The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – D is for Discussion!

January 18, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 14

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

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers

 

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!

pen iconTake 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.

pen iconDo 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.

pen iconTake 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.

pen iconBe respectful. It’s ok to be controversial but it’s probably best if you don’t insult half your followers.

pen iconBut don’t sit on the fence! Show clearly what your position is and why.  And invite other opinions, it wouldn’t be a discussion if we all agreed with each other.  That’s boring, lively debate isn’t!

pen iconWhen you are writing your discussion and you feel fireworks going off in your head with excitement about what you are writing about, then you know it’s going well. Bang, bang, bang! Keep writing!

pen iconIf you don’t feel these fireworks, find another topic that you DO feel excited about.

 

Talk to Trish: Do you enjoy discussion posts?  Have you other tips to add for anyone who is nervous about tackling them?

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14 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – D is for Discussion!”

  1. Maureen Beatrice

    I definitely need to have more discussion posts on my blog. But I just don’t know where to begin and I never really seem to find ideas for a discussion. So I could definitely use these tips. I love reading other discussion posts and I would definitely like to see them more on my own blog. I’ll need to buy another notebook for sure.
    Thanks for the tips Trish! 😉
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…Blog Tour ‘Level Up’ by Cathy Yardley

    • trish

      I think you should just go for it Maureen, even discussions about your reading habits or your blogging habits are a great place to start. I love reading those types of posts and they always seem to generate loads of comments around here.

  2. RAnn

    I love participating in discussion posts and they are about the only kind of post in which I will go back and check for more comments. Unfortunately, I’ve never had one take off when I’ve tried.

    • trish

      Aw, I’m sorry yours didn’t take off but if you love participating then I’d keep trying them. I love reading all the comments on discussion posts and its fun to see all the various thoughts that other bloggers/readers have.

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I love discussion posts too, Trish. And I find they generally are my most visited as well. I love your tips on coming up with discussion topics. When I created a planner for myself for 2016, I included a spot especially for these ideas titled “Post It” and I’ve been making use of it. It’s fun to write discussion posts too – and to see what readers have to say about them. Another great post!
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…New Release Reviews ~ Find Me, Remember Me, Keep Me ~ Michelle Mankin

    • trish

      I think having a place for your ideas is great, I know it works for me. I have notebooks that I use and a section in my planner too. I find writing down keywords helps form my thoughts and the discussions grow from that.
      And yes they are a lot of fun to write as sometimes they seem to take on a life of their own!

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    I do really love discussion posts! I want to try and do more. I often have different ideas, but I find these posts take the longest for me so sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy to really delve into the topic. I’m hoping to get more scheduled ahead though!! I love seeing what people have to say when you start a discussion.

    -Lauren
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Sunday Post (10): I’m Late, I’m Late!!

  5. Daniela Ark

    I’m enjoying this series a lot Trish! I had some technical issues commenting in the previous post [the Comments post, how about that? LOL ] but I have read all your posts so far 🙂

    I really like discussion posts. Since I’m a fairly new blogger I find plenty of topics in my own mistakes 🙂 like constantly changing my design and crashing my blog 🙂

    I couldn’t agree more about not insulting your followers! I have seen pretty negative discussions post, that go into what a good blog/blogger is [or is not] out there that had left me like… huh? really? I think there are ways to make voice your opinion about blogging without being rude to other fellow bloggers.

    I think blogging has its etiquette too [I drafted a post about it that I hope to finish one day]. Like in if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything. 🙂

    Thanks for this wonderful series 🙂
    Daniela Ark recently posted…What a Week [32]: Book Review – The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love discussion posts, and it’s always great when I find a topic that seems to resonate with others. The conversations perk me up and make my day.

    I feel the same when visiting a great discussion post. Thanks!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  7. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I am all about the discussion posts this year Trish! I love reading them, but they can be hard to come up with on a regular basis. I like how you said to jot down notes and such. I think I’ll start doing that. And putting a new spin on old topics is a great idea too.

  8. Lola

    Yes same here, I love discussion posts and they are also some of my most popular posts, depending on the actual topic. And I sometimes get inspired for a new topic due to comments on a discussion post. I also love hearing more about how other people read and experience things and realize how different and similiar we are in some things.

    I keep track in a notebook and/ or google calendar of potential topics. When a potential topic pops up I write it down. Sometimes it’s a book or how I experience it. Or when I am reading a book or thinking about a book I sometimes think of a topic related to it that could be a discussion posts and soemtiems it’s more random, something I want to share or talk about or what would make for a fun post. Sometimes it’s a blog on another person their blog or a conversation there which brings me to a topic.

    I like having a list of possible topics, so that when I have time tow rite a post I can pick the topic I feel the most excited about on that moment. For me staying ahead also really helps, so I don’t feel forced or rushed to write those discussion posts. It also helps sometimes to jus start writing. And other times when I am not feeling it, it’s okay to do something else. Great post!
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Kitchen: “Speculaas” Muffins with Almond Paste Recipe

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