“I try to make my comments like a woman’s skirt: long enough to be respectable and short enough to be interesting. ”
~Adam Clayton Powell III~
Do you ever feel that your blogging comments are never the right length?
“Maybe I should add more…or maybe I should shut my trap and move on.”
Or that half of the skirt hem is hanging down and you don’t know what to do with it?
“Okay, so I wrote a really witty sentence, but it needs more and I’m not sure what else to write.”
Or that despite leaving the proper length of a skirt for a post, it feels like a choreographed Hallmark greeting?
“Dear blogger, I’m so very happy for your beautiful, inspiring post. May your future writing be like an endless river of sparkly bliss and dancing unicorns.”
Have you ever felt that your comments didn’t make sense or were stupid?
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Much like writing a post, comments can be difficult and painful or they can be easy peasy. It depends on the contents of the post, the blogger, what others have already said, the gift of written gab, or if you have been overcome by Foggy Brain Syndrome. One might think I can comment easily after four years of blogging interaction, but that ain’t so. There are times I deeply struggle to find the right words and the correct length of the skirt so that I don’t sound dumb, or like a flowery Hallmark greeting, or repeat someone else’s comment, or go on and on and on about cats and football and bicycles.
Do you ever hem and haw about comments?
I hope I’m not the only one.
That being said, I have learned a few lessons over the years about commenting and comment etiquette that is important for all bloggers.
- It’s okay to leave short responses.
😛 😛 😛
- It’s okay to provide long responses if you are answering a blogger’s questions about your favorite color, your favorite food, what you did today and the history of the world.
Purple; chocolate; I got up, fed the cats, fed myself, went to work, went to the gym, came home, ate supper, washed my face, watched Star Trek, fed the cats again, went to bed; I would tell you the history of the world, but I don’t have that much time…
- It’s not okay to spam. Your comment will go in the spam folder and no one will never read or follow you.
On the other hand, why do a favorite blogger’s comments end up in the spam folder? Huh, WordPress, can you answer that one?
- Check out a blogger’s “about” page or prior posts to get a better feel of who he or she is if this is your first time on the blog. That information may help you with an initial comment.
I see that you are from Wisconsin too…hello neighbor!
- If a blogger is fairly new and you desire to get him/her connected with the WordPress family, you may want to suggest other blog sites, if appropriate.
You have two cats, a motorcycle, photograph flowers and doors, and love to paint. Well, let me tell you about a few bloggers I know…
- Be appropriate and respectful in all of your comments. A sad story requires some form of commentary hug, while a lighthearted or humorous story requires a commentary laugh.
😦 xoxo; So very sorry…
😀 LOL! That’s hilarious!
- Don’t leave mean or derogatory comments! Blogging is supposed to be informative, fun and a way for people to positively connect.
I’m sorry your team lost as I have the utmost respect for them and I look forward to continuing our good natured rivalry next fall. (As opposed to, “Haha, loser. Your team #$@%# sucks.”)
- Don’t yell at me and don’t order me to go visit your blog.
HEY! HOW’S IT GOING? I REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKE YOUR POST AND YOUR BLOG PAGE. COULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR AND CLICK ON THIS LINK THAT I’M ABOUT TO ADD SO THAT YOU WILL BE DIRECTED BACK TO MY BLOG WHERE THERE IS ONE POST AND IT’S NOT WELL-WRITTEN, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD FOLLOW ME AND THEN I WILL FOLLOW YOU AND WE’LL BE BUDS FOREVER.
- Engage in conversation through your comments. If you leave a comment and a blogger responds, feel free to keep the discussion open. I’ve had some hilarious and interesting “talk” with fellow bloggers because I didn’t shut up after an initial comment. Remember, though, to cut it off before you become annoying.
Kind of like what I’m doing now…
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