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Comment Challenge Check-In II

I am really loving the Commment Challenge this year because it is getting me paying attention to the blogging world around me. As I make my way through the list of participants - I started in the middle if you're wondering - I'm discovering new-to-me blogs and fresh ideas on writing. Perhaps I've erred some in not focusing on my own blogging content, but there's something to be said for taking a step back and reflecting.

The commenting has been coming easy and keeping up the numbers has not been the challenge so much as making the time to do some concentrated blog reading. Along with tracking my comments, I've been keeping some notes about things I'm finding at different blogs. Carrie Pearson had a great post on responding to writing critiques. I was stunned by the work involved in an international list of reading/literacy charities at Playing by the Book and inspired by the 12 x 12 in '12 Picture Book Challenge that I learned about from Lori Degman and Stacy Jensen, and the writing excuses post at Pen and Ink may just be enough to get me to sign up for that challenge. If so, I'll have to thank Teaching Authors for getting me unstuck and On My Mind for giving me some story starters.

Oh, and there is so much more! I hope you've been enjoying your Comment Challenge experience. Let us know how it's going at the Official Comment Challenge Check-In with Lee Wind!

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15 comments:

Patty said...

I am still loving the comment challenge!!!

tanita davis said...

Ooh, thanks for this - I visited two people who blogged on writing - totally new to me blogs - and found some really good stuff on fear and how it paralyzes... uh, yeah. That's very much on my wavelength just now, so YAY.

Doret said...

I've been slipping a bit on the challenge off to do better.

Loni Edwards said...

I agree, I have found quite a number of new blogs that I hadn't known about. Thanks for the challenge!

Annie said...

Whoops Wednesday again and I missed last week's check in. Last week I was quite good tho' I joined a lttle late. This week I have only managed a total ten....well it will be ten by tonight.
I am loving this, find it totally inspirational and meeting such marvelous writers and illustrators makes it a party every day I manage to go visiting.
Guess I just visited the same blog as Tanita LOL

Carol A.Bender said...

I'm really enjoying the challenge too.

Playing by the book said...

Thanks for mentioning my charity list - it's been a community effort tho - so many people in the kidlitosphere have contributed.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Thanks for mentioning us. This is Susan. I am determined to hit every blog on the challenge at least once. I have a new TBR list and some new blogs to follow.

Marjorie said...

Yes, I'm intending to visit everyone's blogs too - I signed up late, have caught up and am loving it. I've already made new friends in the blogosphere, and this first week I've concemtrated on catching up with old friends, as I had been neglecting visiting other blogs for various reasons in the last few months. This Comments Challenge is a New Year Resolution enactment! Thank you.

Sarah Albee said...

I joined the challenge late but am LOVING visiting other people's blogs, and it's so wonderful to have people visit mine. My resolution is to keep this up indefinitely. Thanks for this fabulous idea.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

I'm going the "click blogs on the list totally at random whenever my Google Reader is empty" route--so far, so good.

Marcie Colleen said...

I am definitely liking the challenge. Reading and commenting are beginning to be really vital parts of my daily life.

Michelle Cusolito said...

The best thing for me has been connecting with link-minded people from around the world. I've subscribed to several new blogs and "Liked" many folks on FB.

Now I just need to put in some writing time!

Bill Kirk said...

Dear Mother Reader, By all means, feel free to use the speed dating analogy. I'd be honored.

Bill

Melissa said...

I've been loving the challenge, though I'm a bit behind due to sick kids. It's been great reading all the different views on writing & I've been getting some great tips to help me.