You Don’t HAVE to Write Discussion Posts…Right? | Book Snacks Babbles

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Whoa, the first month of 2016 is over already?!! Yep, it is! I swear, time flies by so fast these days. I had meant to post on the last day of the month (yesterday), but I kind of didn’t manage to do so… oops! So I hope your January had been good, and your February is off to a good start. 🙂 So, to kick off the month, I’ve decided to present you all with a discussion post!

Ahem. Let me guess what you’re thinking right now, as you look at the title of this post; Is she writing a discussion post… about writing discussion posts? Right? You can’t deny it. Even if you weren’t, you are now, so ha. Point still proven. I don’t blame you, either way! I’m not gonna burn you at the stake, don’t worry. Because yes, I am indeed writing a discussion about writing discussions. Why? Well, most of you must’ve noticed by now the uphill trend of discussion posts among book bloggers (and other bloggers too, maybe, but I wouldn’t exactly know) these days. At the very least, you’ve probably read and have seen at least a few bookish or blogging discussions across the book blogging communities. Right? If not, well now you know and your subconscious will probably keep an eye out for them now.

The thing is, it seems to me, there’s become a sort of expectation, a sort of requirement, for all, or at least most, bloggers, to write discussion posts. Maybe that’s just me?? It’s often noted that discussions, being very popular among readers and interesting to read, bring more traffic to your blog—and I’ve noticed that this factor often causes other bloggers to feel as if they HAVE to post discussion posts (in order to get views or popularity, and whatnot). Again, maybe that’s just the pesky little imaginative side of my brain talking and I’m seeing this all in my head, but… no harm in talking about it, right? LET’S DISCUSS!

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When thinking about any of this, about discussion posts in general, and whether it’s a requirement or not, one of the first questions that came to me is; why are they so popular, anyway? After all, these are the kinds of posts that usually get the most views or comments (depending, of course, on many other things) and the fact that they’re popular are probably one of the major things that make bloggers want to write them. (Not the ONLY reason, mind you, just one of them.) So, a very helpful list, off the top of my head of why discussion posts are popular—I’m sure Cait @ Paper Fury would agree that’s the right way to do this. 😉

  • They provide exactly what their name says: opportunity for DISCUSSION. Duh!! This one’s so obvious, it’s basically staring me in the eye. Discussion posts are meant for discussion, and discussion is always fun! It opens up new perspectives and different ideas, and that’s definitely one of the big reasons why they’re so much fun and so interesting to read. For me, anyway.
  • Sometimes they talk about things you’ve never thought of. This one kind of ties in with the first point, in that discussion posts open up different ideas. Because it’s true. There are times where I come across a discussion post where I’m like, whoaaaa, that’s so true, how come I never realized this before?! This has actually happened to me several times and I know I for one appreciate this quality in discussion posts.
  • They can be helpful (sometimes). Just hear me out here. Not all discussion posts are written in the objective of helping readers with something. Obviously the primary objective is simply to discuss a topic. But they can be helpful and I feel as if that’s one of the reasons readers may like them as well. Whether it’s a discussion about ereaders vs physical books, or ARC envy, or anything of the sort, even a little thing in the discussion posts can be helpful.

Okay, obviously there’s way more reasons why discussion posts are so popular, but since this isn’t even the main topic of discussion (You all probably have seen by now how bad I am to stay on one topic…) and those are few of the biggest ones I’ve come up with, I’ll just leave it at that. But let me know if you have any more!!

BUT anyway, about the fact that discussion posts seem to have become a must for (some) bloggers. The thing is, it’s clear that the reasons why discussion posts are so popular are definitely justified. There are many reasons why they’re so appealing to readers. But the question still remains: with so many readers wanting to read discussion posts, does it put pressure on bloggers (who perhaps think they aren’t that good with discussion posts) to write them? And is that a good or bad thing? Well, because I’ve recently become very fond of lists… here’s another one for you, this time on the pros and cons of writing discussion posts!

