There are many types of commentators, but for this post I want to discuss two of them, those who tell you how it is and those who tell you what they think you want to hear. I reckon the latter would be those who in the real world would be called brown-noses. Their comments don’t really reflect their true feelings as they figure that this wouldn’t win them any brownie points thereby costing them a possible reciprocal comment on their own blog. There could possibly be some who may fit into this category that refrain from total honesty because they are afraid they may hurt your feelings.
The fact is you aren’t doing anybody any good by refraining from telling it how it is. Where the latter does not supply any additional content, the former, if done correctly, can enhance the post as well as give you added incites into the topic being discussed. The key is in the way in which it is done.
Let’s say that you have just read a post and you totally disagree, the wrong approach would be to tell the blogger that they are a bloody moron who wouldn’t know if their arse was on fire. Unbelievable as it may sound I’ve seen a few take this tact. The right approach would be to tell them nicely that you disagree and then list your reasons why. If the blogger has any character at all he will enter into the discussion and a nice informative dialogue will ensue. This is a great positive if that particular blog has the top commentator plugin as it will enhance your chances of getting listed in the top comment bracket.
Personally I don’t try to crawl up anyone’s arse when commenting, and there are a lot of posts that are so informative that I can’t offer any sort of comment that will add anything new to it; This is an important lesson for bloggers, leave a little leeway for commenters to add something to your post as failing to do so may drastically reduce the number of comments that post will receive. On those occasions I read other comments to see if they allow an opening for me to add to the conversation and if it does then I try to leave something of value.