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 . . .