So remember when I said that one of my blogging goals for 2016 was to start doing discussion posts? Well…I’m giving it a GO!
Rants & Rambles is a new weekly feature where I hope to share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
Since this post is meant to be a introduction for this new feature, I want to go into short discussion about what exactly brought about my need to DISCUSS.
Discussions posts have become a trending topic in the blogosphere where anyone can give their two cents about a topic. The main goal is start a conversation, tackle issues, and maybe even bring about a solution. As I was looking at some of my fellow bloggers “2016 Blogging Goals”, I noticed that starting/writing more discussions posts was on many of their lists and here are some reasons why I think that discussion posts have become so popular. (Note: These reasons apply mainly to the book blogging community, although, I think that they can also apply to blogging in general.)
♥ Self-expression ♥
Discussion post allows bloggers to talk about everything and anything in regards to books and blogging in general. Say you had an issue with how sexuality was portrayed in a recent read. This can spark one’s need to discuss sexuality in books as a whole and a discussion post is the perfect outlet to do so. Here, they can vent about their issues with whatever topic and they can be as creative and blunt as they choose to be because once again, it is THEIR OWN OPINION.
♥ Conversation Starter ♥
Discussion posts can be great conversation starters and may even spark a new conversations. For example, Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner wrote a discussion about Sex In Novels and this sparked a larger conversation about whether or not sex should even be considered in YA and NA novels. Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions, inspired by Josie’s post, wrote her own response on why sex IS important in novels. While both opinions are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, the main point is that a CONVERSATION was STARTED, and that is what is most important.
♥ Helpful Tips & Tricks ♥
Some bloggers have started to use discussion posts as a way to share their tips and tricks about what they’ve learned so far while being a part of the blogging community. Some topics include: How to Get ARCS, Bettering Your Blog, How to Increase Traffic on Your Blog, etc. Some of these post even offer problem solving solutions for issues that bloggers may face when blogging. These posts are quite helpful to us baby book bloggers and they are great resources to look at when first starting out.
♥ Entertainment ♥
Probably my most favorite reason, but I have started to notice some bloggers using discussions posts as a means to entertain. Many of these posts are often reactions to things said to bookworms and majority of the time, they are GIF-FILLED (which are my favorite things EVER!). I have even read some “story-time” posts where bloggers discuss bookish problems they have experienced, like trying to find a new release and having it be sold out EVERYWHERE (worst nightmare EVER!). They are both hilarious and creative and they shake things up from the typical review post.
♥ Uniting the Community ♥
A discussion post can be used to unite a community. A few months ago, a up and coming self-published author made some negative remarks about the YA community and about YA authors. My Twitter feed was filled with posts about the importance of YA and why it should not be discounted as a genre. The uproar that this one article created united all those in the book community as they defended a genre that is so widely loved by a large population of readers around the world.
These are just a few reasons about why I think discussions posts have become so relevant in the blogging community. I am sure that there are more and you can feel free to give your own reasons for why discussion posts are so popular.
I think I have rambled on enough about reasons to start writing discussion posts, but I am EXCITED to try something new and see where this takes me. I don’t promise that these posts will be the BEST thing you’ve ever read. I do hope that they make you think, react, feel some type of way, whether you agree or not. I do PROMISE that they be entertaining, whether they be a rant or a ramble, because I love to make you all laugh! 😀
What are your thoughts on discussions posts?
Let me know in the comments!