By: Melanie | July 11, 2014 | (34) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.

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HELLO there fellow book nerds! I think it’s become a thing that I write these discussion posts literally around midnight. And well, this time I’m not really tired so no more drunk posts from me (FOR NOW) because it is the school holidays and WHO THE HECK GOES TO BED EARLY WHEN YOU HAVE ALL DAY TOMORROW TO SLEEP? Amirite?

Anyhoo, today I wanted to talk about types of posts! I’ve always loved original content on blogs and unique memes so I thought I’d mention some of my favourite ones.

1. Discussion Posts

Guys, I absolutely love discussion posts. I love reading them, I love writing them and I love discussing my thoughts with fellow bloggers! I think discussion posts make you know the blogger more, (well for me that’s certainly the case) and you get to really connect with other people. And that’s one of the great things about blogging–connecting with other people with same/similar interests. And personally, not to offend anyone, when I’m reading a blog that only has reviews and doesn’t reply to comments or have a social media account, I sometimes just don’t feel like I’m actually talking to someone, if that makes sense. I feel like discussion posts make you get to know the blogger better through conversation and discussion; that’s why I love these types of posts.

2. Some Memes

Memes such as Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday are my absolute favourite. I love seeing what others are anticipating–and it also introduces me to a bunch of books that I’ve never heard of. Seriously, without WoW, I wouldn’t have discovered so many titles that I cannot wait to read. And while that means an overflowing TBR list, too many is so much better than no books on the TBR, right?As for TTT, they’re really helpful for me as a reader. I was searching for some horror novels the other day and I just went through some old TTT topics and found one that was exactly what I was looking for. And now I have way too many horror/scary novels that I can possibly read. These memes are not only fun to read, but they’re really helpful.

3. Reviews!

Reviews are what I rely to see what to expect in a novel. I don’t tend to read reviews of books that I am just about to read as they’ll contaminate with my thoughts but I do have the tendency to check ratings on Goodreads so I know what to expect. It’s never fun going into a book that I think is gonna be really good only to find out every one hated it on GR. Having an idea of what to expect is helpful as a guideline. Reviews are the most helpful things out there in the bloggy world, they help me decide what to not read–like if they mention a trait I detest–and what to reconsider–if they mention a trait that I love.

4. Guest Posts

I have no idea why I love these exactly, but I just do. And they don’t even have to be author guest posts. I equally love ones by bloggers. It’s interesting to read about someone’s view of a certain issue or topic.

What are your favourite types of posts? Anything I didn’t mention?

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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34 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (38): Types of Posts

  1. Discussion posts are, for the same reason, my favorite posts. I love how you get to know the blogger in another way and it’s fun to discuss in the comments 🙂 It’s also the reason why I love personal posts! Especially if they know a way to combine it with books, like when someone tells you all their strange reading habits. I also like reviews, even when these seem to be the less popular posts. It makes it easy for me to decide if I want to read/buy it. Memes can be fun, as long as someone doesn’t post memes and nothing else. TTT is my favorite one!
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    • Melanie says:

      I love reading about strange reading habits! They’re probably one of my favourite topics to read about because they’re just so STRANGE 😛 Yes, I agree, I would hate it if they posted nothing else but memes.

  2. Great post Mel, I love discussion posts as well, they are so much fun to read and you do really get to discuss your thoughts with the blogger! I actually really like Stacking the Shelves or Sunday posts, because you get to see what they’ve done during the week, hear a bit about their lives, and see their hauls as well. And of course, reviews! I love them!
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  3. Tanja says:

    Oh this is interesting :)) I love all you mentioned there. My fave still being reviews. But yeah WOW is such an addiction and it’s hard not to add so many books when you see them. Not to mention discussions which are always interesting. Great post, Mel 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Thank you. Yep, whenever I see a WoW post, while I don’t always comment on the post, but I cant resist myself but check out the title because usualy, it’s a title I’ve never seen before and I love finding more and more pretty novels.

  4. Stephanie B says:

    I love discussion posts too. Reviews are really helpful too but I don’t read them if I already know for sure that I’m going to read a certain book. I do like to see other peoples’ thoughts on books I loved. It’s interesting to me that people can give the same book five stars for entirely different reasons. Guest posts can be good but I have to be interested in the topic. I adore Top Ten Tuesday posts. They’re super fun.
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  5. My favourite kind of posts are definitely discussions! I’ve found my self liking reviews a lot more lately though. It’s weird because I’ve never really been a review reading person. TTT is a bit too much for me because I feel like I’m getting to much information all in one go haha. 😛 But I love checking out a few WoW posts every now and then. Definitely contributes to my never ending TBR list!

