In our last class we discussed the importance of providing hyperlinks when responding to another blogger. First, it is intellectually honest to do so; it provides context and allows the reader to judge for herself as to whether your criticisms are warranted; and it prevents readers from concluding that you are simply engaging in a bitter/personal attack for reasons unknown.
Today’s lesson will focus on the posting of comments by disgruntled readers whose commentary addresses a subject on another blog. We will focus specifically on a comment that had been deemed inappropriate for publication, usually for reasons that are apparent in the comment itself. Consider the following example. The first thing that you will notice is that the comment has absolutely nothing to do with the post under which it is located. Again, no context is provided by the blog host to explain to his readers why the comment made it through. The reader is left to wonder why it has been posted at all. In this example, however, a third party is referenced in the comment who happens to be another blogger and a frequent commenter. Notice that this reader now has to defend himself apart from the narrative thread in which the discussion evolved. That is unfortunate. However, the most important reason why one should avoid this practice is because it prevents readers from concluding that you are simply engaging in a bitter/personal attack for reasons unknown.