I am so sorry to be posting this late! I’ve been playing catch-up from the Read-a-Thon and end of the semester and an interview today and just plain forgot. I hope you’ll forgive me!
Last week in the BIP we focused on trying to make our blogs more comment-friendly (wrap-up coming later this week). This week, I want to focus on the other side of the equation — leaving more quality comments on other blogs.
My first impulse with this week’s task was to do something about leaving more comments, but I decided that wasn’t my best idea because, let’s face it, not all comments are equal. There’s a difference between leaving comments and leaving good comments, so I want to focus on that part.
I didn’t find a lot of articles this week (see excuses for posting late), but I like the one I did. It’s by Grammar Girl and is called “How To Writes A Great Blog Comment.” She has many tips about length, clarity, and being helpful — check it out!
And now, here’s the task:
There’s one thing about comments I’ve never been good at — finding ways to go back to posts and threads I’m interested in to continue a conversation with that blogger. So, the first part of this week’s task is to answer a few questions in the comments section of this post:
- Do you keep track of the comments you leave on other blogs? How do you keep track? Do you think this is working? (If you’ve answered these somewhere else already, sorry for the repeat!)
The second part of the task is to start leaving better comments. Here’s what we’re going to do:
- Take a tally of where your comments are today. Compare this number to the total you took at the beginning of BIP #7. I just realized this might be totally skewed because of the Read-a-Thon, but we’ll just try and deal with messy data 🙂
- Read article about leaving quality comments and do some online searching for other useful articles. Link to those articles on your blog or in the comments here. Think about how you might implement some of these ideas.
- Set some goals about leaving better comments, then implement those goals by leaving as many high-quality comments as you can.
- At the end of the next two weeks, task stock of how your comments have changed — has our focus on comments this month gotten you more visitors and good comments on your blog?
Sorry if this post is a little disjointed; happy blogging and commenting!