My Thoughts on Discussions // Ft. How I Come Up with Ideas

I’ve made it no secret that I absolutely adore discussion posts! I love reading them, I love writing them, and I love having long discussions in the comments with all of you! And apparently all of you have been enjoying our discussions as well, because you were kind enough to nominate us for Best Discussion in the Book Blogger Awards! Not only that, but you also nominated us for Most Friendly! Chana and I were blown away by the amount of love we received during the nomination round. It means so much to us to see that people enjoy our blog and our posts! The support you all have given us over the two years we’ve been blogging has been amazing and we’re so appreciative! If you want you can vote for us in the awards, and while you’re there make sure to check out all the other fantastic bloggers who were nominated as well!

Vote for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards HERE!

But I digress, I was discussing discussions. I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now, because many times I’ve been asked what my favorite kind of blog post to read or write is in tags, or even in our most recent Q&A that we did. And although I briefly went into my thoughts on the topic, I really need a full discussion post to get out all my thoughts! So here are my full thoughts on discussion posts, from writing them, to reading them, to commenting on them, and more!

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To start with, I wanted to discuss how I go about writing discussions. Of course, discussions start with ideas, so I figured I’d begin by talking about where my ideas come from. Which is really a terrible place to start, because I’m not really sure! My ideas come pretty naturally to me. I can be talking to my friends about something bookish, think it would make a discussion post, and write the prompt down. I could be contemplating life, staring at my bookshelves, think of a discussion post, and write it down. Or I could be reading someone else’s post, have my brain go on a tangent or think of something related to the topic, and write the idea down. But the important thing for me is to write it down!

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See, even if I come up with an idea, I’m not always in the writing mood. So I write my ideas down in one of three places, that way I can come back to them whenever the writing mood strikes. (Or whenever we have no posts, and one of us needs to write something for some time later that week. Either one.) I used to primarily write my ideas down on the Google Doc that Chana and I use for blogging purposes. But if I’m out and about, or just plain lazy, I might add the idea to an email draft I have with blog ideas in it. I use my email as a planner of sorts, by having drafts of important things, and sending myself emails to remind me of appointments and such, so it makes sense that I’d use it in a similar way for the blog! More recently I’ve started making Word documents on my computer where I title them something that will help me remember what my idea was, for example, my post titled My Experience Reviewing E-book vs Print ARCs, was originally saved as a Word document that simply was titled E-book vs Print ARCs. Occasionally, I’ll add some notes, or ideas I want to discuss in the post, but I don’t always do that. Sometimes when there are notes, those were added later, once I’ve had more time to think about the topic. (For this post, I actually did have notes to guide me!)

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Next comes the writing bit. I think this is actually the easiest part to explain because it literally is just me setting aside a writing day to get out all my thoughts on the topic that is interesting me the most at the moment. And when I say all my thoughts, I really do mean ALL of them!

Whenever I pick a topic, I try to discuss it as thoroughly as I can. You may have noticed that my posts can get very long and wordy, and I’ve noticed that too. But I have a lot to say, and since this is my platform, I want to be sure I’m taking the time to cover as many angles of each topic as best as I can. But to be honest, I never quite manage to say everything I want to say. And that’s where comments come in!

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I consider comments to be a continuation of a discussion, whether I’m responding to a comment on one of my posts, or I’m commenting on someone else’s post that I loved. You may have noticed that my comments tend to look more like full on essays. Five paragraphs is pretty average for me, and there was one time that I even wrote a full eight paragraphs as a comment on a post! (In case you were wondering, I believe it was Olivia’s fantastic post where she ranked romance tropes in books, that you should definitely check out!) But the reason for my long comments is simple! I love discussions! So I want to discuss every point that you made with you! And that becomes very wordy!

And I know I’ve already done an entire post on stats, but my love of discussion and interactions factors into that. If the point of a discussion is to discuss then I need people to talk with me! Which means that I appreciate every show of support, whether that be a like, a comment, or someone sharing my post.

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But honestly, sharing posts deserves its own discussion. Because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words how much it means to me when I get a pingback and see that someone shared my post in their wrap up or in their discussion on a similar topic. I think it’s normal to deal with imposter syndrome as a blogger, but when someone shares my post I feel as if I did something right! I wrote something worth sharing. Someone wants there to be even more discussion on the topic!

