Today's activity from Darren is to comment on a blog where you've never commented before. He suggests going on a web hunt to find new blogs in your niche and then leave a comment to add to the conversation.
This one was easy because the 31 Day Challenge has actually led me to several bloggers I'd never seen before, and I've been busily adding comments as I can. Check that one off my list.
I will say, though, while we're on the subject of commenting at new blogs, I understand people's reluctance to do so, at least at some blogs. If it's a blog where not a lot of people have left comments or the comments indicate a sort of openness to a new voice, then I'm fine with leaving something. But there are some blogs where it seems like you've stumbled into a party, uninvited. There are inside jokes, rivalries and all manner of subterranean social activities that seem to be going on in comments. In those cases, I tend to either watch for awhile (if it's a blog that interests me) or hightail it out of there. I'm not fond of crashing parties.
I also look to see how a blogger has handled previous comments. If there's no sign that the blogger is interacting with people via comments, then I'm less likely to leave something. I will also leave without commenting when it seems like the blogger is rude or unfriendly. It's really amazing the impressions you can get just from looking at a blog's comments.
- Pay attention to how I'm handling comments on my own blog in case other people are thinking like I do.
- Try to look for and comment on at least one new blog a day as part of my regular blogging activity. Building a blogging community isn't just about staying home. It's also about going out to visit and talk to others.
Also, it looks like Christine Martell is trying to work on two blogs at the same time. Talk about ambitious! One thing she's learned is that if something doesn't function on your blog the way a reader expects it to, they assume you've screwed up. It doesn't matter that Typepad or Word Press doesn't offer a particular functionality. If the user expected it, then it's your failing. Interesting. . .
Finally, it's still not too late to join in. Just let me know.