Personally, I feel like it’s a little more work for me to come up with discussion post topics than it used to be. When I first started blogging, I was doing a little more figuring out how I wanted to blog and how I balanced blogging with reading. While I certainly still face some of the same challenges, there are fewer new questions that come up that I can just jot down to come back to when I want to write a discussion post. To date, I’ve mostly come up with discussion topics by referring to my list of topics I’ve thought about myself. Now I’m looking for ways to come up with discussion post topics more deliberately. I’ll share a few of my ideas and then I’d love to hear how you come up with discussion post topics too!
- Responding to posts from other bloggers – I know one way people recommend finding a discussion topic is to be inspired by another blogger’s discussion post. So far, I’ve not been able to do this without feeling like my post would be too derivative. I think it could be a good thing to try though and could make blogging feel even more like a back-and-forth conversation.
- Diving deeper into a specific book – This is something I’ve not done much of either. In part, this is because I think a post like this is really only interesting to people who’ve already read the book you’re talking about and could make the audience for a given post quite small. Doing more this would be in keeping with my goal to read more thoughtfully though.
- Brainstorming – I’m curious if any of you have any tips or tricks for doing this effectively. I currently just sit down and think about topics I’d like to read about, but I don’t have any particular strategies I use for coming up with ideas.
- Participate in a challenge with writing prompts – I’ve not found one of these specific to book blogging or more about blogging more generally. Most seem to be targeted at lifestyle bloggers. If you have any suggestions for a good one, I’d love to hear about it 🙂
And now, over to you! How do you come up with discussion posts? I’d be excited to hear if you have other ways of coming up with ideas or if you’ve had any luck with the approaches I’m thinking about.