Welcome to you all
I’ve just read a great post by Skellie on blogging. She tells how to write a great blog.
Michele Martin’s Day 23 task asks us to write a post on how to write a great comment. Not being the world’s most experienced commenter, my post is going to be brief. Here are 10 points for writing a great comment.
- Read the post carefully and all the comments against it before writing relevant to the post or to a relevant comment. Use the old telephone-speak technique: smile as you write – it shows.
- Plan what you want to say before you start typing. For longer comments, type into a word file so you can review the comment and spellcheck it. When completed, be sure to copy and paste it into a Notepad file to remove any html debris (see Sue's comment). It’s easy to copy it from there and then paste it into the comment box.
NeverTake care digressing from the main theme of the post or relevant comment you are addressing. Digression can kill sa good comment (edits courtesy Michele Martin's comment).
- If your comment can be said in a few words or sentences, keep it that way. Don’t waffle to fill space. A brief comment can have impact. Brevity is the soul of wit.
- If your comment runs to several sentences, break them into short relevant paragraphs. If you have more than one point in your comment, examine the sequence of these - critically.
- If you cite any posts, comments or web articles, put them into the comment using the link formula:
and make sure you leave spaces at the beginning and end so thelabelwon’t look like this when the comment is submitted!
- Praise the post if that’s your intention but take care not to damn with faint praise. If you disagree, do so politely. Exclamation marks are good for effect - don’t go wild!!!!!! One’s enough.
- Address the poster or commenter in a friendly way – Hi Karen - @David. Make sure you get the name right - check the spelling.
- If you cite a blogger, always link to the blogger’s profile – if you cite a blogger’s post, always link to the post (use the link formula given in point 6).
- Once written, review your comment by reading it critically as if you’re critiquing someone else’s comment. Use Preview, if available, to check the 'look' of your comment.
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