Here comes the 31 Day Comment Challenge. It speaks to the way I’ve been becoming more involved in the community of educational bloggers. I have 74 days until my first anniversary of having this current blog. What better way to celebrate than hone my skills?
Our First Task
I have just completed a bit of analysis on my methods of commenting, so I will share the results.
How often do you comment on other blogs during a typical week? It looks like I leave about twelve comments per week. This is just an average. Some weeks I comment far less. It’s directly in proportion to how many family obligations I have and how much extra work I carry home from the school day.
Do you track your blog comments? How? I have been tracking my comments via cocomment. I learned about this website when Dean Shareski blogged about it back in December. I had some issues with the program slowing down my iMac and I removed the program about a month later. Recently I read a blog post by Sue Waters and continued the discussion via Twitter. It turns out that they’ve had some upgrades. So far, Firefox and cocomment are playing well together. I've also been testing out co.mments as well. It is a site that basically does the same thing as cocomment.
With both sites, I have an RSS feed into Google Reader. It's another example of maximizing my time by having just one site to check.
What do you do with your tracking? At this point, I go back and see if anyone has responded to my comment. As I read the responses of others, I'll sometimes return to a blog to continue in the conversation. I suppose if I keep track of whose blogs I tend to comment on a fair amount, it will help me understand which blogs seem to provide me with the most useful information.
Do you tend to comment at the same blogs or do you try to comment on at least one new blog per week? It varies. My reader has many, many different blogs. I am trying to determine which blogs are of most interest to the type of work I do and want to do. As I find an article that speaks to me, I leave a comment. Over time, there are blogs that I have commented on multiple times. There are also blogs that I’ve only commented on once.
As far as the Lifehacker post goes, I feel pretty confident about the comments I've been leaving behind. I tend to stay on topic, keep messages that belong in email out of the comment, keep it friendly, clear, and succinct.
I believe I may not always add something new to the conversation, but I do like to thank people for the links I find useful. Sometimes, it's nice to know you helped someone out. If a person reads my blog and finds something useful, I'm thrilled to know about it. I will keep this in mind going forward.
If you are part of The Comment Challenge remember to tag your posts "comment08" at the bottom of your posts.
Palmeri, Chris. "nice comments." cpalmieri's photostream. 2007 Oct 3. 2008 May 1.