There are several podcasts that I appreciate. A quick sample of my iTunes favorite podcasts include: Speaking of Faith, with Christa Tippett, the Christianity Today podcast, and two vodcasts: Larry King Live (the link is half-way down the page) and the sermons by Matt Boswell [from the church my son serves as worship pastor: Duvall Church. (hit the media tab).]
It is Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. (When my wife first saw “Quick & Dirty Tips” she thought I was looking at porn…honestly!) I admit that I can be a little A-R about grammar (OK, a LOT A-R about grammar), but I am really loving this podcast.
OK, but except for improving our grammar in preaching (which would be a VERY GOOD THING for many of us), why do I mention it here? This is a preaching blog!
Because this is a preaching BLOG. And one of the important elements of blogs are reader comments. I don’t get a lot of comments here. But I do get some. (As an aside, the lack of comments is what led me to add the counter at the bottom of the page: is ANYBODY really reading this stuff? Thankfully, I found out, you are! But it’s still OK to comment!)
So as my public service for the day, I thought I would link to Mignon Fogarty’s blog post on writing comments on blogs.
I’ll list her suggestions here, but Mignon amplifies on each one. You really should read her comments about each “rule”:
Rule #1 — Determine Your Motivation
Rule #2 — Provide Context
Rule #3 — Be Respectful
Rule #4 — Make a Point
Rule #5 — Know What You’re Talking About
Rule #6 — Make One Point per Comment
Rule #7 — Keep it Short
Rule #8 – Link Carefully
Rule #9 – Proofread
Read the entire post here.
Mignon also links to a terrific YouTube video of two girls rapping about the negative comments they get on their YouTube videos. It’s is great! (Take a look):