It’s Better to Give than to Receive (Blog Comments)

15 Sep

TOW #3

How does that old saying go? “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” What about your writing? What exactly is the point of publishing your thoughts and perspective online without receiving any sort of response from others?

Giving and receiving comments is a very integral part of blogging. Receiving feedback for your own blog may change your view on a matter or shape your perspective on something. While giving comments increases your networking and allows your voice to be heard and people to notice you in venues that it may otherwise not be heard or noticed. Networking is probably the biggest reason blog comments are essential.

According to Grammar Girl, writing great blog comments is made easy in nine simple rules. The first rule is to determine your motivation in writing a blog comment. Determining your motivation will help you decide what kind of comment you should write. Providing context is important in your blog comment. You shouldn’t just write a comment about someone else’s point without addressing what you are going off on. The third rule is being respectful to other bloggers, and rule four is to make a point. Plenty of people who comment on blogs do so by writing shallow comments such as “I agree!” or “Wonderful!” But to make a lasting impression, you need to make a point that the blogger and others will appreciate. The fifth rule seems obvious, but it is can be overlooked many times. Know what you are talking about! Rule six is to make one point per comment. People have short attention spans and you don’t want them to lose interest while reading your comment. Rule seven is similar because it says to keep it short, and the last two are to link carefully and proofread.

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