We’ve reached the end of the Comment Challenge, but I think we all know by this point that it’s really the beginning.
(Technically, it’s also not really the end, since participants have all day on Wednesday to comment and frankly, if people want to use the long weekend to catch up on their commenting, that’s really fine too. Back to the point.)
Starting today and running through Saturday, check in with your final tally of comments a total or an average. You can even take some extra time to run through the list of Comment Challenge participants or WBBT interviews to bring up your numbers. Check in even if you didn’t average five a day or hit more than a hundred comments. I’ve been known to give random prizes just for playing along. Truly, it’s never really been about the numbers, but about using the target numbers as a way to discover commenting all over again.
Lee and I hope that by setting aside a period to be conscious of your commenting, you’ve gotten better at it. Reading blogs with the intent to comment lets you read with more focus. Commenting on a blog makes you feel more connected. Writing several comments a day makes them flow easier, so they become less work. As you keep it up, you may find more readers checking out your blog based on your comments.
What have you learned about your reading, time management, or blog focus? Are you seeing the kinds of posts that get the most comments? Does that change the way you will write? Did a daily schedule of five a day work for you, or were you more of a binge commenter? What worked best for you? How does this change the way you will blog, read, and comment? Feel free to answer in the comments, or write your own post about it and I’ll do a round-up on Sunday perhaps with prize announcements.
Yes, we’ve reached the end of the Comment Challenge, but I do hope it is just the beginning.