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The medium is the message.

Choose your weapon of communication.


Check out some other blogs that cover a similar subject area to you. Locate a blog post you disagree with.


Decide how you will respond. Will it be with a comment? A blog post of your own? 


Go ahead and respond to the post. Post your response--in whatever form it takes--to this P2PU task, and your answers to the following questions:

  • How does your response differ from other ways of communicating (email, or text messaging).
  • What made you decide to respond in the way you did?

Task Discussion

  • JesmionEdu said:

    Hi, i have made many response regarding to my writing web, in the light of my blog at
    on July 20, 2014, 4:56 a.m.
  • Samiullah Khan said:

    Here the original article

    Top 10 Must to Learn SEO Tips for bloggers in 2014

    and here is my response

    In response to “Guest Posting at onlineustaad”

    The only reason that I've responded to this article is that the author mentions in his article one of the method that would really help any seo blogger. That what I wrote

    Beware of Guest Posting

    May be in my writings you will not see a clear answer to that article and but that’s I’ve understood that article and that’s how I’m supporting this response.

    Either Matt Cutts was right from the start or we have miss read it completely. Anyway you should keep you eyes open not only as a guest poster but as an owner of a website too. Because a lot of small business got into this trap. They are thrilled when they get requested for guest posting but sooner they realize that they are spammed too much. Your website reputation will get affected if you site links to an online resource which has low quality content.

    Normally this happens when we outsource our Site’s Search Engine Optimization. Because spammer are get paid for back linking and soon they will disqualify articles with too much spamming, as their only job is to create back links. Google will discount any kind of link building technique that duplicated and  the one that is not natural

    Guest Posting Still has its Place

    Guest Posting may not get you any where closer to SEO, but I’m telling you don’t discount Guest Blogging altogether. When you write for other blogs, you’re introducing yourself to that blog’s existing audience. You can still create relationship or expose yourself to new audience. With that keep in mind, it’s necessary to submit posts on the blog that has consistent flow of traffic. People will know you better if you are keep writing well just because of Guest blogging.

    These are my opinions, I will definitely wait for the follow up comments or posts. Share your precious thoughts.

    on Feb. 2, 2014, 7:55 a.m.
  • E Browning said:

    How is blogging different? Why respond in that way? 

    I haven't included a link because I have written many responses as part of my M.ed. 

    Responding in blog format means more time to consider and edit a response. But more time means more responsibility. Where I might get away with a typo or faux pas in a text message, I am obligated to spend more time and effort writing a blog post to avoid embarrassment. Additionally I feel obligated to include links and and more information and research on a blog.

    Putting thoughts into writing and publishing them online means those words may forever be attached to my name, both personally and professionally, and thus I must carefully consider what I say. I must be prepared to defend my position and accept responsibility for it. 

    These facts influence my blog posts, often resulting in longer, more formal writing than intended. 

    on Jan. 16, 2014, 7:54 p.m.
  • John Veitch said:

    This is a repost called "Blogging Angst" by Euan Semple.

    My friend Dave Tebbutt is wondering whether to give up his blog or not. Many of us over the years go through periods of questioning why we blog and if it is worth it. For me the biggest reason to blog is personal. If I don’t blog I don’t think as much, or at least not with as much focus. I don’t notice as much. I am less aware of what is happening around me and what it might mean. Of course if you blog in public then hopefully others will benefit from your efforts and if you are seen to be interesting and know what you are talking about then the process can lead to all sorts of opportunities. It’s like lobbing pebbles into ponds. You don’t always know where the ripples are going to go but you get better at lobbing bigger pebbles into better ponds.

    I don’t think it even matters where you blog these days. Yes, there is something about the dedicated blogging tools, like Squarespace which I use, that makes them more powerful than say writing updates in Facebook, and the biggest reason to have a dedicated blog is that it is your space, your gravitational centre on the web in the midst of the ephemera of Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter. But those of you on Facebook or Google + will have noticed that I have started replicating my whole blog posts in those two platforms. This is because just linking to my blog posts seemed unreasonable. I was expecting people to click on the link and go somewhere else. Posting straight into Facebook has led to some great conversations and is consistent with my advice to clients to go where people are rather than expect them to go somewhere else.

