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Week 8 Comments and Feedback

Feedback feedback feedback. I love it. I hate it. I always appreciate opportunities to learn and grow, but I still find myself somewhat frustrated when I don't quite get things right the first time around. When it comes to feedback in this class, the vast majority of the time I thoroughly enjoy being on the receiving end. It's when I have to generate feedback that I suffer the most. In many ways, I am relieved when I see minor grammatical or formatting mistakes in posts or stories. They're something easy for me to point out and comment on. It's when I need to give deeper feedback about my own opinions and questions about another's writing that I struggle. I'd like to think that the majority of the feedback I leave is helpful, but, in all honesty, most of the time I cannot think of enough things that are relevant or notable to comment on. The in-class exercises have helped this a bit, but I still think that I have a ways to go before I will be confident in my feedback giving prowess.

In terms of the feedback that I have been receiving, I would say that most of it has been kind and helpful. Of course, the comments that are the most helpful in developing my story writing and editing mistakes are the ones that take time to point out the specific issues that they found. Specificity in criticism is key, I think. Given that I have not rewritten any of my blog stories thus far, the only advice from comments that I have acted upon concerns my storybook. Here I've found that the suggestions on grammar, style, and arrangement have succeeded in improving the flow and readability of my work. So, all in all, I would say that the comments I have been receiving have been effective.

In the future, I believe that I will need to work harder to expand my ability to give constructive, specific, and useful feedback. I think practice will be the key here, as well as some experimentation with the methods suggested by the previous feedback assignments. If I can master the art of giving feedback, I feel that I will be more content with my ability to help others.

Feedback Patterns Cat
I chose this photo because I think that it is important to keep in mind previous feedback when considering new feedback. Obviously, if a pattern emerges about a specific grammar mistake, style choice, wording choice, etc. then you have a likely candidate for an aspect of your writing that could use some practice. The way a person writes, their style or voice, is probably habitual in most people. It could be far too easy to simply make the same mistake over and over and only correct it after it has been pointed out for them. Learn from your mistakes but also make sure to learn from mistakes that you make multiple times. 

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