Posted by blk1 on May 21, 2008
I have been going strong with this challenge but I did take a break to put some of my writing energy into my other challenges: 6 words to Kevin, A memoir for Stacey’s new Memoir Monday on my new blog and of course a Slice of Life today.
But as the last two remaining contenders battled it out for the American Idol title last night, I was poised to return to the Comment Challenge.
I have been extending myself, using the the Participants List to plunge deeper into blogging communities and adding more great sites into my Google Reader.
Before I began writing this prompt I clicked into Kate Foy’s blog, to pick her brain virtually. I found her prompt response candid and one I could relate to as she shared her early blogging and commenting experiences and how they’ve grown. A rich discussion followed in the comments section and I found it easy to leave something of myself behind.
Returning to my blog, scrolling through my comments, I realized that the posts with the great number of responses came from the Slices of Life I have shared during that monthly challenge. Stacey facilitated the birth of a new online community and it didn’t take long to get into the habit of adding my slice and then opening each slice that appeared before me, reading it and leaving a supportive comment. Throughout the day I would often return to read and comment on more slices as they arrived and in turn I got comments back.
As I focus on comments in this challenge I realize that there’s more to it than than thrill of getting a comment; there’s the rich discussion that can develop. So I’ve been returning to conversations, adding a second comment, a third.
I remember a time, not so long ago when I would read comments only in my email box and reply there. Clicking back to my blog, to other blogs is a real ahhah for me.
I have also taken more time to extend a comment and work on leaving something that might add to the conversation. It’s exciting to be here.