This year, I am taking part in Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s discussion challenge. I’d like to say I’m doing well, though I’m not really. Just doing an update of where I was for this last quarter of the year, though, I started to wonder if maybe I was doing better than I thought and if some of the posts I had written, that I hadn’t classed as discussions really were. Confused? Yes, me too!
So, last month for example, I wrote two non-review, non-linky related posts. One, Crime series I’m officially given up on catching up on…, I tagged as the discussion challenge. The other, Rarely read genres – suggestions please…, I didn’t. Why was one tagged and not the other? The first had a question at the end that asked whether people had series they had given up on or would never get rund to finishing either; the second asked for suggested books I could read. This month, I talked about my favourite female detectives and tagged that too. Again, there was a question at the end.
So, in a nutshell, a question vs. a reading recommendation. All three still had plenty of interaction though and started conversations between myself and other bloggers, some of whom I’m not met before. And I started to wonder, is there a difference or are they just different to me?
I’m thinking the latter because, looking at other posts tagged under the discussion challenge, there are lots of lists as well as lots of people expressing opinions and asking questions. Which brings me back full circle to the beginning – are more of my posts than I think technically discussions because they get people talking (and yes, I know a picture of giraffe’s looking like they are talking a stretch but I loved the picture)?
I wondered what others think. What makes a discussion for you? Is it enough that it is not a review? Can it be a list of favourite books or genres? Can it be in response to a question posted on a meme (I answer a lot of questions when I link into the book blogger hop on Fridays for example)? Or does it have to be something different, something you maybe haven’t seen before or very often? And, if that’s the case, does it have to make you think or challenge you back in some way to respond?
And after all those questions – does it really matter if I think it’s a discussion for the challenge is that enough? I’m interested to know where you sit…and maybe whether I need to go back and update my challenge numbers!
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