So just as I started this post, I want to end with a thank you. Thank you, thank you, to every single person who ever interacts with any of my posts. I see when you like them. I see when you comment and have conversations with me. I see when you share my posts. I love you all! Thank you for continuing to have discussions with me!

How do you come up with ideas for discussions? Do you consider comments to be a part of a discussion? How wordy do you get when discussing a topic?

68 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Discussions // Ft. How I Come Up with Ideas

  1. It was very cool to get an inside look at your writing process.

    I definitely like the idea of an entire writing day rather than a few hours set aside, which is usually what I do. When I write I like to get as much of my brain spew out as I can and then continually edit parts afterward. I think of it as a chisel approach to editing.

    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Honestly, I didn’t focus on my actual writing process because that can get a bit messy. This was more my step by step process of how a discussion post ends up on the blog, and what I love about writing them.

      But in general in terms of writing, I much prefer to have a first draft that I’m happy with because I’m terrible at editing my own thoughts. I’m pretty good at helping other people edit, but I have no patience to read over my own work and make big changes. So I spend the whole day writing and editing as I go, so that by the time it’s finished it’s practically ready to go, and tends to only need minor changes. I also get distracted easily, so I’ll break up my writing both by when I have time available, when I’m in the writing mood, and when my thoughts are flowing well. So even if I’m only writing for an hour or two, that can sometimes be spread out over a 12 hour day!

      Thank you!

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    1. Ooooh, I’m so glad to have found someone that appreciates the email app as much as I do! I think I like the fact that I can access my email on any device, whereas the notes app stays on my phone. Whatever my reasoning may be, I just find it so useful, and use it all the time to keep track of things!

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed! 💕

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  2. I love this so much, Malka! Writing a discussion posts about discussion posts is amazing and I really, really enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on your BBA nominations, you and Chana are so deserving of it!! I always really love your discussion posts (case in point: this post) and you also leave the absolute kindest comments (the 8 paragraph one is iconic).❤️

    I think a lot of my post ideas stem from other posts I read as well! A lot of times my discussion posts are over more cliche topics that I know have already been discussed in the book community (because honestly, what hasn’t already been discussed?) but I think that’s okay, because everyone has a different perspective. For example, I know that I won’t shy away from reading a post about insta love vs. slow burn, even though it’s not necessarily a new topic, because of course I want to hear someone else’s take and see what insights they have that I haven’t heard before.

    I love everything you said about comments being a continuation of the discussion too! I always hope for interaction and look forward to reading the comments on any post I write, but especially when I write discussions. I always can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks and to hopefully gain a new insight from the comments as well- it’s like the other half of the post. I don’t know if this is just me, but when I read a discussion post from another blogger, I always read all the comments too because I find it so interesting, haha.

    Truly an amazing post!! xx

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      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed! I had a lot of fun writing this post and breaking down what it is that I love about discussions! And thank you so much, Olivia! 💕 I know I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but I appreciate your love and support so very much. Writing discussion posts and commenting is only fun for me because of how it’s received by you and all the other amazing bloggers out there! (Also, I 100% agree. I don’t think anything can ever top my 8 paragraph comment!)

        I think that reading other people’s discussions is a great place to come up with ideas! Bloggers have a way of writing that inspires so much thought, that it’s only natural to come up with an idea of your own after contemplating the points they’ve made! And I think that you make a really good point! For example, I know that there have been many conversations about discussions before, but this post is uniquely my own! It mentions some things that people will probably relate to, and there will be other points in this same post that will seem completely foreign. But that makes sense, and is why it’s so interesting reading someone else’s post on a very familiar topic. You never know how THEY feel about it!

        Comments are honestly the best thing ever! It’s so interesting to hear what everyone takes away from the posts I write! And I don’t think it’s just you that reads other people’s comments although I don’t tend to do so myself. I occasionally will read other people’s comments, but for the most part I don’t because I usually spend too much time just writing out my own comment!

        Thank you! ❤️💗💓

        Also, somehow I got line breaks, so it’s all good. I see the paragraphs you created! And even if there had been no line breaks, you still would have nothing to apologize for. I love your comments in any form they come in!

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  3. I don’t write discussion post. I have written only 1 and it is lot of work. I don’t know , I guess I’m not natural at it and I can’t get any idea that I can write about and I hardly can write 5 paragraph. List or recommendation post is something I can think about and even can write. Great post!

