Commenting on Articles and Blog Posts

Tips for Commenting on Blogs

If something in the article resonates with you, comment back to the author.

  • Did something in the article confuse you? Ask some questions
  • Do you agree or disagree? Voice your opinion
  • If you know something about the topic at hand that the author did not cover, share it with them
  • Share your experiences with the topic. Use real world examples

Things to Remember:

  • Keep your tone civil, speak to others as you would like to be spoken to. If you would like your opinion to be respected, show respect for others
  • Back yourself up with facts and statistics from reliable sources
  • Be brief, make your point compelling enough to stimulate discussion, but succinct enough for readers to pay attention
  • Stay composed. Point out disagreements in a professional manner and pick your battles wisely
  • Watch out for commenters who are just trying to get a reaction
  • Before you hit send, take a minute to reflect on your comment, remember your goal
  • Remember the Internet is a public place, don't write anything, including private information about yourself, other individuals or a company, that would wouldn't want later showing up in a search engine

Tips for Writing a Letter to the Editor

The following are some great tips on writing a letter to the editor from the ACLU website, we would like to share it with you.

Letters to the editor are great advocacy tools. After you write letters to your members of Congress, sending letters to the editor can achieve other advocacy goals because they:

  • Reach a large audience
  • Are often monitored by elected officials
  • Can bring up information not addressed in a news article
  • Create an impression of widespread support or opposition to an issue

Keep letters short and on one subject. Many newspapers have strict limits on the length of letters and have limited space to publish them. Keeping your letter brief will help assure that your important points are not cut out by the newspaper.

Make it legible. Your letter doesn't have to be fancy, but you should use a typewriter or computer word processor if your handwriting is difficult to read.

Send letters to weekly community newspapers too. The smaller the newspaper's circulation, the easier it is to get your letter printed.

Be sure to include your contact information. Many newspapers will only print a letter to the editor after calling the author to verify his or her identity and address. Newspapers will not give out that information, and will usually only print your name and city should your letter be published.

Make references to the newspaper. While some papers print general commentary, many will only print letters that refer to a specific article. Here are some examples of easy ways to refer to articles in your opening sentence:

  • I was disappointed to see that The Post's May 18 editorial "School Vouchers Are Right On" omitted some of the key facts in the debate.
  • I strongly disagree with (author's name) narrow view on women's reproductive rights. ("Name of Op-Ed," date)
  • I am deeply saddened to read that Congressman Doe is working to roll back affirmative action. ("Title of Article," date)