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Comment Challenge 2010: Sign-Up

Today begins Comment Challenge 2010. Running through Thursday, January 28, the goal is to comment on at least five book blogs a day. Keep track of your numbers, report in on Thursdays for support, and comment like you mean it for three weeks. At the end, we’ll award prizes at random to bloggers who’ve passed the 100 Comment Mark — along with some random participation prizes. If you have any questions, check out the FAQs.

As this weekend is Bloggiesta — a chance to devote time to bloggy activites — you may join the Comment Challenge and leave your first ten comments on blogs new to you to complete your mini-challenge. There will be a separate post on Saturday to check in for completing that task.

Sign up here, go forth and comment.

Comment Challenge Participants
1. MotherReader
2. Lee Wind
3. Bookie Woogie
4. The Furnace
5. Brimful Curiosities
6. Niki
7. Sarah N.
8. Sandra Stiles
9. Jim Randolph
10. Angela
11. Abby the Librarian
12. Kyle
13. Rasco from RIF
14. Kelly Polark
15. Sherry at Semicolon
16. Zoe @ Playing by the book (Moonshot)
17. Wendy @ Six Boxes
18. stella Villalba
19. Kathy (Insde of a Dog)
20. Colleen (Books in the City)
21. Terry Doherty (Reading Tub)
22. Loree Griffin Burns
23. Jen Lehmann
24. Richard Hanks
25. Kristi
26. Caroline Starr Rose
27. Lori Calabrese
28. Becky (Becky's Book Reviews)
29. Saints and Spinners
30. Kimberly (lectitans)
31. Kim Baker
32. Melissa Wiley @ Bonny Glen
33. Heather (Composition Book)
34. Mary Lee
35. Karen at Literate Lives
36. The1stdaughter (There's A Book)
37. Sherrie Petersen
38. Mitali Perkins
39. I Heart Monster
40. bestbook
41. Vicki~Reading At The Beach
42. Kathy Erskine
43. Carmela Martino
44. Kathy Bloomfield
45. Sarah-GreenBeanTeenQueen
46. Carol Coven Grannick
47. Sarah Rettger
48. Kim(Wild About Nature)
49. Melissa@Book Nut
50. Jenny
51. Natasha @ Maw Books
52. Charlotte
53. Erika (Reading with Momma)
54. JoAnn Early Macken
55. Tabitha
56. Callista (SMS Book Reviews)
57. Jaymie
58. Tasha Saecker
59. Anamaria
60. Jennie from Biblio File
61. Grace (Books Like Breathing)
62. Slushbusters
63. Natalie @ This Purple Crayon
64. Z.N. Hively
65. Trisha
66. T. Fox
67. Kara Parlin
68. msmac
69. Bill at Literate Lives
70. Peggy Archer
71. Elisabeth (YSPrincess)
72. Lori Walker
73. Irene Latham
74. Jolie
75. Alison (Alison's Book Marks)
76. Jen Robinson's Book Page
77. Rawley at Sweet Reads
78. Ari (Reading in Color)
79. Jeanne Marie Ford
80. Great Kid Books (Mary Ann)
81. Melissa
82. Jenn Bertman (From the Mixed-Up Files)
83. Meg
84. Wendy Morrell
85. Tess
86. Kara (@tardisgrl)
87. Catherine
88. Debbie's World of Books
89. melissa @ 1lbr
90. One Persons Journey Through a World of Books
91. Maureen (Confessions of a Bibliovore)
92. Lexie (Poisoned Rationality)
93. Liz B (Tea Cozy)
94. Carrie, Reading to Know
95. Meg Lippert (StorySleuths)
96. Sharon Mayhew
97. The Brain Lair
98. MillyMarie
99. Suey (It's All About Books)
100. Sarah Mae
101. Sarah (aquafortis)
102. Amused (AmusedByBooks)
103. Doret
104. Esther Hershenhorn
105. Jill of The O.W.L.
106. Colleen (Chasing Ray)
107. Jenny Schwartzberg
108. Tena @ Crazy Book Slut
109. Beth of Library Chicken
110. Alethea (Read Now Sleep Later)
111. Colleen -Books in the City)
112. Lisa Nowak
113. Marg (Reading Adventures)
114. Liz in Ink
115. Michelle (Galleysmith)
116. Paige Y.
117. New Horizon Reviews
118. Sarah
119. Amy
120. Dana (Rantings of a Bookworm Couch Potato)
121. Laura
122. Robin (The Book Nosher)
123. ReadingCountess
124. Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian
125. Dreadful Penny
126. Kristen (Bookworming in the 21st Century)
127. Kristi(e)
128. Mandy (MandyCanRead)
129. Alexia561
130. Read These Books and Use Them
131. Angie (By Book or By Crook)
132. Alyssa (The Shady Glade)
133. Esme Chocolate & Croissants
134. Hannah (A Quiet Spot)
135. Elie (Ellz Readz)
136. Caroline (Crowding the Book Truck)
137. monica @ paper bridges
138. Kris
139. Moira Rose Donohue
140. Reading My Library
141. Margaret Ann Abrahams
142. Andromeda Jazmon
143. Justine (A Bookful of Thoughts)
144. Holly Cupala
145. debnance at readerbuzz
146. Julie (My Book Retreat)
147. Sondy (Sonderbooks)
148. Katie (Read What You Know)
149. The Kool-Aid Mom (In the Shadow of Mt. TBR)
150. Amber
151. Julie @ My Own Little Corner of the World
152. Moonbeam
153. Rebecca Fabian
154. Margot
155. Jan@eatingyabooks
156. LynnHazen's ImaginaryBlog
157. Marion @ Books & Fiber
158. Teacherninja
159. Shelf Elf
160. Emma (BookingThrough365)
161. Mary Jo Guglielmo
162. The Book Faery Reviews
163. Michelle @ Michelle's Masterful Musings
164. vanessa@Silly Eagle Books
165. M. A. Noeth
166. Kristen (BookNAround)
167. April (Books & Wine)
168. BookMoot
169. Kim Kasch
170. Nicole Langan
171. Miss Pippi @ Pippi's Postings
172. Sami
173. Brenda B. Hill
174. Marge - Tiny Tips for library Fun
175. Gayla
176. Jessica Leader
177. Barrie Summy
178. DaNae
179. Kristi
180. Pat Weaver
181. aloi
182. Simcha (SFF Chat)
183. Gayla (Unfussy Living)
184. Kate (Midnight Book Girl)
185. Peaceful Reader
186. StableGranny
187. Nathalie Mvondo
188. Dee White
189. Michelle Munger
190. Danny House