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  4. This was such an interesting post! The email idea is fascinating — I barely ever open the app on my phone so something like that had never even occurred to me. And I DEFINITELY agree on the comments thing, but WOW five paragraphs is so long I wish I could write that much. Loved this post a lot ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I just find using my email app so much more useful than my notes app. Because if something is on my email then I can access it from any device, which is super helpful!

      I just think I always have so much to say that I end up with 5 paragraphs! If I could manage to get out all of my thoughts in less words, I would, but that never seems to happen!

      Thank you so much! 💕

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  5. i definitely email myself everything i need to keep track of haha!! (i also leave emails that i mean to come back to as unread…. i need a better system lmao) but this was a super entertaining post and you write such lovely discussions – it’s wonderful to see how you do it!!! xx

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    1. Yes! Somehow emails just keep me the most organized, so I keep using them! I also use labels a lot to remind myself of things I need to take care of. This is especially useful for keeping track of comments I need to respond to and such. If I see a purple label, then I know I have some comments to reply to!

      Thank you so much! I thought it would be fun to take a look into how I write discussions since I write them so often, and I’m so glad you agree! ❤️

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  6. I loved reading this! You can totally tell that you love writing these posts.
    Discussion posts are my favorite to read but I can never write them. I just feel like I never know what to write about or that no idea is original enough. I also can get pretty excited and end up writing pages upon pages of my thoughts, and then I feel like it’s too long and no one will be interested in reading so much.
    I do love writing lists though, and sometimes I’ll even make that a long post if I feel strongly about whatever I’m writing. This preference might have something to do with the fact that I’m an avid planner and have been bullet journaling for the past 5 years 😂

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this post! 💕 And I’m so glad that you can tell how much I love writing discussions! That comment means so much to me! 💗

      I totally understand that feeling. A lot of times I’ll freak out about my discussion ideas too. Thankfully I have Chana around to reassure me that my ideas are good ones, and occasionally suggest that I rework an idea so that it’s better.

      But I don’t think you should worry over whether or not an idea is original. There are so many discussion posts that I’ve loved that have been on topics that are constantly talked about in the bookish community! The thing that makes it interesting is that everyone has their own unique take on a topic, even if it’s in a small, subtle way! And long discussion posts are encouraged! Or if it’s really so long, break the discussion up into several posts! There’s no right way to write a discussion, and I can tell you that I for one would love it! If you ever decide to write one, please let me know so I can check it out!

      Lists are great too though! I honestly think of them as a sort of alternate form of a discussion. It’s such a great way to organize ideas and to recommend books, that I totally understand why you’re drawn to them! (Also, I am so impressed by your ability to bullet journal. I’ve tried a few times and I just can’t seem to stick with it!)

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      1. Your comment is so lovely, it just made my day 😊
        I’m actually considering writing a discussion this week, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m still not very sure about it, but your encouragement means a lot.
        I know bullet journal is not for everyone, however it’s been a life-saver for me. I never had a system that worked for planning all that I wanted to, so it fit me perfectly. If something else works for you, then you should stick with that! It’s all about finding what works for you.

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  7. It’s fun to see how other blogger’s writing process looks like when it comes to discussion posts! And the email thing, that’s new to me, really. I mostly use note app for jotting down ideas and such.

    I’ve never written a discussion post before and would love to try writing one during my time of being a blogger but because of the thoughts that discussion needs to be all serious or tackles big issues scare me away, until others point out that that’s not the case at all!

    I also love to read people’s comments on the post because most of the time they’d offer interesting insights on the topic discussed and yes! I’d consider comments as a part of discussion! I mean it’s called ‘discussion’ for a reason right? 😉

    Congrats for the BBA nomination!! ❤❤❤

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    1. Yes! I always find it so interesting to see everyone else’s writing processes, so I figured it might be fun for me to share my own! And I really just use my email out of convenience. My email can be accessed from any device, so no matter where I am I have my ideas and reminders with me!

      You should definitely write a discussion! I write them all the time on any topic that crosses my mind! As long as you enjoy writing it, the actual topic doesn’t matter! So if you end up writing a discussion, definitely let me know, that way I can check it out!

      That’s so interesting! I don’t tend to read other people’s comments, unless of course they’re comments on my own post! But now that you mention it, maybe I should start reading comments on other people’s posts to really make myself a part of a larger conversation! I don’t know why I’ve never considered that before!

