Commenting Basics: Day 5 – Commenting On Comments


Hey everyone, guess what? Today is day 5 of 5 of my Commenting Basics Course. To day I had to find a comment that looked interesting and comment on it. It was hard to find a comment but I found one. Actually, I found more than 1 so I commented on more than 1 comment.

Some of today’s tips talked about linking. I’m new at linking but I’m halfway there. I guess I’ll see if there are more courses I need to take. LOL. >”<🙂🙂>”<


Commenting Basics: Day 4 – Try Respectful Disagreement


Today is Day 4 of 5 of my Commenting Basics Course. Today my assignment was to respectfully disagree with a post. I chose a post I agreed and disagreed with so it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. The post I chose was DANCE YOUR WAY THROUGH FALL – PLUS SIZE PARTY CHOICES . You can visit Miss Talkaholic’s site by Clicking Here .

Some things I have learned about Commenting Etiquette is:

  • Read thoroughly.

Before commenting, make sure you’ve read the entire post and the other comments before yours. Your comment should never make the writer or the other readers) wonder if you actually read the material. When you’re sharing a personal story, you want to make sure yours is relevant—-otherwise, it can look like like you’re trying to grab attention away from the blogger. (Also, someone might have left a similar story – in which case you can reply to that person’s comment!)

  • Contribute something of value.

Every post can be the start of a conversation. Try to add something substantial to move that conversation forward. Don’t get me wrong- most bloggers appreciate every comment, even if it’s just a simple ‘enjoyed this post.’  But a meatier response is more likely to result in visits to your own site. Explain why you’re moved to share your story, and how your experience connects to the original post.

  • Mind your manners.

If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it in their comment thread. Criticism is fine, but there’s no need to be hateful. And remember, only a blog author can delete a comment, so if you comment in haste you might repent at leisure. Share your own experience, but don’t disparage another’s.

  • Be yourself.

I’ve discovered many favorite blogs by becoming a fan of a certain commenter. Rather than any one comment, it’s the style and personality of a commenter that really makes me want to read more of their work. Whether you are smart, Witty, or just plain bizarre – be you! No matter your perspective, a unique voice will get attention.

  • Keep your comment comment-sized.

If you have a lot to say on a certain subject, leave two or three representative sentences in the comment section, then link to a post on your own blog where you have expanded on the topic. This is a clever way to engage readers who share your interests.

Sharing a link can be a nice way to flesh out a comment — but a caveat! There’s one surefire way to get your comment ignored or worse, deleted, and that’s leaving a shameless plug. If you’re going to take the time to visit others’ blogs and then press the “comment” button, avoid this basic mistake.

A shameless plug is a comment that exists simply to provide a link back to your own blog. It says little — or nothing — other than your URL.  Things like:

Really informative, I look forward to reading more.


What a good post! If you want, come visit my new blog:




There is a lot more content on commenting so I will give you the links.  The links are:

Say Something: Commenting Etiquette

The Perfect Host: Comment Moderation

Both of these posts are by Elizabeth.

I learned a lot. All bloggers should read these posts.

Please Share your comments with me. I want to hear what you think of both these posts  + my post.

Commenting Basics: Day 2 – Share A Personal Story

bloggingu-blue-logoToday is Day 2 of my Commenting Basics Course and today I am to share a personal story.  You can read my story HERE . This was to get us talking and involved more in commenting.

Commenting Basics: Day 1- Just Start Talking!


I started another blogging course. It’s called Commenting Basics and it will last 5 days. Today is Day 1 for me and I had to comment on 3 blogs I never commented on before.

Each day will be a different task to do. They give good advice and tips on commenting too.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 14 Of 14 – Create Your Own Feature


Today is day 14 of 14 for my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course. I’m so excited I made it through my blogging course. Today I have to Create My Own Feature for my blog. What does that mean? It means to find readers on a daily basis I should commit to something on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

What am I going to commit to on a regular basis? After some thought, I thought I would do book reviews of some books I have read and book reviews on books I will read. Of course I will continue to post pictures too.

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know and I will look at them then consider every suggestion. Also, please tell me what you think of my idea on doing book reviews regularly. Like I said previously, I will consider all suggestions.


Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 13-Build Your Brand


Today is Day 13 of 14 of my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course so I’m almost Done. I haven’t decided if I’m going to take any more courses or not.

What We Learned:

Today we learned how to Build Your Brand. I was confused when I saw the title but when I read on I understood a little better what they wanted and meant. So what did they want? They wanted you to build a custom icon. This is how they told us to do it.

