Learning to blog seems like a perfect experiment to explore feedback and learning. Most people agree that you have to make mistakes to learn, but it’s a lot easier to say than do! So, here I am getting right out there with my disclosure that I really don’t know what to do or where to start! Just that admission got me a referral to Jay Goldman, author of the Facebook Cookbook, who focuses on Social Media at Rypple.
I’ve heard already that one key to good blogging is being active in a community that cares about topics I care about. Not to just send out my thoughts, but to react to others as well. Frankly, I’m concerned about what to say on someone else’s blog. Should I act like I would in a face-to-face conversation? I don’t want to leave a random comment, like “nice post!” (not helpful) or be too argumentative like, “that’s so wrong!” (too aggressive).
One of the best things I heard from Jay was about not being too self serving with comments like, “I agree, check out my post at jfxblog.com.” He said, imagine yourself walking into a party and yelling out to everyone, “Here’s my phone number give me a call!” You would actually move into a room, check out a few conversations and gradually offer an opinion or ask a question.” (DUH!) but really helpful. Blogging seems like a “pay it forward” world, where helping others clarify things, helps you clarify things.
So I’m not so intimidated today. Join me back here on this theme as I learn new things and try them out. And feel free to share some of your best blog tips so we can all learn together.