      Thank you! 💕

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      1. I see… That’s indeed very convenient when you can access your email with any devices. That way you always have the tools ready to jot down ideas for blog posts anytime! I might give this a try.

        I’ve given writing a discussion kind of post a try! Well I won’t really call it a discussion? It’s more like a question I have and am curious about 😅 But E @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (https://localbeehuntersnook.home.blog/2020/08/07/book-blog-discussion-post-prompts/) recently made a post sharing lots of blog discussion prompts so I’m thinking I can use them someday in the future!

        One thing about reading other comments is that it can be time-consuming, so most of the time I don’t end up reading everything 😅 Especially if the post has lots of comments. But it can be fun since you can find others with different views from you and see things in new ways 😊

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        1. If you do try it out, let me know how it goes! I know that everyone has different methods that work for them. This one just happens to work best for me!

          Oooh, yes! I have a similar post with a whole bunch of ideas in it in case I ever have a need for it!

          And that’s the reason I haven’t really looked at other comments before now! It usually can take me quite a while to formulate my own responses to a post, and after that I don’t always have the energy to read through other people’s comments as well!

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  8. congrats on the nominations!!! you and chana deserve it so much 🥺💖💕 i really don’t know where my ideas for discussions come from too lmao. sometimes it can be from someone else’s post, i find myself thinking about a topic and find that i can expand what i’m thinking into a post… i get them from everywhere, really. and i completely agree with you that comments are the continuations of discussions! i feel like bloggers primarily write discussions to start another discussion in the comments. i love how much book bloggers prize their comments 🥺 (btw, i love commenting on your posts, because you always leave a meaningful reply to my comment <3)

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    1. Thank you so much, Caitlin! 💕

      Honestly, the way ideas spontaneously end up in my head at times is a bit confusing, but I’m grateful nonetheless! I find that many times as I write a comment on a discussion post, I start to actually think about my opinion on the matter at hand, which like you said after some more weeks of thinking can eventually become a post of my own. And I think that sometimes I don’t even realize that happened, and therefore can’t mention the post that inspired me, because it’s been too long!

      Comments are the absolute best! It’s always so interesting to see what takeaways other people find from the points I make! And sometimes people mention aspects that I never thought about, or forgot to mention, and I value all those interactions so much! I definitely prize all the comments I get! I know that for me, writing comments can take lots of energy, and so I expect that other people have a similar experience. Which means that I appreciate anyone who took the time and energy to have a conversation with me, no matter what they have to say!

      (Awwww, I’m so glad! I wouldn’t have it any other way! If it ever takes me a while to respond, just know that’s because I’m thinking over my response because I always would rather have a well thought out response that takes a while to come up with over a generic but timely response! 💗)

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    1. Yes! Discussions are just the absolute best! So far I haven’t had too many issues coming up with ideas, since they seem to pop out of nowhere for me, and I write them down for later.

      But just in case I have a blog post put aside that have suggestions for different bookish topics to write about for when someone is in an idea slump. I haven’t had to use the post yet, thankfully, but it’s reassuring to know that I it have it on hand if I ever need it! If you’d like, I can share the link to that post, if you think you’d find it helpful!

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  9. I already said this on twitter, but congrats on making it into the voting round!! I’ve voted and I’m really rooting for you. 😀 Similarly to you, I come up with discussions pretty randomly – there’s no method I use. I then note them down, alongside any other post idea I might have, in my phone. That’s the most convenient place to note these ideas for me, because I always have it with me.

    I agree with you – I think the comments are a good way to continue a discussion! Writing a discussion is no fun if an actual discussion doesn’t occur after it, otherwise it feels like I’m just talking to myself. This is why I *love* how long and detailed your comments are! I always enjoy reading them and replying to them; they’re very insightful. 😀 Also, it’s awesome when someone in the comments points out something that I didn’t think of. I remember in one of my latest posts about tropes, people were adding their own twists to the tropes I shared, which made them even better and reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from books.

    I think how wordy I get depends on what I’m discussing, I’m really-really bad at controlling the length of my posts, haha. Recently, I worked on some “mini” reviews that turned out to be full-length review-length, haha. What I like about writing discussions is that a lot of times I would have an idea of what I want to write about.. but the post would end up going into a totally different direction.

