Commenting: Time to Speak Out

As all bloggers do, I encourage all of my readers to comment on my posts to share their thoughts. Two  years ago, I wrote a post about boys and told my readers to comment on it, so that I may help them. This was a gigantic mistake on my part, and today I would like to talk about why.

Almost daily I receive comments very similar to this one.

I like this boy and I am shy. How do I get him to like me? HELP ME ASAP!

No hello, please, thank you, or anything. They don’t even address me by name! It is hurtful for me to basically be treated as an advice slave by a bunch of teenage girls because they don’t know how to use their commenting manners. Sometimes it irritates me so much that I will deliberately not answer a comment for days because I feel hurt. Yes, like all human beings, my feelings do get hurt.

The proper etiquette for commenting on someone’s blog post, especially if you want help or advice or anything really, is to go around it like you would email a teacher or talk to a friend. This is not the time to be the brat to the genie. Using proper respect, and manners, commenting is fun for both parties. It’s all about doing it the right way. Let’s see an example:

Hi Morgan! I like this boy, but I’m really shy. How do I get him to like me? Could you please help me? Thanks, Commenter.

Wow, that was much more lovely! See how you don’t offend anyone by changing a few simple things in your comment? It’s astounding, isn’t it?

I don’t mean to sound rude or unthankful for my fantastic fan base, but I definitely am thankful for each and everyone of you. But for this community that The Enthusiast has created it has to be a two way street. I appreciate you guys more than anything, and I just ask that you appreciate me for creating content and attempting to solve your problems. And sending rudely written comments just isn’t the way to do that.

As the title of this post suggests, I just want to speak out for commenters everywhere. It’s nothing against most of you (as my comments are usually lovely and make me feel so great) but I just want to make sure that we keep the positive comment vibe going everywhere, extending to all blogs and to Twitter. Anyone can hide behind a computer screen, and this is a way to keep that from going negative.

So, this has been my PSA. I don’t like making them unless I find them necessary, which is why I bring it to your attention now. I’m trying to make the Internet a better place, one blog post at a time.

Thank you all for reading so much! Heads up, I’m going out of town this week, but I will have blog posts on queue while I’m gone. And next week I’ll fill you in on my fun trip!

Stay classy, Internet,


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