The PikiFriends blog offers a great method to develop online conversations through blogging. Called the A+1 Method, the process encourages quality when responding to blog posts, thus continuing the conversation.
Blogging has become a written art; bloggers create a blog post on topics of their choice, expressing their views and opinions to their readers. Comments to blog posts keep the topic alive and promote deeper understanding, new learning, and thought-provoking insight. Bloggers and commenters communicate, connect, collaborate, and share!
So, what’s A+1 commenting on blogs or in forums?
- A = Answer the blog post or forum response
- +1 = Add more information or Ask a question
When more information is added, or when a question is asked, blog comments and forum posts become conversational as others respond to the prompt or each other.
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For example, pick the A+1 answer for this the blog post:
“I was told to never use personal information like my name, address, city, or birthday for my password, but that’s the only way I’ll remember it. I’m going to stick with what I’ve been doing. I don’t think people will guess my login.”
Comment 1: so am I. If I do something else, I won’t remember my password either.
Comment 2: I use personal info too, I don’t think it’s a problem or makes my password easy to guess.
Comment 3: Hm, all I have to do is look over your shoulder, follow your fingers and connect it to your name or something. You should protect yourself better. Can’t you think of another word or phrase that would be hard to guess?
Comment 4: yep, I have my own method of making passwords. this is a dumb rule. No one can stop me using my name if I want to.
All four comments answered the post, to some extent. But if you guessed that Comment 3 added +1 to continue the conversation, you’re correct!
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Comments keep the conversation going, furthering a reaction from the original poster, and others, in the online community.
A+1…Answer, then Extend the conversation by adding information or posing a question. Follow this simple rule to become a more active participant in online learning communities.