The best compliment you can give an author of an article (or blog post) is leaving a comment. When you do this, you are letting them know you found their topic and information interesting and valuable.
Here at HomeTips4Women.com, we're building a community of home owners and home professionals. We want readers to join in the discussion. We'd love for you to share your personal stories, expertise you have related to the article and information you feel other readers will find helpful. When everyone adds their comments to create a community discussion, that increases everyone's learning tremendously. Love to hear from you!
Step 1 – Scroll down the page to the comment form.
On our site, the comment form is very visible to make it easy to find. On other websites, if you don't find a form then look for words like “Leave a comment” and click to open their form. Many websites require that you register in order to leave a comment. We don't require registration but hope you'll sign up for our newsletter.
Step 2 – Type in your contact information.
Your first name is fine or you might use a display name for all your social media activities, i.e. my display name is “tinagleisner”. We need a valid email in case the author would like to follow up with you offline. If you're a business owner, it's common to include your website as we'll include a link to your site with your display name.
Step 3 – Write your comment in the box provided.
Comments can be anything from 1 sentence to several paragraphs. What's important is adding another perspective on the topic or additional information to make the overall experience richer. If you simply say “I agree” … it's nice to know you read the article but others reading the article won't gain from your experience. For fun, check out my dialog with friends on Active Rain, a community of real estate professionals.
Step 4 – What you've been waiting for … click on “Post My Comment”.
Once you've written your comment, it's a good idea to read it through once as you won't be able to edit after it's published. The best way to review is to read it out loud. For fun, when I read this comment I found my mistake but I'm leaving it there to show you why you want to re-read what you've written. The word “writing” after my famous … is redundant.
If you'd like to learn a little more about blogging before you leave a comment, read Blogging, a Powerful Tool for Sharing Stories Online (includes a short video).