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).
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 typical week? — Lets just say I’m a prolific commenter
- Do you track your blog comments? — I use both cocomment and co.mment which feed into my Google Reader using their RSS feed. Means I can rapidly respond to new comments on other people’s blogs if I choose.
- Do you tend to comment at the same blogs or do you try to comment on at least one new blog per week?– Always visiting new blogs 🙂
While I think Gina Trapani’s Guide to Blog Comments is good I don’t agree with all her tips — unfortunately to explain why would need a blog post. However Betty Gilgoff in her Day 1 reflections suggests Gina’s guide “would actually be a good resource for students when setting up blogging with a group”– which I think is an excellent idea (with some modifications).
Do you use a Guide to Blog Comments with your students? If so, can you share the link for us to check out?
Day 2: Comment on a New Blog
Michele’s task for Day 2 is to do a comment on a new blog (which I do all the time).
I try my best to visit and leave comments on:
- Blogs of readers who leave comments on my blogs
- Blogs that link to my blogs
While this is good practice for building a blog community, my main reasons are to thank the person and support new bloggers.
Progress = Completed 😉
Day 3: Sign up for a Comment Tracking Service
On Day 3 Michele set us the task of signing up for a comment tracking service. As Michele says “To really engage in conversations through blog commenting, you need to develop some effective strategies for managing the comments you make on other blogs. A comment tracking service is a great solution.”
Cammie Bean introduced me to tracking comments, using Co-mment, during the 31 Days To Build A Better Blog last year when I complained that leaving comments on other peoples blogs frustrated me because it was too hard (time consuming) to know if the blogger responded. I now also use cocomment because its excellent for community building and tagging (here’s my post on how to use cocomment).
Progress = Completed 😎
Day 4: Ask a Question
Michele’s task for Day 4 is to ask a Question as she says “One of the most powerful conversation starters is to ask a question. It’s one of the best ways to engage the blogger and other commenters in further discussion.” Whenever appropriate I ask open-ended and thought provoking questions for the reasons Michele highlights.
Don’t get disappointed if the blogger and other commenters doesn’t respond back — unfortunately not all bloggers respond back to comments on their posts and not all commenters using comment tracking tools. But when they do you see some amazing conversations happen.
Progress = Completed 😀
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