A Comment is MUCH More than a Few Words Strung Together!

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CommentingA Comment is MUCH More than a Few Words Strung Together!

You wouldn't know it to look at us now, but we used to be pretty quiet in the Rain!  I mean REALLY quiet.  You didn't even know we were here kind of QUIET!  We lurked for MONTHS before we ever made our first comment in January 2010.  Still mostly church mice quiet until we started blogging in June 2010.  It took awhile, but we realized MOST people don't bite, and well those that verbally bite, we mostly avoid because who needs that in Life?

Today we left our 20,000th comment.  Depending on the topic, our comments might get pretty involved.   We're looking to help, compliment good work, share an experience, offer support, or start a conversation. What you won't find from us is "Thanks for the information, I'll keep that in mind the next time we select a home inspector" on 10 blogs in a row :) 

Here's some key lessons about commenting in general, in no particular order of importance:

  • A great comment can lead to a new relationship.  We've subscribed to people just off a comment alone!  A comment is often the first step in establishing an AR relationship. And regular commenting reinforces the relationship.
  • A comment can destroy respect for someone.  It doesn't even have to be on your own post, but if I'm reading a post and someone says something totally outrageous, rude or petty, they're going down a few notches on the respect meter.  And if you're going to do any of the above, don't be surprised if you incur the wrath of AR Friends.  If you go outside the norms, word does get around and people WILL do some self-policing.
  • Consider whether the post is Public or Members Only before you make that comment.  If you're going to have a rumble with someone, maybe DON'T do it on their consumer oriented post!  You got a burning desire to tangle, how about an email instead?
  • Don't rain on someone's parade.  Sorry, but it takes a complete ass to go on someone's Featured Post and WRITE "I don't understand why this got Featured" or something to that effect.  Engage the gray matter.  That person didn't get to self-feature, someone ELSE put them there, so don't take it out on them.
  • When you find a mistake, you don't have to make a public spectacle out of it.  See the Email Me on the side bar?? Use it!  We appreciate when someone lets us know we've got an error to correct.  We're human, mistakes happen.Commenting
  • Comments are LOUD and they last!  Google finds them!  Look at your Google Analytics.  When we do, we find Search matches for other AR members.  That comment on OUR blog may be getting YOU found by someone, so make those extra seconds of Internet fame work for you.
  • You don't have to agree with someone, but you don't have to be a jerk either.  Argue your point rationally and civilly.  Period.   If you can't do that, then maybe you shouldn't be leaving a comment at ALL.  Go back to Sandbox 101 Remedial Training!

 

  • Sometimes the comment isn't really about YOU or to YOU.  There are people here that I know it's impossible to move their thinking.  I could go talk to a brick wall and have the same impact.  However, there are OTHER people that read that haven't made a decision yet, and if in my opinion the poster is totally off base, that comment we leave just might be with the intent of swaying others.
  • Just because someone has a number badge with pretty colors doesn't make their comment any more valuable.  You know what that 500k thing under our photo means?  Only that we got here before a bunch of folks, or blog more, or comment more and racked up more points.  It DOESN'T mean what we type should get treated with more reverence.  If our words don't stand on their own merits, then they don't stand at all.
  • And if you want NO respect from your Active Rain peers, be a serial commenter.  Just go ahead, find your magic combination of 50 characters, copy and paste and be done.  Adios.  You've TOTALLY missed the point of Active Rain.  The power is in the community and you've chosen to NOT be a part of that.
  • And one last important consideration, read the ENTIRE post before dropping your comment.  Commenting just off the title or first paragraph?  Posts aren't always what they seem at first glance!  Do so at your own peril, and don't be surprised if you get some ridicule from someone if it's obvious!

We could go on some more, but these are the essential nuggets we've picked up.  If you've got more, please leave them in the comment section!

Keep on Blogging and Commenting!

Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Liz and Bill Spear
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Judy, No argument here on any of those points.  Some people just don't project "nice" at all, and we need a combo of competence AND personality before we're trusting our friends, family and clients with them.

Nov 04, 2011 07:59 AM #110
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Thank you for the post.  This is great information and I will be sure to remember it.  

You know you are right.  There are times when I read a post and want to just let the person know I was there and I will put a comment that is rather bland.  My wife might find this hard to believe, but sometimes I have nothing to say on the matter. 

Nov 04, 2011 08:32 AM #111
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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
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"A great comment can lead to a new relationship.  We've subscribed to people just off a comment alone! "

Good point, why do you think I subscribed to you?  It wasn't for your looks;)

I was so hoping to find a serial comment here but sadly, they may have actually read the post and avoided making an ass out of themselves on this particular occasion.

Now get back to those Market Reports! 

Better than average post!!

Nov 04, 2011 09:03 AM #112
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Timothy Mattingly
Louisville Homes Team Louisville KY louisvillehomesreport.com - Louisville, KY
Louisville Homes for Sale

Serial comment? Are you talking to me?  Great topic and comments.  I love the reading the comments of others sometimes to see if they even read the entire post.  Some of the funnier things I read on AR are totally off the wall comments to posts.  I probably read 10 posts to one comment.  We could all take a lesson from this topic and leave better comments.  I learn a ton from the comments. 

