Hello everyone, this week’s Thursday’s Thoughts is about coming up with ideas for discussion posts. I know that this is a question that I’ve sometimes been asked, and it’s also a question that I often ask myself when I’m searching for ideas. So how do you come up with ideas for discussions?
The first way that I come up with ideas is that I draw on what’s affecting me. I posted the How New is New discussion because I was conflicted about whether or not my blog was still new. I posted the discussion about memes because I wasn’t sure whether or not I should participate in them. I was able to not only solve my question, but hopefully help solve the question for others if they had it. I was also able to get a wide variety of answers and perspectives, which allowed me to both interact with you all on a deeper level.
The second way I come up with ideas is by drawing from what I’m reading. If there’s a particular trope in a book that I like or dislike, that’ll inspire me to write a discussion post about tropes. I usually go to this method if the first method isn’t producing any ideas because I’m almost always reading.
The third way, that I haven’t tried but would probably work, is to put a spin on a classic. If you can take the simple “hardcover vs. paperbacks” post and make it your own, then it’ll draw readers in because the post will be chock full of your personality. Granted these posts are harder to do because the classics are so…classic. They’ve been done many times before, but if you can make it your own then and you’re interested in discussing the topic then there’s no reason that you shouldn’t write it.
Those are all my tips as to how I come up with ideas for discussion posts. My idea-well does run dry every now and again. I only upload 2-3 Thursday’s Thoughts posts a month, so that helps me to combat running out of ideas super quickly. I’d love to know how you all come up with ideas for your discussion posts. And if you don’t write discussions posts yet but want to, I’d love to know if any of my tips help you! I look forward to all the chatting below!
Before I sign off, I wanted to share that I’m participating in my first blog tour this Saturday for Akemi Dawn Bowman’s book, Starfish. It’s a super awesome book, and I was lucky to get to interview Akemi Dawn Bowman. The author interview, along with a short review of Starfish, will be up on my blog this Saturday (9/23), so be sure to check that out!
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!