    Great discussion, Malka!
    PS: I recently listened to Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson, and I thought you might also like the audiobook if you haven’t yet read it. It’s extremely short, because it’s told in text messages and it has a full cast of narrators. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Veronika! 💕 That means a lot to me! 💗

      I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who can’t keep track of where my ideas come from! And I like using my email for a similar reason that you like using your phone! I can access my emails from any device! And many times I’ll be on my computer when I get an idea, and I never keep track of my phone when I’m at home, so using my email is easier. Especially because I can access my email through my phone if I do get an idea while I’m out of my house!

      Comments are a FANTASTIC way to continue a discussion! I always get so happy whenever I write a whole long ramble of my thought on a topic, and people take the time to share their thoughts with me as well! It never fails to make me happy that I get to continue talking about this topic that I have so much to share about!

      Awwww, thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoy my long, essay-like comments! Although sometimes my long comments mean that I don’t respond for a while because my brain is busy thinking up all the points I want to mention, and that can take several days! But I’m hoping that the content means the wait is worth it!

      I always get so frustrated when I forget to mention something, and then someone brings it up in the comments! Because while I love discussion that point with that one person, I wish I could have had the chance to discuss that point with EVERYONE by including it in my post itself! But I definitely get what you’re saying. There’s something very nice about having people expand the conversation more than you can in a reasonably sized post. After all, you can’t include everything in one post! (Even though I try!)

      For me short posts feel wrong to me! I’ve gotten way to used to rambling on in my discussion posts! So recently there was a shorter post that I wrote, and I kept feeling like it needed more, just because it wasn’t over 1000 words! But I’ve definitely had the opposite, where a mini review turned into a full length review. What can I say? I much prefer writing to editing! So once I write something, I usually won’t delete it!

      And I’ve definitely had some discussions take an unexpected turn every once in a while! Some go as I thought they would, but others don’t work out the way I expected. Most of the time I end up happier with the new version than my original idea, so I don’t mind when my original ideas get ignored in favor of the new, better ideas!

      Thank you!

      OMG! I love that you’re still giving me audiobook recommendations, and I appreciate them so much! 💞 I can’t seem to find any that I’m interested in on my own! I actually read that book last year because I got an ARC of it at BookCon. But don’t let that discourage you from recommending me more audiobooks! So far you’ve been on point with every recommendation you’ve made, whether I had already read the book in print and loved it, or if I read it on audiobook based on your suggestion!

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      1. I definitely don’t mind waiting for your comments/replies. 😀 They’re always so detailed and thoughtful! That matters a lot more than getting a comment on the day I post something. 💞

        You’re welcome, and I’m glad that’s the case. 😀 I’ve been listening to super-long audiobooks recently, but I’ll let you know if I find any shorter ones that are worth reading/listening to. 😀

        Also, I was just thinking – have you tried podcasts? (I can’t remember if you’ve mentioned this, sorry. I have a terrible memory. 😅) If you’re not interested in them, that’s fair! But if you want to try other types of content you can listen to, fictional podcasts are great, as episodes tend to be between 20-40 minutes, rarely longer. 🙂

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        1. Thank you! 💕

          I’ve tried out one or two podcasts, but none have stuck so far! I think I’m most interested in bookish podcasts though, although I guess I really need to try out some podcasts that aren’t about books before I’m able to say that definitively!

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  10. Yup, the comment section definitely is a big part of the discussion! 😊 I recently started writing more discussion posts (Let’s Discuss) and it really is a lot of fun. When choosing discussion topics I try to use ones that aren’t “overused”. Sometimes coming up with ideas can be really difficult. The important thing is to have no pressure. Sometimes discussion topics just pop up on their own.

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    1. The comment section is where all the interaction happens! Which is arguably the best part of blogging! I think that interaction is the very definition of a discussion! If no one commented, I would just be providing monologues every week or two of my thoughts on various bookish topics!

      And I’m so happy to hear that you’re having fun writing discussions! I always have such a great time writing mine! I think that for me though, I don’t really think about whether or not a topic is overused. I just write what I think is interesting, which sometimes is something original, and other times is something that’s been done a thousand times before, just never from my perspective!

      But it can definitely understand the difficulties of not having an idea! Sometimes even when I have ideas written down, I’m just not inspired to a full post on any of those topics at the moment. But I not to pressure myself, like you suggested. I blog and write discussions for fun, so if nothing is speaking to me at the moment, I’m not going to force myself to write something. I’d much rather wait until I’m excited to blog again!