How We Did It:

  1. First, they told us to choose a little image to represent your blog – a small photo, your initials, or a piece of your header image all work well.
  2. Next, we were told to click on the General Settings tab that was provided to us.
  3. Finally, we were to click on the “Choose File” under the Site Icon tools on the right to upload your image, and follow the prompts to save it.

Then after we were given these steps, were told if you want to change your image, you can find the uploading tool by going to My Site > Settings > Site Icon.

I have chosen as my Site Icon a picture of what the country looks like in the Fall. Someone from my sister’s family, the Eyth Family took the picture. In my opinion it is a beautiful picture and makes a good site icon for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 12- Make Some New Connections


For Day 12 of my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course, we had to go to The Daily Post Prompts page and scroll down to the grid of responses. Then I had to pick 6 responses that caught my eye and read them. Then I had to leave comments on at least 2 of the responses. If you skipped the day before, then all you had to do was to leave 2 comments anywhere you’d like and follow 2 new blogs.

Even though I may have the choice to skip a day, my thoughts are if you don’t do the course work you don’t learn anything. Also, if you took this course then do the course work.

Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 11 – Make A Prompt Personal: Daily Prompt- Overcome


Today is Day 11 of my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course.  Today I’m to make a prompt personal. How I do this is going to The Daily Post and see what the Daily prompt is and if it doesn’t move me, I’m to try another. I’m also to give a link to the prompt so that others can find my post on the prompt page.

Today The Daily Prompt Is: Overcome so that is what my post is about:

Overcoming something personal is never easy to do but it is well worth it in the end because what you’re striving to overcome you will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel and when you do, it will be one happy day for you when you finally overcome your troubles.

When I was in Elementary School, is when I had to start overcoming my troubles. You see, I was picked on and/or bullied the whole way through Elementary School and High School and then after High School graduation, I got told by a counselor that I would never go to college. Not a good feeling.

But in the end, everything turned out for the best. My parents and grandparents supported me and I started out at a community college and graduated from there then transferred up to a 4 year college and graduated from there. Although, I had one professor think that the best thing for me would be to drop his class. When I stuck it out and passed his class he took me aside and told me he was glad I stuck his class out and that he was happy for me.

When I graduated, I was very happy because I had something no one could take from me-a degree. Also I was happy because I did something that I was told I would never do.

The End Result: 

The end result was me not ending up with one degree but two degrees. I had overcome being picked on and bullied in school as well as being told I couldn’t do something. Overcoming this wasn’t easy but with support from my family I eventually overcame everything.

A Suggestion:

Everyone has something they need to overcome so don’t think you are alone because you’re not. With support you’ll eventually overcome your problems. Some problems are harder to overcome than others so they will take longer to resolve. Once again if you have support you’ll find out it’s easier to face.

Links To The Daily Post:

The Daily Post

The Daily Post Prompt: Overcome

For The Daily Post



Fundamentals Of Blogging: Day 10- Building A Better Blogroll


Today is Day 10 and I’m learning how to build a better blogroll. You can do this 2 ways. A blogroll can be built with the Blog I Follow Widget or you can use the text widget. I decided to use both.

4 more days to go and my Fundamentals Of Blogging Course will be finished. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone so fast.

Until my next update, happy blogging everyone.

Fundamentals of Blogging: Day 9- Get Inspired By The Neighbors


Yesterday I left comments on 4 different posts to meet my blogging neighbors. Today, my course work is to build on one of these comments that inspires me.

What Site And Post I Chose:

The site I Chose was The Joyful Soul Creates and the post I Chose was Elephantastic Birthday.

The Comment I’ve Chosen To Build Upon: 

Samanthamurdochblog: Ah-how sweet! I can never make up my mind how to do light…I just do a vague scribble and hope it’s interpreted as a shadow.

The Joyful Soul Creates answered her and this is what her answer was: Haha that’s pretty much what I was doing, but now ive started trying to really think it through. I just signed up to some online colouring classes too which should help!🙂

The comment I have chosen to build upon and that inspired me is by samanthamurdochblog commenting on The Joyful Soul Creates(Lady Joyful) site. The post is called Elephantastic Birthday and the link is here . The comment is above.

Why I Chose This Comment:

Even though the comments between samanthamurdochblog and Lady Joyful were short, they were thought-provoking. They were discussing shadowing and coloring of the lighting of the card. I found it thought-provoking because I never thought about how to do shadowing, lighting and coloring and how it might affect the look of the post they are working on. They even discussed the interpretation of  how it looks and what other people think as well. Lady Joyful took a coloring class in hopes to help her out with this issue.

This Is What The Card Looks Like When It Is Finished:


Credit: This card was made by The Joyful Soul Creates. For the link for this card called Elephantastic Birthday please Click Here