Day 1: Do a Commenting Self-Audit

One of the goals of the 31 Day Comment Challenge is for us to improve our commenting skills and draw more people into blog conversations. So to kick off the 31 days of activities we’re going to start with a commenting self-audit. You can use this to get a better picture of your blog commenting skills and strategies.

For this activity, do the following:

1. Answer the following questions:

  • How often do you comment on other blogs during a typical week? When I go through my Bloglines feeds I usually comment on half of the the blogs I read. I also comment on my partner teacher’s students blogs once a week.
  • Do you track your blog comments? How? What do you do with your tracking? I track blog comments that I make on other wordpress blogs. My blog keeps tracks of these for me.
  • Do you tend to comment at the same blogs or do you try to comment on at least one new blog per week? I comment on many of the same blogs but I also try to comment on new blogs I’m reading.

2. Now review Gina Trapani’s Guide to Blog Comments and ask yourself how well you’re doing in each of the different areas. Are there any specific areas where you think you need to do some work? What do you want to do to address these issues?
I’d like to leave more informative and interesting comments. I do read any other comments that have been made and try not to be redundant

Whew, I’ve made it through day one of the challenge. I want to keep up with the daily activities and not let the challenge down. I hope I’ll be able to do it. I wonder if you can double up if you miss a day? I also look forward to getting to know other bloggers in the challenge.

My collaborative partner, Jim, and I have been experimenting for two and a half weeks with our own Thinwalled Classroom. Each Friday we are giving our classes a shared writing assignment. One week I assign the writing topic and the next week Jim does. We post the assignment on our own class blogs each week. In my room we use the data projector and read the assignment together. If the students need to look at the assignment again they look at our blog pages. Students then do their writing in their notebook prior to writing on their blog. Jim reads and comments to my class’ writing while I read and comment to his. The students are really enjoying feedback from another teacher and look forward to our comments. Both Jim and I are pleased with the writing our students are doing as well as the comments we’ve received from them about our collaboration.
It’s my turn this week so I better get going and prep for the assignment.