Askablogr is the result of a bad case of writer's block. I had just started blogging and my goal was to post every day. And not just one of those "linking around" posts, mind you, but something thoughtful and interesting and witty and well-written and... well, as you might imagine it wasn't going so well.
So to distract myself from thinking about the post I wasn't writing, I started to think about why I started blogging in the first place. My blogger friends told me that their email and comment-thread 'conversations' with their readers were a big part of the fun, often more so than the writing itself. If that's true, I thought, there must be a ton of great blog conversations out there that are getting buried in comments and forgotten in inboxes. What if there were a way for blog readers to throw their questions or ideas into the ring in advance instead of just commenting on what bloggers write? Not only would this give blocked bloggers like me something to work with, it would also bring some of these lively reader conversations into the light for everyone to read and enjoy.