Huzzahnians have worked hard to develop the skills and attitudes that help build global connections through commenting. In the slideshow below, Huzzahnians from 2011-12 share their thoughts on commenting. What have we missed? Scroll down below the slideshow to read the excellent advice written by student bloggers through the years.
Guidelines written by the 2010-11 bloggers of Huzzah!
The purpose of commenting is to connect. We comment a lot: on YouTube videos, on blogs, and face to face–pretty much, we comment all the time. We comment to learn, sometimes from people on the other side of the world. We comment to express our opinions about what has been written. We comment to connect, and to connect we tell stories, use humour, and share our thinking. Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation! A good comment can be the beginning of a good blogging relationship. Here is our advice on quality commenting:
Think about your digital privacy:
- Use your first name only to identify yourself.
- Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
- Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)
Think about the tone of your comment:
- Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
- Have some humour, but be careful with sarcasm.
- If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.
Think about the content of your comment:
- Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
- Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
- Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
- Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
- Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.
- Include your blog url (address) so the blogger knows where to find you.
Think about conventions of your comment:
- Try to fix your spelling mistakes: use Firefox for drafting your comments.
- Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” —no evil i’s. All capitals is like yelling.
- Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
- Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.
These commenting guidelines were written in early October of 2010. Want more inspiration and guidance for commenting? Check out this post from the Student Blogging Challenge. Time to pump up those mad commenting skilz!
Guidelines written by the 2009-2010 bloggers of Huzzah!
Blogging is about reading, thinking, and responding.Getting a comment can be like receiving a little bouquet in your mailbox: a treat for the senses. Division 4 has been taking a lot of time to read posts and write thoughtful comments. Students brainstormed, discussed, and determined that the points below are important to keep in mind when commenting on blogs.
- Make your comment worth reading.
- Start a conversation.
- Be positive, interested, and encouraging.
- If you disagree, be polite about it.
- Connect with the post: be on topic.
- Re-read your comment before you hit submit–think before you send!
- Aim for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- Don’t use chat or texting language like lol, i, or u.
- No “Hi! Visit my blog! Bye!” comments. Be thoughtful.
- Include your blog url so people can comment back, and use our gmail address, not student webmail.
- Keep your privacy: no personal or identifying information about you, your family, or your friends. Don’t give out last names, school name, phone numbers, user names, or places and dates you can be found.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what you think.
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