10th Day

6 Reasons for not having Comments on my Blog
1. You sound like a Press release
Hope not.
2. You sound like an infomercial
I don’t think I will.
3. You sound like a know-it-all
Not for the moment, as I am almost at zero level, but must revisit this item later.
4. You haven’t show them how
This was important to me; when I found those students’ blogs, all over the world, I understood that their teachers had underwent a step by step project with them, teaching one thing at a time, with method and calm. I intend to follow Miss W. tips and orientations.
5. You haven’t created the right atmosphere
I deeply appreciated this:
Questions are the lifeblood of conversation . They need to be a regular part of posts. For the moment, my posts in this blog were but dead archives, excepted some texts from students. On the other hand, I must be cautious with the kind of questions I put, for I have an immoderate tendency to formulate obscure questions.

6. You just don’t seem that into it

And there is the great answer:

Blogging is about passion and about sharing your excitement about a topic. It’s those posts that tend to generate conversation, not the ones where you’re going through the motions.

I surely didn’t do this on my blog: I’ve just poured teaching stuff into it, then leave it for http://www.sqip.pbwiki.com where my 10 years old students and myself have had a great time, just for the sake of experiencing an on-line page, but without any previous project or guidelines. That’s how they got ready to “attack” Moodle.

7. Other reasons: obscurity, strangeness

If someone’s writing seems warm, inviting, authentic and transparent, then I want to join the conversation.

This is easier when engaging conversation with my kids. I’m afraid I can get too obscure when speaking to my peers; perhaps that’s why I had never though about blogging with and for adults; now that I have experienced the feeling of belonging to a warm and authentic community I would like to give it a chance.

I also feel strongly that I must take the time to look for my Portuguese colleagues on the web and try to share in my own language. It’s easier to post and to comment when “hiding” behind the veil of a foreign language; but it also helps to get acquainted with the fact that if we are exposing ourselves  to others, we are doing it  in a peaceful and gracious purpose. As it is in comment08.

9th Day

Actually, it’s the eleventh day of Comment Challenge, but I must accept my limits; School annual Festival lasted 2 and a half days – it was a great time. No more rehearsals nor preparations after classes, but tests are still waiting to be corrected. I keep following the conversations late in the evening, but I feel unable to “pull my mind together” and write a post.

The ninth day activity was somehow surprising to me: we were questioning the usefulness of the act of commenting itself, up to the point of eventually giving up commenting.

There seems not to be a final solution to this question, as too many factors are at stake, but I surely agree with the idea of combining both ways of building community and generating conversations:

1. Commenting directly on someone other’s post – mainly when the subject is too different from the one being “worked” on our own posts, at the time, or when the post doesn’t justify a long answer.

2. Responding to an inspiring post in our own Blog, writing a post of our own and linking it to the other Blog post through “track backs”, thus generating cross conversations.

I think co comment and Google reader may be useful to follow long lasting conversations through several different Blogs.