I’m catching up a bit on the Comment Challenge. I don’t plan to write a post every day; I’m aiming for a reflection about once a week.
Day 2: Comment on a Blog You’ve Never Commented on Before
Since the challenge started, I’ve commented on a number of blogs outside my usual circle. I don’t read that many blogs from practicing K-12 educators, so these were all new to me.
Day 3: Sign up for a Comment Tracking Service
Day 4: Ask a Question in a Blog Comment
Well, I’m the one who came up with the idea for this task, so I probably should do it. 🙂 My comment on Wendy’s blog had a lot of my own thoughts about the purpose Facebook, but I did turn it back around as a question to her. That discussion has prompted a second post on the topic, with more great comments.
Day 5: Comment on a Blog Post You Don’t Agree With
Day 6: Engage another Commenter in Discussion
Nothing has come across my reader in the last week that prompted me to disagree, so I postponed this task. I’m bending the rules a bit and combining tasks 5 & 6. Someone linked to a post by Kristin Hokanson about copyright confusion from a Diigo conversation. I replied to a comment where someone argued that students should be taught to ask permission to use any material, even if it’s under a Creative Commons license. That defeats much of the purpose of Creative Commons in my mind.
I also responded to two other commenters on Wendy’s second Facebook post, so I guess I did #6 twice.
Day 7: Reflect on What You’ve Learned so Far
What have I learned?
- I comment to agree or ask questions much more often than I comment to disagree.
- I have a hard time limiting myself to really short comments because I don’t usually take the time to edit them down after I write.
- Rambling comments can still be beneficial though, if they let me mentally process something. That’s what happened with my Facebook comment on Wendy’s blog; I used her space to “think out loud” and reflect.
Day 8: Comment on a blog outside of your niche
I knew this one was coming, so when I saw this meme on Musical Perceptions, I jumped in with the few songs I could identify off the top of my head. This is one of the blogs I read that is totally unrelated to my current professional life. This is for the band nerd in me, not the instructional designer.