I’ve decided that commenting on blogs is indeed an art form.
One that requires sensitivity, honesty, humor, gentleness and most of all respect and understanding.
Comments have the power to either attract others to your blog or turn them off completely. If you Let your blog become a free for all for everyone else’s opinions or advertising links you may find that your genuine readers will decline to post comments at all.
Good comments speak for themselves and can generate further thoughts and additional comments by others seeking to explore or understand the same issues.
Good comments also speak loudly for your blog.
They show that you are an authentic blogger who is genuinely interested in exploring issues respectfully and with integrity.
Bad comments on the other hand often mean that not only you, but your readers as well, will be forced to wade through endlessly irrelevant words that add nothing to the thoughts contained within your original post.
This can greatly dissuade other readers from commenting.
I don’t know about you, but often, if I have a comment that I would like to make on another’s post, but find that there are already 20 or so previous comments that have taken the issue off track, I will choose not to post a response.
Your blog readers may be as tired as you are of dealing with those who don’t think, or are abusing your comments section either intentionally or unintentionally.
Your reader’s time is as precious to them as yours is to you. So why make your readers have to wade through innocuous or irrelevant comments?
Especially when many readers won’t comment immediately after a superfluous or derogatory comment.
Bloggers are discerning readers and they deserve to be able to read a comment thread that is free of abusive language and obtuse or rude comments.
One very important reason to keep your blog’s comments section clear and respectful is that the better the content of the comments, the more integrity your blog has.
As such, the way in which you tend to your comments reflects you as a blogger.
So how do you keep your comments section clear and concise?
Creating a Commenting Policy
According to http://www.blogherald.com/2007/08/16/time-wasting-blog-comments-comments-policies-and-comment-etiquette/ commenting is an art form that you can encourage your readers to engage in thoughtfully by creating a Commenting Policy.
A commenting policy lists the conditions you expect commenters to abide by on your site.
So here are the top 3 things I would like commenters to abide by on my site.
Firstly please take the time to read and understand the full blog post before commenting.
Please stay on topic. Even if you disagree with something I’ve written and would like to give examples of counter opinions please do try to stay on track. I find comments that wander off into other areas confusing.
Please try to be respectful of others experiences and views at all times.
Commenting No No’s
Please do not leave comments that are filled with personal links.
I cannot stress this enough, so please do not fill the space I give you for your comments with links to your own blog site. Readers will be able to see who you are by your blog name when you make a comment and they will decide for themselves by the quality of your comment whether or not they wish to look you up.
To be perfectly clear on this, my blog is the genuine expression of my own experiences and views. I would really appreciate it if you would treat is as such.
Top 3 things that may see your comment deleted.
Attacking other bloggers. Please do not use my site to attack other bloggers.
By all means question my content if you feel the need too, but I will not tolerate attacks on either myself or other bloggers.
Being overtly hostile toward or denigrating my views will also prevent me from posting your views.
Respect is a two-way street and there are a multitude of appropriate ways to challenge my perspectives. Being rude is not one of them.
To all those wonderful bloggers who regularly take the time to comment on my posts, please know that I welcome, appreciate and value your views.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this = )
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