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Z-Kids said...

And the Comments Commence!

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Whhoo-Hoo! this is going to be so much fun!

Madelyn at The Furnace said...

If you build it, they will come. (I hope.) Thanks! I'm excited to get started!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Looking forward to visiting all the kidlit blogs.

Anonymous said...

This is great! :o)

Colleen said...

I hesitate to enter it formally because I think I'm going to flame out in a major way on this but I will be doing my level best to hang in there and comment, at the very least, more than I have in the past!

teacherninja said...

Thanks for doing this! I think I should DEFINITELY be able to handle 5 comments today since we're having a SNOW DAY here in the Atlanta 'burbs.


Unknown said...

This is definitely going to be a challenge for me - when it comes to book blogs, I'm a pretty passive reader, but I really want to be more involved!

Kelly Polark said...

Bring it, baby! I'm off to go start commenting!!!
Thanks for hosting! :)

Kathy Martin said...

What I great idea! I signed up and now I am off to discover new blogs for the Mini-Challenge. Thanks for hosting this.

Booksnyc said...

Ok - off to comment . . . thanks for hosting!

Terry Doherty said...

Yes! A perfect start to Friday. I have a Q not covered in the FAQ though ... does replying to comments on your blog count? Sometimes posts spark conversations, not just "thanks for writing."

MotherReader said...

Terry, comments on your own blog do NOT count, simply because we want people to get out into the community, not stay at their home blog with virtual slippers on.

