Blog comments give blog writers a feel for how people are responding to their blogs. Comments also provide insight from a different perspective that perhaps the writer was not aware of. A blog entitled “Blogging for Beginners” says that commenting gives bloggers a slight boost to their egos. Not only does commenting create awareness for issues, it also creates awareness for you, the commenter. When you leave a comment, your name (or username, alias, etc.) can link to your blog or page or website. Leaving comments on other blogs might inspire those blog writers to leave comments on your blog.
Purpose and value can be found through comments. Without comments, there is no interaction occurring, no sense of society. Comments generate a sense of involvement and links people separated by miles to issues as important as elections or as trivial as cooking.
So, how so you write a great blog comment? I’m glad you asked. Grammar Girl says there are nine things to keep in mind when leaving a blog comment. A few of them are as follows: be respectful, keep it short, and proofread the comment before posting. She also suggests provide context and meaning to the topic being blogged about. Commenting is not an opportunity to leave questions or opinions about random topics; this borders on being disrespectful, in my opinion.
It is recommended on the blogger’s part to respond to comments in a timely manner. Ignoring someone who acknowledged you in person is considered rude; the same is true in the blogosphere. When commenters see that their comments are appreciated and responded to, they will likely tell other bloggers and continue commenting on your posts.