Lola’s Rambings is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are are personal discussions of a certain topic. Sometimes about book related topics and sometimes about non-book related topics. This feature was previously known as About Me. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.
In general I think bloggers enjoy reading discussion posts, my Lola’s ramblings posts always seem more popular then my non-discussion posts. I wondered what it is about discussion posts that make us like them and why we read discussion posts. So I decided to write a post about what I like about discussion posts to get a better udnerstanding of why I enjoy reading discussion posts so much.
Why I like discussion posts
- More personal. Often discussion posts are more personal and I like getting a glimpse of the blogger behind the blog. Even the choice of topics can already reveal something about the blogger and then there’s ofcourse how they addres the issue and how that tells something about them and their stance on the topic. I like reading more personal posts, so this is a clear reason why I enjoy discussion posts. In general I like the more personal posts like if a blogger talks about themselves or weekly recap posts where we learn what is going on in the life of a bloggers. So the more personal touch of discussion posst is one of the reasons why I enjoy readign them.
- Often involve other people’s opinions. One of the reasons why I studied psychology is becasue I am interested in human behavior and humans in general. I didn’t mean for that to sound creepy. While I might not necessary agree with the blogger who posted the post I do find it interesting to learn more about their opinion and why they have a certain opinion and their reasons behind it. This is also true for my own discussion posts. Ofcourse I love writing them and learning more about myself and digging deeply in my opinions about certain topics, but I might love reading the comments even more and learning about other people their opinions on the matter. I just find it interesting to see how people differ and how different people handle the same issue or topic and how many different opinions there are.
- Original content. While I also enjoy reading blog tour posts now and then I often prefer original content, like reviews, personal opinions/ posts about the blogger, weekly recaps and discussion posts. Blog Tour posts which feature interviews, guest posts and tens lists are often only interesting when I already know the author and want to know more about them. While discussion posts tell me more about the blogger themselves and provide content that isn’t on other blogs, or at leats not exactly the same. While many bloggers do some sort of wekely or monthly recap posts, every recap post still differs. Same goes for discussion posts, even if bloggers address the same topic, there are still a lot of differences and it differs how they both deal with the topic or approach it. I often check out all the blogs mentioned in Oh the Books their weekly recap posts just to read more discussion posts.
- Easier to comment on. I love blog commenting, but sometimes I just don’t know what to say. But with discussion posts I hardly ever have that issue as most discussion posts are about a topic everyone can say something about. I have come across some discussion posst were I didn’t know what to comment, but in general discussion posts are easier to comment on.
- I love discussions. In general I love discussions and thus also discussion posts. I like talking in depth about a topic and hearing other people their opinion. It doesn’t matter if we agree and disagree, I just like the process of talking about the topic and learning the other their opinion and delving deeper into the topic.
- Topics are easy to relate to. I mostly read discussion posts on book blogs, which means the chances are high I know something about the subject and already have an opinion about it. These are topics that impact many people in the blogging world and I feel that often discussion posst appeal to a wider audience then for example reviews as almost all book bloggers can relate to your discussion post topic.
How many discussion posts do I read in comparison to others?
Okay so I think it’s kinda obvious that I love discussion posts and while actively seek them out, by visiting weekly recaps like the one on Oh the Books or Feed Your Fiction Addiction their discussion posts challenge link-up, but I also read a lot of other posts. I am actually not sure if I read more discussion posts than other type of posts as in total there are more other type of posts. And the fact is I do visit a lot of blogs and read a lot of posts each week. So while I actively seek out discussion posts I also enjoy a wide variety of other posts.