What to do instead of small talk

I don’t quite know how to do small talk well. I’ve studied up on it and have a decent grasp of it, and can hold myself well for a while in a group. But it’s draining. I see the value, but it wears me out. Instead of that I just ask crazy questions. Recently in a group of friends I asked a series of questions. That’s been my mode for a while now. Questions such as:

What is something you wish your spouse did more often?

What’s something odd about you most people don’t know?

I find these to be a lot of fun, and generally try to push to these types of topics when I can.