A few hours prior, I paid Octavia’s blog a short visit (Read. Sleep. Repeat.), skimming through her Stop & Chat post. For today she asked her viewers what features they came up with to “spice things up” on their respective blogs, so to speak. This buried me in distant thought—when I asked myself the same things, I realized that most of what I could come up with were actually discussion posts in various formats.
I love a good discussion post. I love expressing myself, sharing my opinions, and listening to what others have to say regarding them. But why you ask, do I rapturously take joy in such content?
1. They’re provide originality.
While I’m not against memes, reviews, blog tour updates, giveaways, et cetera, I delight in a good discussion post because it sets a blog apart. I’m well aware of the fact that I follow a massive plethora of blogs that aren’t into this type of involvement, although of course, I relish in original content. There is more to what makes a blog unique than its design, review archive, or name.
Truth be told, I believe in expressing myself, as a blogger, not just in terms of my latest book hauls, reviews, or the memes I actively participate in. I believe it’s all about exposition through actual thought and communication, and reaching out to viewers to ask them what they think, what they believe in– trust me, they appreciate that. That way, it doesn’t feel one-sided. That way your content may serve as a reflection of who you are, not just as a blogger, but as person or friend—it tells me that you are trying to build the best version of your own blog, not just a subpar copy of someone else’s. It makes me want to get to know you better, and I think that’s more than important.
2. They add variety.
As Octavia would have it, they add a certain “spice to life”. I enjoy reading through heaps of discussion posts, and its always been interesting to find out what new topics other people are able to come up with, and just as thought-provoking to formulate my own thoughts regarding them. Even if they aren’t newfangled ideas, it’s refreshing to look at things from a diversified perspective. A wide array of discussion posts not only interests a comprehensive amount of viewers, but also keeps a blog from getting too repetitive and drudging, instigating a reaction that may look a little something like this:
3. They make me think.
I am fond of commenting on other blogs inasmuch as I fancy and dote over the comments I receive on my own. I usually only do this however, when a certain post has made me stop for a minute to think things through. I’m a very opinionated person, so it’s been a joy for keeps to read a post that allows me to extrapolate my own contemplations and share them with others.
4. They encourage… well, discussion.
While I’m not against bloggers who simply have no time to reply, I do love a good raconteur of sorts (pardon me if you didn’t quite get that– my vocabulary starts screwing loose during endless chatter). As I was saying, discussion posts are great and effective ways to start dissertating, putting heads together, and exchanging views with other people. Though some may take offense when people disagree with their ideas, I, on the other hand, get a charge out of regarding how differently other people see things. I’m not the greatest conversationalist, so I love being able to start an exchange, albeit online.
5. They are mirrors to the soul.
I’m not even making poor attempts at depth—I just mean it. Discussion posts tell me a lot about the person actually discussing it, and it’s terrific to find out more about what goes on in other people’s heads (not necessarily because I’m a stalker). More than the blog, I’m all for getting to know the blogger, making new friends and sound acquaintances, and discussion posts can definitely pave the way.
If you’ve been one of those people I’ve constantly been featuring in recaps due to your amazing discussions, then I love you! You deserve some loving:
Okay, maybe that was scary.
What about you? Do you like reading and writing discussion points? Do you think about, and comment on them? Do you think they’re dull, or are you indifferent when it comes to the matter at hand? Either way, do tell!