Over at Copyblogger Brian had an interesting comment thread about, well, blog commenting. In it I offered the sage advice that a comment can become excellent content for your own blog.
To prove my point, I wanted to expand on the idea here!
Rather than rewrite what I wrote, let me simply quote it here for you:
Writing a comment gets you writing – getting your wheels turning, and sometimes a long comment can be copied and pasted over to your own blog to become a great post.So just commenting is good, commenting early is good, and sometimes there are additional benefits.
I think all bloggers should comment. It’s just a good thing to do.
I do stand by that because when I am stuck for a blog article idea it is one of the strategies I use to get my mental gears greased or even write a whole article.
First I go to blogs in the niche or the top forums in the subject area (for bloggers I recommend the Authority Blogger Forum of course!), then I find content that gets me thinking, particularly questions where I can provide a good answer, or statements I disagree with, and then I write a comment.
Over on my blog I take the comment and flesh it out, provide background and context, and perhaps an anecdote or two.
The original question gets an answer, or the blogger gets a good comment, and I get relevant content for my blog that addresses a real issue – everyone wins.