Since today is already May 4, I’m doing a little crunching to catch up on the 31-day Comment Challenge, following the guidelines in the wiki.
Day One Activity: The kick-off is a commenting self-audit and a reading activity:
1. Answer the following questions:
- How often do you comment on other blogs during a typical week?
On an average week, probably 1-2 comments (but that’s not counting Twitter responses;-)
- Do you track your blog comments? How? What do you do with your tracking?
OK, the whole concept of co-mment is new to me. So up to now, no, I haven’t been tracking my blog comments. (Oh, my, so much to learn!)
- Do you tend to comment at the same blogs or do you try to comment on at least one new blog per week?
2. I’ve read through Gina Trapani’s comment guide and realize I should be more aware of whether I’m actually contributing new information in my comments (ok, even if there are already 57 comments, for instance, I need to read through them before adding my 2 cents worth).
Day Two Activity: Comment on a new blog:
An hour later, I’m just now emerging from a scroll through the Comment Challenge Wiki list of participants. I was drawn in by the scope and depth of topics posted by the unemployed Intrepid Teacher, with his passion for teaching for social justice and his straight-from-the-soul writing style.
Day Three Activity: Sign up for a comment tracking service:
I am a total newbie to Co-mment, but I’m sure that if Sue Waters recommends it, it’s worth exploring.
Three activities into the Comment Challenge, I am envisioning what a powerful model this would be for students.