If you’ve been reading my Intuitive Life Business Blog, you already know that it’s become a hotbed of discussion about the lawsuit that Traffic Power sent to Aaron Wall, and its implications about our responsibility as bloggers for comments left on our blog. That article is Aaron Wall sued over comments on his weblog. As it happens, I also just wrote about how adding comments on other people’s blogs should be a cornerstone of your own blogging strategy too: How do i get more traffic to my blog?
But lawyer Daniel Perry has the best testimonial I’ve seen yet about why commenting on other blogs is such a good strategy. In less than a week he went from adding comments on my blog to being quoted in the Wall Street Journal.
I’ll let Daniel explain what happened…
Dave, The recent media attention to a series of comments I posted on your Intuitive Life blog is almost unbelievable.�
I first read your blog entry on the lawsuit against Aaron Wall on�August 26, 2005. I posted my first lengthy comment the next evening.
Two days�later I was contacted by Wall Street Journal technology reporter David Kesmodel for input.
Two�days after that I am quoted in the Wall Street Journal article on the lawsuit. [Blogger Faces Lawsuit Over Comments Posted by Readers]
In less than six�days I am quoted in a national newspaper because I’ve gotten involved with the discussion happening in the blogosphere.
This is exactly why�professionals (and others) should blog – and more importantly,�comment on other blogs. I know lawyers who have hired expensive public relations representatives who have not been able to generate that much attention that quickly.�
To be fair, this requires some genuine effort by a blogging professional. I deliberately made the decision to not simply post an offhand comment but rather to research and carefully write my comment. It went through several drafts before you read it. The lesson of this story is that if you are willing to learn from other smarter persons and contribute something of value to the conversation you can carve out a place at the table for yourself.
Thanks for sharing that great sequence of events, Daniel. All I can say is that I agree completely: get involved in the discussion, be thoughtful with your comments, and who knows where you’ll go.