What makes a good comment?

Entries to my Comment of the Week Competition have officially CLOSED!

Now I have the difficult task of trying to decide which comment is the best. It is proving much harder than I expected it to be. How do I decide which comment is better than all the others? Should it be based on how useful the comment was to me? How informative it was to my others readers? How funny it was? 

HELP! I think I need to devise a complex rating system for them all!  I need some advise on how to proceed now…..

What sort of comments are the most helpful?

What types of comments do you most like receiving on your blog?

 Can you share one which you found particularly useful?

I’d love to hear all your thoughts on what makes a comment great!

Thank you!

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  1. Sandy says:

    I love all comments, but I especially love the ones that make me laugh. Or the ones that offer something interesting that I learn from. I have no advice to you on how to quantify a good comment…it seems like it is doomed to be an objective opinion, which I am OK with!

  2. Jackie says:

    Sandy – I agree with you – I’m trying to find comments that were funny and informative, but I’m afraid people made the mistake of doing one or the other! I’m in for a very tough decision.

  3. Good questions! I guess I’d lean towards comments being informative or helpful, but I like comments that make me smile too. I suspect this comment was neither funny or informative :)

  4. Jackie says:

    Kim – I think you’re right – especially for book blogs. We read book blogs to gain information about books, so it is great when comments are funny, but information/discussion is what we’re really after.

  5. Violet says:

    eeks…thats difficult isn’t it? As others said informative and comments that make you smile. But I also love comments that ask me questions.

  6. Violet – Yes, anything that starts a discussion is also great. I’ll have to bear that in mind when I’m looking through them. Thank you for adding that!

  7. Beth F says:

    Obviously any comment I made is one of the best!

    Seriously, I don’t know: one that strikes a chord with me, I guess. Good luck!

  8. Molly says:

    Oh my — I don’t envy your position of trying to decide the “best” comment. Personally, I enjoy any comment. The fact that someone just took the time to write a note means so much to me.

    I am following you on twitter :) If you would like to follow me, I am Mstermind1

    I think it would be loads of fun to “tweet” across the pond!

  9. Jackie says:

    Molly – I’m still struggling to decide which comment is the best, although I have narrowed it down to five!

    I worked out our twitter problem – I didn’t recognise your twitter ID, and was already following you! I look forward to tweeting you in the future!

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