Raistlin Classroom: The Art of Commenting
Hello guys and welcome to our place!
So, today I bring you something different… I? Well, I should say we! That’s right, it’s time for a new collab which I couldn’t be happier!
Today we have the great and mighty Raistlin in the house! Yeah, that’s true! Raist is here and it’s time for him to give his own class.
But first, let me explain to you how this awesome collab came to be! I’ve already vented about this on Twitter a while ago – Why am I able to write “good” 1000 words posts in the minute, but then when it comes to commenting I just seem an ogre trying to create the most basic sentences in English?
Well, with this in mind, I thought, I really need to get some tips on how to write better comments (as also being able to write them at all!) XD This way, I decided to invite Raistlin for a collab and here he is *screams of excitement*
Yay! I’m very excited to be here, and I’m truly honored that you invited me for this collab 🙂
Now, why I asked Raist to do this with me should pretty obvious to you! If you go to a post then you can expect that a Raistlin’s comment is already there! In fact, Raist is at the number one commenter in many of our blogs. How is able to do such a feat? I don’t know, but that’s why he is here! 😀
– How the hell are you able to write so many comments? –
Well, I have a secret robot army that writes all of my comments when I am not able to. They even do it in my sleep, lol.
Seriously though, blogging has become a routine for me in my life. After having had breakfast in the morning (most important meal of the day, I never skip it), I usually have about 45-60 minutes before I head off to work, where I read posts that appear in the reader while I slept. As I sleep for about 6-7 hours, that means about 10-16 post, depending on how creative everyone has been lol. Not every post needs a comment of course, but I usually have this urge to try and comment whenever I can.
Depending on how busy I am at work, I try to check my WordPress app on the phone in my breaks and read some posts there too (although commenting on my phone is harder for me, as I have complete noob skills when it comes to texting)
After work, my real WordPress day starts for me. I usually spent my evening reserving about 2-3 hours for my blog, where I mostly read posts, and answer new comments, as well as post comments of my own. In total, I spend about 3 hours a day reading posts and commenting. (Which means I seriously need to get a life lol)
Ok guys! Here’s the secret, just stop having a life and start commenting xD Seriously though, it’s amazing how much effort and time you put into making the community happier! I can only aspire to be like you. (Although I would never be able to do those many daily hours ahah)
Nevertheless, if you guys take less time for the blogging reading, let’s say one hour a day, you can still do a lot of comments! So, even though you probably won’t be the top commentator in all blogs as Raist, you will be able to do many comments.
– That brings me to another question. Of course, this depends on the length of the post and the speed you have in reading posts, but, on average how much time do you spend in each post to and commenting on it! –
Well, as you say it pretty much depends a bit on the length of the post itself. In average though I would say it takes me about 5-10 minutes to read posts, and about 3-5 minutes to post a comment. But that’s really a rough estimate as it truly depends the most on how long the post itself is.
– Do you have a thought process when reading a post to leave a comment, or you just read it and the comment comes to you naturally? –
Oohhh, that is a very good question indeed. Honestly, it depends. The posts that get to me the most are personal ones, or posts where someone might be going through some hard things in life (as we all sometimes do). I always spent the most time writing comments for those, as I try my best to support people when they need it the most. This usually results in my most lengthy (and perhaps most rambling lol) comments.
There also posts that are just very cool to read, or contain a lot of humor. I try to come up with replies for those that in some way try the same approach, or at the very least contain a remark that hopefully reflects how I feel about the post or contains some humor in return.
And then, of course, there are posts that have a topic that I can relate too, or are about something that I really like myself, and it’s nice to write a comment which can hopefully generate a response from the author who wrote the post in order to get a discussion going.
– How is the way to go when you want to comment on something that you agree with without just writing “Agreed!”? –
Well, it comes down to what I wrote above in the last section. When you write a comment that is either very short or pretty much doesn’t warrant a response (Such as “ cool post” or “ awesome” ) you know that it doesn’t usually generate much reaction. You probably will get a “ thank you” or a like. But that’s about it. Sometimes that can be fine too you know? Not every post need to go into a lengthy discussion as we all have limited time on our hands usually. But when you want to really appreciate a post, think about what you would like the response to be if it was a post you had written yourself. We all have posts that we are proud of and where we hope people will respond to in a cool or positive way. Think of a comment as a kind of mini post. Make it personal, and pick things out of the post that really got to you. That can be either a funny line, or something emotional, and go into that particular aspect of the post.
