Saturday, February 23, 2008

31 Days to Building a Better Blog: Day 19

Thank goodness today's activity for the 31 Day Blog Challenge is an easy one - respond to the comments left on your blog.

I have always been meticulous about this and it does make a huge difference to the reader's experience. I have found this from my own experience of reading other people's blogs. For example, Sue Waters, Michele Martin and Grainne Conole always respond to my comments either on their blogs or on mine. This makes me feel that they are a. reading my comments and b. value my input whether I am agreeing or disagreeing with them. Much more importantly, this dialogue as inevitably led to some sort of learning or collaboration for me.

For example, I wrote a post about the layout of this blog. Sue responded with some advice about how to add RSS feeds and search facilities. Not only was I able to take up her advice which has increased the number of people who subscribe to this blog but I have been able to pass on that advice to other people.

Having said that, I only have a very small number of comments to respond to. When you have an extremely popular blog like Skellie, it must be extremely time consuming - oh to have that problem!

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Grainne Conole said...

OK so I *had* to reply! :-) enjoying reading your 31 days stuff - some interesting stuff!!

Sarah Stewart said...

LOL! Glad you are enjoying it, Grainne. I am feeling like the Challenge is a bit of a chore at the moment, especially if I take the view that keeping a blog is about my personal learning rather than becoming a famous blogger.

But...I am seeing this blog as the center of my personal learning environment so it is important to me that it is 'running' as effectively as possible, so that where the value of the 31 Day Challenge comes in.

Michele said...

Now you're giving ME an idea, Sarah--I think we need to come up with a 31 Days to Learning with a Blog Challenge. Some of the activities for the Building a Better Blog challenge would be appropriate, but I think that we'd add a bunch of other ones too.

BTW--we were dragging by this point, too. The 31 Day project was definitely a trial by fire!

Sarah Stewart said...

OK - I have started to set up my ePortfolio:To make a link in a comment, you
should type:

rae said...

oh I like michelles idea

Sarah Stewart said...

Glad to see you have a profile now, Rae.Now you need to start your blog!

rae said...

nah - doing the thesis this yr - no distractions!!! maybe after that. happy for now to watch you.