Introduction to comments and writing comments

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Blogging is much more than writing posts; comments are important part of blogging.

About Comments

Comments allow your readers to add feedback to your posts and pages.  Comments extend the conversation beyond your blog post allowing your readers to interact with you and each other.

It’s amazing how even just a few comments can make student realise they are writing for a global audience — for many is incredibly motivating.

Comments are an important part of both the readers and blogger’s learning process.

Default Comment Settings

By default, comments are enabled on all newly created blogs, and a comment form will appear at the bottom of posts and pages where readers can respond to what you’ve written.

Approved comments are displayed under the individual post or page.   You just click on the post title to read the comments.

By default,  the first comment by a new commenter is moderated and their subsequent comments are immediately published on all newly created blogs.

About Threaded Comments

Threaded comments allow readers to reply to other comments inline/nested which encourages better discussion and responses.

Below is an example of a post:

Example of a post

Here is an example of a threaded comment on the post:

Threaded comments

How to leave a comment

To leave a comment on a post just:

1.  Click on the post title or the “comment” link at the top or at the bottom of the post.

The comment link may say something like “3 comments”, “Comments (0)” or even “No Comments”.

2. Scroll down the page to the comment form or click on Reply (to reply to a specific comment).

3.  Enter your name and email address – your email address is hidden and only the blogger sees it

If you are logged into your Edublogs account you won’t need to add these details.

4.  Write your comment.

5.  Enter the anti-spam word.

6.  Select the ‘‘ if you want to be notified by email to comments by other readers.

7.  Now click ‘Submit Comment’.

Comment form

Commenting tips

Most readers are reluctant commenters, not because of lack of time, but because they feel uncomfortable leaving comments.

Read through the comments on these posts:

  1. Comments Count!
  2. Parents Comments Count!
  3. Teaching students how to write quality comments

The comments on these posts provide:

  1. Reasons why readers mightn’t leave comments on blog posts
  2. Explanations of what makes a good comment
  3. Tips for encouraging readers to comment

Both posts are also a good example of how both the blogger and readers can interact with each other when encouraged properly.

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