It’s BACK! Now that it has become a habit, Lee Wind and I are bringing The Comment Challenge to your January — the perfect time of year to make a new resolution to connect more with your fellow bloggers.
Since it is said that it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit, we’re going to run the Comment Challenge for the next three weeks — starting today Friday, January 11, and running through Thursday, January 31, 2013. The goal is to comment on at least five book blogs a day. Keep track of your numbers, and check in here on Thursday for an inspirational post and group support. We’ll tell each other how we’re doing and keep each other fired up. On Thursday, January 31, Lee will post the final check-in post for the Comment Challenge. Prizes will be involved, drawing from among the bloggers who reach the 100 Comment Mark (five comments a day for twenty-one days with one day free of comment charge). It’s also pretty likely that we’ll award some random door prizes for trying, because why not? I’m including the Frequently Asked Questions and pointing you to Lee Wind to sign-up... TODAY!
If I don’t start on that first day, is it too late to start?
No. You can either up your number of comments per day if you want to make the 100 Comment mark, or you can set your own goal and join us for the support and camaraderie.
Five comments a day! How can I do that?
Feel free to set your own goal. Maybe start smaller and build up. Maybe aim for one thoughtful comment and two “I can’t wait to read that!” comments a day. But honestly, it’s easier than it sounds. Think how many comments you leave on Facebook or replies on Twitter. It’s doable.
Does it have to be exactly five daily comments, or can they be averaged?
I will say that it sets the habit better if you make a point to comment every day that you’re reading blogs, but you don’t have to hit exactly five comments every day. Averaging them together is fine.
Do you have to comment at a hundred different blogs or only blogs that are new to you?
No and no. You can use this as an opportunity to reconnect with the blogs you know. But personally, I find it easier to spread my comments around among lots of blogs because I find I have more to say.
Do you have to be an KidLit/YA book blogger to participate?
No, all book bloggers are welcome. We’re only pushing the Comment Challenge within the kidlitosphere to boost the energy in our community. I mean, we don’t want the knitting blogs to get the fruits of our commenting labor. The challenge is open it to any book blogger who would like to participate. Especially those who would like to find out more about the wonderful world of KidLit/YA Blogging.
Is there a special tracking system?
Well, mine is a Post-It note. We’re on the honor system here, so track your own comments however you see fit. However, I don’t recommend tattoos. Been there, done that.
What are the prizes?
I’m guessing books. If you have something special you’d like to donate — signed books, original art, crafty ventures — send me an email at MotherReader AT gmail DOT com.
Will there be a list of participants whose blogs I can make a special effort to visit as fellow Comment Challengers?
Yes. The sign-up list at I'm Here I'm Queer, What Do I Read?
Questions? Ask in the... comments.