Melissa, a button is a great idea! I'll have my husband make one up tomorrow. He's good at that.

Anonymous said...

Happy commenting!

Richard Hanks said...

What have I got myself into!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Great idea!

Just to define terms...do authors' blogs work for this challenge or just book review folk?

Lori Calabrese said...

I'm sure I'm just like others--I read so many blogs, but I'm always trying to zoom onto the next one in my reader. This challenge is just what I need to slow down and actually participate in some fun discussions.

Thanks Lee and MotherReader!!

Saints and Spinners said...

I hesitated to sign up because I've been so remiss in commenting, and then I realized how much I missed keeping up with my part of the conversation in the blogging community. I miss people!

Kimberly said...

This is my first comment of the challenge. So exciting! I'm really looking forward to upping my participation in the community.

Terry Doherty said...

Thanks for taking the time to reply, MR. That makes sense.

Mary Lee said...

I'm in for the challenge, but not for the prizes. Keeping track of the number of comments I leave would push me right over the edge. But commenting...I can definitely do more of that!

Thanks for the challenge. Always a good jumpstart in the new year.

Heather Hedin Singh said...

Thanks for the challenge!

Karen said...

I'm in, and what a great day to start! Our district called a snow day today. Lots of time to browse and comment.

Sherrie Petersen said...

I'm glad you guys are doing this again!

Gail Gauthier said...

So, Pam, if you have 261 unread blog posts on your blog reader going back to the beginning of December, and you make comments on some of those, will that count even though in some cases even the blog owner may not see them?

I apologize if you covered this in an earlier post, but, you see, that would be one of the 261 posts I'm behind on.

Enjoy yourselves, folks.

Unknown said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks :o)

MotherReader said...

Caroline, author blogs are most definitely included in both the challenge and the kidlitosphere in general. We wouldn't be the community that we are without them!

Gail, you crack me up. You can certainly leave comments on the posts in your reader and count them. I plan to do a bit of that myself - though for the most part I've decided to make 2010 a Clean Slate for such things.

Carmela Martino said...

This is my first year participating, as I'm relatively new to the blogosphere. Thanks for the inspiration!

Becker said...

I signed up at I'm Queer, I'm Queer...but wanted to comment here, too. Here's to community building!

Carol Coven Grannick said...

Looking forward to the Challenge!

Kathy B. at forwordsbooks said...

This is my first challenge ever. I am also taking on Blogiesta this weekend. I cannot believe I am doing this, but since I participated in the Jon Scieszka tribute and he commented on my blog, I figure I better pay it forward. Thank you so much for doing this.

Sarah Rettger said...

I'm in! I think I ended up somewhere in the 50s last year - must do better!

(Also: my word verification is egolog, which I will totally use if I ever try writing sci-fi. It sounds like an automated diary...)

Unknown said...

Let the games begin!
Thank you for organizing this challenge.

All my best,

Melissa said...

Yee-haw! Nothing like commenting on other blogs to stave off that winter chill. Since I'm going to be inside and all...

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Yay!!!! I didn't do so well with this challenge last year but I shall not look behind me but rather in front of me!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Great idea! Thanks!

Tabitha said...

What a great idea!! Thanks for hosting!

Kathleen said...

I'm all signed up but a quick question. This post says any book blog but the FAQ says kidlit blogs. Which is it? Does any book blog count?

Charlotte said...

Thanks for doing this again, Pam and Lee!

Jaymie said...

I am really looking forward to this - thanks!

Tasha said...

Let's see - this counts as one comment... ;)

Really thanks for doing this again!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Here I am, leaving my very first comment (of the day. Wait, it's my second) thanking you and Lee for getting the Comment Challenge going. It's the perfect time to do it, too. Thanks!

(and my capcha word is forna, which reminds me of Madelyn's new Furnace!)

Grace (Books Like Breathing) said...

I guess this means I should catch up on the 1000+ posts in my Google Reader. I someone gets a comment on a post from August, I apologize in advance. lol. Great mini-challenge.


Michelle said...

I'm looking forward to it! We'll put a link up on Slushbusters.

Kathleen said...

