Speak Up

Have you ever noticed the “Leave a comment” link at the end of every WAgN blog post? Here’s what it looks like.wetweathercapture2 Once somebody has commented on the a post, the link changes to “Comments.” Either way, when you  click on the link, you’ll open box where you can post a comment

One of the great things about blogs is that they provide opportunities for readers to join in the conversation. Perhaps a blog post offers new insight, or makes you want to ask the author a question. Maybe you know something about the topic and have additional information to share. Or maybe we just plain got it wrong and a correction is in order!

Please, chime on in!

Comments can be as short or long as you want. Even a short “important info” or “thank you” helps our bloggers hone in the topics that are of interest to you, and helps us know what you consider relevant to your interests and needs.

When readers ask questions, offer other information and insights, or challenge the blogger’s position, it can lead to a much richer dialogue about the topic. Since the comments are public, many people can join in and benefit from the discussion.

Borrowing from Sheila B. Robinson who curates another blog, here are some tips for blog commentary.

  • Mind your manners!  It’s perfectly acceptable to question or disagree with an author’s point of view, of course, as long as it is done with a tone of polite, respectful, professional discourse.
  • Patience, please. WAgN’s comments section is moderated (to prevent spam) either a blog administrator or the post’s author will need to approve a comment before it shows up. Typically, comments are approved within hours. But on occasion it may take a day or so.
  • Subscribe to the blog. You can get the WAgN Blog via a RSS feed or sign up to get each new blog post delivered via email right into your inbox. Subscribing means that you don’t have to go to the blog to see if new content is posted, but rather that the blog’s content comes to you.

 Take the plunge:

Give it a try! Do you have an idea for a topic you’d like WAgN to tackle in a future blog post? Let us know!

About Beth Holtzman

Beth Holtzman is outreach and education coordinator for the UVM New Farmer Project the Women's Agricultural Network.
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