How to Write Better Comments for Articles and Blogs
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Why Bother to Comment On an Article?
Helpful comments, left by the reader, is a powerful source of feedback for the author of an article. Here are a few reasons why it can be beneficial to leave a comment:
- I always appreciate it when readers leave me comments. As a writer, comments can often help me to grow and they certainly magnify my confidence. I'm talking about the kind of comments that let me know that my article has been read.
- Leaving well written specific comments is a good way to build relationships. This is how we show support for one another. What we say in a comment can confirm to the writer that what they have to say is important and worthwhile.
- Each of us can use an "atta boy" from time to time. Leaving comments can motivate and encourage us.
- We all have our bad days. This is when those positive comments really come in handy. Many's the time a well written comment has turned one of my frowns from upside down into a smile.
- A supportive comment can oftentimes provide us with new ideas for creating a new article.
- The personal connection we make through commenting is a great way to "give back" and to make a difference. Most writers will reciprocate when a comment is left.
15 Tips For Leaving Better Comments
What you say and how you say it can have a lasting affect, not only for the author, but for anyone reading the comment section.
The following tips are key when you're not sure just what to say:
- One thing to keep in mind is that through your comments you are building relationships.
- You are also adding to your profile. This is where you show your expertise and understanding of the topic.
- Let your personality shine through. Good comments make you feel as though the other person is right there talking to you. Your comments can define who you are.
- Two-word phrases such as "great hub", could be written by a robot. Avoid this type of brief response.
- What is it about the hub that holds your attention from beginning to end? Your comments don't have to read like a novel. Choose your words carefully. One sentence or one short paragraph will do nicely. I have often read a powerful comment consisting of only three or for words.
- Try to add value letting your comment reflect that you've read the entire article.
- If you leave lengthy blocks of dialogue, break it down into shorter paragraphs which will make it easier to read and retain.
- Watch your spelling. Anytime you're unsure of how to spell a word, look it up. How would you feel about the credibility of a teacher who spelled the word teecher instead of teacher ?
- If you have additional information on the topic of the article don't be hesitant to add it in your comments.
- Avoid leaving links to your own hubs. You never want to give the impression that you are self-promoting.
- Use a Thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms. Example: Replace the word "great" with excellent, remarkable, fantastic, awesome, etc.
- Be sincere.
- When you want to leave advice regarding corrections please do so in a private email. Avoid being critical or rude in the comment section.
- The only time I decide not to comment is if the hub is low-quality or self-promotional.
- When we take the time to leave a comment we are showing support for the author. This is especially true for new writers that have just joined up.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
Important Tips to Remember When Writing a Comment
As you work on your commenting skills, consider the following tips:
- Leave a positive message. Tell the person specifically what you like about their article or blog.
- Remember that your comments are viewed by people all over the world. Make this is an opportunity to use your best writing skills.
- Avoid embedding links. This is not the place to self-promote.
- Long winded comments are rarely read all the way through. Keep your thoughts condensed but meaningful.
- Acknowledge the post's author.
- Tell the author how much you enjoyed the article. Be specific.
- If you like the post, share it, and let the author know.
When you leave a comment you are validating the worth of not only what is written, but the worth of the writer himself.
Make your comments count. Why do you like the article? If you learned something new from the writer take time to share this in your comments. Maybe you were inspired. If so, what about the article inspired you?
If certain emotions or memories came up for you, share those too. Don't hold back. Your comments reflect who you are. If you're caring - it will show. If you're in a big hurry - that too will show.
The writer has spent time, research, editing, presentation and passion to write the best article possible. Leave words of appreciation and/or gratitude.
I'd like to take a minute now to send out a big thank you to all of you who have sent me words of encouragement on my own hubs these past 9 years. You've no idea how I've grown because of you.
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