Commenting on commenting … a challenge for May.

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Yes.  It’s another challenge.  The “31-day Comment Challenge.”  Am I getting annoying, jumping into every challenge I hear about?  Ok, this is only the third, and one of them only lasted a week, and this one will mostly happen behind the scenes, but this will make three challenges in the three months I’ve been here … seems like a lot.  But I keep finding ones that connect with where my head is or with things I want to be doing.  I’m struggling with my commenting (style, volume, value … ), and this challenge would push me to be a little more intentional.  Still, setting myself up for another full-month challenge when I already have a hard time following the growing number of blogs I want to be reading?  Maybe not so smart, eh?  Perhaps an every-other-day-for-a-month challenge …  Want to check out the rules?  See them over at Comment Challenge.

Ok, still feeling a little ambivalent … but, just in case I really go for it, I’ll answer the intro questions:

  • How often do you comment on other blogs during a typical week?
    • I think I leave about a dozen and a half comments a week (though some of those are pretty thin).
  • Do you track your blog comments? How? What do you do with your tracking?
    • I use WordPress’ “My comments” feature to track comments, but I don’t do it much or often these days (too busy trying to keep up with the reading and commenting.  When I was doing it more regularly, I didn’t “do” anything with my tracking, just read through the conversation.  Oh, maybe a couple of times in a Shapely Prose line of comments I’ve responded to other comments, but that’s about it.
  • Do you tend to comment at the same blogs or do you try to comment on at least one new blog per week?
    • I definitely comment on the same blogs, but I do also check out new blogs … mostly through the links lists on the blogs I follow, and sometimes through the randomness offered up by the ‘tag surfer’ feature.  I doubt that I leave a post on a new blog every week.

I don’t think I’m a lousy commenter, but I would like to be a stronger one.  We’ll see how this goes.

5 thoughts on “Commenting on commenting … a challenge for May.

  1. Can I just say, for the record, that you have always left excellent thoughts at my blog during our forays into Slice of Life and Poetry, etc.
    Glad to see you on the list for this adventure, too.
    Your friend,


  2. Damn, Kevin beat me here. It’s so weird Stacie, I saw your blog title and I tried not to stop by, pushing to get to an unknown blog, but I couldn’t pass by, so here I am. Just read your cello post and loved it again. I can so relate. I would have liked to have written it.
    Glad you have taken up yet another challenge. We are both suckers for a challenge, no?


  3. Thanks, Kevin and Bonnie! I do try to be thoughtful in my commenting, but I definitely fall down on the job from time to time. It’s hard not to put an effort into commenting when the things people are posting (especially in the SOL and poetry challenges) are so powerful.

    Thanks for the compliment, Bonnie! Hearing that in the subway made me come home and dig up my cello CDs and listen for a while last night.


  4. shasha

    you’re definetely up for the challenge! thanks for being the first one to comment on my new blog. it sure helps to know people are expecting results. thanks a lot!


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