Three years ago, I wrote a post called “Chain Blog – A Proposal.” The post described a new type of blog series that is written by different authors on different blogs all about the same topic. Like a synchroblog, it is a way to interact with different people on different blogs. But, unlike a synchroblog, the posts are written at different times and each post can respond to and build on the previous blog posts.
I started and participated in (what I think was) a very successful chain blog on the topic of “City Church.”
The way it works is that after a topic is selected, someone kicks off the chain blog with the first post. People can comment on that post as usual. But, the first person to respond in the comments that he/she would like to continue the chain is then responsible to write the next post in the chain. That person then writes a blog post and notifies the people who wrote the previous posts that the new one has been published. (This notification is best done in the comments of the previous posts.)
The follow-up posts can expand on, disagree with, jump off from the previous posts. Each post can be about anything as long as it is on topic.
It’s also important that each chain post includes the rules of the chain blog and links to the previous posts. For example, these are the rules we included in the City Church chain blog:
Chain blog rules:
1) If you would like to write the next blog post (link) in this chain, leave a comment stating that you would like to do so. If someone else has already requested to write the next link, then please wait for that blog post and leave a comment there requesting to write the following link.
2) Feel free to leave comments here and discuss items in this blog post without taking part in the actual “chain”. Your comments and discussion are very important in this chain blog.
3) When you write a link in this chain, please reply in the comments of the previous link to let everyone know that your link is ready. Also, please try to keep an updated list of links in the chain at the bottom of your post, and please include these rules at the bottom of your post.
The last time we did a chain blog, several people took part who I had not met until they wrote their chain blog posts. It’s a way to include the blogging community in several different blogs and connect those communities together.
So, is anyone up for another chain blog? (I’m not asking you to agree to write a post yet.) Are any of the rules unclear?
And… the most important question… what topic(s) are you interested in writing/reading/discussing?