Comment Challenge Day 24: Comment on a Blog Written in a Foreign Language

Today's activity was suggested by both Sue Waters and Silvia Tolisano. Their idea is that we comment on a blog post in another language. For some of us, this may mean dusting off our foreign language skills from high school or college. If you're like me, you'll need something a little more heavy duty to figure this out. Sue suggests trying Google's Translator, which should allow you to both read... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 23: What Makes a Great Comment?

Today's task was suggested by Carolyn Foote and builds on yesterday's analysis of your favorite comment(s). You're going to write a post that describes the feature and characteristics of a great comment. If you were teaching someone to be a fabulous commenter, what tips would you give them? Remember to tag your post with "comment08." Read more →

How I Got Started with Social Media

Karyn Romeis is wondering how people got started with social media and what it's meant to their professional practice. This is part of her dissertation, which she is actually writing on a wiki--a strategy I think is pretty interesting. So here's my story. . . I've been online since 1995, participating initially in email listservs and forums. I also dabbled in teaching classes with what we, at the time, called... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 22: Highlight a Favorite Comment

For today's activity, you're going to review comments you've previously received on your blog and highlight one or two of them in a post, explaining WHY you liked the comment(s). Were they thought-provoking? Did they ask a great question? Did they encourage you at a time when you needed it? Be sure to link back to your commenter's blog if they have one. Remember to tag your post with "comment08." Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 21: Make a Recommendation

In our blog posts, we'll often recommend another blog, a post or a resource that we've read, but we may not always do that in comments. For today's task, courtesy of Shelley Krause, you're going to make a recommendation for a resource in a blog comment. This can be a link to another blog or post or a link to a book, video, etc. Be sure to indicate why you're... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 20: Three Links Out

Here's another activity from Christy Tucker. This task is based an idea by Dave Ferguson that he calls "Three Links Out" or "Three Clicks Out." It's a way to find and explore blogs that aren't as familiar to you. Go to one of the blogs you regularly read and follow a link to another blog. This link could be in the blogroll or in a post. From that blog, follow... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 19: Respond to a Commenter On Your Own Blog

This activity is courtesy of Sue Waters who says: If readers have made time to comment on your posts, you should always make sure to respond back (ideally to each reader) in the comments on that post. This is very important for building your blog's community as it demonstrates that you value your readers and their input. Commenting back also increases community interaction. Look at how Lee is interacting with... Read more →

Reflections on the Comment Challenge at MidPoint

We're a little over halfway through the Comment Challenge and I decided it would be a good idea for me to write up some of my thoughts on how things are going. My participation in this Challenge has been very different than what I did in the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog challenge last August, primarily because in the Comment Challenge, I'm acting as an organizer and writer... Read more →

Comment Challenge Day 18: Analyze the Comments on Your Own Blog

Today's activity is from Christy Tucker.In this task, you will conduct another self-audit on your blog. This time, the focus is on which posts generate conversations. If you can determine what made those past posts good conversation starters, maybe you can incorporate those features into future posts. Which of your posts have generated the most comments? Which has generated the best conversation? (The last question is about quantity; this one... Read more →