Blog comments are a key component of Community Connections. They are important for meaningful interactions. Comments help you to think about your ideas again and to consider how you may revise your blog posts.

As much as we like to hear that we are awesome and appreciated, we need to get beyond the type of comments seen in the picture below:

Example of superficial comments

Here are two frameworks to give you some ideas about writing more substantive blog comments.

  • The Feedback Ladder Framework

I referred you to the Feedback Ladder in all the modules. For those looking for some commenting ideas, this framework is a guide. Your comments don’t need to follow this particular order but could be written to include some (or all) of these elements.

(Adapted from Perkins, D. (2009): originally developed by Wilson, D., Harvard Project Zero)

  1. CLARIFICATION
    Honor the author’s work by asking questions to clarify and avoid misunderstanding.
  2. APPRECIATION
    This is the nice part which everyone “gets” (See above example from Flickr) but the point of helpful feedback is to be informative. It informs you so that you can improve your work.
  3. CONCERNS AND SUGGESTIONS
    Share concerns and suggestions for improvement. Focus on one main idea or two. Extract a quote from the blog post to elaborate on.

 

  • Some Tips from Mack Collier Relevant to Our Course Purpose

  1. ADD SOMETHING TO THE CONVERSATION
    Don’t just repeat what someone has said. Extend the conversation. Challenge the ideas in a positive manner.
  2. COMMENT EARLY
    Blog commenting is not a contest. But it might help those who struggle a bit to add to the conversation early.
  3. YOU CAN DISAGREE WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE
    It’s alright to challenge ideas.
  4. ASK QUESTIONS
    It’s not just about answering questions but raising new ideas that could take the form of questions.

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