Thursday’s Thoughts: How Do You Come up With Ideas for Discussions?

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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!


9 thoughts on “Thursday’s Thoughts: How Do You Come up With Ideas for Discussions?

  1. Discussion posts are the hardest posts to come up with and write but they’re really interesting to read. I honestly don’t know where I get my inspiration to write them from…
    Yay! I’m looking forward to your blog tour/interview post! I finished Starfish the other day and absolutely loved it!

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  2. This is such an interesting question! I love reading discussion posts, but I am absolutely horrible at coming up with discussion topic ideas. xD Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  3. This is actually a really good idea. I have been wondering whether or not I should start a discussion post feature on my blog too. I have been putting it off because I have yet to get more comments on my blog, so until I start posting more regularly and see more feedback I am probably not going to start.

    Great post though! I love reading discussion posts. It’s my favorite type of book blog post to read XD

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    1. I can’t wait to read your discussion posts! I didn’t start writing them until I was more comfortable with blogging and my blog had developed a steady readership, so I was in the same boat as you. I love reading discussion posts as well, though they’re definitely the hardest to write. XD

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