Blogging in and for the educational field is:
- not only about posting
- not only about leaving and receiving comments
- not about promoting your blog on Twitter or other sites
- not about getting a high ranking on Technorati
It should be:
- all about personal learning
- sharing thoughts, ideas, resources
- the process
- and encouraging others in their learning journey (we are educators after all)
It is only when you have experienced for yourself a realization that you are pondering something someone else wrote and:
- feel the need to get clarification
- want to add your two cents
- bounce off a thought off someone else who has been in that situation and might have more insight or experience
- hope for a different point of view to allow you to see an issue from a different perspective
The following posts and bloggers inspired the desire to do something more. We felt/ feel we needed to challenge ourselves to go to the next level, to go that extra mile, to test the waters and see what we learn in the process. But we also feel we want to help and reach out to others, especially edu-bloggers who are just starting out.
- Sue Waters from Perth, Australia: First Five Tops for Writing Better Blog Posts
- Kim Cofino from Bangkok, Thailand: Committin g to Conversations
- Michele Martin from Pennsylvania, USA from Becoming a Blog Citizen
- My previous post from Florida, USA Mentoring and Helping New Bloggers
The 31-Days Comment Challenge was born. Kim and Susan have already worked on details.Kim wrote on her blog Always Learning :
We would like to have a month of focused commenting for those of us that are interested in becoming better blog citizens (thanks to Martin Weller for the phrasing ) by actively participating in conversations and sharing your learning, especially with those new to blogging.
We would like to challenge participants to be better blog citizens tracking who is the commenter with:
- The most comments on a wide range of blogs (not just the â€œtopâ€ edubloggers)
- The most high quality comments that thoughtfully reflect on the topic
- The comments that provoke and promote the most learning
Sue has even managed to secure monetary prizes from coComment and other sponsors (more details on the prizes soon).
So, ask YOURSELF if you are up to participating in this challenge?
Don’t tell yourself that you are not a good writer or that you don’t have the time or that you can’t compare yourself to others who always just seem to find the right words. Challenge yourself, challenge other bloggers to learn something new and in a different way. Isn’t that what we want from and for our students? I am up for it. Are you?