Blogging Guidelines

Think about your digital privacy:

  • Use your first name only to identify yourself. Comments should have first names only.
  • Parents are asked to only use first names as well (For example use ‘Jimmy’s mom’)
  • Do not include phone numbers, home addresses or other important information.

Think about the tone of your comment:

  • Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
  • Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
  • If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.

Think about the content of your comment:

  • Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
  • Don’t say random information or get really silly.
  • Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
  • Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.

Think about conventions of your comment:

  • Try to fix your spelling mistakes: Ask someone to proofread your comments.
  • Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places and the beginning of a sentence.
  • Use correct punctuation.
  • Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.