Out of Time is known far across the land for being the blog with the best... well, everything. However, one thing that my blog exceeds at are discussion posts. I'm better than you at discussion posts. Obviously. So seeing as I haven't done this kind of post in a while, I just wanted to share my wise wisdom on the topic so you too can attempt to be as awesome as me. Course, it won't happen but you can dream.
- Write your point of view. ONLY your point of view.
a) it's your blog. b) your opinion is more important than anyone else's. In a discussion post, it's all about what you think - regardless to any other point of view.
- Understand that "discussion post" means "i talk - you listen."
It's not about letting everyone have a voice. Bloggers don't roll like that. Discussion posts are all about the blogger writing their thoughts and others listening. Want your own voice, write your own discussion!
- Comments along the lines of "I agree" are acceptable.
We love people who agree with us! It's like having personal minions that we can control. You should see this blog - I've got a legion of you yellow faced, overall wearing minions. That or talking fish, in a bowl type minions. [Despicable Me and Megamind are my faves.]
- When in doubt - go with a social issue!
People love talking about social issues. It's pretty much people throwing around information that's already been said and they get a bunch of hits for that. Since they get those hits, wouldn't you want them too?
- Any disagreeing comments are deleted.
Don't even bother replying to those trolls. If they don't agree, they're obviously stupid and need to be deleted [or blocked if you're on twitter/insta.] Most of those people probably don't know anything either. Why waste your time?
- Don't be sensitive.
Frankly, I think it takes too much effort. You have to worry if you're offending people. Why just not care at all? Like, some people are so sensitive anyway! It's their fault - not yours. If people can't take that they're opinions are wrong, maybe they shouldn't be such crybabies about it.
Most of the time, a discussion post are people complaining about having two ice cubes instead of three, "I ordered swiss and you gave me cheddar" type problems. However, there's always this convenient way to relate personal problems to society. Get your rant out about the social injustice that is getting ice in Starbucks when I clearly said, "No ice" and relate that to how if the barista had read more Stephenie Meyer, they would've got the order right [because Jacob's hot. amirite?] [Starbucks does this - this struggle is real.]
Now let's get to the truth here.
I've spent my entire blogging "career" polishing my discussion post ideas and methods. The first time I wrote a rant, it was riddled with swearing and [ashamedly] bashing an author out loud. So glad that post never went up because I came to my senses.
Basically, what I'm trying to get out of this is that discussions are always great but when it comes to controversial topics - tread lightly and try to see all sides of things. That's what I do and it's worked so far.
Also, if you see someone's opinion who differs from you - don't delete the comment. Even if they're being an awful person. Personally, I leave them up so others can see their character and so I stand by the fact that you are allowed to have your own opinions - albeit rude ones.
Discussion Posts are a process. It takes editing, more editing and personally, getting some feedback from others before it goes live. I usually say something like, "i'm writing a blog post - anyone want to beta?" on twitter and that always gives me confidence when it does go up.