I have another question, is it 100 comments on 100 different blogs or is commenting more than once on the same blog count?

Zach said...

Looking forward to this! Thank you guys for organizing this awesome idea.

NatalieSap said...

This is just what I needed to motivate me to try out new blogs and actually join in discussions - thanks! And I'm thinking of joining the Bloggiesta to spruce up my own baby blog. :)

MotherReader said...


You don't need to comment on 100 different blogs, but it's certainly easier to spread the love around than to continually comment on five.

Last year this was a challenge we ran for the kidlit blogging community, but this year is open to all book bloggers. There may still be some mixed language in the different places as I did a lot of cut and paste from last year's posts. We do want to keep it in the book blogging community as a guideline. Let the scrapbookers run their own comment challenge. :^)

Karen said...

Quick question -- is it possible to change my URL once I've signed up?

Anonymous said...

Hooray for the comment challenge. Thanks for organizing with Lee. It may also make me blog more.

Peggy said...

This is just what I need for 2010! One of my New Year's goals is to become more familiar with blogging and how to attract readers to my blog and website. We'll see what happens!

Irene Latham said...

Been waiting for this! Excited!

Cuppa Jolie said...

So glad the Comment Challenge is back on! Love this so much I signed up twice. :) Thanks to both you and Lee!

Sweet Reads said...

Can't wait to explore all of the amazing blogs out there! Excitement abounds!!

MissA said...

I'm so ready to find new and awesome blogs! Commenting more was one of my new year's resolutions :)

Melissa Sarno said...

Sounds like fun! I've been wanting to become more active in the blogging community. Great idea!

jenn said...

I'm a day late, but I just added my name to the list. Eek! I recently took a little personal leave from the kid lit blogging world, but I figure this challenge is a good way for me to jump back in. Thanks for organizing it!

MotherReader said...

Karen, I don't know for sure that I can change the URL, but I can certainly try. Put the correct one in the comments and I'll figure out how to do it.

jenn said...

Okay, I just realized I'm not a day late. I guess I'm temporally challenged today!

Unknown said...

I'm all signed up and rearing to go!

Truly excellent idea :)

Tess said...

Found you through the Slushbusters post on this fun, fun event. Count me in! I write MG fiction -- my first novel WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE comes out next year (FSG/Macmillan). I'd love to connect with more like-minded folks out there :D

Kara Schaff Dean said...

Best make sure I blog consistently this month so there's stuff to comment about ;)And now I'll have a great excuse not to let those enticing blog links go flying past me on twitter.

Vonna said...

Okay; this is only my third comment for today so I better get in two more.

Debbie's World of Books said...

This is a great challenge. I know I've already commented on at least 4 or 5 blogs already today but now I'm going to really keep track. More commenting is one of my goals for 2010.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Fabulous idea! I really would love to comment more and now...I will!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Great idea! I have been all over the blogesphere today and will continue as I have time throughout .... well.... I love to visit blogs :)

Bibliovore said...

I recently discovered that I can leave little notes to myself in Google Reader. My evil plot is now to do this while reading on the fly and go back to comment more fully at the actual blog when I have the time.

Good luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

I signed up through Lee's blog, but have added yours to my feeder. Fun stuff, thanks for doing this!

Abby said...

Look at all the people signed up for this challenge! It is awesome. (And I can already tell a huge increase in comments on my blog.) Way to bring the community together, Pam and Lee!

Carrie said...

This is definitely an intriguing idea. I do try to leave comments quite frequently on the blogs I follow regularly but I'll toss my hat in for this one. Thanks for hosting and promoting networking! =)

Meg Lippert (StorySleuths) said...

Off and running...to find more clues to writing great stories!
Meg Lippert (StorySleuths)

Unknown said...

This will really help me get back into the swing of blogging and making connections! So timely!

Sarah Mae said...

I'm in... and Im looking forward to seeing what's going on in the blogosphere this year.

Karen said...

Pam - The blog url is http://literatelives.blogspot.com/

I accidentally had it set back to my 48 hour challenge wrap-up. Thanks for trying to correct my mistake.

