So, I love writing discussion posts as you can probably tell. That doesn’t mean everyone else does, or that they find it easy. In fact, a lot of us book bloggers struggle with writing discussions simply because, we’re not sure what to discuss.
Let’s recap briefly what exactly a discussion is, before we dive into how to create this content type.
Definition: you can discuss anything you like, a book related topic, writing related the world is YOUR oyster. This is YOUR blog so discuss whatever you want.
Pros: discussions can be fun to write, at least for me, providing you find a topic you want to discuss
Cons: you may find yourself wondering what to discuss. Never fear, just think of something, you fancy talking about on your blog. Got something? Go, go, go!
Stats: higher stats as we do love discussing with one another!
Today I’m going to break apart this content type, with various ways you can approach it. Along with linking to some help posts with ideas for discussions. I may enjoy them, I may have a ton of ideas for them but I still enjoy reading other people’s lists to help jump start some of mine.
Lists & Top # ____
See I’ve realised that lists, are discussions of a sort, you make a list but for each point you’re explaining it. Discussing it with your audience therefore lists do count as a discussion. We all love a good list here. What’s great is the list can be on anything. Book related, blog related or something else entirely. Let your imagination run wild, make a list and then explain it.
Top # are a type of list, one I use a lot because the title is great. Top 5 for example is a great pull to get people to visit, we like numbers apparently. Including that in your post title will be helpful in the long run, it also means you get to think of 5 things.
Again, the topic is totally up to you! Maybe it’s Top 5 Paranormal Book Series which I did a while back, or top 7 things you wish you’d known before starting your blog. (oh lookie, two ideas for you!)
Weighing Pros and Cons
Styled as more of a debate I guess, you take a topic and weigh the pros and cons of said topic. Either as a way to inform others, entertain others or for yourself if that’s how you roll. Pros and cons of online book shopping? (oh look a free topic for you to use *winks*)
Usually you end, with your overall thoughts on the topic, before asking others what they thought. It’s a fun way to go about discussing things!
“But Clo…that isn’t a discussion!”
Hmm it can be, it’s entirely dependent on how about you share the advice. Often though, sharing advice falls into a informative post type, but still prompts a discussion in the comments. People sharing advice in the comments sometimes, so if it prompts a discussion then it’s a discussion.
Your Thoughts & Opinions
This approach is usually woven into the others I’ve shared above, but it can also be an approach on it’s own. For instance My Tools As A Book Blogger is both my thoughts and opinions and me sharing advice.
Again, take any topic and share your thoughts and opinions, of course…depending on the topic you – may want to ask some blogging friends to read through it. Make sure you don’t accidentally offend/insult people in the community.
As you can see, there are many different approaches you can take to discussion posts. Your approach is up to you, maybe you stick to one type for a while, or mix and match.
Just don’t sit there and feel like you have nothing to discuss, I’m sure you do, it just means you gotta sit there and figure it out. With that being said…how exactly do you figure out what you want to discuss?
Methods Of Finding Discussion Posts
So you know you want to write a discussion post, maybe it’s one about blogging. You have the thing you want it to be about blogging but aren’t sure, what aspect to discuss. There are several things you can do, to help you figure out what you want to discuss.
- read blog post discussion ideas
- mind maps
- what do you want to discuss
Read Blog Post Discussion Ideas
I’m just going to link to some of my favourite ones I’ve found, as well as my list for you all (my list is not yet up!). Reading these can help inspire you, give you that topic to write about, you also don’t need to give credit if you don’t want to, as it’s in a list. It’s a free for all basically.
The times you should probably be giving credit, is if a blog post was on a certain topic, which inspired your own post. All you need to do is link back to the post which inspired you, very simple, easy and doesn’t take much to give credit.
Lastly, if you’re after a boost of confidence as to why YOUR posts matter, then pop over to Cait @ Paper Fury’s post How To Think Up Discussion Post Ideas For Your Blog That Will Thrill Dragons And Humans Alike.
Where she kindly reminds us all, that our take on things matter, as well as gives us a list of posts to check out for MORE ideas! (ps she also explains the whole credit thing a lot better than me, so you know it’s ok to be inspired but don’t copy. If you’re unsure, waddle over to Cait’s post for more info!)
I used to do this early on in my blogging journey, I stopped as it was a way for me to procrastinate. BUT mind maps can help you figure out the areas you want to talk about in the discussion, as well as brainstorming the exact topic you want to discuss. They’re very handy things, if you’re stuck mind map it out.
What Do You Want To Discuss?
Asking yourself this question can be really helpful, instead of worrying whether people are going to read it. Worry about what you want to discuss. What topic or subject is burning inside of you, waiting to be unleashed?
It’s ok if you haven’t, it takes practice to find things you want to discuss. Just remember to ask yourself “what do I want to talk about?” and you won’t go too far wrong. Also HUGE tip here, if you get an idea, even if you don’t think you’ll use it.
Write. It. Down.
That way you’ll have a bunch of ideas, to come back to when you’re stuck, you could always take an idea and change it up a bit.
I hope this post has helped you. I love reading discussion posts, I bee line for them but I know they can be tricky to write. So hopefully this helped clarify what a discussion post includes, how to make one.
As always, any questions or any topic you’d like me to cover let me know in the comments!