There were tons of awesome comments and answers on the first day of the Becoming People Who Comment Challenge, which has given me a lot to think about. Much more, in fact, than I original thought would be involved in this project.
I did not sign on for this much thinking.
Anyway, in general, the Becoming People Who Comment Challenge posts will generally be made up of three parts, and rather than explain each part, I’m just going to go ahead and count on your intelligence to understand the structure, because you know what, Internet?
I believe in you.
Something that kept coming up in the answers to the questions in the last post was the reluctance or refusal to leave comments that essentially amount to, “me, too.”
I can definitely understand the reasoning behind that. You don’t feel a need to say something already said. However, why do you feel that your affirmation of the topic at hand, or whatever the case may be, counts for less than the people who said it before you?
Something that I say a lot is that the Internet is a great tool for helping you realize that you’re not totally a freak. For example, yesterday I wrote on Twitter about how when I lay on my ear when I’m sleeping, and then try to lift my head, my ear hurts REALLY BADLY. Someone told me that it happens to them as well. And then another person. And another. And a whole bunch of people indicating that I wasn’t alone in my ear pain.
Earth shaking discovery? No. But it illustrates the point I’m trying to make. As a blogger, “me, too” answers lend support to one another. If a blogger is trying to gauge what people think, or feel, or do in certain situations, one answer isn’t enough to get a real feel. Your “me, too” counts.
I’m especially surprised at how many bloggers said that they don’t comment if they feel like they’ll just be saying, “me, too.” On your own blog, when you get comments that essentially boil down to “me, too,” do you somehow think of them as lesser comments? No, probably not.
Also, you don’t need to use the exact words “me, too” to say “me, too.” I have faith in you, Internet. You’re more creative than that.
So, tell me. Why do you feel like your “me, too” will matter less to the blogger than other comments?
To be completed by: Friday, November 6th.
Challenge: We’re still keeping it easy here. Because I want to boost your confidence in the fact that you, too, can be a Person Who Comments, Internet. So here’s what we’re doing, by Friday.
1. Find the blog you have been reading the longest, without ever commenting. For some of you, that may be a new blog you discovered last week. For others, you’ve been hanging around for months or even years, without making a peep.
2. GO MAKE A PEEP.
2a. If the situation calls for it, you have my express permission to allow yourself to say, “Me, too!,” though I encourage a little creativity in the wording.
That’s it! Go make yourself known to a blogger you’ve been following in silence! One blog, one comment. That is IT for this challenge. You can do that, can’t you, Internet?
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!
For you WoW players, someone submitted this post from Too Many Annas for the hilarity of the phrase “pompous mage-off.” – Too Many Annas – In-game Costume Ideas.
The artistic and/or fans of the adorable will find this one easy to comment on: Tami Moore – Manatee with Balloon. MANATEE. With BALLOON.
And here is one from Emmanation, which is also conveniently designed to be extremely easy for beginner People Who Comment, go give a few guesses on this game: Emmanation – If it was a murder, how did they get him up there in the first place?