1. Interact with other bloggers in your field by reading and commenting on their blogs.
Use www.blogsearch.google.com, www.technorati.com, or www.google.com to find other blogs in your niche.
This is also an excellent way to generate ideas. What are the topics that others in your field are writing about? What are the most significant challenges that people in your field face? Check out your competitors if you have any. They may be of great assistance in terms of providing content ideas, as well as different slants and perspectives. “Anything you can do, I can do better,” goes the old song.
2. Invite visitors to leave comments on your blog.
In fact, ask them a question every time you post something. Then explain how to leave a comment to them, because your readers will most likely need to be educated or at the very least encouraged to do so. (“Leave your responses by clicking on the comment link in the post’s footer.”)
Readers may require assurances of privacy at times, in which case you can request that they email you their questions or comments in confidence. Others, on the other hand, are unconcerned about privacy because, after all, a blog isn’t supposed to be private. Readers, on the other hand, may be hesitant to comment and require encouragement.
You could also entice them to respond by telling them that you’d like to use their responses in your book, but only if they agree.
3. Conduct a survey of your readers and conduct a mini-study of their preferences, experiences, and so on.
The Internet is the quickest way to get some reader preference statistics. An informal survey, while not a scientifically validated study that would pass muster with academicians in universities, can provide you with ideas and material to write about. It can also confirm that you’re responding to your readers’ concerns.
4. Hold a competition to find the best idea, the funniest experience, the most influential, or the most heart-wrenching situation.
You should inform these readers if you plan to use their responses as content in your book. Many people are ecstatic at the prospect of being featured in a book. Others might prefer to remain anonymous. You have the option of giving them both options.
Here’s an example of how one author solicited feedback from his readers:
Do you have a storey about broken windows?
Broken Windows, Broken Business, Michael Levine’s new book, will be released later this month. Many people believe this will be a huge best-seller.
We’ve set up a website where you can air your grievances about broken windows in your daily life… Visit BrokenWindows.com to learn more.
People enjoy sharing their stories and ranting or raving about their experiences. Simply inquire.
5. Invite your blog readers to a teleseminar based on their needs, challenges, concepts, and ideas.
This is a fantastic way to delve deeper into the issues and solutions you’re discussing. The sessions can be recorded, the dialogue transcribed, and the teleseminar converted to audio and PDF files. These can be sold or given away as book promotional materials.
6. Examine your blog site metre stats to see which articles are the most popular.
This data will help you expand on the topics and subtopics that readers are most interested in.
7. Reconnect with your passion on a regular basis, and ignite and inspire others who share your passion.
After a while of blogging, you’ll probably develop some good blogging habits:
a. Post something to your blog every day, or at least twice a week.
b. Visit other blogs at least twice a week. To subscribe to your favourite blogs, use the My Yahoo or other RSS feed buttons, or sign up for email updates through a FeedBlitz service on each blog.
c. Consider your audience when writing. Also, if you’re unsure about their passions, ask them. If they’ve found your blog and signed up for updates, you probably have a lot in common.
d. Reconnect with your core purpose for the blog (remember, the one you wrote out before starting your blog?) if you ever get blog-block. When this happens, there is usually a reason, even if it isn’t obvious at the time. This will be over soon. Asking questions – of your readers, yourself, and your closest allies – can help it along.
– Easily create audio files by scheduling and recording teleclasses. Some people prefer to get their information by downloading mp3 files to their iPods, which they can listen to at their leisure.