It’s awesome to see all of you exploring your fellow Nousionat’s work. And even better to see comments starting to flow. This kind of engagement is an important part of being a productive web citizen! Remember that both side of these exchanges have responsibilities:
- As an author, strive for clarity in your original work and then be responsive to comments: approve them as quickly as possible and, most importantly, answer questions that are being asked there! And, where it makes sense, don’t be afraid to revise your work based on what you learn from the comments and exchanges.
- As a commenter, you also want to be as clear and specific as possible. Showing appreciation for the work can—and usually should—go beyond simple kudos and agreement. You are all finishing similar activities…use what you’ve learned to help your classmates, to probe and poke at their assertions, to ask questions, etc.
Most of the readings (and viewings) I am requiring are by contemporary authors with a social media presence. Are you trying to engage with any of them? You can do this passively through active links to their work, which will often send signals behind the scenes (note how Gardner Campbell popped in to comment and engage with Liz!), but you can also actively engage by mentioning them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. and/or directly on the authors’ own sites.
I can’t force anyone to actively engage but I can promise you that doing so is far more rewarding and interesting than going it alone!