Pros

  • They bring traffic to your blog. Whether this is an important or not is completely personal, but from what I’ve noticed for other bloggers, and for myself, discussion posts are pretty popular, and generally well-recieved by readers. But the fact over whether this is important or not is completely your own idea!
  • More interaction with other bloggers! If your discussion post provokes, well, discussion, then it’s all the better for blogger relationships. You get to learn more about the preferences of other bloggers and their opinions on a topic, and that’s (usually) not a bad thing.
  • It can be a great way to rant, ramble or even both! Discussion posts are your own way of expressing your thoughts, whether it be that you’re ranting about cover changes in the middle of a series (AKA ME ALL THE TIME) or if you’re rambling on the uses of ebooks and physical books. I don’t know. But either way, discussion posts are a great outlet for any thoughts you may have. (And fortunately, most bloggers like to read them! :P)

CONS

  • Sometimes, it’s not so easy to write them…hence you feel forced to write them (or don’t write them at all). THIS IS NO GOOD. Believe, I’ve been in this situation before—mostly in the time before I started writing discussion posts—where I was like, agggghhhhh this is so hard, I don’t know what to write, how to write it, etc etc. Then soon I just lose the motivation to write it at all because I simply couldn’t find the inspirtation or the how-to of writing one. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who was in this position before, right?? If you don’t WANT to write a discussion, that’s one thing. But a definite con of discussion posts in general is that it can be hard to write, sometimes, at least. And that can cause, say, a sort of grudge toward writing discussion posts, you know?
  • After a while, the discussions might get repetitive anyway. Maybe this is a weaker argument?? Possibly?? But if EVERYONE and their mothers start posting discussion posts… well, there’s only so many ideas they can come up with. However, obviously everyone has different opinions, but it might get repetitive to read about. (Although that doesn’t mean I’m trying to say that we should stop writing discussion posts!)
  • Ehhhhh… I can’t really think of anything right now. Oh! Wait! Another con (although this may be a small one) is that they can become time-consuming. Blogging in general is time-consuming, but specifically, discussions take lots of time! Good discussion posts don’t just pop out of nowhere! Time needs to be put into it and sometimes that’s something that not everyone has all the time. (ALSO ME, because SCHOOL, UGH.)

So… do you have to write discussion posts or not?

Obviously everyone says, ‘You don’t HAVE to do anything, do what you want.’ And I agree with this statement whole-heartedly. Because you most certainly DON’T have to do something you don’t want to. Noppity nope nope. Definitely not. However, you know what they say; if there is a will, there is a way, so if you want to write discussion posts, go for it! If you just put a little effort into it, you can most definitely come up with something that readers will enjoy. After all, no blogger can have absolutely no opinion on anything, that’s kind of ridiculous. So if you think you don’t have a good idea, just take one of your opinions, whether bookish or otherwise, and turn it into a post where you can share that opinion… and voila! That’s at least a start. 😉 BUT AGAIN. I emphasize the fact that you do not have to write discussion posts. You can, but that’s totally up to you.


So. TALK. Please. (I hope the ‘please’ makes me sound less commanding haha.) Do you write discussion posts? What are the reasons you write them? Do you believe every blogger should write them? What other reasons do you think there are for writing discussion posts? Let me know what you think below!! This Monday is boring as it is, let’s get it a bit more interesting, haha. XD

Until the Next Meal, Analee

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Why Do You Re-Read? | Book Snacks Babbles

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my previous Book Snacks Babbles post, but here I am back again with a discussion post! In case you didn’t know, here’s a little blurb of what Book Snacks Babbles is all about.

Book Snacks Babbles is an original discussion feature here at Book Snacks where I talk about all things bookish! For more info, check out my intro post here

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Why Do You Re-Read

This topic kind of suddenly hit me the other day. There is a lot of things I can mention about re-reading, but I’m going to be focusing specifically on why do we reread books? We all know there are pros and cons to it, but we all have our reasons for rereading books (or for nor rereading books at all). Here are some of my different situations where re-reading might be needed!

  • I hardly remember what happened in the first book, and the sequel is being released soon.

    This is one of the most common reasons for me. I can occasionally have very bad memory when it comes to previous books I’ve read in a series (especially if it was a while ago), and often times when there’s a newer book being released in the series, I re-read the first books to refresh my memory. Sometimes I’m lucky to start a series after all the books have been released, but a lot of the times I’m placed in a situation where I have to wait for another book to be released, and I reread the series in the mean time.

    Some examples for me would be the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I remember reading those series several times as I waited almost a year for the books to be released. 🙂

  • I loved this book!

    This one’s pretty self-explanatory! Sometimes there’s just those books that you simply loved so much, that you want to reread it just for the fun of it.

    Examples include… almost every book I loved? I’m only half-kidding. Re-reading books I love was something I loved to do years back. I don’t do it as much these days since I have so many books to read, but yeah. I can’t think of any off the top of my head!

  • I read this book a long time ago, and I really want to read it again.

    I don’t think this particular kind of case has happened to me in a while, but there are definitely times where there was this one (or several) book I read a very long time ago, and I remember enjoying it, or I can’t fully remember what happened, so I read it again.

