Here’s a sad fact: I didn’t make my goal for the Discussion Challenge in 2018. This wouldn’t be so bad, except it’s my challenge (along with Shannon, of course). How do I fail my own challenge?
There’s a teensy part of me that worried about this. A nagging little compartment of my brain that said, “You shouldn’t be hosting a discussion challenge if you’re not going to be the ultimate book discusser. Maybe you just don’t have much to say anymore.”
But don’t worry, I told my brain to just shut up already. And it listened (mostly).
Because I LOVE the Discussion Challenge!
(Even when I personally fail.)
And here’s why:
- The Discussion Challenge is a community.
Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you the number of bloggers I’ve connected to because of this challenge. And I feel like I’m truly getting to know bloggers through their discussions. These types of posts just naturally foster more authentic exchanges and help us understand the writer and their view of the world.
My blogging experience would be a whole lot more lonely if I’d never started this challenge, and I hear from others all the time that their most consistent visitors are also members of the challenge. This seriously makes my heart happy because community is what blogging is all about!
Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the challenge has also brought me a friendship with my amazing co-host, Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. I couldn’t ask for a better person to collaborate with!
- I learn a lot.
So often, people post discussions about things in the bookish world that I knew nothing about. Through these discussions, I often learn about new trends or hot topics, interesting information about authors, ways to better organize my book-life, facts about bloggers’ home countries … I could go on and on. The Discussion Challenge is a treasure trove of bookish knowledge!
- It sparks ideas.
I’ll confess that I have fewer ideas for discussions lately. After blogging for six years, you start to feel like you’ve covered all the “standard” bases. But it’s amazing how often I’ll be reading someone else’s discussion and it will spark an idea in my own head. Inspiration is everywhere!
- It pushes me to discuss more.
This one should be obvious. Even when I don’t make my goal, I still always know that the challenge has made me post more discussions than I would have otherwise. Sometimes you need that little extra push, and the challenge is perfect for that—a little reminder can do wonders!
Anyway, I just thought that I’d take a moment to acknowledge why this challenge has been so fulfilling for me over the last few years. And I also wanted to say thank you to all of you who participate! You have made my blogging life richer in so many ways.
Do you participate in the Discussion Challenge? Tell me why you love it! If not, are there any other bookish groups that fill your heart with joy? I want to know!
This post is linked up to the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge (obviously).