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Day 10 Comment Audit

Ok, I’m sneaking right by the day 9 activity and moving right along to day 10 on this the 11th day of the 31 Day Comment Challenge. If I have time I’ll come back to day 9 another time. It’s Mother’s Day, I spent a good part of the day outside weeding-yes I actually enjoy that, and taking photos of the blue jays as they came in to collect their peanuts which is something I hadn’t done in a long time. So, now before I get too far behind I will do a quick look at Michele Martin’s 6 Reasons Why People Aren’t Commenting on Your Blog and see how many of them apply here.

1. You sound like a press release.

Nope, I’m not seeing that at all.

2. You sound like an infomercial.

Well, I did ask about starting a Ning for elementary tech teachers and I do mention it in my posts when I get a chance but I don’t think that it qualifies as sounding like an infomercial.

3. You sound like a know it all.

Since nothing could be further from the truth I don’t think that’s a problem here!

4. You haven’t shown them how.

I’m guilty on this one but I don’t really see myself writing for people new to blogging. However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add this somewhere. I did invite the teachers/admin that I work with to check out my blog. They would all be new to blogging. However, looking at visitor paths showed me only one person from my district checked it out.

5. You haven’t created the right atmosphere.

That’s very possible. I’m the shy, quiet, awkward one in a social setting with new people. I’m probably coming across the same way here. Since starting this project I am seeing the importance of open ended questions and responding to comments to encourage the conversations. So, this is something I’ll keep working on.

6. You just don’t seem that into it.

I am passionate about my new job and I think that shows through in my posts.

Now, why I think people aren’t commenting on my blog.

1. I’m new. I’ve only been blogging for six months. I’ve never been a big writer so I’m still trying to find my own voice.

2. Everyday teaching topics-nothing hot off the press, no research, nothing controversial, just topics that are important to me.

3. Don’t comment consistently elsewhere. I read many blogs through RSS so commenting means going through some extra steps and knowing from that blog I’ll probably find a link to another blog and may never get back to my reader. Even when I am on a blog I don’t comment often. Through this challenge I am doing better and hopefully by the end of the month doing at least one comment a day will have become a habit.

How can I improve?

The blue jay pictured above had a hard time getting a peanut out of the feeder. I think the feeder may have been a new experience for him. However, he was persistent and kept attacking the peanuts from different angles. He’d hop down on the ledge take another look and try again. Despite my creeping in closer and closer he kept at it until he got the reward. I feel like that blue jay. Blogging whether it be reading, writing or commenting is a new experience and even though it can be time consuming I keep working at it to learn more about it and to try and improve. My reward is to become a more educated member of the blogoshpere.

Now, I’ll go out on that limb and ask my readers; Do you feel welcome? Do you have any suggestion on how I can improve my blog and get more comments to get a conversation going?


4 Responses

  1. I feel very welcome here! Your voice is warm and conversational and your reflections are insightful. I also appreciate the snippets you share of your life outside of school. They add richness. That’s something I should consider doing.

    BTW I’ve set myself a learning goal that although related to my work is more personal than professional. That goal is to become a better photographer. Maybe we should compare notes!

  2. I love the way you related the jay feeding to the way you are with blogging. Persistence is the key as I say to my students; keep trying. I am also a newbie since January this year and find visiting other blogs especially those who comment with Sue Waters and The Edublogger. Sue has so many hints to use for new bloggers and ways to read blogs more efficiently.

  3. I would agree with Sue, your comparison using the blue jay was fantastic. Although I have been blogging for about 2 years I still very much a newbie. I don’t know, I think there is a cycle that we bloggers have to go through and part of that is to “find our voice.”

    I have always enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to my Google Reader letting me know there is a new article that’s ready. Keep on keepin’ on.

  4. Diane,
    I’m pleased that you feel welcome here. Sometimes I wonder if I should add those personal snippets but I find it difficult not to so It’s good to know you think they add richness. Comparing notes about photography would be great, I’m definitely a newbie when it comes to that as well!

    It wasn’t until after I put that picture in my post that I realized I could relate it to blogging. I’m just trying to find a way to use my own photos instead of searching creative commons. I’m the nature photographer in the family. My husband is the sports photographer, so I have to give him credit for the picture of my daughter playing lacrosse. I agree that Sue Waters is a wonderful resource through her blog and on Twitter as well. Now, I have a question for you. How do I put a link in a comment like you did with Sue Water’s name?

    Thanks for stopping by and for contacting me after NYSCATE, it’s nice to keep that connection going. NYSCATE was definitely a turning point in my life this year. I wonder how long/what it will take to quit feeling like a newbie?

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