Day 23: What Makes a Great Comment?
Today’s task was suggested by Carolyn Foote and builds on yesterday’s analysis of your favorite comment(s). You’re going to write a post that describes the feature and characteristics of a great comment. If you were teaching someone to be a fabulous commenter, what tips would you give them?
A great comment can mean different things to different people. With that being said, I would give the following tips to a Newbie:
- Be generous with your acknowledgment of the blog author’s time and energy that went into writing their post, even if you don’t agree.
- Establish a connection between the author, the other commenters and you. Let them know what makes you able to contribute to the thread. Are you an educator? Are you a blogger? Are you a parent? Are you an expat? Are you a Star Wars fan? So you drive a VW? ( You catch the drift) Allow them to put you somewhat in context.
- Acknowledge the author’s or other commenters’ point of view , even if you don’t agree with them.
- Don’t only "take" from the author’s post , but give something back to them.
Leave a link to a new resource, add a concept or idea to the thread. add your point of view, point the author in a different direction.
- Always acknowledge someone else’s work (with their name and link when available) if you mention it in your comment.
- Quote the section you are referring to from the original post or another comment.
- Be careful with sarcasm as it does not translate well.
Make sure you re-read your comment before you hit the submit button
- On the other hand… don’t be too self conscious.
Sometimes the getting ready to comment, the doubts if your comment will be good enough (or not) only holds you back from…well…commenting. Sometimes you just have to go ahead and do it.