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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
In a few weeks, it will be six months since I first started Rants & Rambles. I can’t believe I’ve stuck with this for long, but the truth is I probably wouldn’t have kept at it if it weren’t for all your lovely comments. You guys are AWESOME and have kept me motivated to keep up my weekly ramblings!
But writing discussions are no easy tasks. Coming up with a topic, trying to validate your point all while trying not to step on anyone’s toes…not easy at all. There are definitely ups and downs when it comes to writing a discussion posts but that shouldn’t stop us from writing them. I can’t say I will ever stop writing them. I have too much fun with them.
So today, I wanted to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to discussion posts because…WHY NOT?
Discussions posts have had a positive impact on my overall blogging experience. I met so many new bloggers because of them. My feed is LIT with all the new blogs I have discovered because of them.
Discussion posts have helped me to get out of my shell and be more active in this community. They has also allowed me to be more expressive and feel more comfortable being me…which is very LOUD in real life. I was looking at some of my older posts and laugh at how much restraint I had when it came to giving opinions about certain topics or books, but now I really don’t care. As long as I am not being a total asshole then why shouldn’t I be able to voice my thoughts?
Discussions have also helped me to think more critically, especially when I’m reading. I now nitpick at issues in books that my eyes would’ve just glazed past before. It didn’t bother me too much when I was a teen reader, but as an adult reader, I really wished that there were more MCs who were not predominately white. It would’ve been cool to read a book about a girl who was like me. Discussions are such eye-openers and I absolutely love that more bloggers are starting to join the trend.
Personally, I can only think of one downside to discussion posts and that is that they are a bit time consuming. They require my brain to actually think and I am a lazy sloth! Most weeks when I’m thinking about my next discussion idea I start off like this:
I get excited. I am ready to write all the words. I sit down and start up my laptop and then this:
It is a weekly struggle, but I will not give in. I’ve stuck with it this long and there’s no turning back now!
Then there is the ugly…where your discussion gets labeled as being controversial and then an all out riot has erupted on Twitter…
I don’t think anyone truly sets out to write discussion posts that are going to stir up trouble, but in a community filled with such opinionated people, your posts is bound to rub someone the wrong way. I think what it is important is that we need to remember that this is just the opinion of a one and they don’t always have to reflect our own. We are all not going to agree, but behaving like assholes aren’t going to get us anywhere either. Two wrongs don’t ever make a right!
Despite the cons, I like writing my weekly discussion posts. It gives me a place to spew my thoughts and gives me a voice in this vast community. I love interacting with all you lovely folks, so please keep on sharing your thoughts. Also, I get to use gifs, which are my favorite things ever!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
How do you feel about discussion posts?
Let me know in the comments!