I found these guidelines on a featured Edublog called Huzzah! They are well written and well thought out, so in the spirit of recycling, I will share them with you here.
Think about your digital privacy:
- Use your first name only to identify yourself.
- Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
- Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (i.e. where & when your soccer practice will be)
- Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
- Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
- If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.
Think about the content of your comment:
- Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
- Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
- Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
- Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
- Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.
- Include your blog url (address) so the blogger knows where to find you.
Think about conventions of your comment:
- Try to fix your spelling mistakes: use Firefox for drafting your comments.
- Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” –no evil i’s. Using all capitals is like yelling.
- Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
- Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.