  6. I love discussion posts. I like reviews too, but not on every blog. There are only a few blogs where I enjoy the reviews. =)
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    • Melanie says:

      Hmm I do love reading reviews on any blog as long as I trust their tastes, for instance, I’m less likely to comment on a review by someone who I always see is giving books 1 star/5 stars

  7. Nara says:

    I probably like discussion posts and reviews the best! Honestly, I don’t really read a lot of memes because I dislike how the Bloglovin newsfeed gets flooded with posts (I usually read one or two of them and then give up…) Then again, I like reading StS posts (although I rarely comment on them) because I love looking at book hauls! So many pretties 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      I never use my bloglovin so I don’t know how painful it must be to open your feed and have this slew of TTT posts one after the other, yikes! Yes, StS is pretty fun because i love seeing what everyone else got in the mail

  8. I love discussion posts, though I can never seem to actually write them myself. 🙁 But they’re likely my favorite, though memes are so much fun to read as are guest posts and interviews. Reviews are, obviously, the most helpful though, I think. Wonderful post, Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      Thanks 🙂 I do love discussion posts, but as an after thought I don’t think I enjoy reading too many of them because sometimes I just get worn out of opinions on a certain topic lol

  9. Love discussion posts. I always enjoy reviews, especially funny ones like yours. I don’t mind some memes, but some of them aren’t interesting to me. And I guess my very least favorite are the mass cover reveal or the mass blog tour post, when every blog posts the same thing on the same day…
    Jen @ YA Romantics
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  10. Annie says:

    Discussion posts are really fun! I love reading them and commenting on them, but not so much writing them. I don’t know why but I just really don’t like writing discussions! They should be the ones I like writing the most because a) I love talking and b) I love sharing my opinion. So why don’t I like writing them? I have zero clue.

    I do, on the other hand, really like writing reviews! I just love talking about books and I love reading them too! It’s always a great way to scope out books I’m interested in and unlike some I know, I don’t really have a thing where I avoid reviews of books I haven’t read. I actually like reading reviews of books I haven’t read because it helps me decide whether or not I want to read it or not!

    And like you, I do like Top Ten Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays as well. I also like seeing Stacking the Shelves, especially as some bloggers take really, really pretty pictures of the books!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah it’s strange how we humans work. I sometimes have this really awesome idea for a blog post but I end up not writing it because I just cant get the words out and I’m too lazy to try and squeeze them out, while at the same time I am just bursting to write it down. It’s very confusing O.O

  11. Nikki Wang says:

    Yes and yes and yes and yes.

    My favorite to write (excluding memes since they already have a set topic lol) are discussion posts! 😀 I LOVE them. They’re so fun to write, though typically mine are less discussion and more lists. Like My Reading History, Favorite Covers (Rainbow Style) etc. :3 Life of a Blogger is less discussion, more meme, but I LOVE reading those! 😀
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  12. I do love book reviews (or any other review). It helps me decide on things to get. Discussion posts are probably one of my next favorite…I want to start doing more of those on my blog. It’s a great way to share my thoughts about things and hear more from people reading my blog, which is great. Like you said, connecting with other people is a big reason I blog.
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes, and I find myself always checking goodreads before I buy I book that I am not sure whether to get or not because i don’t want to waste my money on a book that is no good!

  13. Definitely a fan of discussion posts! I think they make you think about the bigger picture of the whole blogging world, and share and compare opinions with other bloggers, which I love. I also like reviews, especially on blogs that I know share similar likes and dislikes as I do, I feel like it is the best way I have to decide to buy and read a book. As for memes, I enjoy them because I think it is a great way to connect with other bloggers, and again, to kind of compare notes.
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  14. I love discussion posts the best…and TTT posts. LISTS ARE THE BEST. *ahem* And I do love it when bloggers branch out and just do something random and fun once in a while. x) Like pictures of their library trip, or I don’t know…when they bake a cake from a book. It’s fun. x)
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  15. Discussion posts are the best, definitely! I love the topics usually being discussed, and I can get very passionate sometimes. It’s like everyone will always have a say, everyone can relate, because there’s something in the discussion post that has happened to us in one way or another. Even if you disagree with it, it can lead to so much discussion and discernment.
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    • Melanie says:

      Exactly! And it makes me feel so happy when I can totally connect and agree with someone else feelings, whether it be on smelling books or something. Before bloggin, I thought I was insane because while others loved the smell of paint or food, i love sniffing ma books 😛

  16. Lyn Kaye says:

    I lost my taste for discussion posts, and I am just starting to get back into the swing of writing them. I am so happy that our blog dedicates Wednesdays for discussion day. It helps break up the monotony of the blog atmosphere.

    I also enjoy TTT because some of my friends review books in genres that I generally just do not care about (Horror, romance, etc etc) and it helps me get to know them a little better, and it allows me to connect with their blog.
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh that is so smart, Lyn! I can see why you do them on Wednesdays because of slew of TTTs and WoWs that go on during the middle of the week. Looks like my next memes should be planned around then as well. Thanks for stopping by, lovely!

  17. Rinn says:

    I will ALWAYS read a discussion post on a favourite blog, even if I don’t always comment. They’re just one of the most interesting types of posts to me 🙂 Not so much memes etc – although TTT generally tends to be the most interesting to read.

    I also love posts where bloggers talk about themselves and other things they do outside of blogging and reading, so we get to know them more as a person!
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  18. Henrietta says:

    Although I like discussion posts and WoWs, I still love reading reviews the most. Guest posts are fun, especially when authors give us some of the-behind-the-scene stuff. Great discussion, Mel!
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