How to Write a Comment7:30 AM
Strangely enough, the art of writing comments never pops up in general blog conversation. If it does, it never goes beyond, "PLEASE! Comment!"
I think the conversation is overdue.
The art of writing comments involves good reading and writing skills and pinch of astute human analysis. Let me explain.
Good reading: A notable commenter is able to take a post (even as long as mine), find the main point (unless, of course, there isn't one) and figure out his own opinion on the same.
Good writing: Condensing one's hatred, love and enthusiasm to a nice, packed comment (along with proper grammar and punctuation - very essential) is of the utmost importance.
Good social skills: Being able to detect - and convey - tone, personality and different opinions will cool fiery debates and spark mutual goodwill.
Allow me, a very comment hungry sort of blogger, to offer some surefire tips of impressing me.
The 7 B's of Commenting
1. Be professional. Please, I don't understand txt mssaging. I like good writing. Please use it.
2. Be relevant. Generally, comments like "Great post!" or "You're amazing!" or "I love your blog!" should be few and far between. They add nothing to the conversation. Though they smell of flattery, they are a writer's least favorite comments to go back and read. Comment on the topic, the idea - share your opinion, unedited but in a nice way, and you'll quickly become the blogger's favorite commenter. P.S. Comments on a picture or funny anecdote that do not pertain to the point of the whole post are equally disappointing. "Didn't you read the post?" is what comes to my mind.
3. Be sincere. Commenters, due to lack of voice and facial expressions, all sound the same when they are nervous and respectful. But bloggers like people. We love personalities. We want to make friends and laugh over your cleverness with you. So be respectful, certainly, but don't sacrifice yourself. Otherwise your comment is no good.
4. Be clear. Make sure your main point makes sense. Most importantly, make sure it's clear you're making a point at all. Err on the side of giving too much information rather than too little or else nobody will no what on earth you're talking about.
5. Be charitable. Emotional pyromaniacs should go elsewhere to set their fires. Everything can be discussed calmly and rationally: there's no need to shout. We hear you loud and clear. By the way, rants and rages make the ranter and rager look ridiculous. That's not the impression you want to give someone you disagree with. The person who laughs first wins the argument.
6. Be curious. The highest compliment to a writer is a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind question pertaining to his post. Why? With one question mark you have demonstrated you read and thought about the post; you considered the writer and the post worth your time to ask; and that your are interested in knowing more.
7. Be honest - especially if you disagree. That might come as a shock, but it's true. People with blogs have opinions and passions they want to share. Disagreement only increases their vision to change the minds of others. Disagreeing - nicely, thoughtfully - is also a sign of respect to the author and shows an understanding of having read the post and an interest in starting a dialogue. The best way to disagree? With a question, of course.