COMMENTING -- can be such a colorful word in so many ways. What can commenting mean and how can it be so colorful? In my opinion, here are the different types of comments that I know of....
- polite comments - nice job, thanks for sharing, excellent idea, etc, etc
- thought provoking comments aka discussion comments - the comment can either be pro or con.... but you either add information to the authors blog, to other comments, or keep a conversation going....
negative comments - you are just flat out rude. You try to bring someone down. You rip their blog apart. (I actually like when someone does this to me. Some people say delete the comment. I won't and I will explain why later)
the feedback comment (could be construed as negative) - Not sure what to really call this kind of comment. You disagree with the author of the blog or that of another comment. You offer your advice or knowledge or let the other person know that what they said is not correct.
- Some people say not to make this kind of comment at all.
- Some say send that person an e-mail if you are correcting the author of that blog.
- I say if you do it in a polite manner, if could actually create a discussion.
- reciprocating comments - here is one of the biggies. I will admit, I use to be good at this one. It takes time and effort, if you leave a real sincere comment and not just the "nice blog" comment. But do you reciprocate comments? If you feel that you don't get enough comments, besides writing a quality blog or starting off with an eye catching title, you should read what TLW wrote : Have you considered reciprocating your comments?
- disabling comments - some members dislike this and others use it like the plague. I usually don't care for those that disable comments. Margaret Woda makes some great arguments to why you should think before you disable your comments. Please read : Before you disable comments, consider this...
Hijacking a blog - There are some good hijackings and then not so good. Hijacking can be fun and amusing, when done at the right time. Amanda Hall wrote, The Art of Hijacking a Blog For those that don't know, hijacking a blog would be leaving a comment that is off topic, not related to the blog. Many of these are usually humorous.
the lame comment or the 'cut & paste comment' (thanks to Carole P.) - This could also be the polite comment. But when someone says nice job and that is about it? And you notice that this same member leaves the same comments on other blogs? I call that lame, looking for their 25 pts. That they cut and paste their comments all over. Yes, it happens.
- the link comment aka comment spamming - your comment might or might not have any relevancy to the blog that you are commenting on.... but much of your comment is a link to your site or to something that you are selling. This is extremely rude and not warranted amongst most bloggers.
- the link comment, but not spamming - some people prefer that you don't leave links to other blogs or articles in the comments. I think if it truly pertains to their blog post and adds content, that it should be okay. No matter if it's a link to your blog or someone elses. I will say this, I will do this more so if I know the author of the blog. But comment etiquette says.. ask the author of the blog post no matter what, if they mind or not. Either in the comment itself or in an e-mail.
- the 'I dislike you as a member' comment - you might dislike a certain member or 2, but they write an excellent blog, that you want to give them a good comment in return. You want to pay it forward, no matter how you feel about that author. Or possibly giving your honest feedback, because they caught your attention. Hey, you can't get along with everyone, but I do try to practice this... Or mention them in my blogs even, again, paying it foward.....
- the anonymous comment - (just added) Thanks to Bill Archambault's comment : the long winded comment (please click link to read) Another pet peeve of mine. Those that want to complain or leave a negative comment, but under a false name or that they don't sign in. Thanks Bill...
- the 'link love' comment - Have you ever found a blog because someone else actually mentioned it in their blog post? And you decide to read this blog that the author link to and comment on it? I try to practice this.. but how about telling that author that you found their blog because of x,y,z member mentioned it in their post. And while doing this, you link back to the other blog.... another term for this would be paying it forward.
- the 'churn & burn' comment - (just added at 3 pm 11/17) Now, this one might ruffle some feathers, but I have been known to speak my mind. Not all of you will agree to this or have a different perspective... but this is where the author of the blog replies back to every comment, but in single comment fashion. I say it's one way to game how many comments it looks like your blog received. I personally prefer grouping the comments in one comment as much as possible. Some say they do the single comment because they don't want to be rude to the person commenting, giving them their own comment. Me? I could care less, at least they are replying to my comment. Again, this is just my opinion based on having no martinis at that time.
- the 'did you even read my blog' comment - Thanks to Lisa Hill. I forgot about this one... how about those that don't even read your blog, yet they comment. And in several cases, you can tell by their comment, that they didn't read the blog. I have seen some way off base when commenting. You find this more from spammers if anything. But there are still those that don't read, yet comment. 25 pts?
Tina Merritt gives us 10 reasons in regards to commenting - The 10 Commandments of Commenting
Do you hang yourself when you comment or when you don't comment???
My biggest 2 pet peeves ......
1. Featured posts - Those blogs that are featured and the author doesn't reply to the comments. Your blog was recognized. You will get more action on that particular blog. It's in the spotlight, the limelight. What a great way to thank those that stopped by your blog. What a great way to possibly get more readership in the future.
2. Comments that are questions or thought provoking - I dislike nothing more when I leave a thought provoking comment or ask a question, and that author doesn't answer the question or continue the conversation. What another great way to get more comments and readership... possibly more subscribers to your blogs.
Rude comments? Negative comments? I said that I would talk about this. I welcome comments that attack my blog, that try to discredit my thoughts, opinions, or facts. ... especially my opinions that can be backed by facts or numbers. I think by someone trying to make me look bad and I am able to offer true hard facts with a great explanation of opinion, that it gives me more credibility. Possibly showcasing my expertise or expert knowledge. What do thee se on this?
FYI.... I didn't want to make this blog to long and lose your interest. But please click on this link, great comment/feedback, by Ann Cummings... Ann made some great points that I wanted to add in this post, but it would have been longer...
This blog is of my opinion and not the law of blog comments or written in stone. Just some of my own thoughts and those that have been around for a while. If you feel comfortable in how you comment, please don't change just because of me. This was just food for thought.....
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