Lessons from #NaBloCoMo 2014

I did it! Thirty days with thirty different blogs (published on that day) and thirty blog post comments! Here they are:


So what have I learned? First, it’s been fun to be a part of so many different conversations. Most of my comments lead to some kind of interaction with the author, and a few led to a conversation with other readers. Oddly it felt like a little less conversation than last year, but I haven’t really carefully compared.

Second, I HATE BLOGGER! Ok, that was a little strong, but I really hate having to remember to copy my comment just in case the whole verification thing loses my comment. I also hate that the default Blogger blogs don’t have the incredibly handy “notify me of responses via email” checkbox that is the default for wordpress blogs.

Third, I put way more effort into finding a new blog (that was published on that day!) than I did to just being a productive/supportive member of my usual Professional Learning Community (also known as my tweeps and blog rss feed). It was a busier-than-average month for me (lots of jazz band rehearsals etc) so there were many nights when I just wanted to find a new physics/teaching/highered blog that I could comment on. That differs a lot from my usual “oooh, what are people up to/hey I need some help with something” approach that I take. There’s no question I wanted to accomplish my goal, and I’m glad I did, but it’s funny that the reason for the goal was community building and I think I actually pulled back a little from my community by doing it.

Your thoughts? Here are some starters for you:

  • I can’t believe you hate Blogger. That’s it, I’m never reading your stuff again.
  • In your old post, you suggest asking a question in your comments. Did you get your questions answered?
  • I wrote one of those blog posts and was so happy to see your comment. I was especially pleased with . . .
  • I wrote one of those blog posts and I would greatly appreciate it if you took it off this page. I greatly disliked your comment and really want nothing more to do with you. You should spend your time instead . . .
  • I wrote 17 posts this month and you didn’t comment on any of them. What’s the deal?
  • I coined #NaBloCoMo years ago so stop using it for National Blog Comment Month. It clearly stands for . . .

About Andy Rundquist

Professor of physics at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN
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3 Responses to Lessons from #NaBloCoMo 2014

  1. peternewbury says:

    Congratulations, Andy. Since you’re in a groove now, maybe you can tackle one of the 180-blogs where you post something every day. Talk to @fnoschese for details and inspiration.

    Interesting you feel to lost some connection with your PLC. I wonder if your (admirable) effort strays into the realm of “a mile wide but an inch deep.” Maybe it’s more important for us to go deep into a narrower field?

    What I love about Twitter is I CAN focus on a few, specific communities but then, very easily, pop up like a meerkat (sorry, went to the zoo on Thursday 😉 to a look around and keep aware of important issues that effect all of us.

  2. I’m one of those bloggers and it brightened my day to no end when you commented. Thank you.

    Comment notifications by email are the bestest. I don’t know how a commenter could keep up otherwise. Do they go back to the page and obsessively refresh, looking for new stuff?

  3. I came in on the end of NaBloCoMo, though I did use a NaNoWriMo wordcount to track and motivate myself for assorted work writing projects. You’ve given me the extra push to try out blogging about teaching, so thanks!

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