And also? Here at the beginning? What do you think about that badge! How awesome is that? I have them in three sizes, thanks very much to Carrie, so if you’re interested in displaying one on your blog, let me know in the email you send after completing today’s challenge, and I’ll send them over to you. I also have some other banners I’ll be debuting soon, and if you feel moved to make one, I certainly would not object. I know there is a big market for 125×125 icons, for you artistic types. Also, if you sent one or offered to send one and I did not respond, I apologize. I’ve been busy. Commenting.
Today’s Topic: Excuses
Internet, I started the Becoming People Who Comment Challenge after I was a few weeks into my own mission to become a Person Who Comments, so I’ve been passing along to you each of the challenges I gave to myself. In fact, the challenge I was going to give you today was next on the list. However, I noticed something about my own habits that I feel like we should address up front.
I know that, in addition to doing the challenges, a lot of you have been challenging yourself to comment even more, above and beyond the challenges, and I try to do that myself, as well. There’s something I’ve noticed, though – there are certain blogs or types of blogs that I continually excuse myself from commenting on. For whatever reason, when I am going through my blogs and commenting, these are blogs I read, but don’t leave a comment.
Here I am, telling you that “Me, too” comments are always welcome, that you can think of something to say, but I read the same blogs continually, have for AGES in some cases, but for a laundry list of reasons, exclude them from my list to comment on. Maybe some of my excuses are valid, but I’m betting most of them aren’t. Here’s the thing, though – I’ve never really thought about what those excuses are.
For example? I’ve never commented on The Bloggess. She’s hilarious, I love all of her stuff, Phil and I both read it. But I’ve not once left a comment in all the time I’ve been reading her blog. I will comment on the blog above hers on the list, the blog below, and for some reason, completely excuse myself from commenting on hers, with no reason that I can articulate at all.
How about you, Internet? In your efforts to comment more frequently, do you find yourself consistently excusing yourself from commenting on one specific blog?
Today’s Challenge: One + Five!
To be completed by: Thursday, November 12
Challenge: As I mentioned above, we’re doing it a little differently this time, since I had planned on one challenge, but came upon something else interesting I wanted to talk about instead. So there are TWO ways for you to be a Person Who Comments for this challenge.
1. What blog have you been excusing yourself from commenting on regularly? I know that last week, we talked about making a peep on the blog you’ve been silently reading the longest. This time, you should comment on a blog you have been deliberately avoiding for some reason – bonus if you can figure out what that reason is.
2. The original challenge for this week – comment on 5 blogs. In a single day. Not 5 blogs total between now and Thursday, but 5 blogs in a single day. For some of you, this will be easy. Others, maybe not so easy.
If you’re feeling particularly motivated, you can try both Becoming People Who Comment Challenges for this time around.
When you’re finished, be sure to email me at PeopleWhoComment [at] gmail.com. Include a link to your favorite post that you’ve written recently, or favorite post that you’ve read recently if you don’t have a blog of your own. Links will be chosen at random for the Practice Section of the next post!
I’ve assigned a number to all of the emails sent to me after the first challenge and chosen three at random. If you feel like practicing your comments, go flex your muscles on some of your fellow Becoming People Who Comment Challenge participants!
Alex submitted this entry from Mamapop, which never fails to be hilarious in a snarky-about-pop-culture-in-a-smart-way… way. Mamapop is a great place to practice your commenting because the comments are often as awesome as the entries.
Lara submitted this most excellent post: Not On the Ballot by Swistle. I was particularly excited to see this one submitted because one, it was an excellent post for sure; two, I have my own epic length comment on there; and three, it’s Swistle, a professional commenter!
And, lastly, but not leastly, Mel, who has not yet been shamed into starting a blog but likes to leave a Twitter link which is totally fine, submitted this link from More is Better, which I really think you need to just read and comment on, rather than hearing a summary from me.