Comment Self Audit:Comment08

Day 1 of the 31 Day Blog Comment Challenge is over in Australia from where I’m writing. I’ve picked up on the overnight posts which include the task for Day 1: A Comment Self-Audit. So … here we go

Do I comment daily? Well … yes and no. I try to make it habitual to comment in a conversational-like way on matters that catch my attention. This usually happens within my own niche areas (e-learning and theatre) and I like to contribute especially to a new blog/blogger: encouragement is vital. If I find nothing to comment on, then I don’t. However it’s not a habit of mine to search out new blogs, and I think it should be. A week or so ago I did a WordPress tag surfer search and hey presto, found another like-minded blogger in the UK. We blog-roll each other and chat occasionally, so perhaps I should make search-out part of the weekly blog routine.

Gina Trapani is a bit of a goddess for me. I love Lifehacker and read it regularly though it’s incredibly prolific and Google Reader can overflow from time to time. Like the fangirl I am I bought her book Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day last year. Not that I particularly want my day to be any more turbo-charged, but you get the idea. So when Gina noted in her tips about commenting on blogging:

Longwinded lectures are for college professors, not blog comments. Stay short and to the point. Everyone appreciates brevity.

I kinda feel I need to comment. I probably won’t of course; she makes her point nicely. This college professor however loves brevity: it’s the soul of wit after all!

So how do I track the conversation on my comments? Usually I hit the ’email me with follow-up’ options since someone can contribute to a particular ongoing thread weeks after I’ve left mine. I especially find this useful in a couple of sites devoted to the blog themes I use. I tend to check Google Reader (my feed-reader of choice) intermittently when I’m busy. Having an email ping into the feed box in Mail (my mail client of choice) works for me.

Am loving this task-based workflow. Time to think between posts but not long enough to lose the impetus.


4 responses to “Comment Self Audit:Comment08”

  1. Sue Waters Avatar

    Wow Kate – looks like I’m going to have to watch out for you. Already completed the first task.

    So I’m going to do some comment cheating and grab my comment the I put on Michele’s post and put here (but with a bit extra padding):

    Gina Trapani’s Guide to Blog Comments is a really good article. I hadn’t heard of Gina so it was good to hear you Kate talk about how much you like her posts and book. The other aspects of the article made me think that it might be interesting in a few weeks to get everyone to write their top 5 tips when writing a comment.

    Don’t totally agree with “Know when to comment and when to e-mail” – I think this gets back to the type of blogger – sometimes if you know the person and you’ve noticed something it’s okay to say hope you are okay? What are your thoughts?

    Definitely fail this one “Be succinct” — even with this comment. The trouble is I read lots of great posts that I want to comment on. The better etiquette if you want to write a long comment is to write a post but I don’t always have the time. So whats the answer? No comment? Or long comment?

    Hope it was okay cross pollinating the comment but was easier that way. And have added extra.

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Sue I think the e-mail vs comment is sound. I’d also add Twitter to this if you’re following each other. I noticed this happened a little over the past 24 hours re the challenge. Be ‘succinct’ … horses for courses! The worst is empty comment I guess. Great to be talking to you.

  3. inpi Avatar

    Hello Kate,
    I’m a brand new blogger trying to follow a bunch of ten year old students in the noble art of blogging I and I sure appreciate the fact that old and master bloggers are not only ready to help new comers, but even take pleasure in doing it!
    As I’m also a foreigner, I shouldn’t say I don’t care about the length of a comment, since it is well written, I mean, with personal style, clear reasoning and a certain sense of beauty, which, I think, always go together with the love of writing.
    I hope you enjoy this noble comment challenge!

  4. Skip Zalneraitis Avatar

    It will be beneficial in realizing how many different styles of learing and intelligences facilitate a a measure of growth in everyone participating on the challenge.

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