    So in fact I am currently making an effort to blog more often. This post is a result of it. I’d noticed Dave’s agonising, nearly ignored it, decided it was interesting enough to blog about, and here we are. Hope you found it interesting too

    Euan Semple

    In reply, I think keeping a hand written journal is useful as a quick way to organise your ideas before you begin to write in your blog.  Read a lot. and write a lot, for yourself.  Write for other people too, but that's a small part of the effort.

    on Nov. 13, 2013, 4:33 p.m.
  • CGreene said:

    I have decided to comment on the blog post below.

    I would have to disagree with you on the idea that socialism is the answer. Many societies have believed that socialism was the answer in the past only to have it become a dictatorship. True socialism is an idea that everyone would be treated equal under the government, the problem is the factor of greed. Governments have always fought to extend its power over the people but when the power is given the people are the ones that suffer. Government officials will always take more for themselves. Even in the most recent socialist move of the U.S. government, know as the PPACA or Obamacare, Congress has passed legislation stating that they are exempt from participating. This has made a different social inequality, those with political influence and those without.

    Also the idea that everyone should be compensated equally will completely negate the need for hard work. No one will work hard if they are not compensated for these actions. All the innovations that have created in recent history (automobiles, trains, steel, planes, computers, etc), have been made because one person believed that hard work would lead to a better life. Without compensation these inventors would have no reason to create today’s technology and our entire way of life would not have existed.

    The style of writing differs from other forms that I use throughout the day. I always try and write a well educated and well written response. This differs from texting because that is a short and simple message that does not need to be incredibly educated, even the use of full words are not neccessary (ie: "K"). My emails are composed about the same as my comments on other blogs.

    on Aug. 6, 2013, 4:42 p.m.
  • Anonym said:

    If there was a blog I disagreed with I would either comment or move on. Some things are not worth my time. If the whole blog was about something I was strongly against I would probably blog anf comment about it.

    My response would have proper grammar compared to texting. With texting you can be more casual and short-write words. I don't think people take a person seriously with texting lingo. When writing emails, the tone is usally neutral. When replying to a posting that I disagree with there is more feeling involved. I'm not the type to explode on people for their views or beliefs. I do respond with more passion though. If I reply being vulgar and upset, it could block me from the post/site and my views would never get anywhere. If I be more calm, open minded, and thorough then I have a better chance at getting attention or persuading.

    on July 5, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
  • Jessica said:


    This is the opinion blog I am in part disagreeing with:

    It’s about the recent NSA leaks by Edward Snowden and the criticism to calling him a hero. My blog doesn’t have to do with any political issues so my response is a comment. Writing a response as a comment allows a more persuasive tone and assumes the reader of your comment has already read the blog post. It allows the commenter to disassemble the argumentative points of the blog post and reassembling them to the agreement of the commenter.

    The word hero is a complicated one for me. I attach it to bulletproof supermen of my youth and I wouldn’t, in agreement with the author of this blog, call Mr. Snowden a hero. I feel that his actions were admirable in that disagreeing with your government and showing opposition in the best way you can. I do, however, disagree with the author in that they may have been alternative ways Mr. Snowden could have uncovered the actions of the NSA. Exposing government secrets is by no means something to be taken lightly and I think that if Mr. Snowden would do just that then he would have considered other options first. I hypothesize that he didn't feel the alternatives would be as effective or fruitful.

    on June 10, 2013, 5:58 p.m.
  • D3F1L3R said:

    ''I have always been a firm believer in ''giving games time''. EA should have known better than to release the game with the issues at hand. They can't really use the excuse of ''we didn't realize so many people played Sim City''. With that being said, the game is turning out to be quite the keeper. After they worked on all of the issues at hand we are now left with a very fun and playable game. It's ironic because I was going to do a write up on GI's previous post regarding Sim City. People were a bit too critical on the games launch. Accidents happen all the time. With all do respect, they did give everyone a free game. '' 

    I wrote that in response to Gameinformer's newest article on Sim City. Most of my experiences with the game and media are ''troll'' based. People need to understand it is a good game that had a rocky start. 

    Source :

    Commenting directly on the page as compared to emailing them seemed like a much more efficient way to get my point across. If you email your response to them you are likely wasting their time. I couldn't text them because, well, because I don't really know any of the editors on their staff.

    I chose to directly comment on the page because I know the folks over at GI are quite busy keeping up with workflow. This way all of the readers can see my opinion and interact as well as the editors of the page. 



    on April 25, 2013, 7:31 p.m.

