The Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki is a collaborative project for evaluating the blogs of Fortune 500 companies. You can read John Cass’ discussion of the project and its history on PR Open Mic here. John highlighted our first round of student blog reviews on his blog here. (Thanks, John!)
John, my class, and I have been discussing what to do about blog revisions. Due to the contribution of students’ blog reviews to this exciting project, I wanted to provide students with content and writing mechanics feedback. The challenge was that I asked students to post their blog reviews before I shared my feedback.
I discussed this issue with my class this afternoon. Students requested that I provide feedback for subsequent rounds of students’ blog reviews before they would be posted. John has also encouraged students to provide constructive feedback and pose questions on one another’s blog reviews. Helping others through the commenting area is a key part of blogging. John shared one of his blog posts about constructive criticism. Here is one of my favorite lines from it:
“The message is that if you would not say such negative things out loud why are you writing them on the web?”
The “would I say this to the person’s face” exercise is a useful test of whether the words are appropriate. John also notes that constructive criticism should be presented in a friendly rather than confrontational way. Giving a compliment before constructive criticism can help set the tone.
After reading John’s discussions, I feel comfortable with sharing content feedback on students’ blogs; however, for now, I prefer to save my editing of writing mechanics for offline conversations.
What do you think about sharing constructive criticism in a public forum? I invite readers to share their thoughts and stories.