Commenting: the good & the bad

Did your mom ever say to you,“If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”? Well, mine did…ALL the time!

There are definitely good & not-so-good ways to comment on a blog post. Following are 5 quick tips to keep in mind when commenting:

  1. Keep it positive and compliment the author. Do it in a specific way by referring back to the one or two thoughts that really had an impact on you.
  2. Be sure to keep it short and make a point. No rants or rambling!
  3. Make your comment meaningful by adding your thoughts on the subject. Just saying ” I agree” or “good job” adds no value to the conversation. You will make a more meaningful contribution if you explain WHY you agree or disagree with the post.
  4. Know what you’re talking about. There is no better way to turn off your audience and undermine your authority then by admitting you don’t know what you are talking about. Do your homework, use other sources to find out more, if necessary, and add ‘content’ with your comment.
  5. Proofread! A lot of typos and misspellings is just another way to undermine your authority, and then – well, nobody’s gonna care what you have to say.

A great look at commenting from  Nicolas Weiss’s Leaving High Quality Blog comments video , with specific examples:

Below is the video mentioned  by Nicolas from Mrs. Yollis’ Class.

Thanks Mrs. Yollis’ class  for sharing How to Compose a Quality Comment! from yourwonderfulteacher on Vimeo.

 Your Task:

Using the quick tips above, Post at least 3 positive comments on your classmate’s blogs. Each of these comments should add or contribute something meaningful to the post.

Happy Commenting!

Mrs. C

A special thanks to Edublogs for sharing information on Good Quality Commenting Skills!

Welcome to blogging!

Many of you are probably New to blogging, so I will share a quick video that explains what this web activity is all about. What is a blog?

As well as two additional resources on the history of blogging and it’s definition that may offer more explanation of the topic.

So even if you are not so new at this and know how ( & why) to blog, as part of this class we are going to learn some of the ins & outs of blogging; the hows, the whys and the what fors.

It will be a learning process that I hope will strengthen your tech skills, your writing skills and your overall communication skills both in and outside of the classroom. We will start out slow and simple.

For your first task, simply view the video and read at least one of the articles on the definition/history of blogging.

Then be prepared to answer my questions in class or ask a few of your own.  Nothing online yet, but it’s coming…. 🙂 Mrs. C


Our first Class Blog Assignment

Playing with Font

We recently explored information about Fonts and Typography in class and in our last Blizzard bag assignment. If you missed it you can find it on our Google Classroom page.  

Note: I highly recommend you check it out and complete the task  before moving on to this one.

SO everyone should now have an idea of what a font is ;  it’s the style of your text on the screen or page. It’s fun to play around with different fonts and find the one that you like best. Believe it or not , this usually says something about your personality and can often help to convey your message to the reader.

Jason Cranford Teague shares some great advice for  bloggers and educators alike in his “Design101 … 5 Simple Typography Tips” from (this should look familiar)

Feeling inspired, I decided to play around with fonts in the visual editor on our blog. We have lots to choose from in MSWord, here on our blog and tons more can be downloaded online. I also played with color :p…..

But don’t get too carried away.  You’ve got to be careful. If your font is too small or “too out there” it can be difficult to read and cause your reader to go elsewhere, then – well – your message is lost!

Our first blog assignment:

This week in class we all took a look at our class blog and you were able to view the what is a blog video. If you had any questions, hopefully we covered it in class. Your task for homework( yup HOMEwork- isn’t blogging great!)):

Post TWO comments– as outlined below.

  1. Comment on the previous post, (the one with the video, follow the link) Explain what you learned in class about blogs, blogging,or general overall thoughts on the subject.
  2. Search the internet and find at least 1 article about blogs, blogging, writing posts &/or commenting on posts. 
  3. Summarize the article in a comment on this post.
    1. Please include the link( url) to the article in your comment. (If it’s really great we can share it with the class!) To hyperlink your Article, in a comment – you will need to use a little HTML. It is lots easier to link in a post- but for now we get to do it the hard way. It’s not really that hard…..To accomplish adding a link , the first step is to copy the URL of the article you found, then paste it into the comment section. Next write your comment; before or after the URL( whatever makes sense to you) When you have completed your comment, create the link to the article by adding  an HTML tag. <a href=” http:// link” > as indicated in the illustration below.

Capturehtmllink in comment

Pay close attention to this illustration! It’s code so if you mess up just one little thing…it won’t work!

You can also find a review of these steps on our HTML page here

I am working on a video to step us through the process, so if you can’t include the link, be sure to bookmark the article URL or save it somewhere so you can go back and add it in later.

Also before posting, I suggest a quick review of our blog guidelines page as a reminder on the Do’s and Don’t of blog posts and commenting.

So that’s it. Just add a comment to the previous post and one to this post. You are now one step closer to blogging!

AND YEAH ( most importantly) Have fun! – and feel free to play around with the font , you know – just to find your voice…..if you’d like! What is your favorite font?

Mrs. C.