I’m a little behind with the 31 day challenge so this is my day 7 reflection.
Progress to date:
- Audited my own commenting behaviour,
- Commented on a new blog,
- Installed a blog comment tracking service,
- Asked a question in a comment,
- Commented on a post I didn’t agree with
- Responded to another commenter on a blog post.
Task 7 is to identify 3 things I’ve learned in the challenge so far. I’m to think about what I’ve learned about myself as a commenter, what I’ve learned about the act of commenting, and how I think my recent commenting activities have impacted me as commenter and a blogger. The idea is to quickly identify the significant learning. Familiar and not all together comfortable territory from Ultraversity days 🙂 First the:
I learned that I am a reluctant to post comments part because I worry about what people will think of me. I think I sometimes misjudge the tone of what I write and there can be cultural differences that make global blog commenting more difficult. Yet I have no problem commenting on lots of flickr photos, engaging in conversations about the images and their meanings, implications etc. I am more confident in that environment. I also discovered I’m quite likely to respond to a blog post from a contact on twitter rather than on their blog.
Recurring themes? Feeling safe, comfortable and ownership
About commenting in general I’ve learned that it’s harder than I thought. It’s given me an insight into why people might be reluctant to comment on my blogs. I read so many things and am interested and enjoy them but I still only respond to a small minority. It’s made me more aware of the need to get a response from the blogger, to be made welcome and comfortable even if I’m disagreeing with them. Hard! See the point above. I might just face the fact that avoiding conflict is a deep seated personality trait and stay in my comfort zone.
Recurring themes – difficulties, balance, conflict avoidance
Now for some quantitative data:
There seems to be a 10% responding to 90% reading balance now compared to 2% – 98% before the challenge.
Ok – that’s pleasing 🙂 This is partly because I culled my feeds and removed a lot of stuff I skimmed and wasn’t relevant to my current needs and interests. Even so I think it’s progress. None of these comments were just “me too” posts and I tried to add something and engage with the poster and other commenters in all of them.
However – I still commented on 3 times as many flickr photos as blogs! These comments were almost never of the ‘lovely photo’ variety 🙂
Themes – progress, engagement, visual stimuli
I avoid even minor conflict – even on blogs,
Visual stimulus is important to me
I can change my commenting habits with a small amount of effort