Nov 04, 2011 09:26 AM #113
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Gene, I especially feel that way if it's been a bit since I've made a comment with one of our regulars.  We often read without commenting, but every now and then you've got to give people at least a hint we've been there :)

Jason, Go back to the Miss Bad Manners Link in comment #19 and you'll be happy :)  For whatever reason, we didn't bag any on this trip :)  And I agree, I'm not going to win any Mr. America contests :)  Your posts and comments are always welcome :)

Timothy, We learn a ton too.  Not too long ago someone made a real faux pas on one of our posts.  I won't go into details, but a complete reading to the end would have avoided a lot of embarrassment.  Those last one or two paragraphs in a post can easily change the entire post.  Greg Nino did one on getting a $10 million dollar listing once as a joke, but you had to read all the way to the end to know that.  Let's just say he got more than one Congratulations on that great big listing! :)

Nov 04, 2011 10:57 AM #114
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mr. and Mrs. Bliz.

I read the entire post. I was amazed at the accuracy of the post. I have not made nearly the comments you two have. But I always leave a nice comment. Even if they are "off base" with their post or comment.

Have a great day. Very, very good post.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 04, 2011 12:35 PM #115
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Clint, You'll never be accused of being a serial poster :)  We always know you've read the whole thing and engaged!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Nov 04, 2011 02:54 PM #116
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

20,000+ comments wow that is a lot of reading and writing. I heard if you cut and paste you will be done faster:))) Liz & Bill, I am amazed on how little sleep you two operate, all those post, comments and a bit of Real Estate listing and selling on the side too:)) Have a great comment free weekend, just kidding.:))))

Nov 04, 2011 03:01 PM #117
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Endre, What is this thing you call sleep?  We've told you before, BLiz is actually artificial intelligence run off our home server, using the 1000 monkeys producing Shakespeare principle in a highly keyword rich way!!!   Oh yeah, and the program is looking forward to that extra hour on Sunday morning :) 

Nov 04, 2011 03:10 PM #118
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Ken Anderson
Apex Results Realty Inc., Brokerage - Burlington, ON
Broker in Burlington, Ontario

I haven't been on AR for very long, but I have been here long enough to know a good post from a mediocre one.  It's easy, just see what the comments evolve into.  I'm ashamed to say that I haven't blogged very much myself, because I usually can't think of much I have to say that anyone would care to read, and I don't want to make a fool of myself.  I don't know why, though, that isn't usually a problem for me LOL.  I do like to read the blogs and comment on them.  I tend to get carried away, as others have mentioned, in the depth of the comment and end up commenting a blog (does that make sense?).  Anyway, I enjoy reading the blogs you all take the time to post, and I hope you will keep on keeping on.  p.s.  if my comments are silly and droll, please don't laugh at me too hard!  I'll get better at it, I promise.

Nov 04, 2011 03:33 PM #119
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
I agree completely. My first featured post was a disaster. I didn't realize that my little rant about part time agents might as well have been kicking the proverbial "internet killer bees nest"! I quickly had more comments than I knew what to do with. Luckily, someone took the time to email me about the rules of the sandbox. Now whenever I see a newbie write one of those posts, I send them an email to let them know they are not alone. You definitely learn who p,ays nice and who to avoid in those controversial posts!
Nov 04, 2011 03:51 PM #120
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Ken, We all start someplace, and in time we trust you'll become quite the prolific blogger.  Trust your inner blogger and let him out to play, and don't worry about what others think! Write what makes you happy, what makes the consumer happy and all is well.  Your comment already demonstrates you've got the capability, go for it! :)

Karen, That's one of the tried and true topics to get two camps quickly established and into hostile waters fast!  We typically avoid topics such as that, Open Houses, Feedback, etc. because we know what comes from them, and it's often not pretty!   We'll express our opinons on the matter if someone else wants to host the blog! :)  Nice work giving them the heads up for the newbies :)

Nov 04, 2011 04:28 PM #121
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Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

20,000 comments!  Wow!  That's very nearly double my number of comments!  Woo hoo!!  Great advice on leaving a good comment.   The relationships you can grow here by commenting and interacting are amazing.

Nov 05, 2011 07:20 AM #122
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Susan, Truly amazing.  Would have never expected just how far it could go before joining AR and Facebook.

Nov 05, 2011 10:33 AM #123
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Liz and Bill,  I wish I had the time to leave a long comment as your post definately deserves.  But I will take into account your thoughts on future comments

Nov 05, 2011 11:59 AM #124
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Bob, It's long enough :)  It's the thought that counts!

Nov 05, 2011 12:13 PM #125
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Murray Scotton
Royal LePage Benchmark - Calgary, AB
CCS, SRES

BLiz all are very great points and I have been a church mouse for quite some time.  Last week I made the commitment to blog a minimum of once per week (that's big for me!).  I have made a few comments in the past but one thing we need to remember is the boomerang theory - "what you put out there will come back at you"

Nov 21, 2011 10:47 AM #126
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Murray, Welcome to the blogging community!  And you're right, those that kick the beehive repeatedly will eventually get stung.  We started much as you, first just a rare comment, then a few a week, then a few a day, and now 10 comments is just the morning session :)  Once we figured out that 99.99% of the folks here are nice to interact with, it got easier and easier to comment and post.

Nov 21, 2011 12:01 PM #127
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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta
Congrats on your 20K comment! That's quite the accomplishment! I was quiet for a while on here, too, and now feel more free to say what I want on comments, but you always need to respect the other person. There are some comments I've seen that shock me, and you're right, I avoid those people now. It's a little snap-shot of you, put some care and consideration into it.
Feb 02, 2012 12:52 AM #128
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Sylvie, Every now and then we'll feel the need to make a comment we wouldn't normally leave, but there's usually some extraordinary circumstance where we feel the deviation from our norm is called for.  And if the poster deletes the comment, we're okay with that.  Their blog and their place to control.  On the other hand if we find a blogger who routinely ridicules or deletes all dissenting comments, we know that person isn't one to spend time with.

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