Blog Commenting 101

The other day, I was doing an Internet search for a how-to on how to create a custom Twitter background using PowerPoint. I had seen an article about this in the past, but I guess I failed to bookmark it because I could not find it in my favorites. At any rate, I found one here and the instructions are clear and well illustrated.

While there, I could not help but notice this article title in the sidebar under Featured Posts: A Rookie’s Guide to Writing Kick-Ass Comments. With a title like that, I just had to read it! The author, Marianne Worley, writes about her three-step process (which she has kindly allowed me to partially quote here):

  1. Read
  2. Comment
  3. Tweet

Read good blogs, big and small

I’ve been adding new blogs to Google Reader every day. I’m not limiting myself to certain topics. To reach my goal of becoming a better blogger, I simply need to read well-written, interesting blogs. I’m up to about 150 in my reader and I suppose I’ll keep adding new ones until I know I’ve reached my limit.

Comment if you have something to contribute

When a post “clicks” with me, I feel like I can’t move forward until I comment. This doesn’t happen with every post—I only comment when that spark exists. I try to comment on at least 5 blogs per day. Some days, I’ll end up commenting on 10 blogs. Other days, it might only be 3. But I understand how important commenting is to making connections and engaging with people. As a side benefit, someone might visit my blog and contribute there.

Tweet to complete the circle

To complete the “circle of life,” I send out a Tweet about the post. I try to add extra text to the Tweet, offering a short assessment or opinion or even a clever quip. I want the Tweet to stand out in the crowd, as well as get re-tweeted.

Interesting points, are they not? I have to admit that, due to continuing educational studies (I am studying to get my MRI certification), I do not have the time to read the blogs and visit the sites I would like to on a regular basis. But when I do, I like to leave a good comment, or at the very least, Tweet the article to my followers. At this point, I would like to express appreciation for my regular commenters (you know who you are). Rest assured I read each comment and I try to respond when possible. Having good commenters makes the blogging experience so much more enjoyable!

Please feel free to use the TweetMe button at the top of each article or the Sexy Bookmark icons at the end of the article to ‘share the love’. More exposure means more commenters at WindowsTalk!

Marianne concludes her article with this thought: “comments should be a valuable part of the blogging experience“. That’s exactly how I feel, whether I am the commenter or the recipient of a comment here at WindowsTalk.

So, again, I thank you for your support and comments here; keep up the good work!