The Art Of Commenting

Your comment shouldn’t be a commercial.

This past week I deleted about 15 comments that were nothing more than thinly veiled commercials for products and or other blogs.  It is not the first time I have done this, nor is it likely to be the last.

Some of the experts encourage bloggers to post a comment policy that delineates what commenters can and cannot do on their blogs, but I am not one of those people.

I don’t have one because I don’t like them and because I see it as establishing guidelines that are frequently adjusted so it seems like a waste of time.

Welcome To My Cyberhome- Our Clubhouse

My blog is my cyberhome. Unlike my brick-and-mortar home this joint is left unlocked and open for business 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It is a place to share thoughts and ideas. Some of those are professional in nature and some are personal. When this works as designed it is like a good backyard barbecue or cocktail party.

We’ll wander through the yard with a drink in hand and enjoy the company of those who are here. Maybe that will mean we swap stories or exchange business cards. Or maybe it will just be a chance to sit quietly and listen to someone teach us about something interesting.

It will rarely be a place where a salesman can wander in and start hawking their wares uninvited. You probably won’t find it to be a place you can come push certain views upon others uninvited either.

That is not what it is about.

Sometimes these rules may be broken and or adjusted. It might not be based upon logic you can follow. It might be completely arbitrary and that is fine with me, this is my house and I make the rules here.

There Is An Art To Commenting

I am not the kind of blogger who measures his success upon how many comments my posts receive. That is not a good metric to use, it is flawed. Many comments don’t add to or advance the conversation.

Conversation is what I want to see happen here. I am looking for engagement and mental stimulation for us all. We’re building a community here and that is worth something.

I understand that other bloggers comment here and hope that we go visit their blogs. It is part of why I have CommentLuv installed here. When you comment you receive a link back to your blog.

Most of us are very busy and sometimes that link isn’t enough to encourage people to visit which is part of why some people come through here and try to add several more links to their comments.

I expect sometimes it also happens because people are unfamiliar with CommentLuv and or are unfamiliar with blogger etiquette.

There is an art to commenting and when you learn how to do it well good things come out of it.

No Free Advertising

My professional experience includes a significant amount of time in online sales/marketing. Some of that experience includes selling online advertising to multiple size businesses. IBM, Intel, HP and a bunch of smaller companies you might not have heard of have all been clients of mine.

The point is I understand how the ad business works and the value of eyeballs. Sponsors are always looking for ways to engage directly with their target demographic and a blog is a great way to do that.

I don’t give away my inventory without prior approval. Free advertising is unlikely to be found here.

It doesn’t mean I won’t run any sort of advertising or sponsored posts. Nor does it mean I want suggest you sign up for products/services that have me as part of their affiliate program either.

However if I choose to do so I will disclose my relationship to you. You’ll know when you are clicking on affiliate links or if I have been given product/service to review.

Thank You

Those of you who know me well are aware that I will write regardless of whether people comment or not. I don’t require the validation to continue writing, the words give back enough.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want or like comments. There is no community in I.

I am grateful to those who visit and share their thoughts as well as those who don’t. Thank you for your time, I know you could be spending it elsewhere too.

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