How to Be A YA Main Character // A Tutorial

satire is found in the post below. you have been warned.

How to be a YA Main Character

Hey there! So, wanna be a MC? Star in a book and be your own celebrity? Well, then I think you’ve found just the post! Since I’m such an expert in the field of YA MC studies, I’ve compiled a simple how-to guide to help you on your way to YA book stardom!


your special snowflake-ness must exceed the standard special snowflake-ness

Nobody wants to read about ordinary, plain, standard people like you and I. Totally not. That won’t sell a story. Didn’t you hear? “Normal” isn’t going to cut it. I suggest you go discover that your neighbour is actually some ancient powerful wizard who has personally been assigned as your bodyguard because clearly he doesn’t have anything more important thing to do than watch over you since you’re the next Ruler Of Magicaland. If you’re not special enough to be a unicorn (including shitting out glitter) then I think being a YA MC isn’t for you.


describe yourself with society’s ideal looks but deny being attractive

Part of being a main character is a crippling sense of low self-esteem when you really don’t have a reason to be one! After all, you’re the main character and you always meet society’s expectations of attractiveness and everyone thinks you’re just gorgeous. But you can’t say it, obviously. That would be too boastful. Just moan and whine about it until the people lavishly compliment you.


remember, knocking over stuff is endearingly clumsy and not at all irritating

Clumsy is the new cute in the YA world. Tripped over air and accidentally destroyed an object that was the world’s only hope? No big deal. I’m sure your friends can just buy another one off of eBay. Running away from Imminent Doom or Super Deadly Killer and trip over every single root, crack, and bush? It’s all cool, since they’ll never catch up to you anyway, even if you did trip over that last one. And the one before that. And the one before that.


popular = evil, so never be popular. but if you are, always secretly hate it

Haven’t you noticed that all the contemporary bad guys are the popular ones? There’s a reason for that. Not a good one, but many books follow it so it must be right! See, you’re a main character. Main characters don’t like mainstream stuff. And main characters aren’t supposed to be popular. Ugh. Always always always hate on them. If you happen to be one of them, don’t forget to secretly loathe it. Popular is synonymous with evil – never forget that.


make sure whatever you say is deep and profound (or at least quote shakespeare)

See, since you’re the MC, you’ve got to sound like it. That means always spouting perfect metaphors without mulling over them three days prior. And make sure you add some deep-but-cliche quotes from famous literary authors and figures to make you look wise and knowledgeable. Even if you say you hate books or reading, you’ll still be able to magically form amazing analogies and metaphors.

Well, that’s it! With a bit of practice here and there, anyone can be a MC! Including you!


Kickoff Questionnaire // Love-A-Thon 2016


Today’s February 20th. That means it’s the kickoff to a wonderful thing called the Love-a-Thon! It’s hosted by the beautifuls from Alexa Loves Books, The Novel Hermit, Stay Bookish & the Daily Prophecy.

What’s your name?


Where in the world are you blogging from?

CANADA, BABY! And I’m currently very upset by this since winter decided that it wasn’t over and proceeded to shove away the warm, glorious sun. My jaw is still frozen from a 5min walk without a scarf.

How did you come up with your blog name?

To be honest I have no idea. I think at this point I was just pitching names around, seeing which were taken as domains and which weren’t. Typed in PenMarkings, page unavailable, boom! Blog name.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

YA fantasy, mainly! Although sometimes I do dive into other YA genres.

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

DANGEROUS GIRLS, hands down. No question. Fight me.

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I love to code. Web design and graphic design are like my side-hobbies, aside from blogging. I also like to play music. Of course, not well…

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

I love to shop for notebooks! And random art supplies. Usually they end up unused for years (which was why I only window-shop now instead of actually buying them).

What would your dream library look like?

Oh, it’d be something HUGE. Like the library from Beauty and the Beast. But bigger. Waaaaayyyy bigger.


That’s it! Check out those blogs I’ve lined to at the top for a list of every single blog participating in the Love-a-Thon!

I’ve Been Eternally Screwed Over // Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls


Author: Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: N/A
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 388
Format: eBook
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Goodreads  • The Book Depository

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone could ever imagine…

How much do you love me?


That’s the first word I could think of, and probably the only word I’ll ever use, to describe Dangerous Girls.

Mindblown is too soft a word. Being mindblown is after reading the end of Red Queen.

But being mindfucked? That’s right up Dangerous Girls’ alley.

