What Makes You Comment?

Commenting on other people’s blogs is considered to be a good idea for bloggers. It helps you get on the other bloggers’ radars, which may result in a comment from them, or even a link. It is a way of “making friends.” The problem with this as a blogging strategy is that it can be hard to force yourself to comment. I read a lot of blogs. I think I have over a hundred and fifty blogs in my newsreader. I don’t read every article in depth though. I would never have enough time. I usually skim articles, trying to … Continue reading What Makes You Comment?

The Increasing Struggle for Comments and Community

There was a time when this blog got a fair number of comments per post. Over the years it has trickled down. While I first and foremost put the responsibility on myself (erratic posting, not so fascinating topics, my being slow to respond to comments) I have also noticed that on most of the blogs I follow, comments are significantly down from where they were several years ago. In my opinion, this is part of the evolution of blogging and to the growth of Facebook, Twitter and other social media. People don’t spend as much time taking part in the … Continue reading The Increasing Struggle for Comments and Community

Usability on the Cheap: Surfing for User Comments

One of the benefits of the web is that somewhere in the Internet, someone is talking about you, or at least a competitor. This makes it easy to get feedback. You won’t be able to get active comments on your developing interface, but you can read comments about existing products and competitors. Some sites, such as Amazon.com, aggregate user reviews right there with the product listings. In other cases you may need to look at forums, blogs, tweets, or anything else you can get your search engine to find. Users will not only be commenting on your product, they’ll be … Continue reading Usability on the Cheap: Surfing for User Comments

Poetry Prompts

Here are poetry Prompts from four years worth of 30 Poems in 30 Days. See More Writing Exercises and Prompts Use the word Pattern in the first line and/or the last line of your poem. Write a poem that begins with you waking up. Write a poem that begins with a proclamation. If you need a phrase to get your juices going, try “I will”. Write the final line to your poem first, and then write the poem to get to that ending. I am choosing to end my poem with “His hallucinations make him giggle” which others are welcome … Continue reading Poetry Prompts

In Defense of No Comment

Harry over at Men with Pens is upset. He may even be angry. He has definitely gone on a rant. What’s the problem? Comments. Not everyone loves them the way that Men with Pens does. One blogger, a blogger that Harry reads (although he apparently doesn’t leave comments) had the nerve to discontinue commenting on her site. Oh the injustice of it all. Let me start by saying that I love my commentators and I have no intention of following in her footsteps. I value my community. I want to give each and every one of you a minimum of … Continue reading In Defense of No Comment

Include the word right or rights in your poem

As you near the end of PD30, you may be wondering what to do with all of the poems you have written. You can submit them to contests and publications, or course. You can also create a chapbook. Chapbooks are very common among self-publishing poets and small presses because they are both easy to create and inexpensive to produce, especially if you have some desktop publishing skill. A chapbook is a book that created by folding standard 8 1/2 x 11 (The size varies outside of the United States) paper in half so that you create a shape close to … Continue reading Include the word right or rights in your poem