DAY 12: FROM COMMENT TO BLOG POST — BE INSPIRED BY THE COMMUNITY
HEY ANYONE KNOW WHAT THE SLUG means? Otherwise I go to forums.
Yesterday, you left comments on three different blogs. (Or more, if you found more great posts that made you think or pushed you to respond, you overacheiver, you.) Lots of you shared the blogs you found in posts or in yesterday’s forum thread. We also advised you to remember where you left your comments — you’ll need one of those comments today.:
Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!
Remember when we said to “be concise”? One sentence to a short paragraph is a good target length for a comment. When commenting, getting to the point is important and appreciated — but that does NOT mean your train of thought ends when the comment does.
If you were really engaged in the post, you probably have more thoughts than what you put in the comment. Today, you’ll expand on the discussion or offer a different perspective than what was shared in the original post by publishing your own. Letting yourself be inspired by other bloggers and comments is an ideal way to explore your own thinking, nurture the conversation and community, and draw like minded readers to your blog.
Not sure where to start? A few ideas:
- Did you have questions about what you read in the original post? Consider searching for more resources or other blogs and sharing your findings to teach yourself — and your readers — what you’ve discovered.
- Did you agree with the thoughts in the post and mention any personal connections to what was written? Tell the story from your own life. Use the original discussion as a starting point for a new one.
- Did you disagree with the post? Expand on your own point of view, and do so kindly. The blogosphere is a place for lively debate: contribute to the discussion with your own points.
- Did you continue mulling over the post after you’d left your comment, but found your thoughts veering in another direction? Explore where they’ve gone, and explain how they got there from the original post.
If you need a bit more of a boost, take a look at this recent piece on making writing prompts personal— many of the tips can be applied to using another’s post or a comment as a jumping-off point.
In your post, be sure to link back to the original post where you left the comment; you can refer to the post title and/or blog or blogger’s name somewhere in your post, and link those words to the original post. Doing this creates a pingback, which is a type of comment that’s automatically created when you link to another WordPress.com post (provided the blog the post appears on hasn’t disabled pingbacks in their settings). The other blogger will then be notified that you’ve linked to and commented on their work — so don’t be surprised if they visit your blog to continue the conversation!
As always, be sure to tag your post with zerotohero so we can all easily find another.
To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, visit today’s forum thread.
Day One: Introduce Yourself
Day Two: What’s your name?
Day Three: What’s on your mind?
Day Four: Explore the Neighboorhood
Day Five: Love Your Theme
Day Six: Try a New Element
Day Seven: Personalize Your Theme
Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible
Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the Blogosphere
Day Ten: Add Two Widgets
Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments
My friend Kev posted this: he is on my sidebar along with a few other bloggers.
Whenever I post something on my blog, I make it a habit to visit some of my community. When my community recommend someone I do not know, I check them out, usually I end up leaving a comment and adding them to my community. This is how my community grows. I also get people adding me from recommendations through others. Love your blogging community and they will love you back.
The reason I don’t comment a lot is because College is back in session. It is after midnight and I am finally posting for today. I had to read 9 chapters in textbooks for Security, take notes and do all the other college stuff. I also had other important things going on which is unusual. My uncle Joe Passed away and things are just in a “funk.”
I know this is long but anyone reading it must know what I am doing. Tomorrow I might get this job and I am asking for an AMEN in comments for prayers.
Thanks Jackie Paulson