When I first started blogging, I was fortunate to meet some wonderful folks that gave me excellent advice on how to do it “right.” Chris Cree taught me about the importance of community. Liz Strauss consistently encourages me to better conversationalist. Both of these traits have fit my personality, kept blogging fun and productive, and allowed me to interact with amazing people. To say my knowledge has grown would be a serious understatement.
Eric over at Leadership and Other Ramblings does a great job with this. He wrote a post about balance. It started a conversation. In the comments, another idea was raised and he continued to ask questions and engage.
Mitten Musing almost always drops me an email in response to any comment I leave over at her place.
Phil “Make it Great” Gerbyshak picked up the phone and gave me a call.
It is my belief that encouraging conversation is the key to productive blogging. It is more than asking questions or going controversial to elicit a response. It is about connecting on a level of genuine interest and interaction.
- Why do you feel it is (or is not) necessary to encourage conversation?
- If it is important, how do you make the field ripe for that conversation?