Abigail Haas is a genius. A pure goddamn genius. This book is such a ride, with subtle hints drops and curveballs thrown at you at unbelievable angles at all the unexpected moments so you’re just forced to stop and think: what the fuck?

I want to keep this non-spoilery part of the review short and sweet. Because this book is not the longest, and because I believe that books like these need the smallest information given and only the evident go read it now put in their reviews.

So, adieu! Go read it! And don’t click on the spoiler – only if you dare!


If you’ve read it, tell me what you felt!  clearly label your comments with spoilers, though! preferably with a couple of spaces between SPOILERS and your actual comment.

All The Love For You Bookish People

All The Love For You Bookish People

Hey! It’s Valentine’s day.


I know this is more of a romantic day – couples, cupids, pointy arrows aimed viciously at peoples backs…

Love is in the air, right?

Well, don’t have any significant other. And I won’t for a very long time, I’m guessing. More from the complete lack of interest than anything else, I’m sure.

But I have some significant people that I just want to share some love with. Because Valentine’s day is about love, yeah? Not just romantic, but platonic. And we need more of that.

bookish people that exist excellently


writerly authors who give me life


characters that i love too much, damn it

  • Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Galathynius for having incredibly hard-to-spell names and being a total badass
  • Manon Blackbeak for being something wicked and deadly and so so so bloody
  • Will Herondale for becoming my first and greatest bookish love
  • Percy Jackson for being such a sassy little thing and being an amazing boyfriend to Annabeth
  • Annabeth Chase who’s everything I want to be, and more
  • Leo Valdez because ALL THE GIRLS LOVE LEO
  • Dorian Havilliard because HE IS MY BABY.
  • Inej Ghafa for being a deadly force that can kill me over and over again
  • Kaz Brekker because how can you NOT?
  • Nina Zenik for having her magnificent taste in food, which is to say she love CAKE so I love HER
  • Kady Grant because her hacker skills are on-point and I wish I could absorb them or something
  • Zuzana Nováková because she’s so short and fiery she’s way too much like me


What a long list.

BUT it was well worth it.

let’s share some bookish love! tweet out to your faves and let them know! valentine’s day isn’t just about romance – love is love, whatever it is.

Weekly Rewind #1 // My Laziness Destroyed

Weekly Rewind

Guess what?


I’ve finally decided to put some effort into making a weekly recap. Now, these might be sparse because I am a lazy book potato and usually likes to ignore responsibilities with the magical phrase, “later.”

random personal updates


  • I’ve been having a bit of a Raven Boys week. Actually, I’ve been having a bit of whythefuckdoihavefeelingsifithurtssomuch week.
  • Aside from that painful reminder that I indeed do have a heart, contrary to popular opinion, I’ve been slowly grinding on my story. Which is a lot more painful than I thought it’d be.
  • I did a thing! I did a Tumblr! Find me over here.
  • I’ve been obsessing over The Raven King theories. IT’S KILLING ME. ABSOLUTELY KILLING ME.


the newish things i did on the blog

Ahah… ahahahahah…

See, about that.

I didn’t do shit this week. Unfortunately, I became one with the inner pinterest trash and sat on my chair clicking through all. the. photos.

All of them.

This is what I’ve posted this week:

  • Six Fictional Situations That Would Never Happen to Me

…and, fin.


stories i abandoned life for


posts that were greater than nutella

I lied.

Nothing is greater than nutella.

But I digress.


all the things going on

how are you?

How’d your life go? Anything fun? Interesting? Mildly horrifying? Let me know in the comments, and tell me your favourite post you’ve read this week!


Six Fictional Situations That Would NEVER Happen to Me

Six Fictional Situations that would Never Happen To Me

I think – I think – that because many books are labelled “fiction,” there is a wide variety of events that are pretty not expected to happen. Alien invasions, for example. I’m assuming that’s not going to happen for at least a couple of years.

At least.

There are also a bunch of problems that fictional characters have that I would very not likely have. I’m pretty sure if I had any of these situations happen to me, I’d keel over and that’d be the end of that story.



Me? Inherit a kingdom? Please. I can barely manage my life, much less a kingdom.

I’d also make a terrible ruler.

“Your highness, there seems to be hints of an attack at one of our forts stationed to the west.”


“… and there also seems to be a case of terrible food poisoning in the agricultural districts.”

“Hmm… squire?”

“Yes, your highness?”

“Did you say this cake was chocolate?”




Sorry guys. That kind of drama ain’t cut out for me.