    Anonym said:

    I work Mon-Wed 8-2.45pm. My jobshare colleague Alexis Szygowski works Thursday and Friday. Contact her at or alternatively I will reply when I am next at work. 01522 886078
    on April 25, 2013, 7:35 p.m. in reply to D3F1L3R
  • v4lent1na said:


    I wrote a blog post disagreeing with the five-star review of Ni no kuni, a Japanese role playing game which has been released recently. I played the game and I wouldn't go out of my way saying it's a masterpiece. It's your average role playing game and it has flaws that make it run of the mill. Not execeptional. Why I chose the blog as an outlet? Because I think blogs are best when it comes to demonstrate people's point of view.

    on March 11, 2013, 4:14 p.m.
  • Paul said:

    Post: The management/monitoring of tier 2 and 3 supply chain, can be difficult and costly to implement. I wonder if time would be better spent ensuring the tier 1 contractors had adequate quality procedures in place, rather than trying to manage a supply chain at all tiers.

    I felt that the people blogging were trying to over complicate things.

    I felt a bit nervous, after all, my comments were open to the world.

    on Jan. 28, 2013, 8:20 a.m.
  • Exceed Poetry said:

    When communicating via email or text I have a limited audience but communicaton plus responses on a blog covers a wider range of audience. It then behooves on me to take out time to learn more about the subject matter and be as objective as I could. Objectivity can also be subjective if the topic in question is one in which I am so passionate about, there is no way there wouldn't be some element of bias. In all, I think we can only try to the best of our knowledge par time.

    on Oct. 31, 2012, 6:54 a.m.
  • waseem mushtaq said:

    • I am talking direct to the PTPU by their web site. Therefor I think that is easy to talk with PTPU with out useing E-Mail and hand written text message.
    • Communication is core way to solve problems of any types of barriers. Communications is process in which organization can promote by good communication and fall down by bad communication.
    on Oct. 2, 2012, 4:03 a.m.
  • SirisAnkh said:

    Hi everyone!

    I wrote about the controversy over Mass Effect 3's ending before the DLC was released. A lot of people hated it and some liked it. I have to agree and say it was just poor choices that made it bad and not a lot of attention to detail like other games.

    on Aug. 30, 2012, 11:52 a.m.
  • Tobias Stapf said:


    Hi all, 

    I couldn't find a suitable blog to respond to so I responded to an advert promoting mortgage savings plans to under-25 year olds that drew my ire. You can see my post here

    My response to the questions is surely the same as for many others: 

    1) What was different about bloggin? I make more effort when blogging - I consciously write for an audience so I think whether I am writing understandably, try and put subheadings, links, pictures etc.

    2) What made me post the way I did? That's answered by 1) - when I blog I try and make an effort, write intelligently, try to make a valid argument rather than just ramble because I know the audience might not share my perspective so I try to be more objective.

    on Aug. 12, 2012, 4:47 p.m.
  • Coho said:

    I searched "music social change" and found it a bit discouraging that the top search hits were unworthy of a read, much less link or comment. I did navigate to a nonprofit's blog, however, and found a substantial post.

    I left  a comment, only the second in the month since the OP, here.

    I had to be more polite, choosing words and attitude indicators carefully, than in a private message because I was not only communicating with multiple strangers but representing myself publicly. Still, I chose to comment rather than bringing it on my own turf because it's more direct engagement and the context was ready. If I started a blog post I'd have to construct a context -- why it's relevant to my readers -- and do more research on similar projects to build community through art.

    on July 11, 2012, 4:39 p.m.
  • Josemon Maliakal said:

    I found a post which is similar to mine ..but i can't agree completely with the stament 'Linux doesnot need an antivirus '...the answer is clearly explained in my blogpost.

    on July 9, 2012, 1 a.m.
  • chinnan said:

    Comments in blogs are like letters to the editor in print publishing. But it mostly reduced to a casual response. A twitter link of the same blog will organize such comments. I think, web publishing a network of different platforms. Thus, the main blog will be linked to social network, bookmark and twitter like places. This gives a better integrity to the blog.

    on July 6, 2012, 2:16 a.m.
  • Anonym said:

    I'd say the internet is not the best medium for intense discussions, too much flame wars going around.

    on May 2, 2012, 2:53 p.m.