Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thing #12 "comments anyone?"

Giving and receiving comments on blogs is a lot like being an active participant in class. Teaching a class during which no one asks questions, no one adds to the discussion and no one disagrees is a lonely business. In these situations it's easy to question whether your teaching is making a difference. Blogging is the same way. I hadn't really thought about how to encourage comments on my blog however the article 10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog has some great suggestions including asking questions, asking for comments and responding to comments when someone writes one. Anyone tried these suggestions yet? Do they work?
I was always confused about what name to sue when I'm blogging or commenting but the article Blogging Basics 101 helped me understand that the different reasons to use your real name vs an alias. It's frustrating to me to see comment left by people who use an alias and leave really rude, or insensitive comments (I see that a lot on news web sites) Another blog I like to follow is Teaching All Students and left a comment there for the first time.


  1. In the age of technology, it is easier to remain anonymous hidden behind an alias or username. I believe many people use this concealed identity as an excuse to bully and use bad manners. Our goal is to build a community of learners; community is built on respect. We definitely need to teach students technology etiquette and respect for others. Too bad many adults have missed out on learning good etiquette.

  2. To gather from what I have learned from comic books and sci-fi shows, an alias gives all the power to the person. The problem is that it incredibly passive and ultimately weak. Alas, I am responding and commenting using an alias as well. They are not inherently simple or foolish. I happen to love my name cause OneAngryTurtle is so incredibly stupid and fun. I agree with BJ's comments because now in our society using an alias has become the equivalent of a prank phone call. I agree it is up to teachers to teach better etiquette but also on parents and society to do the same. It is also your responsibility. As we have read, it is important to set guidelines for what is and is not considered inappropriate for your blog or website. There is also a point to which we must not take these things personally. I know that this is hard and sometimes unavoidable but the fact will always be that some people will take the wrong route in communicating. Just remember that they are not trying to communicate at this point and merely seek attention. Isn't that more pathetic than hurtful?

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  4. AngryTurtle, I agree with your comment but what really gets me are the vile Jerry Springer type comments (sorry Jerry) that I ready all over the web. I love smart discourse and I'm open to hearing all sides of a discussion I just hate trash talk.
    just gotta ask....why are you an angry turtle?