Hi friends! 👋🏻 If you didn’t already know (but you should because I never stop mentioning it), I have been blogging for just over ten years and I have gained a lot of wisdom and experience in that time. Nothing really surprises me in the blogging world anymore since I’ve seen it all, and I feel like this gives me the license to help people out with their blogs.
Discussion posts are among my favourite posts to write because there’s something fun about throwing my thoughts into a post and then seeing what other people think, but not everyone gets it right. I have seen some discussion posts in my time that I didn’t think were up to scratch and made me X out of them once I was finished reading, so I wanted to share my reasons for not liking a discussion post.
Don’t take this too personally, this is just what I think, and what I think shouldn’t matter that much.
We all get misinformed about things from time to time, but when you’re writing a post about something, you really should know what it is that you’re talking about. I’ve corrected people about certain points they’ve made in their discussion posts (especially if it’s related to something I have studied at a degree level *cough*Orwell*cough*) because I’m the kind of person who gets really bugged by someone stating a misinterpretation or a myth as fact. It’s not nit-picky for people to correct you, but it is a sign that you should probably do some more thorough research.
your argument isn’t very clear.
This isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker for me because I am guilty of writing a few discussion posts that are just a jumbled mess of thoughts. However, for me to decide on whether or not I have anything to contribute to the discussion, I need to be able to understand what it is that you’re saying. If I don’t get it, I’m lost, and I’m not going to be leaving a comment.
i didn’t agree with you.
Disagreeing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes I disagree with a discussion post so much that it makes me want to start an argument in the comments. I won’t do that, because I’m not a confrontational person and I don’t want to put any negativity into the blogging community, but if I don’t agree with what you’re saying, I’m not likely to enjoy the post. It’s natural, really.
you’re not very interested in having a discussion.
In my ten years of blogging, I have read quite a few blog posts that are less “I want to hear what other people think” and more “this is what I think, fuck you if you disagree because you’re wrong.” To me, this is more a matter of labelling posts correctly because when a rant is labelled a discussion, it’s asking for comments either agreeing or disagreeing. There are posts out there that show that the blogger isn’t interested in having a conversation about the topic, but just wants an outlet to rant, and while that’s absolutely fine, I’d rather know the actual intention of the post instead of guessing.
your tone is hostile and argumentative.
There’s nothing wrong with a good rant because you’re airing your feelings and ridding yourself of any negative thoughts, but when you come across as aggressive in what is supposed to be a discussion I’m going to not just be turned off from wanting to hear what you have to say, but from coming back to any of your posts.
I don’t mind people being confrontational, but if what is supposed to be a healthy discussion about something as mundane as spoilers or book formats turns into me feeling like I’m getting yelled at for having a differing opinion, I’m peacing out and I’m not coming back because I am uncomfortable.
talk to me!
What are some reasons why you didn’t like a post?