The 31 Day Comment Challenge

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The 31 Day Comment Challenge was a project designed to reinforce and introduce some good commenting habits. Through a series of activities presented and explained by the challenge hosts ( Sue Waters, Silvia Tolisano, Michele Martin and Kim Cofino), participants not only engaged with other bloggers on a series of conversations, but we cast a critical eye on our blogs.

I thought the challenge was a wonderful experience and a great way for me to move out beyond my own networks.

Last week, I learned that I was one of the “winners” of the prizes being offered by the challenge organizers, who were being supported by Edublogs (my preferred blogging platform) and CoComment, which is a tool that I began using in the Comment Challenge, as per the organizers’ recommendation, and have come to rely upon as a way to keep track of my blogging conversations.

Here is the news announcement from Michelle’s blog, The Bamboo Project Blog:

I’m very pleased to announce the winners of the 31 Day Comment Challenge! They are:

  • For the most comments on a wide range of blogs (not just the β€œtop” edubloggers)–A tie between Bonnie Kaplan and Claire Thompson.
  • For the most high quality comments that thoughtfully reflect on the topicCarla Arena
  • For the comments that provoke and promote the most learning Kevin of Dogtrax.

Each prize winner will receive:

  • From coComment: US$100 to the winner in each of the four categories
  • From Edublogs: $50 in Edublogs credits to the winner in each of the four categories

Thanks to everyone who participated, and to everyone who voted, and most of all: thanks to the organizers for making us think and reflect and connection. I see a nice dinner with my wife in the cards sometime down the road.

Peace (in comments),

  1. I’ll add my congratulations to the mix here too, Kevin. I really enjoyed meeting you virtually over the challenge (both at your blog and elsewhere in the blogosphere!) What I want to know is how do you fit your writing and commenting into your day. You write a lot of blog posts in a week (and some are quite long) and you comment on a lot of blogs. Do you have a time during the day that you set aside for this writing? Thanks!

  2. Well
    I do get up quite early in the morning (before the kids) and that is my time for writing and thinking, over a quiet cup of coffee. I do try to make time to write during the day because it helps me reflect on what I am doing and I love the sense of community that the blogging world can create.
    When do you write?

  3. Thanks for answering my question Kevin. I tend to do most of my writing at night once the kids are in bed, or on those rare occasions when I suffer from insomnia I’ll do my posts at 2 in the morning. I’m a pretty slow writer so I find I don’t get a lot of posts out, but I’m going to try and work on writing shorter pieces.

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