Steve Dembo’s latest challenge in the 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger challenge calls for participants to comment. I wholeheartedly agree with this. I will take it one step further than Steve did in his challenge to improve our blogging skills. I will list reasons I do it, encourage others, and challenge you to take it one more step.
Reasons to Comment
- It truly does extend the conversations
- You get to exposed to others who may resonate with your thinking
- You expand your personal (professional) learning network
How has “commenting” been beneficial for me?
I participated in Will Richardson’s Powerful Learning Practice (PYP) program last winter, and believe my first ever contact with him was through commenting on his blog, and he on mine. Talk about super encouragement. I then was able to “meet up” with him in other virtual spaces, including twitter, ustream, K12Online, and other locales, which eventually led to meeting him in person for the ever important face-to-face connection at places like NECC and Educon 2.0.
I have also commented frequently on Karl Fisch’s Blog. This led to cultivating a relationship here. I followed him in other networking circles, and I’ll be gosh darned if last winter I wasn’t invited to participate in his school’s blogging project as their entire ninth grade read and then discussed Dan Pink’s A Whole new Mind. I attribute my luck here all the way back to cultivating a relationship with Karl initially through commenting. I asked Karl why he selected me out of all the gazillions of forward minded thinkers he had to choose form, and he simply said, “Because Cathyjo, you are part of my network.” It was enough for me, and quite a rich experience to boot!
So the seemingly insignificant task of commenting can lead to greater opportunities. It can open so many suprising doors.
My additional challenge to you:
Please, Please, PLEASE provide a link to not only the RSS for your posts in your blog, but also the RSS for comments made in your blog. I do not like to just enjoy your posts, I also VERY MUCH like to enjoy the conversations you engage in there as well. That is only possible if i can subscribe to both your posts and comments. Please check you blog and make sure you have added the meta data that provides readers those ever important links. ( I have dropped a few blogs of big names in the bloggoshere I have subscribed to previously before just because I realized i was only getting one side of that conversation.)
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