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Blogging 101: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

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Yesterday, you published using the Daily Prompt as a starting point. Today, explore the same prompt through the eyes of dozens of your fellow bloggers.

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.

(Didn’t complete yesterday’s task? No worries: leave two comments anywhere, and write a new post of your own.)

Why do this?

  • Reading others’ takes on a topic you’ve tackled challenges your own thinking (and blogging).
  • It’s easier to enter a conversation when everyone has a shared experience, like responding to the same prompt.

To find other entries, go back to yesterday’s prompt, scroll down to the list of entries, and pick any six that strike your fancy. You might go for those whose titles sound enticing, or decide to click around arbitrarily. Either way, spread the love — don’t just click on the first six links you see!

Extra credit: if you have a smartphone or tablet, do your browsing and reading there. The WordPress mobile app is available for Apple, Android, and BlackBerry.

As you read, ask yourselves: how did the author approach the prompt? How was the post structured? Was there anything particularly creative or original done that you could take inspiration from? Did they interpret it in a way that would have never occurred to your? Reading and finding inspiration in others’ writing is a foolproof way to preempt writer’s block — and it teaches you new ways to re-imagine prompts.

To comment, note the posts that elicit the strongest reactions from you — is it a post that’s particularly well written, or one that you passionately disagree with? It’s these kinds of posts where it’s easiest to engage the author in a meaningful way. (And remember the basics of commenting etiquette.)

Do you have a few more minutes to spare? Leave more than two comments — especially if you’re enjoying a lively discussion with another blogger! If you feel like posting today, pick the most thoughtful comment you’ve left, and expand it into a blog post. Don’t forget to link back to the original post, and use the blogging101 tag.

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    1. For me – great post, detailed, very well-though from the close to the make-up. Honestly, I’d add a bit of personalization and a picture of you in any of this looks (if you have nothing against adding your own pictures). it’s like a psychologic thing, clothes must exist on people, not by itself. So if one sees you wearing any of it, the logic is simple: wow, she looks great I should try it as well. if you see just clothes, you don’t get this impression that it will fit you (or not)

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      1. Thanks! That’s really nice of you to give me such detailed feedback! And yes for sure I’ll definitely add a bit of personalization! Thanks again! 🙂

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      2. Oh, come on, that’s the sense of all this tasks and learning together. So one day, when you become a famous fashion blogger, don’t forget to mention me in your thank you speeches 🙂 😀

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  1. I haven’t done much in way of commenting. Never sure if anything I have to say actually matters, but lately… it’s more an exercise of trying to break out my really hardened shell.
    Can you even note the hesitancy in this one…?

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  2. Hi guys 🙂 I commented on more than two prompt replies already yesterday, and will give a look on my Russian-literature review. http://tantoverde.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/literature-inside-out/

    I have to ask for the common wisdom: what do you guys think about receiving comments. Michelle already mentioned that “Great post” is not the most engaging comment, but you can answer: thank you and move on. When you get a comment totally unrelated to your post, without any signs of appreciation that doesn’t leave you a space to this simple thank you only. But the person clearly have never read a line of your blog

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    1. Both on The Daily Post and on my personal blog, I delete comments that don’t have anything to do with my post/where it’s obvious they haven’t read the post. That’s just spam.

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  3. This a great prompt, because it really helps you to see just how differently other people can interpret one question. I know I have done this a few times before but doing it again was helpful. I was in awe of some of the stories/poems that came out of the prompt. Such a straight-forward question can be taken with a creative angle, and I hadn’t thought about that before.

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  4. Hi all! I commented on several today, but I don’t comment on all the posts that I read. Sometimes, there is nothing for me to say, but I do visit.

    Here’s my post from yesterday,

    http://sandiyee.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/how-do-i-love-me-let-me-count-the-ways/

    Please give me your feedback.

    ps. Does anyone know how to remove the date of post? I have the bouquet theme, and there is a huge date of post on the upper left that I dearly wish to get rid of! Please advise.

    Thanks!

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  5. I didn’t have the chance to participate in the prompt posting but I have been on fire with commenting! I’ve made an effort to be more vocal on the posts of blogs I regularly read and have stuck to making sure I reply to comments on my posts in a timely and thoughtful manner. This led to a new follow and a adding a follower’s post pingback-style to my most recent one. Comments from other posts lead me to other blogs and other posts, great advice and information and lots of interesting reads!

    Crazy about the sense of community induced by comments! 😉

    Would love more comments from fellow bloggers and hopefully future follows and pingback support sharing like I had today!

    http://somealphabetsoup.wordpress.com/

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