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  11. I love everything about this post! Your discussions are some of my favorites and definitely an inspiration for me! 🤍🤍 I also love that you consider comments part of the discussion process… I’ve never thought of it like that but it’s honestly so true. And yesss, when others share your posts it’s the best feeling in the world! 🤗

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    1. Awwwww, thank you so much, Charis! That means a lot! 💕

      When I really thought about it I realized that the comments are where all the real back and forth takes place, that really makes a discussion post a discussion! Otherwise it would just be me sharing my thoughts, with some people reading what I wrote, which is too one sided to be a real conversation!

      And it genuinely is the best feeling! It always makes me so happy whenever I see one of our posts shared!

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  12. Wonderful post, Malka. I also love discussion posts (and you and Chana write some of the best 🥰) as they are fun and inspire a lot of interaction between us book bloggers. The most difficult thing is thinking of ideas! When I write a discussion post I like to make sure I know a lot about the subject I’m talking about, so I do get slightly anxious that way. I also love your point about the comments being an extension of the discussion.

    Also, congratulations on being nominated for the awards. I adore your blog and you fully deserve it! 😊

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    1. Thank you! I totally agree! Discussion posts are so much fun and they inspire so much interaction! Whether it’s the comments that expand the conversations, or bloggers who respond to a discussion with a post of their own on the topic, it’s always fantastic to see how people engage with discussions! (I’m also honored that you think so highly of our discussion posts! 💕)

      For me inspiration is more difficult than coming up with ideas. Like I mentioned, I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I have quite a few written down from whenever an idea does pop into my head. The struggle for me is actually writing an entire post based on that one idea. I need to be in a very specific writing mood, where one of the ideas speaks to me, and that’s not really something I can schedule!

      I think that since my discussions tend to be just about my thoughts on a topic, I don’t worry too much that I’m not knowledgeable. But I always admire people who write about topics that they obviously researched, and put a lot of care into. I’ve never written that kind of post, but maybe I will someday!

      And I think the comments are definitely an extension of the discussion! I mean, otherwise it would be a one sided conversation, but the comments are the response that makes discussion posts an interactive experience. Yes, I write my discussions to get out my thoughts on a topic, but I value to opinions I get in response just as much!

      Thank you so much, Stephen! 💗

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      1. You’re welcome! It’s great that you are able to come up with so many ideas, and I understand you needing to write a post at a specific time, perhaps when the idea feels most relevant?

        I completely agree with you about the comments! I love the in-depth discussion about a particular topic that they can generate. I posted a discussion just the other day and I have long conversations in the comments! It’s great to get the opinions of other book bloggers. 🥰

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  13. i love this post!! you guys always have such great discussions — not only are they well-written but you also manage to come up with such creative topics ❤ for me, writing can either be the easiest or the hardest part — what usually happens is i can spend like an hour just typing and rambling, but then i'm never able to finish it 😭 and yes, i love how you say that comments are a continuation of the discussion! like yes, i'm discussing a topic in the post, but if no one else is going to talk about it with me, it feels like a one-side conversation. it's kinda bad for me actually, since those discussion posts' comments tend to be longer and i'm more likely to procrastinate replying to them because of that — but by the time i get around to them, i forget what my discussion post was about 😭

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    1. Thank you so much, May! You’re too sweet! It means so much to me that you think our discussions are both well-written and creative, especially since I tend to consider most of my discussion rambles about a topic I’m passionate about! 💕

      Writing can be super easy for me when I’m in the right headspace. Unfortunately that can be unpredictable, and so I tend to have sporadic bursts of creativity where I complete a discussion or two in a day, without writing another one for several weeks. I also will sometimes start a discussion, and then come back several days/weeks later, and either finish it, or delete everything I wrote and start from scratch. Oh, the joys of blogging! For some reason, since writing posts with Chana is a group activity, I find those easier to write. I guess it’s just more fun for me!

      Exactly! The whole point of a discussion is to have a back and forth and to talk about how our opinions are similar or different, and comments are what allow us to have that back and forth!

      And I definitely understand that! (I mean, I’m replying to your comment several days late.) And I love long comments, but since I like responding to each aspect that a person mentioned, it can take me a while to think of how I want to respond. And by a while I mean several days! Usually I’m still able to remember what my post was about, but occasionally I have to reread my post. Especially when someone is commenting on a post over a month old!

