TOW #3: Blog Comments

Comments are an integral part of blogging for several reasons. First, it informs the writer that people are reading their blogs. It would be futile to share your thoughts on the internet if no one were to read them. Second, comments create interactivity. An author of a blog can meet new people, learn new things, and view his or her topic via someone else’s point of view through blog comments. I find a differing perspective to be the most valuable aspect of blog comments. The world is so much bigger than each of us can imagine individually. Blog comments can allow us to appreciate the scope of differences that exist. However, comments are not limited to differences, but can highlight similarities as well. You might find that someone who lives in your city has the same obsession with stamp collecting that you do. Many times, we, as human beings, simply want affirmation that others feel the way that we do. Blog comments are a great way to show/discover that.

Effective blog comments should do several things. Above all, it is necessary to be respectful of the thoughts and opinions of the person(s) whose blog(s) you are commenting on. Each individual is entitled to his or her opinion. Whether or not he or she chooses to be respectful is that person’s decision. However, if a comment is to be heard and considered, the author should remain refrain from insults and childish banter. An effective comment also doesn’t reveal any personal information about others, true or false. Many rumors and unnecessary drama have been the result of sharing someone’s personal business. On a lighter note, a blog comment is more effective when it’s conversational. This promotes further dialogue. It’s important to remember not to be too serious about blogging in general. It’s meant to be an enjoyable learning experience for all parties involved.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I too agree that, for the most part, the comments are a necessary part of blogging. But I fear that too frequently blogs are created that “discuss” something controversial or trivial, so as to increase the website traffic and attract advertising companies. This is not always the case and blogging has often opened several peoples eyes to topics they would have otherwise been ignorant of. More important than the comments then, are the topics. The author should always be responsible in their objective, so as not to confuse the bloggers.

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  2. I could not have said it better myself. This is an example of what you said about presenting new ideas. You hit the nail on the head when you said “blogs allow us to see the differences that exist.” I did not think about that until I read yours. I have always thought that blogs brought people together with a common interest when actually they allow people to view what other people really think. I appreciate people’s opinions and especially different ones than my own. It is from difference of opinion that learning takes place at the highest level. Difference of opinions allow for mind stimulation and learning. This was a mind changer for me, and I appreciate that. What a great post.

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  3. Posted by caseycorley on September 15, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    This post provides some great tips on how to write an effective blog comment. I completely agree with your statement that Effective blog comments should do several things. Above all, it is necessary to be respectful of the thoughts and opinions of the person(s) whose blog(s) you are commenting on. Each individual is entitled to his or her opinion. So many people leave negative comments when it is completely unnecessary. I think all bloggers should follow the concept of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” There is no reason to be rude in blog posts, always say something positive!

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