I hope you are like, like, liking each other’s posts—it’s a great, quick way to show support. Yet another way to be engaged in the conversation is to comment on each other’s posts.
We went over Disqus commenting in class, but I hope you all get in the habit of commenting on each other’s posts regularly as well. Though the very best comments are academic—the ones that make you think, ask hard questions, and are engaged with the topic—all comments do not HAVE to be academic. You can leave a comment just to show support, to express your own opinion, or to say how much you enjoyed the post.
A general rule on commenting—we are a SUPPORTIVE community. It’s fine to disagree, but do so respectfully. Also, don’t waste time or energy commenting on grammar. We all make mistakes sometimes, and it’s not really interesting to comment on them (leave that part to me!)
Occasionally, you might get a comment from the outside world. I think that’s awesome! But what do you do when you get a comment?
Blogging etiquette dictates that when you get a comment, you give one back. If you get a compliment, say thanks! If you get a question, try to answer it. If you get an argument, attempt to say why/how you disagree, or consider changing your stance. If you ever get a plain old insult, feel free to delete it—it’s your blog, and you never have to tolerate insults in your (cyber)space.