Yakkety Yak Let’s Chat – Discussing the Discussion

Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat

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!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I do like them 🙂 But myself, well I have posted like 1 in 8 years..I need to get better at them

    • Haha! My last one was probably a year ago. I was determined to do better.

  • oh I do love a good discussion post!! They are so fun to read, and I just love discussing various topics of the reading world. Nothing better for a book lover!!

    • Yes, the excitement gets to me, too, because…books!

  • I really enjoy discussion posts, both writing them and reading them. I agree the discussion type of posts on both my own and other blogs often seem to get the most comments and I think that’s because it’s easier to comment on them as most people have an opinion or the topic or can form one and people like to be heard and engage. I also like to read some other comments on discussion posts and hear how other think about the topic.

    And discussion posts can tell you a lot about the blogger, from the topics they choose to how they talk about. I know my own discussion posts are pretty analytical, because that’s the way my mind works. i often think about topics and set connections and that’s what i show in my discussion posts. I love seeing how other bloggers handle theirs differently.

    I recently quite enjoyed Kristen (http://blog.kristenburns.com/) her discussion posts as I like her style fo writing them and as we seem to think the same way about quite some topics, it’s fun to find someone else who thinks the same about some things and when we don’t agree it’s fun to see the differences or why we think differently about topics.

    • I particularly love your discussion posts because you do so well analyzing your topic. You also make an effort to see it from other perspectives when needed.

      Oh, I’ll have to try Kristen’s posts. Thanks!

      • Aww thanks! That makes me so happy to hear. I always really enjoy writing them, so it’s good to hear people enjoy reading those posts as well 🙂

  • I really do enjoy discussion posts – and I love what you have to say about them, Sophia Rose! That they are kind of an opening for sharing more of ourselves… which also made me laugh, because my discussion post for next week is titled ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’… and I can’t wait to see what you think that says about me 😉
    I don’t think I get more comments on discussion posts, but sometimes, the comments I get are longer, and more personal as well, as even if my topic has to do with books, it has to do with more than one book or series or author, too.
    Sharing more about myself on my blog is important, I think because personal interactions are parts of what I want my blog to be about. And so if people stop by to see how I’m doing – just as much as they stop by to see what I’ve posted – I’ll be a very happy blogger!

    • Ho, ha, whoa, yeah, Lexxie, I won’t bat an eye about your sex talk. Or at least not until you bringing it up once a week or something. LOL I used to subscribe to more author blogs than I have time for now, but one was an erotic romance writer who liked to post very candid and revealing things about her research and her sex scenes. She kept saying not to judge her personal life by her posts. LOL 🙂

      Now that is interesting about not getting more comments, but more thorough ones.

      Yes, I agree, people do want to see the blogger’s personality peeking out of their blog and sharing some of that deliberately with specific posts is important.

  • I enjoy discussion posts, and I think the more we discuss, the less drama. Everyone does things differently. The way we read, review, rate – it’s all OURS. I only rate DNF books if I read at least 50%, otherwise I won’t rate it. Opening up your blog to discuss with others is always a good thing. I hate assumptions, I want to read what people are thinking about a certain topic. Great post!

    • That’s a valid reason that I didn’t even put in. Yes, clearly stated opinions do keep people from making assumptions. And yes, you have it right about that- everyone does it differently and it’s good to see the variety and diversity to appreciate and learn more.

  • I do enjoy discussion posts and to be honest I don’t see that many. Maybe I need to follow more than the 18-20 blogs that I do follow. I enjoy seeing a wide variety of opinions from all sorts of people from all different countries! It’s nice to see how alike the book community is even when we disagree with each other. In the end books and reading is all of ours “thing” and it’s what unites us as a community. Bring on more of these Sophia please 🙂

    • Yes, I love that thought and agree. The book community is world-wide now with our internet and it’s fun to appreciate the diversity and variety we can all bring to the table.

      I will do my best, Lorna. Shari and I both tried to put together several. 🙂

  • I really like discussion posts and especially this type of post because there really is a lot of controversy about author, bloggers and readers flipping out about different reviews and also the different things that authors, bloggers and readers write on their own fb pages and blogs.

