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Article Writing – Good, Educational, Controversial And Opinionated
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Article Writing – Good, Educational, Controversial And Opinionated

The very exposition of specific articles, should they receive comment?

When an article penned, it will have a specific subject, or opinion on various differing subjects, should they receive comments from readers? Should they receive likes? Should they demand sharing on other sites? Is it an expected responsibility of the reader to in fact do any of these?

Lets start by deciding how one rates an article that you are reading, is it good attention seizing, educational, opinionated, an exposition on a specific subject? Is this a subject to which you can associate and have knowledge of, be it how little or large? The article can stimulate, nay manifest, certain feelings either good or bad, how to judge the article it being such an individual assessment, is difficult to propose an answer.

Should one comment on these articles that have just been read and how should one comment? Should one try to convince the author of your own opinion, or rather to comment in such away as to rather give your own feeling about the subject? Again a difficult question on which to give an answer.

I would like to share an experience I had when attending a conference held where the top forty odd specialists in a field invited. (I don't know why I received an invitation, but that is besides the point). The top experts – Professors - from America had received invites to expound their abilities to this group. The conference set up where the speaker given an hour to talk and this followed by questions and answers. My experience, the speakers brilliant in their knowledge as well as their ability to lecture in an interesting way, yet where did I learn the most? The following questions and answers.

These lecturers experienced in the ways of stimulating discussion and questions, created an excited audience not always ready to await the end of the lecture. As the subjects covered topics that nature had more control over than human kind, their lectures mere opinions of years of experience and research. The follow-up Q and A had all invited partaking with either questions, opinions or experiences, this stimulated more discussions and the one thing I noticed the most, the almost lack of response from the very person that had just shared his knowledge. As this was a four-day conference, in the evenings we came together to meet with each other, at one of these evenings I put my feelings to one of the experts. His answer was simple and short, “Do you think I could have done better than the floors discussions?” how wise this man was, we had actually learnt more from the discussions and opinions than from the lecture.

Now I come back to article writing, reading and comments. An article written such that it gets a comment, the author should see the comment in the light in which it was given and if it should stimulate more comment and opinion then I think one has done well.

Articles of an educational nature would expect to receive short “well done” type comments or an opinionated response from those knowledgeable in the same subject. However, why can one not give an uneducated opinion? Is it that one is afraid to actually comment for fear others consider them lacking knowledge? Come on authors, comment and who gives a hoot what others think, this is a way of gaining confidence in your own penning. Your comment may stimulate more discussion type comments from others and that way we all learn.

Articles of a controversial nature call for comments, nay demand comments, this is an opportunity for you to share your opinion be it in agreement or against. This type article should stimulate the minds to pen other articles covering similar topics but looking from differing angles. If not opinionated on the subject, but find it controversial enough to stimulate interest, share on Face book or twitter, allow others to share. “Like” the article, or similar to allow the author to see that they have a successful article.

Opinionated articles the best to comment on, these call for comments, your own opinion, and who cares what others think about your opinion, it may gently push someone else into forming an opinion, even to encouraging them to comment.

The articles I call “Good” articles, the heart-felt ones, those that stir the feelings of warmth, the arm hair-raising articles, those that make one think back to years gone by, stir memories of old and are just spectacular in their subject, these have to receive comment these demand comment, this is where the true feelings felt about the article shared.

Comment, share and “like” articles written by fellow authors, this drives to a more creative article penning.


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C4rmen  

Birthing of ideas is a beautiful thing and to share... divine. Great provoking article Rob. Hmmm what can I be controversial about??

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  about 1 decade ago

C4rmen your quiet comments on many articles I've notice have stimulated a lot of discussion, think about it, you'll come up with something of that I'm sure. My article re obesity I expected more discussion controversial discussion, I got it from an unexpected source, how enthralling that has been, it was only published yesterday so I do still have high hopes for it.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, I'm working on learning pictures - you've got a perfect one again here! That was a wise professor indeed. It's tempting to be the center of attention in Question and Answer sessions, isn't it? Keeping quiet and letting a session turn into a discussion requires wisdom. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Cynthia, after this conference I restructured my discussions at the Turf Managers Meeting of which I was chairman. I would chat a short time on a subject and then let the other mangers answer their own questions. discussions that used to last an hour with me doing most the talking, became two and even three hour discussions with me merely chipping in to keep things going. Wise men they were and a wise lesson I learnt.

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  about 1 decade ago

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your results in real-world you-usage.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Good one Rob. I agree with the articles you call good. I am really enjoying all the different articles I get to read here.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Shawn, glad you enjoy.

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  about 1 decade ago

Very good article Rob. I find that comments can be the most interesting part of lots of things out on the web. In fact, most of the information I learn or enjoy comes from reading the comments about the information I just learned in the above material.

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  about 1 decade ago

You got that one right. A Blog I follow on photography has fantastic educational comments on the Bloggers photos, one learns from the experts commenting.

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  about 1 decade ago

I'm just having fun getting back into writing again. I don't think I've read something here yet that I haven't been able to take something away from. Thanks

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  about 1 decade ago

Pleasure Wayne, glad you called in and look forward to more from you.

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  about 1 decade ago

I think the comments are the mark of a good article. It has inspired, entertained or best of all caused thought in the reader. There is also a sense of camaraderie that is very special here. When I don't comment or read the comments I miss out on the best part of the experience which is (as has been so aptly said) to learn more from other perspectives and also encourage some very fine authors.

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  about 1 decade ago

Now I was surprised I thought you had already commented. Is it not so, the comments I have read on many articles have created articles of my own. It is also so important for newer members to comment, that way we see them, and if want to, join their tribe to follow in the future, am I not right? How did we all find each other? By comment threads, and the thinking Hmmmm good comment, let me read an article or two and the next thing, they have followers, which increases reads and aids writers.

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  about 1 decade ago

Absolutely right Rob.

  
  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I love to read articles that are written from the heart. They are the most intriguing. Sometimes a writer poses an idea that I never considered, that causes me to think and I'm changed forever for the better. An article that entertains is a delight. It takes imagination and a facility with words. Rob, you are a provocative and entertaining writer. I have been enjoying your articles very much. You are so prolific too. I love the comments that show people really read what you write and have thought about it. When SA started, it was suggested that people write about any topic they want, not necessarily their area of expertise or niche. That presents a superb opportunity for a budding writer to hone his/her craft.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Joan it is always nice to get comments from people such as you, I try to get the newer authors to comment, It is also important that they are not afraid to impart in a discussion. I know this is not Face book but the more one partakes the more one benefits by others that then follow you. I try to get that across and, hey man, write and enjoy yourself. Thanks again for the comment and visit.

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  about 1 decade ago
Golfspice  

Well said Rob! - encouraging to all wannabe writers.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks so much, comments an aid to us all.

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  about 1 decade ago

rob, Your article makes me really glad I found this group

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you John, a group of like minded people, who enjoy each others articles.

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  about 1 decade ago

I also feel that I get a lot of information from the comments I receive. One commenter on an article gave me more ideas for experiments I should do with my kids. I was so thrilled that they gave me the idea so we could do the experiment- which my kids loved immensely. I then blogged about it and mentioned the author. I think they appreciated seeing that their ideas were heard and used. I always enjoy reading your articles. Thank you for the additional insight

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  about 1 decade ago

There you go Rebecca, just the point I'm trying to make, it can be so informative to the author themselves. One need not be a specialist in any way, but a comment might just cause a spark of memory in another. Thanks for the comment and feed back.

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  about 1 decade ago
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