Quite frankly, my blunt displays of affection/lack of affection would shut down any possibility of a love triangle.

And I’ll be honest I’ll probably end up driving the other one away so there’s no need of the love triangle away.

Actually I’d probably just drive both of them away.

Go figure.



I’d be very worried if the government that was in charge of protecting my country had to enlist teenagers to help fight the Ultimate Big Baddie.

Very worried.*

And me, saving the world? Or at least having partial credit saving the world?

Yeah no bye.

*Actually, kids saving the world would be pretty damn cool. Just not me though. Definitely not me.


You see this?


That’s me, laughing insanely.

Claudia and makeovers don’t go in the same sentence, out of pure laziness than anything else.

I mean, that’s a lot of work. Shopping, matching, styling, makeup-ing. A lot of stuff I don’t really know how to do.

Well, I know how to shop for books. That, you can hit me up anytime.



“Oh my god, x’s party was so great last night. Except for that guy who got murdered. That really sucks for him.”

Excuse me, what?

This will nevereverever happen to me for two reasons:

  1. Parties are not my scene
  2. People are not my scene



If my school was cool enough for this, it wouldn’t be… my school.

Have you seen the kids at my HS? The biggest crime they’re most concerned with is that someone bought out all the cookies from the cafeteria.

Or maybe my school does have some uber-cool crime-fighting club, and I just wasn’t invited.

That’s probably it.

The Infinity Dreams Awards

The Infinity Dreams Awards

Hey guys! The lovely Mishma from Chasing Faerytales (aka one of the coolest/greatest/loveliest blogs ever) has been kind enough to nominate me for the Infinity Dreams Award in this post of hers. Normally I forget to do these kinds of stuff, but NOT TODAY.

Maybe next month.

But anyway.

The rules of the Infinity Dreams awards are:

Thank and follow the blog that nominated you

Tell us eleven facts about yourself

Answer the questions that were set for you to answer

Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them


Let’s get started!

eleven facts about yours truly

  1. I think the most stories I’ve been writing at the same time was seven. I never made it past  chapter five in any of them >.<
  2. I hate typing the actual number unless it’s math or a really big number. I prefer doing them word-style.
  3. Small talk is my greatest enemy.
  4. I play the bass, guitar, some piano, clarinet and am attempting to learn the drums.
  5. I consider these facts about me terribly boring I am so sorry.
  6. I’m fluent in three languages: english, fandom, and sarcasm.
  7. Percabeth is my OTP anyone who wants to disrupt my ship fIGHT ME.
  8. Don’t actually fight me I’m like 4’11” and a potato I wouldn’t survive.
  9. I once wrote a story in first grade that was a ripoff of Goldilocks except with dragons
  10. I apparently don’t know enough facts about myself to fill this with eleven of them
  11. I’ve officially run out of ideas so yeah


mishma’s questions

The million dollar question….Batman or Superman? 😀


I like ‘em dark.

Is there a book which you would recommend to any one?

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, basically. I cheated and named two series teehee.

What movie do you wish was a book?

I actually will never be able to answer the question because I am utterly terrified of seeing my beloved stories getting butchered by ill-directed movies so I think I’ll skip.

What? I can’t skip? Fine. Then… maybe the Grisha. I don’t love it enough to be utterly crushed by a terrible movie but I love it enough to wish for it on the big screen (TEAM DARKLING BABY.)

Is there any fictional character you would swap lives with?

To be honest not really because all the fictional characters I’d consider switching lives with have incredibly active and dangerous experiences and I’m pretty sure if I was faced with anything bigger than a spider I’d pass out. Even spiders make me cringe.

What’s your favourite beverage?

Mountain Dew!

Who was your first ever fictional crush?

Percy Jackson.
Sorry Annabeth.

Which book do you never get tired of rereading?

This post is already 80% Percy Jackson.

Let’s make it 85%.

So Percy Jackson (the whollleeee series!)

Who’s your OTP?

I will say it again and again.


On a scale of 1 to 10, how artistic are you?

Uhm… maybe a seven? Eight? Not too too artistic mind you.

Which genre do you never touch?

Honestly I’m trying to stay away from the paranormal scene because I feel like so many of them are cookie-cutters of each other.

Let’s spread some blog love! Name your top 5 favourite bloggers and tell why!

Oh let’s go! cracks knuckles

Mishma – Why else? She’s an amazing potato and she’s got great posts that really gets you thinking and questioning.

Gabi – This girl’s an A-grade fangirl and an A-grade friend. I honestly can’t believe we’re friends when there are so many greater people than me.

