Here’s my post for the Teacher Challenge Student Blogging Activity #3 on Comments.
I’ve got two main message: Switch commenting ON and Comment ON.
(To list or not to list, that is the question.)
- Comments are affirming. It lets the blogger knows that there are others who share or like the same ideas. I’ve received plenty of comments like this and I like leaving comments such as this as well. And because comments are affirming, they are also encouraging. Readers are important to me.
- Comments extend blog posts and conversations. When a post asks questions, readers can respond via comments and so the conversation continues. A good example is this one in Janelle’s post on cotton ball clouds.
- Comments are good sources of ideas for blog posts. It might be a question or a bright idea that’s worth pursuing or reflecting on. My post on creating a Follow me on Twitter widget was prompted by a question on someone else’s blog.
- Comments can be crumb trails. Commenters can either embed hyperlinks in the comment or within the avatars. In this way, they too can be visited increasing the chances of continued conversation, perhaps via other channels such as Twitter. Of course, commenters can be anonymous, too.
- Comments are feedback. Whether positive or negative, comments provide the blogger an insight into how the post is received. Feedback is important to learning and since I’ve said the blogging is a learning platform, it makes sense to set up a feedback mechanism, don’t you think?
(To list wins!)
So if you’re a blogger, please switch commenting on. I may not leave a comment in all blog posts I read but when I do want to, I want to be able to. This means I want to keep the conversation going. I suppose I have to respect the possibility that you don’t want to.
As for you my dear reader, know that I want to hear from you. Feel free to agree and disagree. Ask me questions. Challenge my ideas. Extend my learning.
Is that too much to ask? 🙂