    One example for me here would be the Harry Potter series. I first read it when I was quite young, and of course, since HP is timeless, I have re-read the books several times over the years.

  • The movie is being released soon.

    Yes, this is a reason! Sometimes there’s a movie being released for a book I’ve read a long time ago, and I can’t help but reread it before the movie is released. Or maybe I’m watching a book-to-film adaptation of a movie that’s already released, and I’ll reread the book. I don’t always do this, but I did do this before and I’m sure I can’t be the only one… right? I’m not sure whether I can truly identify the logic behind this… I guess I just want to book fresh in my mind for comparison?

    An example for me would be The Maze Runner. I watched the movie after it left theaters, and a few days before I watched it, I finished reading the book. I think I liked the movie more, but I’m not even sure anymore haha.

  • I don’t feel like reading anything new, so I read some old favorites.

    Sometimes there are no new books that are suiting my mood, so I simply re-read an old favorite to get myself back into the reading game! This can work for reading slumps too. After all, if you’re in no mood to read, what better way to try and fix the slump than to pick up a book you know you loved before?

    An example for me would be when I reread The Infernal Devices. At the time I couldn’t find anything that really suited my moods, call it a sort of slump if you will, and so I picked up TID, and binge-read the series. Needless to say, I loved it and I got back on track after that! (Of course, this doesn’t work all the time, but it’s definitely one of the re-reading scenarios!)

  • I don’t have any new reading material.

    This hardly happens anymore, but this is a possibility! Sometimes you simply have nothing new to read, no recent library books, no new ebooks, nothing. Only a bunch of books you’ve already read before. So the natural thing to do, of course, you re-read the books you have! I mean, there are just times where you have no new books. Sad, but it happens. (Of course, the opposite is true more often… too many new books!) At least we have a solution. 😉

    An example for me would be Divergent. I usually always have new reading material, especially as of late, but in my younger years, I didn’t have as much of a book collection, and so I reread the few books I owned when I didn’t have new books. At the time, Divergent was the one I chose!

  • I didn’t like reading the book the first time, but I want to give it another try.

    There are always some books I simply don’t like. After I finish them, I find they’re just not for me. But rereading them may change the original opinion. Although I myself haven’t gotten around to this kind of re-reading recently, I definitely want to try re-reading Matched one day (not anytime soon though, for sure) and see if I like it better. Or maybe even Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

  • I want to see if my opinions have changed on the book from the first time.

    This is kind of like the reason I mentioned above, but it’s different because this is more of rereading to simply see if my opinion has changed towards a particular book, instead of re-reading with the hope of having a different opinion. I don’t do this often, in fact, I can’t really think of an example on the spot, but I do know that I have considered rereading the Twilight series in the past, to see if I still like it as much as I did back in middle school.


So these are the main reasons why I imagine I and other people would reread books! Tell me; what do you think? Are you a re-reader? Which one of these reasons apply most to you? Don’t feel shy to let me know below, I love to chat and hear people’s thoughts! Just get comfy, and let’s babble!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello my fellow bookworms! I was nominated by several lovely bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award! I’d like to thank the following lovely bloggers/blogs for nominating me for this award:

Thank you all so much! ❤ If you haven’t already checked out their blogs, do so immediately because they are all fantastic. The bloggers themselves are so nice and I’m so happy I’m able to call them all my friends. ❤

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This award was created by Eve @ Edge of Night. Press the award to be taken to the original post!

The Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Book Snacks: How it all began…

My blog story is pretty boring, to be honest. You can skip it if you want, I won’t be offended. But here’s how it goes.

I got the idea to create this blog after remembering how much I enjoyed blogging (as an English writing assignment) back in middle school. Back then the blog wasn’t only about books, it was on a variety of topics and I shared it with several other students. I used to write really long reviews and had lots of fun doing so, I might add, and so for several years I contemplated the idea of creating a book blog for writing reviews.

Then out-of-the-blue, sometime in February this year, I decided to create this blog. I don’t know how a blogging assignment from back, in, like Grade 7, managed to get into my head while in high school, but it did, and so that’s how Book Snacks was born! I only started posting things near the end of March though.

As for where the name came from, there’s not much to it other than the fact that I liked how it sounded… LOL. I was just brainstorming names one day, after reading a book, and I just happened to have thought of it. I had coincidentally also been eating a snack too, so I guess it was fate for my book blog to be named Book Snacks!

