Welcome to my new series. A.S.K. (Answers Sharing Knowledge.)
Based on the success of the interview series with Lorelle (of Lorelle On WordPress), my blog, like many others, is experiencing a slight transformation.
In my attempt to continue to help bloggers, I’ll be adding more interviews in the form of “answers”. I will contact experts in the blogging field and ask if they would like to participate. My hope is most will say “yes”.
This expert needs no introduction. It’s Liz Strauss of Successful And Outstanding Bloggers. She recently made blogging history by showcasing 260 blogs in her “2008 Blog-to-Show”, and is the author of “The Secret to Writing a Successful and Outstanding Blog, which, by the way, is a fabulous book.
Let’s get this underway.
I said: “When I spoke with Lorelle, she mentioned you’re known for an astronomical amount of comments on your blog (for some reason 70,000 rings a bell). Undoubtedly, you have a knack for making your readers feel so comfortable on your blog, they WANT to respond. For new bloggers who yearn to get comments, what’s the best piece of advice you would give them so they too, can begin seeing activity in their comment section?”
Liz answered.“Yep, on my big blog I’ll turn 70,000 comments in the next couple of weeks. Writing for conversation is a new genre, different than any writing we’ve done before. However, if we consider what we know about conversation, it’s not really that hard to figure out. When we have a conversation, we never get a chance to “present” an entire idea fully and complete. We get to say one part. Then, it’s the other person’s turn to speak. If we say everything we know and tie up every detail thoroughly, we’re not having a conversation, we’re giving a presentation. The other person is left sitting there listening — we’ve left them no room to talk.”
“The first advice I always give is to come down off the podium.”
Reflecting on the answer
Most important, thank you Liz, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer this question.
When I look at Liz’s answer, it reminds me how bloggers have this wonderful medium for conversation. We speak, and others listen.
As Liz stated, “Then, it’s the other person’s turn to speak”
Have you opened the door to letting your readers have their say?
If so, how are you accomplishing that?
Is what you’re doing working?
Other than Liz’s “first advice”, there is a lot of value hidden in her answer. Did you find it?