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  14. I used to be so good at discussions and now… well now I just love reading yours 😂 I really do want to get back to them someday, because they are definitely the most enjoyable to write, I agree! But time has been my enemy. I think when The 100 is over (SOBS) I might have time? We’ll see hah. But you guys do SO many great discussions, it’s fun to see your process! Mine is this: Gets an idea once every 8 decades, word vomits on page. That’s it. So… not really a process, eh? I definitely love that discussions generate conversation, too!

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    1. Awww, thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoy our discussions! I adored your discussions, when you were still writing them, and so I’m happy to hear that there’s a chance they’ll make a comeback!

      I think that since I enjoy discussions so much they don’t feel like they take as much time as they do! To me when I think of writing a review it feels like those take forever to write and edit, even though those tend to be shorter posts! And perspective makes a big difference when it comes to making time to write! So I’ll make the time for discussions since I love them so much, but will drag out writing some other kinds of posts! (And by other kinds of posts I mostly mean reviews, if we’re being honest.)

      I’m so sad for you that The 100 is ending! I know how much you love that show! At least you’re thinking of some ideas to fill the hole that will be left once the show ends! Blogging is a great option, but honestly, if it were me, I’d just start a new show and have that fill up my time!

      Thank you! I figured that I’m always so interested in how other people come up with ideas, and their processes for writing posts, that it would be fun to share my own process!

      Your process sounds a lot more efficient than mine, even if it is a bit more rare in terms of frequency! Mine relies a lot on me being interested in ideas from months ago, which can be difficult when I look back and am no longer interested in writing any of the posts that I was excited about when I wrote down a title!

      And yes, the fact that discussions generate so much conversation is what makes them the absolute best part of blogging for me! It’s so nice to have these interactions with bloggers who want to share their own thoughts on a topic that I’m so passionate about!

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  15. Great post. I haven’t written a decent discussion post in forever and feel terrible because you get the best comments on them and really get the chance to talk ideas with others but hoenstly, I struggle with new ideas. I’ve been blogging a while and I don’t like to recycle ideas. I do think if I read more discussion posts it would get my creative juices flowing but I feel like some of the blogs I follow have reduced the number of discussions they do (possibly due to time as they are the posts I find longest to write so it’s not just rambles on a screen). I think i want to write more discussions now, I need to get my a doc with various ideas for future posts like you. It is really the best way and I used to have a million drafts saved doing exactly that and stopped for no obvious reason!

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    1. Thanks!

      Yes, that’s definitely true! I always get the most amazing comments on my discussions that mention points that I never even thought about before! It’s such a great way of interacting with other bloggers!

      But I totally understand the feeling of struggling with new ideas! I think I’m lucky in the sense that I’m both a relatively new blogger, and therefore haven’t given my take on all the basic conversations that bloggers constantly discuss. But also, I only write about one or two discussions a month, since Chana also writes discussions. So I don’t feel pressure to come up with an idea all the time, an so ideas are able to come to me more naturally over time.

      I think that recycling ideas can actually be interesting. I mean, if your opinion has changed on a topic, or if you’ve seen that some things haven’t changed at all in several years, I would find discussions on why that is so interesting!

      I definitely find that reading discussions can help spark ideas! So many times as I’m writing a comment on a post, I come up with a post idea and write it down! I still follow quite a few blogs that write a good number of discussions, and I’d like to always keep it that way, since discussion posts are not only my favorite kind of posts to write, but also my favorite kind of posts to read!

      And I think it’s interesting that you find that discussions take a while to write, for me tags and reviews take so much more work! Discussions aren’t quite effortless for me, but they definitely feel easier for some reason, even if they take more time, it doesn’t feel like they take more work!

      Let me know when you write your next discussion! I’d love to check it out! And if you need some inspiration to get some ideas flowing, I have a post filled with post ideas in case I ever get stuck. I can share it with you, if you’d like. Just let me know!

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  16. Discussion posts are definitely my favourites to read and write and comment on too! Getting the ideas can be difficult though, so I have a system similar to yours, where if something occurs to me randomly I write it down quick (I have a Blog Post Ideas folder on Evernote!). I was recently looking back through the folder though for ideas and so many of them just made no sense to me, so I really think I need to be more specific when I write things down! 🙂
    And congrats to you and Chana on your nominations for the book blogger awards! I always love reading your discussion posts! 🙂

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    1. Oh, yay! I just think they’re so much fun and lead to such great interactions! It’s why I don’t follow blogs if I see that they never post discussions!

