There was a lot of talk about the idiotic things people leave on blog comments like “Wow, this is so useful”, which you would think would be a nice thing to say but old time bloggers think it’s a waste of comment space. Why not say “Thank you for your valuable point of view. Here is my perspective on the subject…” and continue the conversation.
I heard one person say that part of their personal responsibility in leaving comments on blogs is to encourage other readers to comment. I liked that.
There were also jokes about people who don’t know how to leave a link in a blog comment, breaking the comments area of the blog with a 120 character link stretching across the page and beyond. And those who post code in comments that screws everything up.
They all agreed on the idiocy level of people who put their email addresses and other private information in their comments, and how they delete personal information, and even the comment itself as punishment for stupid thinking, unless the comment adds to the conversation.
But the one that really made me laugh was when a woman said:
“If I find a blog comment signed with their name, my dork-o-meter goes red alert.”
The words were hysterically funny, but no one else laughed. I choked my giggles down and leaned in closer to the group to hear their response.
It was unanimous from the sound of it. Everyone agreed very loudly that people who sign their blog comments are dorks. Idiots. Top of the stupid class. Pointed heads. Wearers of the dumb-guy baseball cap.
In “How Not to Comment on Comments”, I talk about some points you need to consider when leaving a comment on a blog, and in “Editing Your Blog Comments”, I describe how leaving your name or signature on your blog comments is redundant and makes you look like a novice:
Comment Signatures – Don’t Sign Your Comments
Today’s blog comments feature a fairly consistent form. You fill in your name or blog name, email, and website address and then type in your comment. When it appears on the blog, your email should be hidden, but your name becomes a link to the website address you just gave. And most say “Lorelle says:” or “Comment by” and then your comment appears.
So don’t sign your name and include a link to your blog in your comments. It’s redundant. It makes you look like you don’t know what you are doing.
A comment isn’t a letter.
I’ll say it again, just so we’re clear about this: A comment is not a letter.
A blog comment does not start with “Dear Lorelle” and end with “Yours sincerely” and name, address, email, phone number, or website address.
These types of comments are usually left by people with little or no experience with blogs, blogging, or commenting.
Some people argued that signing a blog comment personalized the comment. I disagree. Your comment personalizes the comment, not your signature. I find no personalization in “Thanks, Fred” or “Yours truly, Alice”. Doesn’t do a thing for me. You?
Why do I think this way?
Think about it. If you sign your name to your comment, it looks like:
“Lorelle says: I agree with your point, Lorelle.”
It’s a little odd, isn’t it?
A blog comment is a part of an ongoing dialog. Over. A conversation. Over. This isn’t ham radio talk. Over. Where each comment’s end must have a signal that it’s finished. Over. Then the next person can talk. Over. Signing your blog comments is old fashioned, letter-writing stuff. Over. Anything that gets in the way of the flow of dialog stops the conversation. Over.
Come on, who talks like that?
While I’m still giggling at the phrasing, I have agree. You do look like a dork when you sign a blog comment. When you add your name and blog URL, you look desperate.
Remember, a blog comment is not a letter. Blogs break many rules that the printing and writing world forced upon students in grammar lessons for the past several hundred years. Blogs change the whole concept of communications and publishing media. Blog comments come with your name and URL, if you provide them.
So don’t sign them.
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