Comment Challenge May 1- 31

From one of my favorite bloggers Michele Martin comes the 31 day comment challenge. Michele writes,

Comments are the lifeblood of blogging and for new bloggers, they can be the difference between sticking it out for the long haul and throwing in the towel.

I couldn’t agree more with this! Comments, linkbacks, and trackbacks are how I’ve “met” many of friends out in the biblioblogosphere. Most library systems are lucky to have one or even two dedicated trainers for staff. I remember being so frustrated a few years ago about not having anyone to bounce ideas around with. That’s why I am so thankful that I have been able to connect with other library trainers learning facilitators through all the cool Web 2.0 tools.

So I hope you will join Marianne and me in the challenge. Details about the 2008 31 Day Comment Challenge can be found here. There are a lot of educators and a few marketing professionals participating so this is a great chance to read about a variety of topics. There are even a few classes participating. I can’t wait to see what the students blog about.

Looks like May will be busy!

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Lori, I’ve been having this same discussion with a few folks in my circle for several weeks now! Who is commenting on blog posts now? What does it take to get a discussion strand started via a blog? Is “linking to your blog” now the new “comment on your blog?”

  2. Tony, That’s really interesting. I hope linking is not the new commenting although I am happy to have both. I think sometimes bloggers are afraid of writing a long comment because they do not want to “hijack” the post. So instead of a long comment or discussion they instead write a new post. I’m excited about this challenge and seeing where focusing on comments for a month takes us!

  3. Hi
    I am also participating in the challenge.
    I did stumble upon some marketing folks on the list there and wondered why that is allowed. It didn’t quite seem right to me — almost as if they are taking advantage of this list of teachers for showing their wares. (But maybe I am just sensitive to the intrusion of advertising).

    Your point of collaboration and connection via the Web is right on the mark, I think, as these networks that we create and join extend the possibilities of learning and interaction. It can help ease the isolation that so many of us feel in the classroom, or any learning environment.

    take care

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