Tuesday, May 6, 2008

31-day Comment Challenge

Here’s a perfect way to get started with blogging. Many of us are new to blogging. So when the 31-day comment challenge came along, I thought this would be a great place for us to start wetting our feet in the waters. As Silvia Tolisano writes in her blog, blogging is about:
  • personal learning
  • sharing thoughts, ideas, resources
  • reading
  • writing
  • the process
  • and encouraging others in their learning journey (we are educators after all)

It is only when you have experienced for yourself a realization that you are pondering something someone else wrote and:

  • feel the need to get clarification
  • want to add your two cents
  • bounce off a thought off someone else who has been in that situation and might have more insight or experience
  • hope for a different point of view to allow you to see an issue from a different perspective

The Comment Challenge is being coordinated by Sue Waters, Silvia Tolisano, Michele Martin and Kim Cofino and sponsored by coComment and Edublogs. Here’s the summary of suggestions in the first 6 days of the challenge. Follow their posts to get more ideas and insights into becoming a better blogger.

Day 1: Do a self-audit of your blog comment skills – how often do you comment, do you track your comments, do you tend to comment on the same blogs?

Day 2: Comments on a blog. Go on try it. Comment on this post to try it out. It isn’t hard, really.

Day 3: Sign up for a comment tracking service. Get a coComment or co.mment account to track your comments.

Day 4: Ask a question in your comment. Ask open ended question to start a conversation.

Day 5: Comment on a post you disagree with. Reflect on what happened as a result on disagreeing? How was the response?

Day 6: Engage another commenter in discussion. Don’t just respond to the blog author, read other people’s comments and engage them in a discussion.

Happy Commenting...


Bobby on May 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM said...

This is a great idea! Especially for people like me who don't like blogging....i agree blogs are one of the best ways to communicate your thoughts to others....especially those whom you have never met or communicate with. Blogging is a platform to share your thoughts, best practices, ideas, and share experiences....

Sonali on May 13, 2008 at 3:45 PM said...

"Taking the first step is often the most difficult in starting anything new!" And this thought holds true for this thing called "blogging" that came into our lives only recently. True then, if you keep on procrastinating or hesitating to start blogging, you'll never start! So, as suggested in this blog, anyone and everyone can blog by simply giving oneself a push - and that push could start from a thing as simple as "commenting" on a blog!

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