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Blogging 101: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to the prompt you used Monday, and leave comments on at least two of them.

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Monday, you published a post using a Daily Prompt as a starting point. Today, explore the same prompt through the eyes of of your fellow bloggers. (We weren’t kidding when we told you the link to the prompt would come in handy!)

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to the same prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

(Didn’t do this task yet? No worries: leave two comments anywhere, and write a new post of your own.)

Why do this?

  • Reading others’ takes on a topic you’ve tackled challenges your own thinking (and blogging).
  • It’s easier to enter a conversation when everyone has a shared experience, like responding to the same prompt.

To find other entries, go back to the prompt, scroll down to the list of entries, and pick any six that strike your fancy. You might go for those whose titles sound enticing, or decide to click around arbitrarily. Either way, spread the love — don’t just click on the first six links you see!

Extra credit: if you have a smartphone or tablet, do your browsing and reading there. The WordPress mobile app is available for Apple and Android.

As you read, ask yourselves: how did the author approach the prompt? How was the post structured? Was there anything particularly creative or original done that you could take inspiration from? Did they interpret it in a way that would have never occurred to your? Reading and finding inspiration in others’ writing is a foolproof way to preempt writer’s block — and it teaches you new ways to re-imagine prompts.

To comment, note the posts that elicit the strongest reactions from you — is it a post that’s particularly well written, or one that you passionately disagree with? It’s these kinds of posts where it’s easiest to engage the author in a meaningful way. (And remember the basics of commenting etiquette.)

Do you have a few more minutes to spare? Leave more than two comments — especially if you’re enjoying a lively discussion with another blogger! If you feel like posting today, pick the most thoughtful comment you’ve left, and expand it into a blog post. Don’t forget to link back to the original post, and use the blogging101 tag.

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