Your 2¢ Worth
So here we are. Maybe I should say, SO HERE WE ARE!! Twenty-two days of writing under our belts. Twenty-two!! I find it intriguing that today is the 22nd --- two 2s (2-2). So...I'm going to talk about our 2¢ worth in commenting. OK, I know I'm pushing it here. That was probably worse than the segue on the evening news, I know.
Writing, for me, has surely had its ups and downs. Tonight I don't want to talk about the writing. I want to talk about the thing that has probably mattered the most in keeping me motivated. Tonight I want to talk about commenting. This process has taught me some things about commenting that I think will help me as I confer with writers in my classroom (and when I teach students more about commenting on blogs).
Types of Commenting
1. You have readers! (or the "I Stopped By" Comment): Don't underestimate the power of this comment. Sometimes it is just nice to know someone stopped by your post to read what you had to say. (OK, be honest, who doesn't get excited to see Ruth & Stacey stopped by? I really don't know how they keep up with event, their own slices, and commenting. Kudos to both of them!)
|Road Tripping with Dad|
|Girl Scout Cookies|
2. Celebration (or the "Yay!" Comment): These are the comments in which the reader just celebrates with you. Picture an audience and a standing ovation.
|Days Long Gone|
3. Connections (or the "Me Too" Comment): Many of the comments I have received have been comments in which the reader identifies with my post. Sometimes I have reminded them of something they had forgotten, they can empathize with my situation, or something similar has happened to them. These are the comments that connect us together and help us to realize we are not alone.
|Paradise When You're Seven|
4. Affirming (or the "I Agree" Comment): These are the comments in which the reader affirms our thinking.
|Growing Up Small Town|
5. Growing the Conversation (or the "I've Been Thinking" Comment): These comments are also helpful as they help build upon the thinking of the writer. In these situations the reader adds to what has been posted. After reading a post, the reader has had a little more to say about the topic to extend the thinking. These comments are conversational in nature and are always interesting to read.
|Girl Scout Cookies|
6. Questioning (or the "I Wonder" Comment): These are the comments in which the reader is wondering something about what has been written. The great thing about blogging is you can really just ask someone to tell you more or share something you've been wondering yourself.
|Slices of My Reading Time|
7. Craft (or the "It Really Worked When You..." Comment): These comments have been very helpful. These are the comments in which the reader has noticed something about the writing that has caught their attention or really strengthened the piece. Sometimes they are comments about the structure, voice, or crafting technique of the post. Sometimes the comments are about the words used in the post. Perhaps the reader has discovered interesting vocabulary, repetitive words or phrases, or a line that has caught his/her attention. These types of comments help me as a writer.
|Doors of Our Lives|
It's getting near the end of this challenge and commenting is getting harder. Let's face it, we've been devoting hours just to compose a post, then we go read, and try to leave comments. I know I've found the comments to be so helpful, not only in motivation, but in helping me to improve the craft of writing. I just want to thank everyone who has taken the time to leave such thoughtful comments. I can't even begin to tell you how much they are appreciated.
Now....I'm off to comment.....