When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.
The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
D is for Discussion!
I love me some discussion posts! Discussion posts are a lot of fun to write and read and I love how the chat can go off in all sorts of directions in the comments. So much so that the comments often inspire me for my next discussion post.
And looking at my google analytics stats, I KNOW for a fact that discussion posts generate the most traffic around here. So I’d encourage you to just go for it when it comes to discussion posts.
I find keeping a notebook and jotting down ideas as they come to me is the best way to grow a list of discussion topics. I can’t just sit at a computer and think what will I chat about today. My creativity has to be structured! But if I have a list of possible topics, one will usually catch my eye and evolve into a blog post.
How to write a discussion post that bleeds comments!
Take inspiration from everywhere. Something in your current read that waves a red flag at you, make a note. A photo that inspires you, make a note of it. A blog post that fires you up and makes you want to respond, make a note (and don’t forget to acknowledge the source). And so on. Build a dream team list of posts that you want to talk about.
Do your homework. Know what you are talking about or else you’ll look a bit silly! Also it’s good to do a bit of research to see if has been done before. Of course if you are inspired by something during your homework phrase, make sure you acknowledge the source in your post.
Take a unique spin on a familiar topic. We all have seen blog posts on insta-love or cliffhangers or spoilers for example, so why not think outside the box and see how you can revive an old topic with a creative twist.
Talk to Trish: Do you enjoy discussion posts? Have you other tips to add for anyone who is nervous about tackling them?