How to be awesome (here)

Today’s article is written by Nathan Bransford, who is a writer, ex-agent, and social media expert.

It’s called “How to write a good blog comment” and I can heartily confess to rampant self-interest in sharing it here.

Let’s begin:

The art of writing blog comments may at first blush seem like a frivolous and unimportant one, but that is not actually the case!

Writing excellent blog comments is perhaps the very best way to build your own blog and/or social media presence. Consider a blog comment an audition to show off your own personal awesomeness.

Not all blog comments are created equal. Here are some good rules of thumb as you work your way up to becoming a blog comment ninja.

Read the Post You’re Commenting On, Then At Least Scan it Again

Yes, this takes time and the careful suppression of twitchy fingers. But there is no quicker way to leave an ineffective blog comment than to miss something in the actual post or to accuse the poster of saying something they didn’t actually say.

Accuracy is important. Good blog comments take into account the entire post and then come up with a good and original response. So not only take the time to actually really read the post, keep the comment on topic rather than bringing in an outside and unrelated agenda.

That said……

Get There Early

The most effective and influential comments are near the top of the comments section.

Read Nathan’s other four excellent points here.

My own personal tips:

1. Always assume everything you post online will be read by your mother, your boss, your worst enemy, and your best friend.

2. Never, ever express anger online (see # 1) unless you are fighting for a cause outside yourself.

I’ve also discovered that writing about where your manuscript is at with agents/editors/publishers (or how long they take to reply) is also a no-no. Unsurprisingly, they don’t like to be publicly discussed.

Perhaps more importantly, proudly reporting – or weeping over – your dozens of rejections has the effect of making you look unpublishable, which can put professionals off – because they definitely do look at your blog and google you before offering representation (see #1). Which is why you won’t be hearing any more about the publication process until I have an offer (and permission to talk about it here).

3. If you’re young, invent a fake last name that you use everywhere online (if you’re a writer, it can become your pen-name, so make sure it’s distinctive but easy to spell).

I also recommend you visit Nathan’s blog and/or his top-notch writer forums.

Here’s an Easter-themed cat picture – this is Indah pointedly ignoring the Lindt Bunny bell I tinkled and then threw at her.

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4 responses to “How to be awesome (here)

  1. Ann

    Poor Lindt bunny… I see that the chocolate didnt make it til Sunday…

    • Louise Curtis

      Ann: The most amusing part is that it was a gift from a friend – a thank-you for MINDING THEIR RABBIT OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND.

      So awesomely inappropriate.

  2. Ben(Crispin)

    …I was going to predict that no one would comment on this post because of all the pressure…

    Never mind.

    (But I got in early! Yay!
    I can only hope this contributes points towards my final comment score…
    *Wipes brow from all the pressure*)

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