Brainstorm: How do you foster community on your blog?

September 24, 2010

I’m skipping my Writers’ Roundup this week and next because part of focusing on my book at Hambidge is getting away from my Google Reader and Twitter.

Instead, I’d love to see suggestions from you on a specific topic: fostering community and conversation on your blog.

If you comment here regularly, you may have noticed that I added a feature called CommentLuv during my blog re-design. The WordPress plug-in links to your most recent blog post when you comment.

Why would I do that? For one, because it helps you, drives traffic to your blog. I like to help my readers.

Secondly, it helps all of us get to know each other better. Outbound links are one of the best ways to offer more value on a blog, and that includes links to readers’ blogs. If someone leaves an insightful comment, I might click over to their blog to learn more about them. But if someone leaves an insightful comment *and* their most recent blog post looks super interesting, I’ll for sure click over to their blog. It’s a great way to share ideas, learn from one another and continue the conversation, which is what I want this blog to be about.

Adding CommentLuv is just one small step toward making that happen. I’m interested — and I’m sure others are, too — in hearing about what you do to foster community and conversation on your blog. What small steps have you taken that made a difference? What works for your blog community?

Coming Monday: The most important thing I did to prepare for my writer’s residency.

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