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Finishing My Homework as The Comment Challenge Comes To An End

Finishing My Homework as The Comment Challenge Comes To An End

30 days has September, April, June and November. Today is 31st May which means the Comment Challenge is coming to an end. Trouble is I’m still trying hard to complete my homework and would love your help! Could you please share your “Top 5 lessons you learned from the Comment Challenge” — from anyone regardless of if you participated in the daily challenges. Day 19: Respond to a Commenter On Your Own Blog Responding back to comments on your own…

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Can You Use Aids To Help Conversations?

Can You Use Aids To Help Conversations?

Oh I just love it when someone shows me a cool tricks that makes life easier (and interesting)! So I’m very pleased Christy Tucker showed me how to do a Quick and Dirty Comment Analysis using aidRSS. More importantly aidRSS is actually designed to help people like Ann, Confessions of an Oversubscribed Reader, find the “best posts” from blog feeds to reduce information overload. What is aidRSS AidRSS monitors a blog feed by creating PostRank™ for the posts based on…

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Comment Challenge Week 2

Comment Challenge Week 2

This is my weekly report on an online blogging project I am participating in and I’d love to get your thoughts on these aspects in particular: Comment Policies for blogs – Are you for or against? And why? Comment Moderation – Are you for or against? And why? My belief is posts where you hand the post over to readers by asking questions are probably the hardest posts to write. What are your thoughts? Can you give me examples of…

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Comment Challenge: Day 5 – 10

Comment Challenge: Day 5 – 10

Sorry still trying to catch up on the Comment Challenge! While I’ve written my reflections for the Challenge for Day 1 – 10 on the same day I’ve broken it into two posts to make it more readable. Day 5: Comment on a Post You Disagree With Michele’s tasks for Day 5 was to comment on a post I disagree with. Most Challenge participants haven’t enjoyed commenting on posts they disagree on. I think this is a reflection of human…

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Comment Challenge: Days 1 – 4

Comment Challenge: Days 1 – 4

Oh dear! I’m way behind in recording my reflections from the Comment Challenge so it’s time to play catch-up (apologies for the long post). But before I do I liked to thank Michele Martin for the excellent daily tasks she has created. Thanks Michele (you’re amazing)! Day 1: Do a Comment Self Audit Michele’s task for Day 1 is to do a Comment Self Audit of my own commenting practices. How often do you comment on other blogs during a…

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Online Participation, Commenting and The Comment Challenge

Online Participation, Commenting and The Comment Challenge

What an amazing week! Last month working with Kim Cofino, Silvia Tolisano and Michele Martin we created the concept of the Comment Challenge which started this month. Why the Comment Challenge I knew from personal experience that commenting on blogs is a crucial aspect of blogging conversations for achieving the greatest learning. Trouble is factors often limit people’s commenting practices so they don’t experience this learning and fail to appreciate it’s value. Kim Cofino, Silvia Tolisano, Michele Martin and I…

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Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

Let’s be honest I need all the help I can get. My weight has crept up 🙁 . And like all woman I don’t like to feel fat! Thankfully I’ve got great friends in Christy Tucker and Christine Martell that decided to help me with my weight problem. Photo from Flickr photo uploaded on April 24, 2006 by Christina007 licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0. Cause of The Weight Problem Apparently the weight issues happened during my blog cleaning when…

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Becoming A More Effective Blogger:The 31 Day Blogging Project

Becoming A More Effective Blogger:The 31 Day Blogging Project

As Graham Wegner highlighted in his comment on The Edublogger –“it wasn’t all that long ago (well over a year I think!) I had a Skype conversation with Alex Hayes and your good self where you declared that you didn’t really “get blogging.” So true, I didn’t get blogging and was into podcasting! Yep, took awhile to “get blogging” and thankfully the 31 Day Blogging Project made me a more effective blogger. For me, the key to my gain from…

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Do Busy Readers Dig Deeper Into Our Blogs?

Do Busy Readers Dig Deeper Into Our Blogs?

What I like about this week’s challenge at Better Blog community set by Simon Thomas (Oak Innovations Blog) on Mobilize your archives is I have already done it for my Day 4 task of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. The task involves going back through your old posts and looking for opportunities to link to new posts mainly in the hope of driving readers deeper into your blog. As Darren says “One of the challenges that faces…

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Getting Into Blogging As An Educator!

Getting Into Blogging As An Educator!

There are so many reasons why I believe all educators should blog but Darren Draper expresses them better – check out his Reason #1, Reason #2, Reason #3, Reason #4, Reason #5, Reason #6, Reason #7, Reason #8) Blogging is so valuable for your own personal learning. If you plan to use blogs with students, for elearning, you should be blogging personally yourself! Why? Increases your understanding of blogging and provides more insight on how to use blogs effectively with…

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