The purpose of commenting is to connect.
We comment a lot: on YouTube videos, on blogs, and face-to-face. Pretty much, we comment all the time. Sometimes, we comment to learn from people on the other side of the world. We comment to express our opinions about what has been written. We comment to connect, and to connect we tell stories, use humour, and share our thinking.
Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation! A good comment can be the beginning of a good blogging relationship.
Here is some advice on quality commenting. You can also get GREAT blogging advice from ES Students by watching this video:
Think about your digital privacy:
- Use only your first name to identify yourself.
- Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
- Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)
Think about the tone:
- Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
- Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
- If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.
- Think about the content of your comment:
- Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
- Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
- Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
- Avoid texting shortcuts like “u” for “you” and “l8r” for “later”, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
- Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.
- Include your blog url (address) so the blogger knows where to find you.
Think about conventions:
- Try to fix your spelling mistakes: draft your comments.
- Use capitals in the right places. Remember, all capitals is like yelling.
- Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do.
- Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.