Need Blogging Inspiration? Check Your Comments
Last year I published a note with helpful tips on getting beyond writers block for people who write for social justice, and with help from my readers, learned additional things that I had not previously considered.
I later shared 4 things that help me to get in the space to write. After giving those notes some additional thought, I recognized another important source of writing inspiration that can often go ignored: your comment section.
Need Blogging Inspiration? Check Your Comment Section
When you’re not sure where to begin, taking cues from your visitors can be a great place to start. Through their comments, your readers may ask a question, make a suggestion, or share similar or different experiences that can help you to think more deeply about specific topics.
As a fun fact, the inspiration behind this note came out of the realization that many of my responses to comments have become their own full posts.
At the time of this entry I am approaching the end of my 5th year of blogging. Here are some notes from each of those years that have all started with a comment from a reader:
At times, intentionally avoiding the comment sections of websites and blogs is a necessary act of survival. This is increasingly important for people who write about social justice issues, as the anonymity that online spaces provide can make it easy for people to spew some of the most bigoted and hateful rhetoric while remaining safely hidden behind fake names and avatars.
I acknowledge this reality, and have found that moderating my comment section and making use of a comment policy has worked well so far.
Give It A Try
Have you been feeling stuck lately? Go check your comment sections for inspiration. Your blog is your space, and it’s okay to repurpose your responses into posts.
Try it out for yourself.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW