It seems to me that there is a whole art involved in commenting on blog posts.
This has been hitting me more and more over the last while as I’ve been fortunate to have been receiving a good deal of comments from far and wide. It has also made me very conscious of how I comment on other people’s posts.
I would preface everything I say about comments in my experience in blogland by noting that there is a great sense of supportivness and an absence of the kind of nastiness that is so often mentioned in the context of social media.
So, here’s how I’m seeing the ‘art of commenting’ at this stage. Those who have honed the skill seem to have an ability to do some or all of the following:
#1. Make the writer feel good about what he/she has written.
#3. Bring humour to the subject.
#4. Open up whole new avenues of thought from the overall theme or a particular point in a post.
#5. Share additional information about a specific subject or place mentioned in a post.
#6. Show that they have thought about the post
# 7. Leave a stamp of their personality in the comment
# 8. Comment as if commenting was more important than posting their own posts.
I’d love to know what matters most to YOU about comments and commenting and what YOU see as being fundamental to the ‘art of commenting?’