pertamaxxx

Living in a world of blogosphere means that a blogger lives on a great network of written ideas and thoughts. Each blogger have their own ideas and put them into blogs with different ways. What I’m talking here is not about the technical blogging platform whether it’s WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, or else, but it’s more to how blogger expressed their ideas into words.

At some point, a blogger may found the same field of interest with other blogger say in his blog. And so the blogs, it provided a magnificent feature called comment. Any bloggers could have dropped themselves on a blog and for the same time could make a little note on the corresponding post which described their personal opinion. Whether it’s an agreeable or disagreeable comment, the opinion crafted a unique social network and provide encouraging state for any bloggers to develop their blogging ability.

But, the blogosphere is only still a medium which has it’s own way of life. I mean ethics. Every one can put any comment over somenone’s blog (if the blogmaster open the comment facility) but I surely say that not every comment would accepted with the blogmaster. There are unwritten rules on how to interact upon someone’s blog comment box. Everyone should obey the rules, or any of their comments would ended up on the trash bin.

Yesterday, Muhammad Saleem wrote a good article on Problogger about how to become a comment leader. And here I quoted most of his post at Darren Rowse’s blog as follows. He wrote 3 basic principles of commenting on blogs:

1. Be yourself, Not Your Brand
When you leave a comment, make sure that your identity comes across. Don’t be your blog, be the author. People want to interact with other people that genuinely share their interests, and by being yourself you instantly become more accessible. Inject your comments with your own unique voice and leverage your own unique set of experiences to make your point.

2. Create Value, Not A Pitch
A comment is useless unless it creates value for the audience. You can choose to provide more examples or counterexamples and further the conversation but don’t write one or two word comments simply agreeing or disagreeing with people. Creating value also means contributing selflessly (i.e. don’t advertise your blog and don’t use excessive signage).

3. Engage, Don’t Attack
Remember, nobody likes a troll or a flamer. When leaving a comment, don’t just engage the author, but engage the entire audience. This doesn’t mean that you can’t disagree with what is being said, it just means that you should be civil and disagree with what is being said, not who is saying it. Don’t forget to provide evidence for your side of the argument.

And so on, he wrote the whole explanation.

Fact of the matter is that a majority of the content that is created on blogs such as this one is based on people’s own experiences and is not set in stone. As such, the information being discussed is subjective and therefore there can be multiple solutions or ways of approaching the same problem (and most of the time there are relatively few wrong answers). When this is the case, and when most of the audience is trying to determine what the right answer is, they do two things:

1. People go to high-authority blogs to see what the author has to say.

2. When people are uncertain, they look towards others in the audience for help.

This help can come in the way of an affirmation of what the high-authority author is saying, or a rejection of the idea in favor of a different position. By speaking first, you can establish your influence and have a visible effect on the course the rest of the conversation takes. This is important because there is strong evidence suggesting that the order in which people speak is incredibly important in determining the impact that their opinion has.

This doesn’t mean that you start going to other blogs and commenting just so you can be first. What this means is that if you think that you’re voice is getting lost in the crowd, or that you have a strong opinion that needs to be heard, it’s time that you stepped up to the plate and spoke out first. The point of your comments doesn’t have to be to prove you right, but to make your side of the argument heard before the community decides what is right or wrong.

I think it’s quite hip enough. As information, in Indonesian blogosphere there’s a common word which usually found on the first comments on popular blogs: “pertamaxxx…”
In popular blogs, comments usually reached more than 30 in a few minutes after the article is posted. It’s a kind of race of think since the word represents the commentator as the first person who say a comment on that popular blog.

It’s nice to be first, but it’s more important to be noticed.

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