Proper Commenting Etiquette
A few fellow bloggers have various comment etiquettes – such as Nancy, who prefers long comments.
Like I did on a recent post, I’m most likely going to make a lot of people really angry. But this is my opinion of this “proper commenting etiquette” crap, and this post is long overdue. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy reading Nancy’s blog, or anyone else’s I may mention in this post. However, the commenting etiquette “rule of thumb” has gotten way out of hand between last year and today, and even in the future.
I have found that Georgina’s article has better diction – can’t you see it in the title? Rather than using “proper”, she uses effective. That is a more effective way of telling me what she wants, and what I can comment with in order to expect a reply.
But that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s not even close.
Sure, having a mere two sentences relating to the blog post said blogger posted and then pressing enter/talking about something else/replying to said blogger’s comment isn’t very polite, but that does not make the comment a “wrong” comment.
Reading said blogger’s first and/or last paragraph and then commenting their post with information based on either one – or both – of those paragraphs, and then pressing enter/replying to their comment/etc. is not wrong, either. Is it nice? Maybe not, but to some it may be.
Asking “How are you?”/”How was your day?”/”How have you been?” before reading said blogger’s current post (or maybe even a recent/previous one) in a comment isn’t a fun comment to receive, either.
A lot of bloggers I used to enjoy commenting seem to care more about the quantity of their comments – length and number – and I don’t. Because of this, I am having rough time with commenting them back.
When people have these stupid, idiotic commenting “rules”, it makes me worry about whether my comment is adequate. I hate that feeling. I used to really enjoy returning blog comments, but it’s no longer as fun.
I understand that not all bloggers understand/know how to comment correctly, but because I’m seeing these “rules” on practically every blogger’s blog I go to and want to comment, I’m just closing the tab. Or, if I don’t see their “rules” beforehand, then I am reading the entry and then closing the tab. I just hate that I feel this way about commenting now.
It’s no longer an activity I enjoy doing. When rules are involved in a fun activity like this one, the activity starts to feel more like a chore. And I don’t like having chores online.