Connecting With Other Student Bloggers Around The World

For the Student Blogging Challenge Week 8 Activity, we were required to play a commenting game. So we connected with other students who are a part of the challenge. For the 3 blog posts I commented on, I found all 3 of them to be really relatable to myself.

The 1st post I comment on was Shahreen’s post on Bengali New Year:

Hi Shahreen, I’m glad to say we have something in common! I am also from the beautiful country of Bangladesh. Even though I have been living in Canada all my life, through my parents I have inherited our culture and traditions. I’ve been to Bangladesh twice in lifetime, and always had so much fun. Pohela Boishakh in particular is probably my favorite, and just recently the Bangladeshi community in the city I live in had a huge celebration for the Bengali New Year, and I had the honor of hosting the event! I love your post, and it most certainly got me excited when I found it!

I commented on her post because when I found out we had the same nationality, I automatically loved the post! Especially the fact that the specific celebration she was talking about was one of my favorites, and one that I just recently celebrated with the Bengali community where I live.

The 2nd post I commented on was Mohamed’s post on Arab Cultures:

Hi Mohamed, I really loved your post! I came across it through the Student Blogging Challenge. I am also Muslim, and am very proud to be a part of the religion of Peace. I also go to an Islamic school in Canada, so I am exposed to the Arabian culture a lot, even though I am from Bangladesh. A lot of the teachers at my school are Arab, and teach us the language of Arabic. For our school uniform we have to wear the abaya, and a white head-scarf. Which is why your well-written post really appealed to me!

I commented on his post, because a lot of the things he talked about were things that I encounter in my daily life, as I may not be Arab, but have friends and teachers who are. At my Islamic school, we also have a dress code that matches what he described in his post.

The 3rd and most final post I commented on was Sabrina’s post on Her Passion of becoming a Pediatrician:

Hi Sabrina, I came across your post through the Student Blogging Challenge, and it really appealed to me because a little while back I also wanted to be a Pediatrician. I always loved working with kids and wanted to be a teacher as my mother also works at a daycare, and I helped her with working on her projects and assignments for the classes she had to take, but then again my parents always wished for me to go into the medical field. So then I thought long and hard, and realized that becoming a Pediatrician was working with kids and also being a doctor. I told everyone I wanted to be one, but just recently I started liking Politics, so I changed my mind. However becoming a Pediatrician will always remain to be an option for me! Really great post, I can’t wait to read more from you!

I commented on Sabrina’s very insightful post, because we have too much in common! Really recently, I was literally determined to pursue the career of a Pediatrician. And her reasons why she wants to become one were really similar to mine. Which is why I couldn’t stop myself from commenting!

 

Commenting – Do’s and Dont’s

     As you may be able to tell, I am quite new at this whole blogging thing, and I am learning new information everyday about what makes a good blog. Recently it has come to my knowledge that comments have their own way of bringing life to a blog. Which makes my blog, at the moment a bit dead. But that’s okay. Because it make sense, for it to take some time to reach a level of blogging, where there are enough readers to leave comments.

     One thing we should always remember, is the fact that when we’re commenting, we’re doing so on a public basis. Meaning that we should be careful when preaching our opinion, making sure that they don’t start feuds of comments on a post.

     But don’t let that stop you from commenting and getting your opinion out there. Because why miss out on all the benefits. Commenting on other blogs, bring new readers to your blog.

     Now, I’m not an expert, so don’t expect my advice to be the best. However do keep this in mind, I’m learning with you guys and hopefully what I have learned will be of benefit to you!

Here’s some tips you should consider when writing a comment:

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Photo Credit: barnimages.com Flickr via Compfight cc
  • Try your best to motivate and inspire the blogger.

Even if you disagree with what the blogger has to say, try to put your words in a way that will get your opinion to them, but is still subtle. Compliment them, between sentences, so even if you say something that may not be of their liking, they won’t feel offended or hurt. What you really want is for the blogger to feel like writing that post was worth all the work.

  • Keep it short and sweet.

If your comment is longer than the blog post itself, in all likelihood people don’t have the time to read it. Keep it short and what you have to say will receive the value it deserves. But then again, don’t make it a three word comment. That doesn’t make much of an impact.

  • Make sure you know what you’re talking about.

If you don’t have background knowledge on the topic of the post, don’t comment. It only makes you look confused, and you don’t want that on a public forum like the internet.

  • Check your grammar and spelling.

A blogger puts a lot of time and effort in making sure their post meets the expectation of their readers. So the least the readers can do is give feedback in an educated way. Check your comment over before publishing it. Make sure there aren’t any foolish mistakes, because again it won’t make you look so good in the eyes of others.

  • Be perceptive.

Write a thoughtful comment, summing up all contents of the post. Add some things you liked about it, some things you didn’t agree with and why. Try to ask some constructive questions, to start a conversation with others.

Some things you may want to avoid, when commenting:

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Photo Credit: C x 2 Flickr via Compfight cc
  • Being rude or offensive.

There’s a nice way of disagreeing with someone’s point of view on a topic. You really have to put yourself in the blogger’s shoes, and think about how you would feel if someone left a mean comment on a piece of writing you may have worked really hard on.

  • Being informal and unprofessional.

You don’t want to put off an impression that makes you look unprofessional. Remember that you’re not texting the blogger, but rather publishing a comment on an online blog, somewhere where almost everyone has access to. So just for that moment, leave the “luv, cuz, lol, and gr8” stuff aside.

  • Restating points from the post.

A comment repeating everything in the post, isn’t of benefit to anyone. If you have anything new to add on, that the blogger may have missed, go ahead and add it. But, don’t restate the points, we get it, you know how to summarize a passage. But doing so, may slightly annoy others.

  • Commenting late on a post.

Sorry, party’s over. Coming late to comment on a post, isn’t going to let you stand out. It probably won’t catch anyone’s eye, and you will miss out on the conversations. So you may aswell, comment on some other recent post.

How you should present yourself:

  • Use your real name, or at least one that isn’t spammy or just foolish. Please don’t use “greenmilkshake1567”or “ilovehamsters101”.
  • Make sure your profile, has accurate information like your e-mail address, so if someone wanted to contact you, they could do so with ease.
  • Set your profile image as  aprofessional, presentable image of you, or atleast a picture of something important to you. Just not a picture of something that doesn’t represent you, is what I’m trying to say.

One thing, you should all take with you after reading this post is that commenting may seem like it has too many difficult rules to follow, but once you try it, you won’t want to stop.

Check out the video I made on commenting using Powtoon.com

Sincerely yours,

Mantaqua