Topic of The Week (week 2)

May 18, 2010 cjenkins8

Comments are a integral part of blogs because it allows you to reach out, communicate, share thoughts, experience, and to get feedback. Blog commenting is an excellent link-building technique (The Ethics of blog commenting). We constantly need to create lasting friendships and build strong bonds with like-minded people. Commenting on the blogs of others who share the same views and ideals that you do is an excellent networking and friendship building opportunity (TEBC). Blog commenting is definitely a social media practice that adds value to the blog and enhances the author’s credibility (TEBC).

The advice I would offer on writing an effective blog comment is first, “I love it” is not enough. Even though “I love it” add value to the blog itself but it wouldn’t add a value to YOU as a blog commenter. How about explaining what exactly what you love about the post? Or sharing additional tips, links and information relevant to the original post? Even better, you can share a personal experience that supports the blog topic…etc (TEBC). Second, keep it clean, concise, and simple. For example, give a well written responce and if you have additional tips it is ok to add links, videos, and pictures.  Another way to write an effective blog comment is to never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print (Effective Writing). Next, never use the passive where you can use the active. This one is frequently broken, probably because many people don’t know the difference between active and passive verbs (EW). Your comment will not be effective if you break any of these rules. Above all, be sure to use common sense.These rules are easy to memorize but difficult to apply. Good writing matters, probably more than you think (EW).

http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2010/03/the-ethics-of-blog-commenting.html

http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/george-orwells-5-rules-for-effective-writing/

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