The challenge is already a success in its first day. We've had lots of people stop by and leave comments. It makes for a lot of fun and learning about new people.

Sarah Stevenson said...

Yow, that's a lot of comments on this post! I'm going to try this out, for what it's worth, and we'll see how well I do...I managed my five today, plus several friends' blogs I've been neglecting, so I feel pretty good so far! Thanks, Lee and Pam.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thanks for this invitation to meet and come to know my fellow Kidlitosphere neighbors!

Anonymous said...

I've just moved my blog to a new location and changed its focus a bit, and I'm still trying to get it set up the way I'd like, but I am planning to participate in both this and the Bloggiesta challenges. I was excited about getting started tonight, but instead I'm going to bed with a killer headache. Not an auspicious beginning, but I'm hoping tomorrow I'll be ready to go!

Tena said...

how fun... heading to read and leave comments now

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea can't wait!!! ;D

beth said...

OK, I'm off to comment away. Normally I'm quite shy, so this is a good way to stretch myself.

Hey, does this comment count?

Alethea said...

This is a great mini-challenge. I do often read blogs and forget to leave a comment. I think I can handle 5 a day (like fruits & vegetables!)

Lisa Nowak said...

Wow, quite the impressive list of people you have going here!

Marg said...

Now that's a challenge! Good luck everyone!

Joyful said...

This is such a fun way to learn about new people and their blogs.
I actually did this for `Jill at fizzy thoughts` yesterday. So I am going to go out and find 10 more that I didn't list yesterday.
Happy Blogging

Anonymous said...

OK, so I didn't sign up 'til this morning, but I did squeak in my requisite comments yesterday. And then, today, I just caught up on LOADS of posts -- two that made me cry, one that reminded me to re-read Bird by Bird, one I learned a LOT from, and a bunch that made me chuckle. My Saturday's off to a very fine start thanks to you guys and your big idea...

Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

I'm a commenting MANIAC!

Thanks for the great mini-challenge!

I love discovering new blogs, and there are a ton on this list that I've never seen before!

Good times.

Laura said...

I'm definitely more of a lurker than a commenter when it comes to blog posts. Here's hoping this challenge will get me involved in some ongoing conversations!

Kathy Erskine said...

OK, um, I seem to have listed myself twice--sorry! Just think of me as an eager incompetent! But you know what? It's really FUN taking the time to hop around people's blogs. Such different personalities, all so interesting. Thanks for hosting this challenge!

Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

Already a day late in signing up and commenting - at least we're staying true to character:) Does this count as one of our five? :)

(and my captcha isn't nearly as interesting as other peoples'.)

Kristen said...

Okay messed up my first link I had my name and a title of a book.. woops!

Dreadful Penny said...

I'm in, only a day late. Leaving comments is way harder when you read blogs mainly through Google Reader, and are super-behind all the time, especially since I feel like it's hard enough to keep track of the original posts, let alone the conversations that develop in the comments. That said, there's nothing like the warm fuzzy of a comment when you're a new or rarely-visited blogger, so it's good to pay it forward.

Angie said...

Thanks for hosting this mini challenge. I consider this to be my first comment on a new to me book blog. It's a pleasure to meet you!

aksimmo at brainerd dot net

Hannah said...

Great idea! I'm off to discover some new-to-me kidlit blogs!

Caroline said...

This is so exciting...I'm starting a day behind, but I'm hoping this will boot me out of my lurking habits.

monica said...

this is my first time playing along, looks like fun! I'm always looking for new book-friends.


NeutralGround said...

This is going to be a huge challenge for me! Let the comments begin!

Moira Donohue said...

Motherreader, please help me. I can's seem to make my blog link appear. What am I doing wrong?

Megan Frances Abrahams said...

I'm in - a day behind but at least I'm here. How will I ever catch up?

Justine said...

Yay! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers :)

MotherReader said...

Two questions that have come up more than once:

Q1: Can I count this as one of my comments?

A: Sure.

Q2: I entered something wrong/duplicated my entry, can you fix it?

A: I think I just did, if not then let know.

