|Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight host the 2016 Discussion Challenge.|
How many times can I cram the word “discussion” into the post title? I was trying for five, but that turned out to be a little too ridiculous, even for me.
I love discussions. They’re my favorite posts to write and my favorite posts to read on other blogs. Some of the most thought-provoking comments I’ve gotten on my blog have been in response to my discussion posts.
But, recently, I’ve been wondering how much discussion actually happens in these posts.
A discussion on a blog isn’t like a discussion in real life. In my experience, there usually isn’t a lot of back-and-forth between discussion post commenters. It’s not like a real-life conversation. This is probably the fault of the comment systems on blogs. With most comment systems, you don’t know if anyone replies to your comment unless you check the little box to get an email notification. I’m guessing that most people don’t do that. The comment systems on blogs definitely hinder the quality of discussions.
I also wonder how honest people are in their replies to discussions. For example, I read a post a few months ago about what should and should not be considered a spoiler in a book review. I could see the author’s point, but I disagreed with it. I scrolled down to the comments and saw that all of the commenters agreed with the author. Instead of typing a response to the post that explained why I disagreed, I just moved on to a different post and didn’t say anything.
I think I clicked off of the post because I was intimidated by the number of people who were agreeing with the post’s author. My reaction was stupid because the post was a discussion. It said so right in the title. The point of it was to discuss. Maybe the author would have been happy to have someone disagree.
I’ve had people disagree with my posts (both discussions and reviews), and I’ve never been offended by someone’s opinion. It feels more like a discussion when there are (polite) arguments from all sides of a topic. I would hope that other bloggers wouldn’t get offended by actual discussion happening in a discussion post.
I guess this has been a long-winded public service announcement: Don’t be a discussion chicken like me. If you find an interesting discussion, don’t be afraid to click the notify me of comments button. If you disagree with a post’s author, that’s great! We won’t learn anything from each other if we agree about everything all the time.
What about you? How often do you use the notify me button on a post? Are you ever too intimidated to disagree in a discussion? Has a blogger ever attacked you for disagreeing?