~ Discussion ~ Discussion Posts vs Book Reviews

 

Guys! This is my first discussion post and I am so excited for it! Over the past few months, I have done a lot of ‘research’ into book blogging and one of the major themes I picked up on was that book reviews were way less popular (stats-wise) than discussion posts. I pondered this and wondered what I would do with me my blog. More specifically, should I make more discussion posts than book reviews in an effort to raise my stats?

This was a hard question for me. On the one hand, I didn’t make this blog for the stats or the comments or the likes. On the other hand, I did make this blog to get involved in the book reviewing community and talk about books with said community. And this does require interaction through comments, likes, and whatnot.. What was I to do?

I finally decided that I would write more book review posts than any other type of posts. Really, the whole point of this blog is to have somewhere to talk about the books that I read and interact with other like-minded people around the topic of these books. The book reviews serve the purpose of giving me a way to talk about the books that I’ve read while discussion posts will give me the interaction that I want in the book reviewing community.

After making this decision, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to make my first discussion post about. I had just so many ideas! πŸ™‚ I made a giant list of a lot of different ideas (which I can pick from in future discussion posts), but decided I wouldn’t use any of them. I would make my first discussion post about discussion posts in general and how they fit into the book reviewing community. So here we are! πŸ™‚

What do you guys think about discussion posts? If you have a blog, do you use more of them than book reviews? If you spend a lot of time on book blogs, do you prefer discussion posts over book reviews or vice versa? Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for how I should structure my discussion posts in the future! πŸ™‚

~ Jade

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8 thoughts on “~ Discussion ~ Discussion Posts vs Book Reviews

  1. My co-blogger and I don’t have much of an official plan for what we post, but I think we naturally end up with more book reviews than discussions, in part because we both happen to read a lot. And I like writing/reading reviews, no matter what other people say. :p I also think it’s difficult to consistently come up with unique discussion topics. I’m not sure I’d be able to write like 3 discussions a week and keep it up for months or years.

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  2. I love discussion posts! I admit, I greatly prefer them over book reviews since I’m a very slow reader and tend not to know any of the books people are reviewing, or even heard of them! It’s not so fun always being out of the loop, and discussion posts make me feel more involved πŸ™‚ I want to write more of them myself, but I always worry I’m not doing it right or my ideas or boring. I keep trying though!

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    • Good plan, Rebeccah! Always keep trying. As I was making my list of potential discussion post topics, that was my concern too – that my posts would be boring or overdone. Just post what interests you and maybe it will interest other people! Thanks for the comment and sorry for the late reply!
      ~ Jade

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  3. I like a mix of reviews and discussions. If I don’t see any reviews on a book blog, I start to wonder if the person even reads. If they don’t read, why should I take their opinion on books seriously? I need writers to demonstrate their credibility. However, I think a lot of bloggers are disillusioned with writing reviews because they prefer the larger stats generated by discussions. Unfortunately, I think it is difficult to come up with original and engaging discussions. So I don’t do that many myself. But I do tend to see the same discussion post posted by bloggers every few days. At that point, I have to wonder if it’s worth doing posts if we’re not bringing anything new or interesting to the table.

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