I can’t imagine ever stopping blogging, if I had to, I might post less frequently, but I definitely don’t plan on ever stopping. Blogging is a huge part of my life, definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I honestly feel so close to all of you bloggers out there! You know, one time, I finished a book, and I was like, oh my god, so and so blogger would love this! As if that was a friend I saw everyday. And I guess, in some ways, it’s true. I mean, I don’t see any of you guys in person, but I do communicate and chat with a lot of you often, and I definitely consider you guys my friends. 🙂 It has been such a great time for me making new friends and fangirling over books with all of you many bloggers!


My Advice

Now, keep in mind I’m still technically a newbie blogger, considering how I’ve only been blogging for a little bit. But here’s some advice I would offer:

  • Blog for yourself. One of the most important piece of advice anyone could ever give you! It doesn’t matter what others are saying, how many followers you have, or whatever, just as long as you blog what you want to blog about, and enjoy it.
  • Don’t care about the numbers. It’s hard not to get down when we have no views, or very few likes and followers, but that’s not important. Just keep blogging, everything else will follow, bit by bit.
  • Interact with other blogs/bloggers. Comment, like and follow other blogs! Not only does that bring other to your blog in return, it keeps you connected to the blogging community and helps to make friends too!
  • Participate in memes. You may have noticed I participate in weekly bookish memes, like Top Ten Tuesday. Participating in memes can take you to other blogs with the same interests as you, as well as bring other bloggers to your blog. Not to mention they’re lots of fun!
  • Write what you’re passionate about. If you don’t enjoy whatever you write about, then you’re not going to write your best, and that’s not going to make anyone happy. If you like books, write about books. If you like anime, write about anime. If you like both, write about both. There’s always going to be someone who feels the same way as you and will enjoy your work. Just as long as you put the effort to write about something you enjoy.
  • Explore your creative side. Whether that’s found in your blog posts, your blog design, or in the pictures you use and graphics you create. Blogging is great for finding your sense of creativity, something we all have deep inside.
  • Follow and read other blogs. Often you’ll find great posts, and some ideas for your own posts as well!
  • Don’t be afraid to play around with your blog’s look. If you’re unsatisfied with your blog theme and visuals, or want to change it up, feel free to do so! Do what feels right for you.
  • Most of all, have fun. Blogging isn’t supposed to be work. It can be, though, and that’s what you want to avoid. If ever you’re feeling depressed or pressured because of blogging, take a break! Relax. And once you’re good with everything, come back and simply enjoy yourself.

The Nominees

As always, I apologize if you’ve already done this award! I wouldn’t be surprised if you did, because it seems like this award is rapidly making its rounds everywhere. 🙂 If you have already done the award, simply link your post below if it’s not too much trouble.


Thank you once again to AmandaThe Girl Who Reads, Catia, Ashley, JosieAliciaCristinaLiaRavenAnaPaperback DiscoveryCharleyEve, & CK for all nominating me for this award! It means so much to me. ❤

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Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I was tagged to do this tag by Poulami @ Daydreaming Books! I was interested in this tag for a while, and I was super happy when I found I got tagged to do it! ❤ So, here are the rules:

1) Pick any five books randomly (or not randomly, your choice)

2) The first name you see when you flip open the book on a random page, will be the person who is the answer to the question.

3) Each of the book must answer two questions.

The books I pick:

So now, to the questions!Read More »

Blog Updates

Hi there guys! Wasn’t feeling it today, sorry about the lack of posts! This is just a quick update post to say that I have finally made a blog button! The HTML link to it is on my sidebar. It looks quite good if I do say so myself, and I am quite proud that I learned how to put it up. Here it is:

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What do you think? Constructive criticism is welcome; I’m always looking to improve!

Next on my blog update is my header image! I’m not too sure about it, so your opinions on whether I should keep it or not would be greatly appreciated.

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Have a great Sunday everyone! (Even though most people’s Sunday is almost over, I think.)

-A

100 Followers! <3

Hello everyone! This is just a quick post to thank all my lovely followers! I’ve just reached 100 followers today and I am so happy! It means so much to me that there are people out there who takes the time to check out my blog and read my posts. ❤

I did not expect it to happen so quickly, and I have you wonderful people reading this post right now to thank! So thank you, for following my little blog. 😀

So, I was thinking of doing a giveaway to celebrate, but I’m not all that good understanding how it all works and all that, so I’ll simply be doing what Victoria @ Addlepates & Book Nerds had done when she reached 100 followers: post 10 tags over the next 10 weeks, and tag 10 different followers each time. I have a bunch of tags to get to, so this is perfect! ❤ I’ll try to post each tag either Sunday or Monday.

If you have any recommendations for tags to do, please let me know! I’m always interested in new book tags.

Again, thank you! I love each and every one of you splendid people, and I hope you know that! 😉

-A