Saturday, 10 May 2014

Bookish Musings - A Discussion About Discussions

Bookish Musings is a feature here at Beautiful Bookish Butterflies that allows one of us to share our thoughts and opinions, talk and discuss things happening in the book and blogging community or share a personal book related issue we have. Today, Amanda is talking about discussion post ideas and giving out some handy little tips for people struggling to come up with any. Need some discussion ideas? Help yourself!


I'm somebody who really enjoys a chat. I can sit next to a friend and talk away for hours about absolutely nothing and love every moment of it, so when it came to Book Badger, discussion posts were something that I just wanted to do; the topics come naturally to me, type talking and finding the right words isn't usually a problem I have, in fact, I usually get so overwhelmed with so many different topics and things to discuss that I only really ever get around to posting a quarter of the ideas I have on the blog, so the idea that people struggle to with discussion posts blows my mind completely. We're bloggers, talking is what we do best whether that be through ranting or raving or squealing and flailing, and nothing makes me happier than a good discussion post, so today I wanted to have a quick cuppa and a natter and put out some topics that have come to me that I can't develop as well as I'd like to or would love to see and hear things about from other bloggers out there stuck for a place to start.




Topics About Blogging


Memes: Affecting Originality, Getting Lost in a Sea of Memes, Are There Too Many?
Blog Design: Quick Tips and Ticks, Subtle Design Changes, Designing Headers and Icons etc.
Reviews: Short or Long? Anti or Pro-Spoilers? How, When and What to Review?
Types of Reviews: Difference Between Film/Book/TV Show Reviews?
Rating Systems: What's Yours? Do You Have Them? Do They Make a Difference?
On The Blog: Important Features, Things You Like About Other Blogs, Turn On's/Off's?


Topics About Reading


Choosing Books: Systems? Polls? Freestyle? Pre-Made Lists? Do You Re-Read?
What You Read: Genres, Topics, Age Range, Likes and Dislikes, Authors You Love/Avoid?
ARC's: NetGalley/Edelweiss, Pro's and Cons, Opinions On Receiving Them.
Organisation: How To You Shelve? Where Do You Keep Books? Do You Keep Them?
Breaks and Slumps: Do You Take Them? Getting Out of Them?
Cliffhangers: Like/Dislike? Worse Ones/Best Ones?


Other Topics


Publishers: Favourites? Thoughts on Self-Publishing?
Format of Books: Hardcover vs Paperback, Digital vs Physical.
Authors: Any You Avoid/Dislike? Recommended Authors, Give a Second Chance To.
Book Covers: Trends You Like/Dislike, Favourite Covers, Design Your Own Covers.
Your Life: Day in the Life? Other Hobbies? Recent Music Heard or Films/TV Shows Watched?
Book Scenes: Scenes in Books That Could Be Dates, Settings You'd Love To Go See, Countries To Visit etc.

Anyone is welcome to take and develop any of the above ideas for their own blogs or discussion posts, but if you do take an idea, can you link me the post, I'd love to see some people's takes and thoughts on some of these subjects. I hope I've been able to help some people get their foot off the mark and kick-start a few creations and I look forward to them.

18 comments:

  1. This is lovely of you for sharing so many ideas, there is so much to discuss when it comes for books! Will be sharing this too, thanks Amanda!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. That's how I feel, there's a world of things to talk about and I love the idea of giving a helping hand. Thank you Jeann! :)

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  2. Nice post and lots of good ideas. I actually have a few of these ideas, sort of, drafted on the blog that I need to edit - I've just kind of rambled - waiting to go live when I can decide which order to put them in. Currently working on showing off how I organise and keep my books, seeing as I just got two new bookshelves. But it's hard because I have so many. And I was also working on a hardback/paperback one but I am not sure I have enough on that one little topic to make a whole post, was going to share my bookish OCD in general for that one. Great ideas, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Discussions don't have to be long, they can quick, short and personal so don't worry about the length hunny. I'm excited to see these posts you've done so I hope you decide to post them soon, I love it when you do more personal and opinion driven posts :)

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  3. Love this! I've tons of ideas but no where near enough time to write them all, thinking of writing a ton and scheduling them, will bookmark this for inspiration! :)

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    1. Aww I'm glad I could be of help :)

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  4. I am definitely bookmarking/copy-pasting this list asap! Summer is coming up and I am planning on less OOTD posts since I don't really "dress up" during the holidays. These ideas are great starters for possible memes over in my neck of the woods so thanks for sharing. And thanks for the tip about getting ARCs. As a teacher, this is a valuable resources both for me and my students!

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    1. I'm glad you've found this list useful, I just want to spread the ideas around and give a hand, and I'm glad you've found out about getting ARC's, it can be tough keeping up, but you find some real gems around, good luck! :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! Thank you SOOOO much for sharing this Amanda! I don't do discussion posts on my blog because I feel like I'm never able to think of any creative topics, so thank you so much for taking the time to share this! I can't imagine how helpful it will be to the blogging community! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. You're welcome Zoe! I think creativity comes from having one small thing to say and developing it, as long as what you say is honesty form you then it'll be great. I'm glad I've been able to get some ideas out there for people, so thank you!

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  6. This is such a wonderful thing! Thank you for being so awesome and sharing all of these wonderful idea. I love the idea of doing a discussion on ‘Organisation: How To You Shelve? Where Do You Keep Books? Do You Keep Them?’ that such a cool topic that I’m sure everyone has a different opinion one. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Aww thank you Katie! I'm glad I could give out some ideas, I know some people get stuck and it's felt great to do!

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  7. These are fantastic! I'm going to have to use some of these. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Tamara, I'm glad you like them and hope I can help :)

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  8. As a newer blogger, I think I love you for this list :D Bookmarking this to have on standby for later!

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    1. Aww thank you Finley, I hope the list comes in handy and do link me any discussions you do from the ideas! :)

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  9. This is a great list of ideas and topics that can help spark other ideas :)

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  10. We have a weekly chat session where we discuss similar topics and musings. You have a lot of good ideas. If we use one, we will be sure to link back... Chat Between Chapters

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