Sondy at Sonderbooks said...

Super! I've been meaning to do more commenting and doing more reading kidlit blogs ever since the Kidlitosphere conference. But life and lots of other things got in the way. Sounds good!

Broche Fabian said...

It's already working! I've been visiting so many neat new blogs - can't even begin to imagine when I'll find time to read all the amazing posts I want to read. But I can't wait to start trying :)

Julie J. said...

What a great challenge! This will help me to accomplish some of my goals for this coming year!

Jan von Harz said...

I have started and I didn't even know it. This makes my random visits not so random. Glad I got in on this ... better late than never.

teacherninja said...

For some reason my link is wrong. It's teacherninjas.COM not .NET, so I signed up again...

Charlie said...

I signed up over at Lee Wind's blog, but I thought I'd comment here as well. I feel a bit self-conscious about leaving comments because I'm young, so this will be a great challenge for me (and get me out my shell a little). Off to do some blog exploring :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for helping us get connected

silly eagle books said...

Thanks for hosting this!

April (BooksandWine) said...

I love commenting and one of my blog resolutions was to leave 100 comments per week!

Awesome challenge, can't wait to see how everyone does at it!

Lynn E. Hazen said...

Thanks to Mother Reader & Lee Wind for helping me get me back on the BlogWagon!

BookMoot said...

Going to try and catch up now!

Kimbra Kasch said...

Looks like a fun way to meet other like-minded readers, writers, and bloggers. :)

Blogstradamus said...

Just signed up on Lee Wind's blog...This makes comment #2 for me. Since I do it on facebook, it should be fun.

misskallie2000 said...

I was going to sign up when this 1st came out but wasn't sure I understood. Think I do now, So here goes. I actually comment more than 5 times a day now. When I first started reading blogs I just read. 3 mos later I am commenting. LOL This is a great idea. Now I just need to keep a log.? Thanks for the fun this will bring.

Gayla said...

I found your very fun, interesting blog from Maw Books Blog. And I must say that I am extremely impressed with it. After completely doing against what I said I would do with the Bloggiesta, which is NOT like me, I had luck on my side to find this and I thank you so very much. I won't go into detail, but circumstances in life (MEN....errrrrr!) really screwed up my participation in Bloggiesta. I assure you that will NOT happen ever again :)
This sounds like such loads of fun, fun and more fun!!!
If you think it, prepare it and have your sense of humor they will come.....for certian they will come!
So "Mother Reader" I truly look forward to this.
Las Vegas

Jessica Leader said...

Always love to begin the new year with a kick in the rear!

Kristi said...

I LOVE this challenge! I already do this on a normal day! Woo hoo!

Love the blog by the way!

Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

Just browsed through my stat counter, and a good portion of my visitors this week have come straight from MotherReader. I've been clicking through the list of participants too and found a few new blogs to follow. Yay for the comment challenge!

test said...

argh. am i late?

Simcha said...

I just found this challenge and I'm signing up kind of late, but I've been making an effort to do this lately anyways, so perhaps I'm not so far behind. It's a really great idea though.

Sandra said...

Great idea. I comment more than this already and have a gazillion other challenges going so I won't join. But thanks for trying to get people into the habit. A good way to find new blogs in your area of interest too. Have fun everyone.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

i just signed up so I am way behind the pack, but I love being introduced to new blogs and this challenge fits in nicely with my New Years Resolutions to be a better blogger. Already up to 15 or so reviews (must get better at keeping track!). Thanks!

Pippi said...

Thanks for offering this challenge!

Kimbra Kasch said...

I have been commenting every day - at least five but usually 7 or 10 per day. This has been really fun and addicting.

misskallie2000 said...

I did not see the info re this Challenge until the 11th so did not register. But I have read and commented on, as of today, 71 times. This really keeps me busy. but I have enjoyed it. I do comment on regular basis but still new at this so slowly reading new blogs. Thanks for the challenge.

Dee White said...

Obviously, I am way behind, but I do enjoy reading and commenting on other people's blogs - and think this is a great way to find out about other blogs and what other writers are up to.