1 post. 7 bloggers. 1 paragraph each. I introduce to you the group post.
I had an idea for a unique post. As a blogger I love learning from other bloggers. What if I could gather some of my favorite bloggers into one post? A Group post. I asked some of my favorites to write one paragraph about the exact same subject. How to build comments/community. Each bring a unique perspective to the table. Each have a great community at their site. Each collect a lot of comments on a daily basis. I love the results. I hope that you will not only learn from these ninja bloggers but that you will also check out their sites. Each has a high quality blog that I love! Enjoy…
How do you get comments? Nothing is ever a substitute for good content, but even good content won’t matter if no one knows you exist. Find other bloggers and interact with them on their sites and through Twitter. They’ll come find you if they play the game properly. The idea of building community is a much larger question even though Rob told me I had to come up with answers in only a paragraph or he’d make a voodoo doll version of my website and spam it. Community = people hanging out. Where do people hang? Where it’s fun and interesting. Create events and get readers involved. Most of all though, ask people what they think about the topic you just wrote on. I try to always engage readers by leaving a relevant question to guide the discussion. That’s how conversations build in the comments sections and community is formed.
Clay Morgan blogs at Educlaytion
I didn’t always get many comments on my blog. Even ten months after I started, I’d maybe get 12 and a few of those were my own (yes, I talk to myself respond to others). Last October, I was Freshly Pressed. That increased my comment count for two days. Yup, 48 hours. It wasn’t until four months later that I began to be more strategic. This is what I did:
- I started reading and commenting sincerely on a lot of other blogs (hint: use a reader so your inbox doesn’t become your enemy). I’d also read the comments on these blogs and click through to meet new writers (and I’d comment on their blog).
- I asked an interesting and relatable (and often humorous) question at the end of my posts.
- I responded to each comment.
- I befriended Clay Morgan, who seems to be the internet’s Mr. Six-Degrees-of-Separation.
- I started using Tweetdeck and organized a column (which I keep private) called “My Faves” (I know Rob’s sweating about his own membership status ;). This enables me to keep track of and participate in what my community (my tribe?) is doing and saying and retweeting.
- I took some of my blogging relationships to the next level: Facebook, email, instant messaging, and Skype.
- I read Kristen Lamb’s blog and her book We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media.
Leanne Shirtliffe blogs at Ironic Mom
By nature we are emotional people. We react when our emotions are triggered. So what I do is write posts that will trigger some sort of emotion such as laughter, sadness, anger. I also like to put myself in situations. Give a first person view of the story. This has worked well with my Usual Suspects series. I’ve found that when this happens people are more likely to respond with their perspective. When they do, I begin to ask them questions and build relationships with them. If they are on Twitter, I send them tweets and I begin to invest in their lives. Some of these people have become very good friends. I Skype with some of them and done some face to face meet ups.
Moe blogs at Beta Christian
I think that most bloggers would tell you the two best ways to build comments are to ask a related question at the end of each post for people to respond to (or better, a few questions to open up ways people might prefer to engage) and to then respond thoughtfully to each comment. And although these methods work, to me, they’re not the most important factor. Whether I ask questions or respond to every comment, I’ve found this to be true: If I write a post that resonates deeply with people, they want to talk about it. If I write a post that makes them snort their coffee, they want to talk about it. If I write a post that people deem particularly well crafted, regardless of topic or tone, they want to talk about it. So I think the very best way to build comments is to give people something worth commenting on.
Tamara Lunardo blogs at Tamara Out Loud
Experts would say if you want to build a blogging community you should: Write short posts, ask a question at the end, write a lot of guest posts, and blah, blah, blah.
It’s actually a lot simpler than that.
If you want to build community on your blog you need to start caring about the readers more than you care about growing your platform. Blogging IS about giving and adding value. And NOT about what can we get from the reader. (comments, RT’s, & Likes) When readers see that we are givers and not takers, community is born.
Michael Perkins blogs at Untitled by Michael Perkins.
Over the course of blogging for the past year, I developed my community in two ways. First was through comments. I still respond to every comment. Not just a “Thanks for commenting!” but an actual thoughtful reply. I also like to ask questions to further the discussion. It makes people feel like their opinion is valued and heard. Secondly, I’ve opened up my platform to my community. I’ve had about 15 people guest post on my blog. It’s a great way to add a unique voice to the topics I write about. It also offers a way for my readers to connect with each other. My strategy for community is about making it bigger than me. I’m just a host to discuss the topics we’re all passionate about.
Tony Alicea blogs at Expect The Exceptional