That’s actually a really nice way to put it! Writing a comment like we would like to get a comment if the post was ours. I think I’ll be using that tip a lot from now on!
– On the other hand, how should we write a comment when we are disagreeing with someone? –
Ahh, that is the really tough question isn’t it? Well…I think the first thing to do is be respectful. If you immediately something along the lines of “ Well I think you are wrong” or “ I don’t agree with you” it immediately sets the tone for the comment. You can disagree with someone, but also let them know first that while you might not agree with their opinion, you do still respect it. Also always try to let a writer of the post know why you don’t agree. Just saying I don’t agree and leave it at that is just not going to generate sympathy. My best example was my rant post for the Last Jedi. It generated a lot of responses where people both agreed and disagreed with me. The fun thing was, it never really got out of hand. People that disagreed with me, where always respectful and also explained why the loved it. And that’s cool. We all are humans and we all have different opinions. As long as you are respectful to someone when you are not agreeing with their vision on something, it will be fine. Don’t be afraid to let your opinion be heard either. But always try to think of it this way: “ How would you like to be treated yourself when you might get a comment on a post from you with someone who has a different viewpoint. That pretty much says it all 🙂
Yeah, I’m with you! The only “hate” comment I got was someone who entered my Blog by Google and not from our community. Nevertheless, I thought this was a good idea to put out there so people who disagree with a post comment nevertheless.
To be honest, I think disagreeing comments are the ones who create more of a conversation versus agreeing comments.
– Some tips for us, noob commentators? –
Lol, I don’t think anyone is a noob commentator. We all have our own styles, and there are people that comment even more than me 🙂 I think the first tip would be: Don’t be afraid! I sometimes think a lot of people are just scared to leave a comment (and trust me when I first started blogging I had that same fear). But honestly not commenting would be missing out on some of the best parts of blogging. I have made some truly amazing friends that I would otherwise have missed out on if I had not started at one point to get over that fear. Hell, I’m talking to one right now!
Seriously though, what is the worst that could happen? Either you don’t get a response, or someone might not like what you said. So if that last thing would ever happen, depending on what the response would be you could either apologize or just move one. Honestly, though, this entire community is so friendly that I don’t think anyone here is going to be yelling at someone else.
I sometimes comment on posts from blogs who never respond to anyone. I think that everyone who takes the time to read a post you wrote, and even takes the time to write a response is someone that I really appreciate. The least one can do is give that person a small response in return (or a bigger one depending on what kind of comment it is). We are all busy, but I do think it’s sometimes a shame that there are bloggers who never take the time to respond to their readers who leave comments. Again, I’m not one to tell anyone what to do (there is that magic word: respect), but I do think it’s truly one of the most interactive parts of blogging and it’s why it’s so much fun to do.
TRUTH! I couldn’t have said better myself. Answering to the comments are of utmost importance! I, for example, get an average amount of comments. There have been days where I spent +- 3 hours answering comments from the past 3 days. And, well, I do it because I respect my community! I mean, if you had the time to comment I’m sure I will have to get some type of time to answer you.
Have fun with it! Go out of your comfort zone and just write a witty response to something once in a while, or if it’s something emotional bring your own feeling to it. It can generate sometimes totally crazy discussions or even very emotional ones. And hell…you might even up gaining some great friends too!
Lastly, someone very wise told me once that you don’t have to respond to every post. Sometimes it’s okay to leave a like too. And that is totally true. There are days when you might just be very busy, or where a post doesn’t really need a whole novel as a response. So, in other words, leave a comment when you feel like it, not because you are obligated to do so.
Seriously though, thank you so much for taking your time from your busy, busy life (Guys Raist was even sick when wrote this, so be really thankful to him, ok?) to help us to understand better the art of commenting and, to be honest, know a little more about the real ninja who is always everywhere commenting!
Now, I send the ball to you guys! Do you have any tips to write more and better comments? Tell us in the comments below! 😀 Also, go there to the WordPress community and start commenting the heck out of it! 😀