I have enjoyed flitting around to many blogs and engaging in discussion posts. Some bloggers do discussions as a regular feature or with some regularity while others treat it more as an as needed thing. I’ve appreciated all these discussion posts for a few reasons and I’d like to share them here for my own first discussion post of the year (yes, I do see the irony).
First of all, I enjoy engaging in some analytical thinking that has to do with one of my favorite pursuits- reading. Analytical thinking required at work? Bleh. For book topics? I’m all a flutter.
But in all seriousness, reading through the blogger post, the comments, and formulating my own response is a good exercise into clarifying what I think about the topic. This is because most of the time I don’t analyze my own motives or why I do and say what I do. So yep, good for that.
Also good, because I learn something in the process. Most of these discussions are pertinent to me. How and why we choose our ratings, do we post DNFs and negative reviews, how do we handle people flipping out in social media and in author fan clubs/street teams, plagiarism and borrowing, what generates followers, and so on.
It’s a discussion so it’s a bunch of people’s diverse opinions, but these are book lovers and their opinions are informed because this is their world and what they do. I pay attention. I take what is helpful and I alter or solidify my own take as a result.
And leading from that is something less tangible. Those who open up a discussion on their blog are also opening up and sharing a bit of themselves. I learn a great deal about the blogger behind the question because of what they choose to discuss, how they present the discussion question, how they field the comments and replies, etc. Some boldly will throw out controversial topics with their opinion clearly stated while some present a question and sit back to see where it is taken. Neither method is wrong and have their place depending on what the blogger hopes to achieve by opening up the discussion.
But a big reason I’ve appreciated this style of post is because a discussion is so that people can interact. Talk. Share. Rant. Encourage. You name it, but they engage with others as a result. I’ve never questioned bloggers about that, but I suspect that their discussion posts generate more responses than say, a spotlight or a review post. We all like to share and be heard. We like when someone listens and responds.
So, let me open it up to readers now. Do you enjoy discussion posts? If so, do you share any of these reasons for enjoying them or have a few more of your own? What’s a good blog recommend if folks are looking for discussion posts? I already have a few that I enjoy, but I’m always looking for more. Do tell!