I’m joining the 31-day Comment Challenge, which I first read about this morning in my friend Kevin‘s blog. In a way, I think Challenge organizers Kim Coffino, Sue Waters, Silvia Tolisano, and Michele Martin have added structure to a direction I’ve been moving in the last year or so – moving away from reading “first wave” bloggers, who are typically convention keynote speakers, published authors, etc., and, instead, reading blogs of fellow teachers, from near and far, who work directly with students. Twitter, I think, somehow has much to do with my switch in blog reading habits. It’s so easy and fast to read 140 character microblogs, and from a Tweet, I’ll often click on the Tweeter’s link and journey over to their blog. What I like about the 2nd wave of bloggers is that, unlike the 1st wave, conversations are more likely to happen, as opposed to a zillion people posting comment after comment. I feel a sense of community. With this idea of community in mind, I look forward to joining the challenge to becoming a better blog citizen.
Heading off to read Gina‘s Guide to Weblog Comments and to figure out the best way to jump start the challenge (since I’m beginning in Day 4;-)
May 4, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Whenever you enter is the right time, Gail.
I am finding this exploration of new blogs and comments interesting and I was happy to see your post in my RSS feeder just now.
I hope all is well with you.
May 5, 2008 at 5:56 am
So glad you’re joining the challenge! Don’t worry about catching up if you can’t find the time–you can just do those activities that you want. Another option that we learned when we did the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge last August was to combine a few activities into one. So you could comment on a new blog (day 2) on a post you don’t agree with (day 5) with a question (day 4). That way you can kill two birds with stone!
May 5, 2008 at 8:36 am
Thanks, Kevin and Michele. I’m already enjoying being part of this welcoming community.
May 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Hi Gail, another trick is to read what others have written about the task because it gives you more ideas on how to approach it plus you learn a lot from their insight. I’m using the incoming post tagged comment08 on the wiki to easily locate the posts.
And as Michelle said I often used to combine several days tasks (7) into one and use the marvelous tick to mark off that it was done — amazing how adding a tick next to a task made us all feel good.