Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reviewing & Highlighting Comments

Tēnā koutou katoa
Welcome to you all

Michele Martin’s Day 22 task is to review comments I’ve received, and highlight one or two of them.

There are so many comments that I can write about that were thought provoking and none that I can’t say I didn’t like. I've already mentioned a few in my post Using Comments . . . Let’s face it, when a blogger starts off with a shiny new blog, ALL comments are liked. Muchly!

Special comments (there are more than just a few)

However, there are perhaps a few special ones that were thought provoking – I’m going to stick to this principle otherwise I’ll never make my mind up which ones to choose.

I have had several supportive comments like this one Kate Foy sent to my post I have been weighed. . . Kate came to my blog mainly because I’d visited hers the same day. I’d left a ‘sigh’ on her post, which she had requested.

Hi Ken.

I really enjoyed this post and your recollections about that Biology class and about being learners together ... I reckon that's a great starting point for every time we gather as a group on a project. BTW you don't sound like a know it all and you have a warm, relaxed 'voice' in the blog. It's easy to read and to relate to.

Welcome to blogging and to the 31 Day Comment Challege, and thanks also for stopping by mine today and leaving a comment08
sigh' for Day 14.
Kate’s comment is special because it is the epitome of what networking is all about. I can’t even recall how I came by Kate’s site when first I visited it, but gee, it certainly gave me a buzz when she shot back to my pad and left a comment.

Starting up a conversation

Another comment that gave me a buzz but for a different reason was Christine Martell’s. This comment started a conversation between several commenters. It sparked one of the first real discussions involving more than two bloggers on my blog. I was stoked!

There are several reasons I might not comment on blogs. There are some bloggers who just don't seem to engage with their readers, so I don't bother talking to them. It terrifies me every time I comment on one colleagues blog who writes about business writing and grammar. I'm just sure I'm going to make a mistake there. Time is absolutely a factor for me. I read in my RSS reader, and it takes way more time to click over to a blog to comment.

I edit people's comments. Not for wording, but if there is an obvious typo, I fix it while moderating. I have also had people email me and ask me to fix something, which I am always glad to do.

Christine’s comment has one of the many snippets of advice that have been written in comments on my blog – I cherish those muchly.

Precious words

And one more that spiked a minor conversation from Britt Watwood in reply to my post on Should We Be Commenting On Blogs.

I have to admit I had problem with her post as well...but I suspect that she is playing the devil's advocate. I would hate to see one size fit all for blogging - it is the richness of bloggers and commenters that makes this so meaningful!

Britt was referring to Michele Martin’s Day 9 post. His words, “. . . the richness of bloggers and commenters that makes this so meaningful!"

So very true!

Ka kite anō
Spot ya


Anonymous said...

Thanks Ken. And thanks for the 'authorisation' of my blog through the link.

I agree that this is what blogging-networking is all about. You find a point of view, a 'voice' out there that adds to the store of wisdom and friendship.

And challenges like the current one where a whole new network comes to life are immensely valuable don't you think?

Blogger In Middle-earth said...

@Kate - You are so welcome. And I agree about its immense value. Tony Karrer's latest post Blogging Advice: It's Good For You cites a Scientific American article of the same title.

I found these readings, Tony's and the article, more of a hoot than interesting but they point in the value directions and there seems to be many other nice things to collect on the way.

Ka kite