Comments on my Blog
Now I must face the consequences of my own lack of method: on Sunday I felt so enthusiastic about an article Sue Waters wrote on “Embedding Jing Screencasts Into Blog Posts” that I took the risk to download Jing and tried to capture an image made on photophiltre: I hope it will show up here.
That is why I’m starting only now to analyze the comments on my posts:
1. Which of your posts have generate more comments? (Quantity)
Perhaps I still can’t answer that yet; my posts were actually born with the Challenge, they are being modeled by the daily activities; the posts where I expressed worries or need for help have certainly attracted comments, for instance.
2. Which has generated the best conversation? (Quality)
For the moment, comments are usually single ones; they give me something to think, or they invite me to take decisions, like the one from Michele on the connotation linked to the word “policy”that caused a misunderstanding of her thought or the one from Tom suggesting me to write an “about” page.
3. Are there any patterns to the commenting on your blog? Do certain types of posts generate more comments than others? (Tracking specific features or qualities)
There are different types of comments on my posts; I can distinguish comments to greet, to encourage, to clarify, to raise a question, to answer a question, to share an opinion, to make a suggestion…
The posts that have had more comments were the one where I discussed a “hot” topic – the one about the comment police – and the one where I showed to be aware of certain blogging strategies – I made a “list” of my improvements in using technology to make my blog more attractive to commenters.
4. If you do see a pattern of commonality between posts that generate good comments, what can you do to increase those qualities in other posts? (Increasing specific qualities)
Perhaps it is not only the type of posts I’ve wrote, but also the way they have been written that counts to enable a pattern to be recognizable; it’s difficult to me to distinguish specific features on my posts as my activity is incipient; however, I should include in these specific features the endeavor to be precise, clear and open to other ways of thinking.
And bearing in mind some tips I’ve read on The Eddublogger, I will try to do several small paragraphs rather than few and longer ones; to raise questions inviting readers to engage in the conversation; to choose brief and “intriguing” titles; to link, link and link, thus recognizing the value of the presence of others and respecting their work, while keeping connected to the invisible and nurturing network.
And for the near future, I’ll try harder to honor my engagement towards comment08.
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.