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blog commenting etiquetteBesides being a faceless entity whose words you only read 5 Tips For Starting Your Personal Blog [Opinion] 5 Tips For Starting Your Personal Blog [Opinion] As an occasional personal blogger, I have seen a lot of other folks in the blogosphere who just want to write personal publications that are not exactly meant for making money. I really like that,... Read More based on snazzy headlines, I’m also a part-time human being! With that being said, I actually do look through all the sorts of comments you leave me, emails you send, and places you share my work (I believe that my fellow authors can say the same).

So with that being said, I just wanted to tell you the kinds of feedback that I like after folks read whatever blog post 4 Rules To Ignore When Writing Your Personal Blog [Opinion] 4 Rules To Ignore When Writing Your Personal Blog [Opinion] Let's be straight - blogging is fun and blogging is cool, there's no doubt about that. Of course, it can also be used by middle-school girls who believe that everyone in the world wants to... Read More that I’ve written. A lot of readers provides some really great insight! You’ve likely seen all of these types of feedback before, but hey – let’s just point them out real quick.

The Social Recognition

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In this age of social sharing, we’ve been privileged with a new way to smack our seal of approval on anything without even having to type a single word. These days, all it takes is the click of a button to let someone know you like what they have to say. The Social Recognition comes in the form of the Like button 4 Reasons I Hate Facebook’s New Timeline View [Opinion] 4 Reasons I Hate Facebook’s New Timeline View [Opinion] Change is hard for me. I find it very difficult to decide on a new brand of socks to wear if an old one I like isn’t available at the store. It’s a long and... Read More , a Retweet Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look Why Twitter's TweetDeck Is Worth A Second Look In the last few months, Twitter has become my favorite social networking hangout, mainly because I find it less time consuming than Facebook and Tumblr, and I can certainly update it quicker than I can... Read More , a Google +1, a Stumble StumbleUpon Gets Visually Appealing Makeover [News] StumbleUpon Gets Visually Appealing Makeover [News] According to the online media research site, GigaOM, StumbleUpon has surpassed Facebook as "the biggest traffic driver among social media websites in the US". StumbleUpon has always been one of the go-to sites for discovering... Read More , and even a Reddit 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More upvote. Realistically, it’s not much, but it is a way for the viewer to let the creator know, “Yeah buddy. I may not have anything to say, but I like what you’re doing here.” It gets me all giddy inside.

The Excerpt Approval

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For some reason, a common trend with blog readers is to start their comment off with an entire portion of the article a la copypasta, and then they will provide a following sentence of approval. It’s like social recognition on steroids, but at the same time, it repeats what you’ve already said, reinforcing the statement. You know what? That’s alright in my book.

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The Personal Email

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One entirely different type of feedback is the simple email 5 Tips On Keeping Sensitive Information Out Of Your Chat Logs & Emails 5 Tips On Keeping Sensitive Information Out Of Your Chat Logs & Emails So you’re talking to someone online and you need to share a password or another sensitive piece of information - what do you do? Send it in an email or instant message? Your sensitive information... Read More , akin to “letters to the editor”. The fact that someone would take out the time to email me means a lot. Sure, comments and social sharing are great, but when someone sits down and writes a personal note? That, my friends, says quite a bit about the person. Even if the email is an utter death threat against me and my family, I can safely say that the notion is still appreciated!

Granted, letters are even more personal than emails, but I can’t say I have (or ever will) get a letter because of a blog post (also, I’d rather not publish my address because of death threats).

The Shameless Plug

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I’m not entirely a big fan of stealing someone’s thunder – it’s just not classy. However, I’m not entirely against folks writing a little comment (even if it’s pulled from the sky) and then slapping a link to their own personal site at the end of the comment. Why? Well, it actually could mean one of two things. For one, they could be spamming everybody’s blog with their ad-farm, and they are thunder-stealers, and they should be flogged by the entirety of the blogosphere 10 Essential First Steps When Starting A Wordpress Blog 10 Essential First Steps When Starting A Wordpress Blog Having created quite a few blogs, I'd like to think that I have a good system down for those essential first steps, and I hope it can be of use to you too. By following... Read More .

On the other hand, they may think you have plenty of readers who will see their site, and they may very well like your content enough that they think their own will be of interest to you. I’m kind of okay with that. But really, otherwise? Blogosphere flogging. Flogosphering.

