • Join guilds and parties along with interacting with other members
  • Complete quests and battle monsters with members of your party (aka FRENS)

No one ever said you couldn’t have a little bit of fun while adulting.

So how does this super cool app/website work?!?!?!

We’re going to use my very disorganized screenshot as the guinea pig here.

Habitica homepage once logged in, featuring habits, dailies, to-dos and rewards.

Habitica divides this up into 3 categories: habits, dailies, to-dos:

  • Habits – things like “Blog Hopping”, “Scheduling Tweets” or “Taking Bookstagram Photos”
    • I call this the lighter version of dailies in a way, depending on the task, but “not biting nails” really isn’t a daily
  • Dailies – things like “Checking Emails”, “Read for 30 minutes” or “Responding to Comments”
    • You can set this to daily, weekly, monthly or yearly
    • So I just realized I have my gaming habits too 😂
  • To-Do – things you should probably be doing but you may or may not be me and procrastinating
    • I’m so bad at this, look at how red I ammmm
      • Okay but in my defense, I have some of my to-dos months from the due date

For each positive habit, each completed daily, each completed task, you earn: gold, XP (experience), mana and a chance to get an egg for a pet or food to feed your pets. (My phoenix is a cutie, but you’d have to be a paying member for about 3 months to actually get it.)

I personally use it for all kinds of things – blogging, school, work, life, etc. I use this alongside my newly created planner, which I tend to have a love/hate relationship.

Hey, what about parties and guilds?

I think part of my abandonment with Habitica occasionally is being in a party with random people – can’t really talk about books because I don’t know if they like books, right? Plus my party was partially dead, so I roped some bloggers into starting a new party. 😏

We’re currently a small party, so feel free to hit me up with a message through email or social media, and I’ll shoot an invite.

There is currently no guild created for book bloggers, however, I do plan on creating one just for book bloggers if the party is full. There is, however, a guild for bloggers, which I’m a part of and you can join! If you’d like to wait or if you’re already in a party, feel free to check back for any potential updates.

Or you can message me periodically. And hope I don’t forget to respond because I’m so good at responding promptly.

Do you have to pay?

Although some features are paid, Habitica is completely free! Most people will find the free version will be enough to suffice. However, if you extra features such as being able to buy gems with gold, get nice backgrounds (not the solid color ones for free) or get items a free member would not normally be able to get, subscription starts at around $5.

A few backgrounds you can get for a few gems on Habitica, typically 7 gems each or 15 for a set.

Similar Apps (Plus Links to Habitica)

I’ve heard from some people that they’ve actually had trouble with Habitica on their phones, so there are some alternative apps that they use and find helpful. I’ve also found a few myself that I personally have not used but have a gaming vibe. Feel free to try them all out and see what works for you! 😊

Note: All of these are free – while there may be paid ones out there, I am not spotlighting those.

Let’s talk, bookwyrms! Do you use Habitica or a similar app? Do you prefer physical planners rather than digital apps?

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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20 responses to “Using Habitica for Book Blogging: Gamify Your Blogging (and Life)

  1. Oh nice! I used to use Habitica at university, but then after a while it lost its novelty and started being really efficient for me :/ I hope it helps you for a long time!

  2. RO

    I’m not a gamer, but my son is, and I definitely plan to shoot this information over to him! So fascinating to see all the things to be learned from other bloggers! Hugs…RO

  3. I use both traditional bullet journals to keep myself organized as well as this really simple app called Ike–it’s so easy to use and efficient and definitely helps me to keep track of things on the go. I am going to give Habitica a try though and would definitely want to join your party! <3

  4. Ash


    Okay sorry for the yelling, but seriously this is the best thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I love gaming and I crave to be more organized. I love this.

  5. I don’t use Habitica or another app. I’m more of a physical planner girl, but this looks like a lot of fun, Sophia! I like the idea mostly for being in community with people of similar interests. Tbh, I’m the person who would let my virtual pet starve because I’m too lazy to check in…

  6. Wow, how cool is that and also great for people who find tasking tedious like myself. I love how interactive it is and the little rewards for completing one of your goals. I had no idea these even existed and now I’m obsessively seeing what else is on the Google Play store. Brilliant post Sophia, thank you so much for letting us know these were even out there ♡♡♡

  7. I’ve tried this app numerous times in the past with great failure lol it’s probably because I don’t really use my phone or laptop a lot to be able to always log onto it? I’m also just not the best at using digital planners/trackers of any kind. It does sound awesome to have the whole guild feature though so I’ll give this a shot! Thanks for the post!

  8. I have tried Habitca long back and gave up only due to lack of people to party with. Sigh. Looks like I have to give it a try soon again. I generally use trello and Wunderlist for my productivity thing, if and when feel the motivation to be productive.

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  9. Definitely! It is such a cute and useful app <3 But it's more suited for getting into a new habit/kicking bad habits than for to-do's/other plans.

  10. I’ve not considered using Habitica for social media or blogging habits. In truth I’m finding I’m falling off the “wagon” with this frequently. Perhaps this can be my next “trial” life experiment for my blog!