Deanna – This lady’s something fantastic. Is amazing at defending her beliefs and doesn’t back down PROPS TO YOU.

Maha – One, she’s a UNICORN. Two, she’s incredibly sweet and incredibly kind. I just I just HOW ARE YOU SO AMAZING?

Sophie – Weelll can I say that it’s amazing because we’re CANADIAN BUDDIES? Not to mention that she’s a fantastic NaNo cheerleader!

(I’m going to cheat and add a couple more people because SERIOUSLY Y’ALL ARE SO AMAZING)

Alexandra – She’s just so happy and fabulous and you can’t help yourself but smile when you’re talking to her

Cat – Not only is she INCREDIBLY ADORABLE but she’s a great human being who you can’t help but admire

Xan – I don’t talk to her a lot but her bookish photos are literally GOALS. GOALS, PEOPLE.


as for my questions:

  1. Greatest moment of 2015? Be it blog-wise or life-wise.
  2. Make your ultimate book squad! Which fictional characters do you pick and why?
  3. If you had to go to any fictional place for vacation, where would you go?
  4. Name a strange habit you have you didn’t know you did until someone pointed it out to you.
  5. What would you have named your blog besides the name you already have?
  6. What was the last song you listened to?
  7. GUESS WHAT YOU’RE A SUPERHERO. State your power, costume, and origin
  8. Create your OTP from characters in different series
  9. Name your biggest blogging fear!
  10. How did you find your blogging voice?
  11. FREEBIE (aka I ran out of questions).


i nominate…

  1. Gabi & Deanna at Reading in the Rain
  2. Maha at Younicorn Reads
  3. Sophie at Sailing Through Books
  4. Alexandra at Literary Legionnaire
  5. Izel at A Bookish Flower
  6. Tamara at Tamaraniac
  7. Cat at Let the Pages Reign
  8. Lillie at Little Lillie Reads
  9. Ava at Bookishness and Tea
  10. Alex at Fiery Reads

Let’s Talk About Book Formats // Guest Post from Maha at Younicorn Reads

Hey guys! We’ve got the lovely Maha from Younicorn Reads gracing my blog with her presence today! She’s got a great post ready for us, and there’s plenty more of that at her blog here! Pop on over there and give her some love!

Lets Talk About the Book Format GP

I feel like there have been recently a lot of talk about what format of the book is the best. There have been these questions on Instagram/polls on Twitter for Hardcover VS Paperback (VS ebooks sometimes). So I told myself: Well, this is an idea for a post.

So I asked this on Twitter:




It seems like 45% of the people who voted usually get their books in paperback, which means paperback wins!

(If you’re asking yourself why I didn’t put audio books in the poll it’s because 1) I never read on an audio book, 2) there is only 4 options for polls on Twitter, and 3) I actually made a poll about it, and 3 persons voted for audio books)

So now to the real talk.

Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to make a pros and cons for each format (paperback, hardcover, and ebook) for you to choose which one is the best for you, then share my personal opinion.

So let’s start:


Pros: Paperbacks are light. Because, let’s be real, light books are amazing. You don’t struggle a lot with it.

And paperbacks are cheap. SO CHEAP. Usually people who don’t have a lot of money get a paperback, especially if they like physical copies.

Cons: Paperbacks are easily damageable, we all know that. So we, people who buy paperbacks, are very careful with our books. We don’t want a cousin to come and play with it. Seriously if this happens Mr/Miss Cousin will be in serious trouble.


Pros: Hardcovers are in a really good quality. It’s usually difficult for them to get damaged. So if Mr/Miss Cousin plays with it, the book will be safe. He/She will get in trouble anyway, though.

Hardcovers are also BEAUTIFUL. Have you ever saw a hardcovers bookshelf? Well, if you let me tell you, it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Cons: Let’s admit it: hardcovers are heavy. I’m struggling to carry them sometimes.

And hardcovers are also expensive. Sometimes they’re double the price of a paperback. WHY ARE YOU MAKING LIFE SO HARD?


Pros: As you may know, we don’t always find the book we want in the bookstore. But ebooks are easily affordable, you click that download button and MAGIC! You can read the book.

And with ebooks you can read on your phone or tablet, so it won’t take space on your bag (maybe it will take space on your phone though).


Cons: Let’s be serious, staying in front of a screen for hours can damage your eyes. So reading can make your eyes in danger.

And also, this may be my personal opinion but, am I the only one who isn’t comfortable with ebooks? I don’t know how to describe it, but I’m more comfortable with physical copies than digital ones.


I personally get myself paperbacks most of the time, because hardcovers are expensive for me. But I sometimes get myself a hardcover if I have enough money. nless it’s for ARCs, and I usually avoid them because (as I said before) I’m not comfortable with them.

But, real question: does the format of the book matter more than the actual content of it?

Like, sometimes people (sometimes even me) ask themselves: In which format should I get the book? before asking themselves: Is the book good?

I know you care about the beautiful-ness of your books and how it will look on your shelves, but sometimes it becomes over-caring.

What really matters is the actual book, what story lives between its pages, what does it tell you.

How do you read a book does not matter more than what you’re reading about.

That’s why I invite you to seriously stop making a fuss about the format of the book, and care more about the content.

What about you? In which format do you get your books? Do you think the format of the book is really important?


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What We Need to Remember as Book Bloggers

What We Need to Remember as Book Bloggers

I suppose, if you stand by the credibility-to-duration relation, that I am perhaps not the most qualified person to talk about this topic. After all, compared to the people who have been blogging for one two three four five years, eight months really doesn’t make a dent.

But I suppose if we were to use that relation to determine everything, I wouldn’t be very qualified to talk about much of anything in the blogging community.

So I’ll give it a stab. Hopefully I won’t hit my eye this time.

The first time I entered the book community, I was a green novice who understood zilch. ARCs? DNF? Goodreads? What were these magical words?

For the first month and a bit, I transitioned from a fresh new blogger to someone who was more of a ghost, hovering around the community and running around like I had a fraction of an idea of what I was doing. Truth be told, I still do that now. But it’s more like half an idea, if an incoherent one.

The second month was better. I became less green, but still a bit lime-coloured. I knew the terms. I got some views. A whooping, what? Five views? It’s insignificant, maybe, to everyone else, but to me it was huge. People, who had come and stopped by to read what I had to write. Even if they didn’t like it, it meant that I looked interesting enough to check out.

It was an excellent motivator.

Then I hit my third month.

It was also my favourite month of last year. I interacted with people – honest-to-goodness, living, breathing (I hope) people. And they were amazing. They were warm and sweet and welcoming and for the first time in I don’t know how long, I thought –

maybe this time, I’ll be able to find my place.

Because yes, I’m an oddball, as so many people are. I am that person who knew she was welcomed but understood that she had no home. And this community felt like a home.

And while I’m slowly finding a place in school – with amazing friends, no doubt –  this community always was my special spot. The number of reader friends I have are lacking – normally the topic of books lasts for five seconds then is forgotten. I don’t mind that, really. But with the book community, it’s really really really really


It brings all sorts of people together for a single love – books.

But lately, it seems that this love has been lost.

We need to connect back to our roots. No more of how to blog or what to blog, but why we blogged.

Why we even bothered to do this in the first place.

Because we all know blogging is a labour of love. Tiring labour, sometimes thankless in the form of material items, but rewarding in terms of readers friends viewers supporters – they’re irreplaceable.

But before there were viewers, readers, comments – there were books.

And with those books we fell in love.

Into the world of reading, of imagination, of words and letters and pages. We fell in love with fairytales and tragedies, adventures and tales of mystery. And – at least for me – with that love came with the want to share.

I mean, isn’t that a driving reason of why we started to do all this? To share to gush to just talk about the books? To share our stories and thoughts? Didn’t we start all of this because we had a passion we wanted to share with the world?

Isn’t that how everything starts?

So why is it getting lost? Why are we descending into hissing masses of hate hate hate hate


This community isn’t shits and giggles and rainbows and that, I know. It’s got an ugly side. But why are we letting that ugly side win?

Why are we forgetting some things that shouldn’t be forgotten?

Because I’ve seen the community slowly go into a fit of destruction, patching itself only to tear itself apart again.

And honestly, that scares me.

Because I know people have a limit – they can only take so much drama so much hate before they just decide to quit leave disappear. And I feel that if we keep on pushing this limit, trying to see just how many fractures we can make into this community before it breaks, it’ll go one break too far and then it’s lost.

I just only wish we try to put all the drama behind us. Never just let it go – honestly, there’s been things done and said that I will never, ever excuse under any circumstances – but let us just leave it in the past.

Opinions should always be respected. Honesty is a great thing. I love that. I love it when people are honest, agreeing or disagreeing. But there’s a line between bluntly stating an opinion and outright being rude.

