Blog Comments

Blog comments serve several different purposes. Lets think of a few…

1. To give additional input on a topic. This gives the reader an opportunity to chime in and offer his or her thoughts relating to the topic.

2. They give feedback to the author. (positive feedback, constructive criticism and also negative feedback)

3. Comments say to the author, “keep writing someone’s listening”. Comments also allow the author know that people are reading their blog. The author at least knows that someone took the time to read their blog and that their blog is interesting enough to be responded to. From the author’s point of view, it may seem like a one-way conversation at times. The author appreciates it and hopefully is encouraged when he or she sees that people are taking interest in their work.

Overall, I think commenting on blogs is almost a responsibility.  It’s like a relationship…weird analogy, I know, but stick with me here… It can’t be a one way street. There’s got to be a little give and take, a little responding to people who are taking the initiative, taking a risk, putting their thoughts out there, seeking to be heard, understood, needed, and basically communicated with.

In order to write an effective blog comment, I think it’s first of all having the right attitude and motive. I’ve seen many rude, obnoxious, and downright disrespectful comments.  Whenever I comment on someone’s blog or post, or anything relating to that, I try to put myself in the shoes of the writer.  How might I express my opinion/thought or comment about their content and be respectful and essentially be an asset in the development of their thoughts/talents and also an encourager as a writer or producer of some sort of content.

They could easily not do anything at all. I respect those who are willing to express their thoughts/personalities/talents, whether good or bad, perfect, non-perfect, learned or not, ammature or professional.

Here’s some examples I had in mind…

(Although all of these examples are not blogs, it’s basically the same concept.)

How to Leave Meaningful Blog Comments

10 Reasons Commenting is Good for Bloggers

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