Retro Phone Booths by Dominique B
In November I challenged bloggers to take up The Comment Challenge. The premise was simple: Wolf Whistle had given herself a numerical goal each month when leaving comments. After hearing about her challenge, I took it on my for myself. And then I shared it with the IFB community.
Many of you took up the challenge too– and now I want to know:
How did it go? Was it more challenging than you expected?
Did you find many new blogs to visit? Build up any new friendships, find a lot of duds, or something in between?
Did you sustain the momentum and keep going? Have you built up new blogging habits from doing the comment challenge? Are you more or less active at commenting now?
The hardest part, for me, is keeping the momentum going during the harder weeks. I revisit this topic now, when in the past week, I've repeatedly hit “Mark All As Read” in my Google Reader without reading a post. When real life has sucked the life and energy out of me. When for weeks I've scarcely left more than 5 comments. While I may have rocked November, December and January steadily decreased my commenting, and February has been no laughing matter.
One question I have, that may impact how you feel about the Comment Challenge– is why did you participate? Did you want to grow your blog, and you hoped that leaving comments would result in a little traffic trickling in? Did you participate because, like me, you felt that you lost touch with communicating with other bloggers? That you want to show appreciation for their hard work?
The incoming traffic was negligible on my site. But that wasn't why I did it. The satisfaction I felt after leaving all of those comments was what mattered. I was leaving a mark on the blogging community. I was giving another blogger the satisfaction of knowing someone read and was moved enough to respond.
The Comment Challenge has a great purpose though– doing it is a constant reminder of the value of commenting. By doing it once, I'm incredibly conscious of what it means when I don't make the time to read and visit other blogs. I remember what it means to be isolated from the blogging community. It doesn't mean I should guilt myself when I need a break from blogging, but it serves as a reminder that other sites are what make the blogging community great.