On Thursday, MotherReader and Lee Wind launched a Community Comment challenge. The idea was sparked at the KidLit Bloggers Conference in Portland (Oregon), and in under two months, it has come to life. They can say it best, so I’ll just recommend you read MotherReader’s post, The Comment Challenge: 21 Days to Community.
So far I’m holding my own with a 5-comments-a-day challenge. I’ve set a personal challenge to comment on at least three new blogs each day. Some are blogs I read regularly, but have never commented on, some are completely new. Some days (like yesterday) it tipped me over five blogs. That’s a good thing. Here’s what I’ve learned in the first two days …
1. There are so many incredible, thoughtful writers out there. I know that sounds like a truism, but when you leave the comfort of your Reader and click through to the blog itself, you learn so much more about the writer. Colors, tag lines, avatars … all the “nonverbal” communication.
2. My TBR pile is going to grow exponentially. Now that I’m slowing down my reading habit and taking time to read, not just skim, I’m learning about so many more great books. Which leads back to #1. Wow!
3. Ditto the entries of new blogs and reading ideas for the Reading Round-ups.
4. I need a gadget. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a widget that let you hover over a title and add it to your Goodreads or Library Thing TBR with just a mouse click? It would be like that “Create Tiny URL” command I use when I want to Twitter.
Last but not least, I never realized how much I needed this. Slowing down to read more and comment regularly may mean fewer posts from me, but as many a teacher has said: you can’t talk and learn at the same time. And I’m here to learn. Thanks MotherReader and Lee!