    I know if an author makes a bold statement about a negative review they received and make any comments that seem to attack the reviewer, well the drama is on! For days and weeks afterward people are taking screen shots of what was said, sharing it and if it gets deleted well there’s an even bigger conspiracy. FB is great but dang it sure is big when the drama starts.

    I don’t post many these days because I posted a few with my own thoughts on the subject there were quite a few people who didn’t agree with me. And boy, when you have a controversial topic the people who don’t agree are the ones who tend to make the most comments and not all of the are nice.

    • You actually bring up something that is the topic of another of my Yak Yak posts- the issues of people stirring up drama on the social media.

      And another good point, yes, there is definitely the strong possibility that posting an opinion will leave you getting hit hard with the strong opinions. I try to get myself in the mindset to allow for it with each post I make, but sometimes I don’t and get an unpleasant shock because I wasn’t prepared for it.

  • Debbie Haupt

    I do like discussion posts especially this kind where I don’t feel like I’m selling my first born or my soul to answer a question because even though I’m always aflitter on social media I myself am a private person who’s beliefs and way of thinking is very personal to me. So I am very careful how I present myself on line not really caring how I”m thought of but more how my thoughts affect others and this is the perfect venue for someone like me. Thanks Sophia, other blogs where I enjoy discussions is the Caffeinated Book reviewer, Deborah Cooke’s author’s blog, Kathyrn’s The Book Date, and some others too.

    • Yes, I, too, enjoy the more general style or practical discussions that don’t get to personal just like you. I tend to be private even if I still want to reach out and be friendly.

      Oh, I like Kimberly’s discussions, too. I’ll have to check out Deborah and Kathryn’s. Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

  • I love discussion posts. I’m horrible at coming up with topics myself, but I love reading and commenting on other people’s posts. I like when people have the discussions more off the cuff instead of a regular basis. I think it is hard to keep good topics coming up week after week (at least that is my opinion). I think you would do yourself a favor by just having the posts when an idea presents it self, because as a reaction to something or because the idea just popped in your head. That isn’t to say that people who do it every week are wrong, I just think it would be really hard to continue to come up with topics and would make it a chore, rather than something to enjoy. Great post.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • That is a very good point, Melanie. Shari and I put together several discussion posts during the mini blogger challenge so have several ready for the summer. But yes, for the most part the topics just came to me as I went. I don’t think I could do well with the pressure of a regular schedule for them. Mine will probably happen in clumps. 🙂

  • I love discussion posts too! I need to do more of them but slack so often lately. It’s neat to see so many different views on the same subject. And often bits where I’ll go huh! I never thought of it quite like that. When I’m putting a discussion up I’ll admit I like poking at things and putting uncomfortable subjects/topics out there to see what will happen. lol

    • Yours are some of my favorite discussion posts for relevancy and diversity of opinion. Yes, the ‘huh’ thing is one of my favorite parts of reading discussions and responses. I enjoy being presented with a perspective that hadn’t occurred to me. Haha, yes, I’ve seen some of your poky topics, but still relevant and respectful.

      I can’t say a word about slacking. I’m pretty sure I did all of two Yak Yak discussion posts last year. 😉 I’ll do a bit better this year. Hopefully!

      • The Huh happens with reviews too! It’s always so fascinating to see when you’ve read the same thing as someone else and the different things that are picked up.

        LOL hopefully the second part of the year we can both rock some awesome discussions 😀

        • That is for sure. I get why I see so many people in their reviews asking, ‘did I read the same book?’. It’s funny, but also is really a good indicator of how people perceive things and how their own situation/personality/past plays a role in their love/hate/indifference to a story. Or even how reviews can draw out such different aspects that they might not have been about the same story. I know it’s true of me that I’ve 5 starred books that others thought were 3 or less just as I’ve DNF’d books that others loved.

          Well, I am definitely going to pass up last year’s total. I think I’ve given Shari four or five discussion posts. 🙂 And the year is still young…