It seems November means lots of things to lots of people. Writers try to do 50,000 words with #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and bloggers try to do a new post every day with #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month). I got excited about that one, but realized that I just don’t have that many good blog ideas (you’ll see that my rate is more like 1/wk or so on average).
However, there’s something that I think I could do, and I think it’ll scratch a particular itch for me. Introducing #NaBloCoMo or National Blog Comment Month, where you can try to post a comment/question on someone’s blog once per day.
When I say “scratch an itch,” I’m referring to the craving I have for community/support/conversation with my online science/math-teacher buddies. It’s great to read about (and sometimes write about) cool/frustrating/weird/fun things that we do, but I REALLY like it when I enter into a conversation with one or more of my buds about a topic. Sometimes that happens on twitter, but often it can happen in the comments section of a blog. I’m hoping I can do my part to get some of those conversations going this month.
Please join me. Here’s all you have to do:
- Read some blogs. I use feedly to keep track of posts from all kinds of science educators. Many of us (though, sadly, I’ve not done this recently) put links to other blogs we like on our blogs. Twitter is another great way to find good blogs. Here are some hashtags to watch: #physicsed, #sbgchat, #highered, #globalphys, #modphys, . . . (I’ll maybe add more later).
- Find one that generates a question from you (that way, you’ll likely get a response from the author, starting a good conversation).
- Write a comment letting them know what you liked, didn’t like, wondered about.
- VERY IMPORTANT: check the “email me when other comments are made” box (or whatever it’s called). This way you can stay up on any conversation that happens after your comment.
- OPTIONAL: put #NaBloCoMo into your comment post.
Some comment/question starters for you if you need one for this post:
- Here’s 17 more hashtags to watch . . . . How do you get skeptical people to join in?
- Here’s 138 more blogs to look at . . .. Why is your blog so boring, SuperFly?
- I came up with this idea years ago but I called it ____. Why aren’t you using my hashtag?
- How can I do this and write a novel in the same month?
- (longtime readers will get this joke:) I’m in this class and I don’t understand how this post helps me with our standards.