I know that I said I’d do Task 17 of the Comment Challenge, the Five in Five. I’ve tried twice to do this task this week. Unfortunately, both times I’ve failed to prove I was human to the Captchas and lost my first comment. No way I can do 5 comments in 5 minutes if I have to rewrite an entire comment. I really wanted to try to push myself, but I’m giving up on this task now. Maybe after the challenge is officially over I’ll make another attempt.
Day 19: Respond to a Commenter on Your Own Blog
Those of you who have commented here before know that I’m pretty good about replying, usually within 48 hours. Check that one off the list.
Day 20: Three Links Out
Here’s the directions for this task:
- Go to one of the blogs you regularly read and follow a link to another blog. This link could be in the blogroll or in a post.
- From that blog, follow a second link to a new blog.
- From that location, follow a third link to somewhere new.
From Michele Martin’s blog, I went to Rob O.’s blog because I thought his definition of “constructive comments” was good. From there, I found an interesting post on multitasking on Doug Johnson’s Blue Skunk blog.
Day 21: Make a Recommendation
I doubled up on the last task: when I commented on Doug Johnson’s blog, I included a link to the Eide Neurolearning blog and some research on dual-tasking. The relevant quote from this post is “…at least in some cases, less brain work is used for solving two tasks at once, then the two tasks separately (underadditivity).” If you’re interested in seeing actual research on multitasking, do check out their blog, including the related posts at the bottom of the one I quoted.
Day 22: Highlight a Favorite Comment
Britt described Clay Shirky’s model of groups:
It is the smaller networks within the larger ones that maintain coherence and connection amidst the larger group (what he calls the “small world theory”). These “small world” clusters work as amplifiers and filters within the larger network, just as your strong connections work across multiple larger networks.
Suz talked about how different technology facilitates different group sizes:
I think it also depends what you mean by ‘manage’, and what ‘venue’ the community uses. I cannot imagine, for example, how people manage large twitter networks. The fragmented nature of the information makes it hard to follow, and I find it easier if I know a little about the person, to give context.
Bonnie viewed group dynamics from the lens of the comment challenge (plus she paid me a wonderful compliment):
I had my original small circle and most recently I went beyond my comfort zone with the Slices Challenge and now here and it’s comforting to open a strange blog and find a friendly face.
Looking from the perspective of teaching, Ken Allen wrote about managing students and lurkers in an online environment. He made this interesting observation:
Of course, with a larger, manageable group, the tendency is for the teacher to apply strategies to encourage participation by those who tended to take a back seat. The paradox with this technique is that the activity of the group starts tending towards the unmanageable zone and eventually has to be divided into smaller groups.
Day 23: What Makes a Great Comment?
Like most bloggers, I appreciate every non-spam comment I get. Any interaction is good. That said, I especially like comments that move the conversation forward by doing any of the following:
- Asking good questions (like Britt’s above)
- Sharing resources (like Ken’s above)
- Sharing personal experiences & how something applies in their life (like Bonnie’s above)
- Revealing a different perspective, approach, or way of looking at something (like Suz’s above)
- Disagreeing & making me think
These types of comments are especially helpful in my personal learning, and I really do appreciate these gifts from the blogosphere. Thanks to everyone who comments and shares their personal wisdom!