Forgive me, non-blogging readers, for this post that’s pretty much entirely about blogging.
Discussion posts are ever-popular in the book blogosphere. It’s not uncommon for people to voice their preference for discussion and features over reviews. This isn’t a universal standard, of course, but I see it quite often. I also see bloggers talk about how they want to come up with discussion posts but have trouble doing so.
I’m definitely not the most creative person when it comes to discussion posts, but for the most part I’m able to keep a pretty steady cycle of discussion posts going. There’s always so much bookish to discuss! So today I thought I would share some of the ways I come up with the discussions I post.
1. I look at the types of plot devices and tropes I often reference in book reviews
The fastest way I come up with discussion post ideas? I look at plot devices, tropes, and common themes I often reference whenever I review books. If I sense a pattern of things I like to reference, I might write a post on why that particular theme/plot device tends to jump out at me. For example, my post about the informed character trait came because of a book that was annoying me.
The best part about this finding discussions this way is that the well of ideas is pretty much endless! There are entire sites dedicated to tropes in fiction, so these are things that I generally always have an opinion on.
2. I think about how reading or certain books have affected me throughout my life
I’ve been a reader all my life, which means at times it’s affected my life in some pretty profound ways. There have been times when books have been a light in a pretty dark place, and I like to talk about that. I’ve talked about how I felt weird reading certain books in middle school because I thought the fantasy section was “for boys” and what books taught me(which is still my favorite post I’ve ever written).
3. Weighing on in the discussion in the general book community
Discussions are often cyclical in the book community, I’ve found. Sometimes these discussions are heated(I generally try and stay away from most of those), but sometimes they’re more from issues that just arise because someone starts talking about them. I’ve written about how I don’t really have an independent bookstore in my community and how the reading police don’t exist.
4. Discussing reading/book habits
Another topic that seems endless! We can talk about book reading, book buying, book borrowing, how we read(slow, fast, multiple chunks, whenever we can get a spare minute, etc.) I can discuss how things influence my bookish habits or just explain a habit I have. I’ve talked about how I side-eye long books, how I’ve fallen back in love with re-reading, and how I’m a one-sitting reader. I always like these kinds of posts, too, because they’re often more personal than the types of discussions that #1 or #3 above invite.
LET’S CHAT: If you’re a blogger, how do you come up with discussion posts if you write them/what’s your favorite kind to write? If you’re not a blogger, what kind of discussion posts do you like reading?