Apparently (it’s all fuzzy now), a while back I added a comment on a story on Foliomag.com in which I said glibly, “This is the craziest time ever to launch a magazine, except for all the other times.” If you’ll notice, there were some big-time publishers featured in the actual story — and all I did was add that little comment.
I was just flipping through the current issue of the Folio: magazine and was surprised to see the first sentence in the cover story was that comment.
I’ve seen my comments, blog post quotes and even Twitter “tweets” end up in magazine and newspaper articles. I’m always happy when a reporter, writer or another blogger thinks what I have to say is worth picking up and passing along.
When I make presentations related to conversational media and the different ways in which individuals can now express themselves online, I’m typically asked how someone can get started. I always say: “Comment.” Commenting is easy and instant. And you don’t have to come up with a brand new topic to write about (although that’s not nearly as difficult as you think). Commenting is merely your personal reaction to, or clarification of, what someone else says. In other words, it’s what you do in “off-line” conversations.
So here’s the deal: Commenting on a blog post is quick and easy and it’s the simplist way for you to join in the conversation of conversational media.
[Note: A version of this post appeared on Rex’s RexBlog.com]