Oftentimes, great post ideas start in the comments section.
Blogging is about creating an ongoing conversation and bouncing ideas off of each other. It’s not surprising, then, that many new post ideas originate in comment threads. Some of my best blog posts have evolved out of comments I’ve made, either on my own blog or on someone else’s. I once left a comment on my friend Miranda’s post on writing and managing her online presence, which then inspired me to write my own post on the subject.
We have the power to inspire each other.
Simply put, we have the power to inspire each other. At its best, blogging is contagious.
Blogging is about more than publishing posts. Engaging with others and commenting on blogs create a richer experience. This discussion aspect is so important that we also cover it in our introductory Blogging U. course, Blogging 101.
In one assignment we ask participants to leave comments on several blogs they’ve never commented on before, and it’s great to see people get inspired by other people’s writing and continue the conversation on their own sites. For example, the blogger at Tea and Sarcasm left a comment on someone else’s post on aging, then created a new post, which first refers to this comment in a blockquote before continuing with their own remarks:
I love this type of natural interaction: when an idea or thought in someone else’s post hits a nerve in you, and you have to respond.
Have you ever written a comment that transformed into a post?