Steve or I have posted this before and yet I find it’s always a good idea to remind people. The comment section is meant for just that: to briefly comment on the post. It’s not meant as a place to post your own take on the post or blogging.
Thus, Steve and I ask you to keep them brief, to the point, and pithy or amusing is always good. For the purposes of this blog, ideal would be 20 words but up to 60 is fine. That’s about 3 lines. Anything longer than that crowds out other comments and makes it tough to scan.
Some comments have been 200 to 300 words and that’s more like a column. Please don’t be offended but either Steve or I will cut them off right at 60 with no editing. So make sure you get to the point early.
Again. It’s not that they’re not good but it makes it tough for other comments which may follow yours.
First off, we love comments and we do want you to “sound off” on the subject matter of the post. We simply ask you keep them short.
Comments on our blog frequently migrate to different subjects or just back and forth discussions between two people. That has a tendency to discourage other visitors from actually commenting on the post itself. There is a difference between commenting on a post and a discussion at a forum. The RVO comments section is not a forum.
We get a tremendous amount of feedback from readers who want to comment but feel left out or lost since they have to wade through lots of comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand – the post.
You’d be surprised at how many posts I delete that start with the phrase “I’m not sure where to post this, so I’ll just post it here…”
We want pithy comments concerning the posts, that’s what the audience is looking for. You’ll notice we almost never delete comments simply because we have a different point of view. Get your point out there and make it short and sweet. In the future, we will have a system that limits the number of characters you have available.
We love comments on the actual subject matter. Jim is now looking at the comments more frequently to use them within the context of the radio show, but he too is noticing the drift and it’s hard to wade through to find good, short comments to use during the big radio show.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to get Jim to monitor the @radioviceonline Twitter feed during the show to gather immediate feedback during the show.