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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I 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.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
I’ve been writing my weekly discussion posts for a few months now, and while I won’t say I’m an expert at writing discussion posts, I have picked up a few things here and there that have helped me to better my discussions and make the writing process of a discussion posts much easier. Real talk though, when I first started writing discussions posts, I struggled A LOT, mainly because I was going about it all wrong and looking at it as a weekly chore instead of it being something that I could have a lot of fun with. I’ve enjoyed being able to be a little more expressive and unfiltered (for the most part) and I’m actually proud of myself for keeping at it. So here are a few tips and tricks to help you tackling those discussion posts.
♥ WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW… ♥
Writing what you know is probably one of the best ways to get started when it comes to writing discussion posts. Most of my earlier posts were more fun and relatable topics and were also the easiest to write because I was already familiar with these ideas and I could relate to them. Even if the topic has been done many times before, you can always put your own spin on it and make it your own because no two opinions are the same and it can be refreshing to read someone else’s thoughts on topics that have been done before, especially if they differ from my own.
♥ …BUT ALSO WRITE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ♥
Writing what you know is easy, but you will eventually run out of topics and that’s when the hard part starts. So just when you think your writing muse has run out of inspiration, I urge you to step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself to write topics that are not familiar to you. This will help to grow as a blogger and even help you become a more well-informed bookworm. You don’t have to get it right the first time, but even the slightest attempt to venture out of your safe zone and discuss new topics is a start and trust me when I say you won’t regret it!
♥ INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE ♥
It may be because I’m so damn petty, but majority of my discussion posts ideas comes from social media. I’m not really one to get into arguments online because 140 characters is very limiting and words can be misinterpreted and that can lead to total chaos. To avoid all of that, I use my discussion meme to not only state my thoughts, but also elaborate on them and make them as clear as possible so there is no room for misinterpretation.
♥ SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT ♥
Everyone has an opinion that they are entitled to, but I’m a firm believer that opinions also need to be supported by facts. If you’re going to make an argument, you should be able to support it, or else it will just deflate and then you won’t really have much of an argument. I have done research for quite a few of my discussion posts and have found this to be helpful as I gain a better understanding of what I’m trying to say and what points I want to make. Now, I’m not talking about in-depth research, but just enough to formulate an argument that can be supported if it is ever challenged.
♥ EDIT, EDIT, EDIT ♥
Write. Read. Revise. Reread. Revise. Reread. Polish off. Post. Editing a discussion posts is actually my least favorite part when it comes to writing a discussion. I’m always second guessing my thoughts and wondering if anything makes sense or if others will actually get what I’m trying to say. I spend a lot time editing my posts, changing out words or phrases and rewriting whole paragraphs and while some may find this to be time consuming, it is VERY important. You want to put your best work out there and first drafts are never your best work, so edit the hell out of that post until it is the best that it can be.
♥ BE CONTROVERSIAL, BUT NOT OFFENSIVE ♥
Listen, I’m all for tackling the hard topics, but if your starting a discussion by saying “I’m not trying to offend anyone…”, then you should probably stop right there because you will most likely end up offending everyone. There is no need to be rude or defensive in your discussion because you should be open to ideas that differ from your own. Discussion posts are about opening up conversations, not shutting them down, so be controversial all you want, but also be mindful and choose your words carefully.
♥ FIND YOUR VOICE ♥
Every blogger has their own voice that is unique and while finding it may be hard at first, when you do find it DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE IT! I am very much aware of my own blogger voice and I love it, mainly because I get to be sassy AF, but it’s all intentional. I want my personality to shine through my discussion posts and I want to be as genuine as possible and honesty is always the best policy so just go for it. If you’re not buying what your saying, how do you expect anyone else to?
♥ HAVE FUN! ♥
Honestly, this is probably the most important tip I can give anyone who is looking to add more discussion posts on their blog. There really is no one way to blog, therefore, there is no one way to write a discussion posts. So just go crazy, use all the GIFS, CAPS WHATEVER YOU WANT, be sassy as hell, BE BOLD AND BE YOU!
These are just a few helpful tips and tricks that have helped me when it comes to writing discussion posts. They may be scary at first, but they can also be fun and even rewarding. Shout out to everyone who reads my weekly discussions because you all are the reason why I’ve stuck with it for so long. Y’ALL ARE THE BEST!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Got any tips of tricks that work for you when it comes to writing discussion posts?
Let me know in the comments!