How Do We Come Up with Discussion Post Ideas?

Do you need more discussion post ideas, but do not know what to write about? At Pages Unbound, we draw inspiration from a variety of sources. Here are some of the ways we think of our discussion pieces, along with examples for each category.

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Book Trends

What do you see happening when you read? Do you have bookish pet peeves? Things you wish books or the book market would do differently? Or maybe there are tropes that you love and you want to talk about them?

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Blogging Trends

What do you see happening around the blogosphere? What are other blogs talking –or not talking–about? Join in the conversation, or start one!

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Blogging Concerns

What are specific concerns or questions book bloggers have specifically about blogging, not just about reading? What are your takes on those topics?

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Blogging Tutorials

You can also create guides to help new bloggers get started or to help seasoned bloggers improve. Bloggers often help each other out by sharing their expertise on things like graphic design, scheduling, social media, and more.

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The Reader Experience

What are things readers worry about or talk about?

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Literary Analysis

Sometimes, when you are reading a book, you have thoughts about it! Share you observations about how a book portrays a character, what messages it sends, or what themes it raises.

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Personal Observations

Sometimes, you just notice things, perhaps while reading or while browsing at the bookstore, or visiting the library. You can turn your musings into a post!

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Reading Widely

Reading other people’s opinions and responding to them is an easy way to create content while continuing the conversation! You might respond to other blog posts, but also to newspaper or magazine articles, scholarly journal articles, recent studies, and more.

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Library Love

At Pages Unbound, we obtain most of our books from the library and, consequently, appreciate all their good work. We like to write about why libraries are awesome–how they help the community and what types of resources they make available. You could write about your love of the library, resources you have found helpful, tips and tricks, and more!

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Discussion Post Prompts

If you are still stuck for ideas, we periodically post lists of discussion post prompts. Feel free to use or modify any one that seems of interest to you! We also run Classic Remarks, a weekly meme that encourages discussions around classic literature.

9 thoughts on “How Do We Come Up with Discussion Post Ideas?

  1. Never Not Reading says:

    This is much more methodical than my method, which is as follows:
    “Hmmm, it is Sunday night. I need to write a discussion post. What should I write about?” … looks around the room … “I read two 5-star prediction posts this week, what I coincidence. I’ll write about that I guess.”

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  2. Jenna @ Falling Letters says:

    Thanks for compiling this list! I will definitely be adding it to my own personal list of ‘blog post ideas’, haha. I rarely write discussion posts because I tend to prioritize reviews. But I do try to diversify what I post over a month, so I appreciate having ideas to draw from. Especially from bloggers who are pro at discussion posts 😉

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  3. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I really like how you broke these down into categories. I find that having themes for my discussion posts, such as Building Better Book Clubs, helps me come up with my own ideas. Though, most commonly I’ll get ideas through discussion with other bloggers in the comments of our posts! It’s so rewarding when bloggers inspire me and then give me permission to expand on the ideas we’ve been discussing further on my blog. This is such a great community.

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