The fabulous Miss Wyatt, from The Student Blogging Challenge, asked if I would guest post about commenting. I ♥ commenting and am happy to contribute!
Blogging has many parts: the post, the comments, and the sidebar.
If you do a good job with all of the parts, your blog will be more interesting.
Today we will focus on quality comments!
Content is key!
In our class, we evaluate our blog comments.
A one-point comment is a general comment that doesn't add very much to the post. Example: I like your blog. Please visit mine! A two-point comment adds something to the comment conversation. A commenter might compliment the writer in a specific way or add new information. Another idea is to make a connection. Maybe the post reminds you of an experience that you've had. Share that connection! Try to end your comment with a relevant question. That way, an interesting conversation can develop.
Here is a video we made with tips to help you take your comments to the next level!
How to Compose a Quality Comment! from mrsyollis on Vimeo.
If Vimeo is blocked, here it is on YouTube.
We like to open our comments with a greeting and end with a closing. We choose to do this as it makes it easier for us to follow the conversation within a comment section.
Mrs. Smith, from Ontario, Canada, adds another excellent idea:
Give some information about where you are from and what grade you are in.
Thanks for a great tip, Mrs. Smith!
-For Advanced Bloggers-
Some bloggers like to use HTML code to make their comments better. Learning to write HTML code, or HTML tags, is a somewhat simple way to take your comment to the next level.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a language.
Important: Do not add a space between the HTML tag and the word or sentence.
We have blogging buddies in the southern hemisphere! Even though they are 8,000 miles away in Australia and we are in California, we love learning with them via blogging and Google Apps For Education, or GAFE!
Here is a Google Presentation we made for Ms. Jordan and Mrs. Morris' class. Every slide has TWO TRUTHS and ONE LIE. Can you spot the falsehood?
Each team worked collaboratively to create two slides for the Google Presentation. That means everyone contributed to the project. It was a good lesson about how to contribute and how to politely bring in those who are not!
Acers and World Book Online were used to gather facts.
Teams research and then discussed options for the truths and lies.
As teams were ready, representatives came up and typed in their information and inserted an image.
Be sure to directly address a team if you leave a comment! Here are the teams!
Team NAFTS Thaisand created slides for the Seattle Space Needle and Hoover Dam.
Team Unicorn Pizza Clouds created slides for our school and the Empire State Building.
Team Three Musketeer Sporters created slides for the Rocky Mountains and Mt. Rushmore.
Team Sparkly High Heels created slides for the Liberty Bell and the White House.
Team Watermelon Purple Pizzas created slides for the St. Louis Arch and for Alcatraz Prison.
Team Electrons created slides for the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Please use the comment section to tell us which one is the lie. Be sure to address your comment to the correct team. (See names above.)
Go to Ms. Jordan's blog to see their Two TRUTHS & One LIE about Australia! (It will be published soon!)
What did you learn about the United States?
What did you learn about Google Presentation?