The Thoughtful Contributor

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You know what I like? I like when someone basically extends the post and writes a comment that is sometimes close to if not more than the length of the actual article. Some folks may find it snarkish, but I think it’s kind of cool. That’s the beauty of online publications right there – the ability to provide feedback 3 Types Of Reddit Commenters That Drive Me Nuts 3 Types Of Reddit Commenters That Drive Me Nuts Based on some of my past articles, you may already know that I hail from the online community of Reddit (and so do a couple of my fellow writers). However, as with any online community,... Read More .  It’s as if the article doesn’t end, and each commenter passes the baton to the next. So whenever there’s a question at the end of these posts, just know it’s there for a reason. For the record, I like to learn new things from those comments.

Conclusion

Granted, there’s a lot more than what you see here, but we’ll save that for another time. Basically, I just wanted you all to know that feedback online is appreciated. However, I know that the lot of you blog in some form or fashion as well.

What kinds of blog comments do you like? What type of blog feedback do you hate?

  1. J. Lockhart
    February 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Love you too.

  2. Chcurtis
    February 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    From a reader's perspective, the "attaboy" comments don't particularly add to the article. On principle, and as a security measure, I have the Facebook "follow me" feature disabled, and I won't click on a site's Facebook button. Email, of course, I never see, and the Shameless Plug is annoying and usually inappropriate. 

    Excerpt approval is OK, but unless the person really says something about the excerpt, instead of just repeating a point, it's of limited interest. 

    Can you tell, then, that the only worthwhile comment from a reader's point of view is the Thoughtful Contributor? In my opinion, this is where the comments column shines. 

    You also ask what types of feedback I hate. Again, answering from a reader's perspective, I hate it when people jump in with vitriol-filled invective and ad hominum comments. It doesn't add to the conversation. It's like standing in a group, having a discussion, and someone stops by, says "oh, he's an asshole" (or worse) and moves on. 

    And I imagine that those comments aren't terribly welcome from the writer's point of view, either. 

    • J. Lockhart
      February 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Chcurtis. Sorry for not getting back with you! I understand what you mean about the "attaboy" comments. (Doesn't mean they don't make me feel all warm inside.)

      I wouldn't say that the Thoughtful Contributor is the only worthwhile comment, though. Logically, it should be. However, I believe readers often form their opinion based on other reactions as well – just a fact of life, but I understand there are tons of people who definitely think for themselves. Granted, other times, someone may say an "attaboy", and a reader (perhaps one like yourself) will comment and question why that person likes the article while he himself may not. This sometimes leads to entirely new discussion.

      Oh, and we definitely agree on what kind of feedback I hate.

  3. Chris Hoffman
    February 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Look, I'm famous!

    The thoughtful contributor is probably the best, though. They basically add content and perspective to the post -- really adding value, not just stroking my ego (although I do like having my ego stroked, now and then).

    It's also nice when they give me ideas for future posts.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Very true, Chris. Ego-stroking is always okay with me (save for when that ego-stroking includes blatant links to the person's own blog). However, I believe the Thoughtful Contributor helps bring the article forward.

  4. Rory Patton
    February 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I think the best compliment I can pay you is by sharing this blog across my little networks. I agree the best feedback is when someone makes a comment that adds to and enhances the post while, preferably, showing appreciation. (See the naughty thing I did there?)

    • J. Lockhart
      February 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I'm seeing it, Rory. I'm seeing it.

  5. Joel Lee
    February 21, 2012 at 2:33 am

    "For some reason, a common trend with blog readers is to start their comment off with an entire portion of the article a la copypasta, and then they will provide a following sentence of approval."

    I like to do this. Usually when I read an article, only a particular part sticks out to me as worth-responding-to, and quoting it just makes sense. I agree with everything you said. You hit the nail on the head with this one.

    Also, there's a 6th type of blog feedback that I like: the full blanket agreement. When the user pretty much says, "I agree with everything you said. You hit the nail on the head with this one." It makes me feel good about myself, like I'm really a writer.

    [insert shameless plug here]

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

      "It makes me feel good about myself, like I'm really a writer."

      Well, aren't you/we? I agree though. When a post just gets lots of "Loved it" comments, it's a good feeling.

      • Joel Lee
        February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        As a writer, often times I feel like a hack. Like I don't have the qualifications to write what I'm writing. When I get positive feedback, it's sort of validating and affirming. That's what I meant. :D

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 22, 2012 at 12:28 am

          Yup, I can understand the feeling; I've been there. It was a rhetorical question! You get paid money to write stuff that other people read. You're a professional writer!

        • J. Lockhart
          February 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

          Joel Lee. You're a writer as soon as you decide to write something. Get out there and kick some journalistic butt.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      You're who I thought of while writing that part, Joel. I definitely like it. Also, the full-blanket agreement is pretty great. It doesn't exactly carry the article forward, but I still appreciate it.

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