Commenting on other student blogs has been something that I have struggled with throughout the course of my degree. So given the chance to comment on posts as well as get advice for my own was a great exercise to take part in.
My first comment was on Nick’s post about the future of drones.
This comment was good but vague, which I feel like I will say about the other two as well. Instead of giving actual advice, I tend to ask questions to make the creator think about what direction they would like to take.
In this comment, I asked about where Nick will post his podcasts as he did not mention this. We all know places they can go, he didn’t need me to talk to him about soundcloud etc. I and the laws for flying drones. I included a government link to a website on drone laws which may help with this.
Overall, I feel like this comment was a good base, but it could have been stronger.
My next comment was on Travis’ pitch. I am really looking forward to seeing this project come to life!
Again I took the approach of asking questions instead of just telling him what to do. I like that I do this, it leaves room for the person to think further about where they would like the project to go, instead of me telling them what to do.
For this comment, my favourite aspect was suggesting a normal T-Palm for the first prototype and a second T-Palm prototype that includes artificial intelligence that can allow for faster contact to emergency services. I believe this comment to be stronger than the previous one but I still made it too personal.
Comment number three was for Erin. This one interested me a lot too, however, was probably my weakest comment. Even though I gave some advice and asked some questions, I should have put more into it. It was short and focused mainly on her delivery of the project and feedback loops.
This comment was straight to the point, and took the same path as the previous comments.
Whilst I have handed her a few links to help with further research, I did not critically analyse her project and give amazing feedback on her pitch. It was basic and short which made it weak.
Through this exercise I learnt that I need to be more critical in giving feedback to my peers. I tend to worry about hurting their feelings and feel the need to always tell them how much I love their posts, which whilst that is true, it is not relevant. I also should take more time to go into depth, give them more ideas and questions to help with their research. Overall, I don’t think these comments were my best but I now know what I will work on of the next round.