      And getting ideas can definitely be tricky! Especially since even if you come up with them, they’re only useful if you remember them! Which is why I have so many different places to write ideas down before they fly away! And I think that once I write down a post idea, I start to think about what exactly I’ll be writing, and so I usually know what direction I wanted to take a post in by the time I get around to actually writing up all my thoughts on a topic. But sometimes I don’t remember what I planned on saying, and in those cases I just delete the idea from wherever it was written because it’s no longer useful to me!

      Thank you so much, Laura! 💕

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    1. I know! Discussion posts are so great because they can be about so many different topics about blogging, reading, buying books, book events, and so much more! And then of course it’s always fun to see a blogger’s unique perspective on the topic they chose! Plus, the discussion ad interaction that goes on in the comments afterwards is just fantastic!

      There are just so many reasons why I love discussion posts! 😍

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  17. I love this so much and I’m so, so proud and happy that you have been nominated for the best discussions, you deserve it SO much. Your discussions are some of my favorites ever, they always make me think and want to chat and I am HERE for that 🥰
    I think I’m the same way when it comes to having ideas. I tend to write my ideas down, more often than not in my planner on on my phone’s notes, and I don’t always write it right away. Some ideas I have written down are from over a year and I haven’t started them, because I don’t know how to go there, I’m nervous about it or I’m just not too inspired for it at the moment, either. Still, it feels great to have the ideas there already!
    AND YES to comments! so here with you on that! I might be not as chatty as you are sometimes, but I always love continuing the conversation in comments and sharing my thoughts there, too. It’s the best.🥰

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! 💕 That’s so very kind of you! I look up to your discussions so much, so having you compliment our discussions means the world to me! 💗 And I’m so glad our discussions always make you want to chat! That’s exactly what I always hope to accomplish with my discussions!

      Yes! I also have ideas from over a year ago that I’m still waiting on, since the timing has never felt right! In fact, my post tomorrow is an older idea that I finally gathered the courage to post just recently! But I definitely agree that just knowing I have a list of ideas ready for any time I might need them is a super reassuring feeling!

      Comments are the absolute best! And you made me laugh when you said you aren’t as chatty as I am! I don’t think that it’s even possible to surpass my level of chattiness when it comes to comments! I just can’t seem to write any shorter than a few paragraphs, no matter how hard I try! But like you said, it’s because I just love continuing the conversation, and in particular, I try to respond to every aspect of a post or a comment, which is what makes things wordy!

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      1. Okay but I always look up to YOUR discussions, they’re just so thought-provoking every time, I love them! 🥺

        Oh yay that’s great, I’m eager to read that discussion post! I often find that… sometimes an idea needs to grow a little bit inside our heads before we can properly write it.

        I just LOVE that you’re so chatty though, it’s so amazing and every time I always love talking to you and it’s just wonderful to create meaningful, great conversations that way ❤

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  18. I do think comments are extension of the discussion, because you want to know what everyone’s POV is on whatever we’re talking about. The best discussions imo are the ones where everyone can share their own experience about something.

    And ideas for this kind of posts are difficult to come up with, because it’s hard to just create something out of nothing. Sometimes I get so stressed trying to come up with content ideas, but then just visiting other blogs or scrolling through IG I might find a topic that I’d like to write about. I see something happening that I have an opinion about, or I’d like to know people’s opinion about. I love it when that happens!

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    1. Exactly! I’m always surprised to hear people’s reflections on the topics I write about! There are so many perspectives I haven’t considered, and it’s so nice to get a chance to discuss all the different ways of looking at something with other people who are just as passionate about the topic I’ve put forth!

      And I definitely agree! It’s so much easier to come up with blog posts when you have inspiration, instead of just sitting around waiting for an idea to pop into your mind! So blog posts have definitely inspired me, and I even find that the process of leaving a comment helps me as well, because it gets me thinking more deeply about a topic, and the tangentially related topics, which sometime become blog post ideas!

      I think for me my most exciting moment is when I’m talking with friends about something, and that conversation sparks an idea! It just feels so nice to be having an in person discussion that I get to extend to a wider audience at a later point in time!

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  19. You know that I always absolutely love your discussions, so I think you so deserved that win! And, of course, I love discussions as well. It’s the thing that motivated me to start the Discussion Challenge all those years ago. Even now, when I haven’t been up to blogging much this whole summer, I always love to go back and read all of the discussions that have been linked up. They’re definitely my favorite posts!

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