The blogging space is your space to talk – if you find yourself feeling so hateful, please, I’m pleading you, be careful with what you say. Or even just not comment at all. Close the tab and stick what you want to say in a Word document in all caps. Then delete it. Or just never open it again. Hate is never a good thing.

And remember that we cannot force our feelings onto others – this entire post isn’t something that I want to shove down people’s throats but rather a plea to help make things better. Perhaps you will consider it. Perhaps not. Either way, I hold nothing against you.

We should also just touch back on our roots – remember that we were here for the books, long before anything else. And that we should take care to keep that passion running strong instead of letting it be forgotten under the streams of stats and numbers and hates and drama.

And, well, maybe this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Maybe the community had been badly damaged before.

But I know so many people who so dearly hold this community close to their heart. And I’ll be damned if I just stand and watch it burn.

How Effective Are Comments for Discussion, Really?

How Effective Are Comments For Discussions, Really

The first time I ever visited a blog was when I clicked on a link in GoodReads, because I thought (and still do) that the reviewer was a fantastically hilarious person. Fabulously amazing. Fabulously amazingly fantastically hilarious.

While I don’t really remember the post I read, I knew it was one of those discussion posts that questioned some things and I remember thinking: oh, the comments will be great for this one.

I love reading comments, especially when people discuss things. Why? Don’t ask me. I hardly know why I do what I do. I’m pretty sure my mom has a better idea of how I work than I do.

But anyway, I’ve always thought comments to be rich with discussions, people going back and forth, back and forth as they debated the post and the stars above while they were at it.

So imagine my surprise when I got to them.

Sure, there were a lot. That blog was huuuuuuge. It’s like twenty of my blogs mashed together + a whole lot more snark. I like snark. I strive to add more snark to my everyday life.

But they were comments, with only one reply, and after that, nothing.

Isn’t the main point of posting discussion points… discussing? Arguing, debating, just having conversations about the post?  Isn’t it?

But when you have only a single reply – which is from the author of the post, because politeness and stuff – it doesn’t leave much room for discussing. There usually isn’t a discussion. And I’ve spotted this on so. many. blogs. The huge ones, the small ones, the in-between ones, all of them.

The lack of discussion is so disheartening.

I post discussions because I love reading your thoughts. I LOVE to hear what you have to say because people think about things so differently and I LOVE hearing other people’s POVs and thoughts! But it’s really hard to strike up a riveting conversation in comments, and I feel like I’ve got a grasp on (at least part of) the problem).

Short answer: we’re lazy as fuck.

Long answer?

Right now, to comment on a blog, I’d have to go to the bottom on a post, type the answer, swear as the blog EATS my comment and retype it, then post it again. THEN I have to wait for an email of your reply – or, if there’s no email, obsessively reload the page until you reply – and comment again. Rinse and repeat.


At this point in life, interaction is so. easy.

It’s a simple tweet, sent within three seconds and an answer received in five.

It’s a quick DM, which is bound to get answered any minute now.

It’s something easier, faster, nicer… than commenting.

Come now. How many of you interact through comments? Like, ACTUAL DISCUSSIONS. Not one-off snippets of chit-chat. Actual conversations. I can say that I think I’ve had only… one? One proper discussion that solicited more than a single reply from each of us.

My Twitter count rivals that almost a hundredfold.

I AM NO SOCIAL BUTTERFLY. If I was, I’d be the one who’d stay in their cocoon for an extra six months because SOCIALIZING DOES NOT FIT ME.

At all.

But Twitter makes everything so so so so so easy, simple, and quick. Isn’t that what we’re looking for in this day and age? The fastest, quickest, most efficient way of doing stuff?

And I’ve seen a staggering amount of people who admit that most of their friends have been met through Twitter WHICH IS DEFINITELY OKAY! I think all my friends have been met through Twitter, and I have no regrets there. But they rarely comment on my blog, and I theirs. Yet when they retweet my post or shoot me a quick @ on Twitter about it, that’s when I know they’ve read it, and we can have a discussion there.

The point of this post, I’ll be honest, is a bit mish-mashed. It’s part expressing shock at the lack of comment discussions, and part expressing my thoughts that at this point, comments might simply be a thing of the past.
The comments I get, I treasure. Truly. This blog isn’t huge and I’m thankful for every single comment I get.

But I’m just trying to pose the question: will, in time, comments become obsolete? Will social media like Twitter completely take over this aspect of blogging interaction?