Thoughts on Comments

All right.  As a teacher who works with students with social skills issues, I am always trying to explain “unwritten rules.” 

And, as a blogger, I’ve discovered some unwritten rules for writing comments.  These might not hold true for everyone, but I bet they hold true for most of us.

Here’s what I’ve discovered:

  • First, write a comment.  It doesn’t matter if you write a blog yourself, or if your blog is very big.  Discussion is what makes it fun.
  • Write a comment everyday, if you want.  I used to worry that I commented too frequently.  But, really, we all get stoked when we see there’s a new comment–especially if it’s from someone who is regularly joining in!  So go for it!
  • Go ahead and plug your blog….but there are some rules to follow:
    • Say something relevant, please.
    • If you’re linking to a post, make sure the post is relevant.
  • Be sure to check out the blogs linked by the other commentors.  This is networking–but not the networking you’re use to.  This is the free sharing of ideas, not the acquisition of wealth.

And, finally, remember that most of us would prefer active discussion to a high readership.  There aren’t many of you, but you all have something to say!

And that, my friends, is priceless.

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18 thoughts on “Thoughts on Comments

  1. I also try to write a comment every day. Partially, because doing so means that I read more blogs, and that’s a good thing, but also because we can’t have a community if we’re all off in our own little corners.

    • I feel a need to do more commenting than I do, for the reasons that you cite. I’ve been floating around online discussions for thirty years, long enough to know that you get out what you put in. (Not in a strict banking sense, of course, but reading without participating doesn’t engage and change.)

      • Almost two. I’ve been kicking around the idea lately, too. I think I’d have to cut out FB in order to do it.

        • Do it!!! Blogging is so risk-free (or at least low-risk). It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of readers or not. I used FB to build up my readership in the beginning, but not many of the people who read it then, still do. You know how I feel about FB! 😉 LOL

  2. How’s this for a comment: I’m ba-ack! 🙂 I’m still getting caught up, but I’m looking forward to reading and talking with you again, it’s been too long!

  3. Perfect opportunity to comment! Just found your blog via Be More with Less (nice post by the way) and each of your posts intrigues me so I am still working my way down the line. Lots of food for thought and a few direct hits. Nice to know I am normal!

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