My first thought while reading the blog entry explaining the new Writing Helper feature was that it seems like it should be hard to write something like “We know the hardest part of blogging is actually writing posts” with a straight face. It’s almost like saying that the hardest part of writing is doing the writing.
Once you get past the fact that it sounds silly, it’s very true. Many people aren’t very confident about their ability to write, and some of the people who are confident probably shouldn’t be.
These are both great features. I’m sure that a lot of people who need to reuse the same format repeatedly have already taken the step of creating a template for themselves that they could copy and paste, but the Copy A Post feature simplifies the process.
I think that the Request Feedback feature has a lot more potential to have an effect on the development of blogs. You were always able to email someone a copy of what you wrote and ask for feedback, but this makes it seem a lot more natural to do so. The best way to improve your writing is to get feedback on what currently isn’t working, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the little nudge of having a special button for the purpose encourages people to actually do so.