Ever read an article and feel that you have something to add or need to respond to the author? I know I have, and most of the time a quick comment will suffice. I usually tell the author I like the points they made or ask if they could write more on the subject. But what if you have a lot to say? Why not keep that conversation going? What I mean is post your response in an article of your own? The idea of sending a ping back is writing an article on your blog and including a link to the article that your responding to. Using this technique does several things.
1. It creates new content for your blog.
2. It gives a fellow blogger a valuable link.
3. It baits the author of the blog post your writing a response to.
4. It gives others the opportunity to join in and keep the conversation going.
So let see thins in action.
Earlier this week Darren Rowse from Problogger.net asked his readers a question; Why Bloggers Blog? he asked the readers to respond by creating a video of themselves explaining why it is that they blog. He waited for the responses to come in and another great post was assembled with the views of several bloggers. Darren has become the master of group writing to help him craft his posts either by submitting their favorite posts of the week, creating a video and submitting it or taking a picture of their work space and emailing it to him. All this because of one reason exposure. Probloger.net gets tens of thousands of readers each day which anyone getting a link or a little exposure will give their blog a nice boost.
So, as you can see in the previous paragraph I basically comment on a technique that Darren uses on is blog and how its a win win situation for both him and those that particiate in his group writing projects. Just make sure you have a link back to the original article if you want to make sure the author knows you’ve written about their post.