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Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Thoughts About The Blogelina Commentathon

Last week, I participated in a Commentathon via Blogelina. I was in Group 1. If you go to that link, you will see the links to all of the blogs that were in my group. The goal of the Commentathon was to leave a comment on each of the blogs in my group, making sure they were meaningful comments! And to receive 50 comments on my blog post in return. I chose to submit my blog post about September 11th. Here are some of my thoughts on the experience!

- I wanted to have my blog post go live on September 11th, but the rules stated I had to have my post live by the day before the Commentathon started. I figured this was so the moderators could verify that the links submitted were working and appropriate links. However, I was disappointed to note that there were mistakes in the list of links – I found at least 4 mistakes including one that was coded wrong, one post that was not live until later in the day that I was reading, and one link that went to a website rather than to a specific blog post. So I guess I could have had my post go live when I wanted it to go live, hmm.

- I wrote my post about September 11th because I felt it would be a universal topic. It seemed like it was and the comments were lovely to read. While many of the posts I read for the Commentathon were very interesting, some of them were not very broad topics and were more difficult to leave comments on. 

- Some of the more interesting topics included a post about the child’s inner voice, a fall bucket list, all about blog giveaways, and the meaning of the term “Selah” for example!

- When we were finished commenting on all 50 blogs, we were to leave a comment on the main Blogelina post saying we’d finished. The first person who said she finished seemed to have skipped my blog! I also noticed she only left very short comments on other blogs. We were supposed to leave meaningful comments and I tried to do that on all the posts.

- As I read through the posts, I made sure to also check out the bloggers’ “about me” page and some of their other posts to see if I wanted to become a follower for their blog. I ended up following a few of the blogs that way!

- Most of the blogs did not use blogger as their platform. Those that did tended to use word verification on comments, PLUS the comment would have to be approved by the blogger! That seems a bit redundant to me.

- Even though I asked on my post for the commenters to leave their email in their reply, most did not. I almost wish I’d have switched to disqus commenting before the Commentathon – that way I could have replied to their comments even though I did not have their email addresses. I also noticed that most commenters didn’t mention the Commentathon at all. When I was leaving my comments I included that I was stopping by from the Commentathon!

Would I do something like this again? Absolutely! It was a lot of fun, I got to read posts about things I might never have read from bloggers I never would have met, and I got a lot of traffic to my blog! Did anyone else participate? Would you do so in the future?

17 comments:

mail4rosey said...

I would participate in something like that during the summer. The kids are all activitied-up right now and I'm the designated driver, so I probably wouldn't right now. It is a great way to meet other bloggers though, and see their blogs... I totally agree.


Thank you for linking to the Super Sunday Sync.

tamarsb said...

Wow - that's a lot of blogs to read! It's always such a clear indicator that someone most likely skimmed your post when they leave a short vague comment and don't comment with their email address or anything else you ask/request. I agree too - some posts in link-ups are very narrow and I may not connect with the post making it hard to comment on the post!

Janine Huldie said...

Totally sounded like fun, but I could so there were a few hiccups alone the way. Also, I really do follow quite a few blog and comment daily, so for me it might have been too much to add another 50 on my list, but if it was 10 - 20 new ones to begin I could totally ave seen myself trying this. And I do agree that meaningful comments help more then just clipped standard comments. Great job though Dana and happy that you got to try this out and hear all about it here!! :)

heidi said...

It sounds like a huge project commenting on 50 blogs. I'm going to check out blogelina because I've never heard of it before. Hope you have a great day.

Heidi’s
Wanderings

Sara said...

Spot on review! I was in group 5 which had 57 blogs to comment on. It took me the full week but I got it done, I was surprised how many bloggers used Wordpress. I would do it again because I did find some new blogs to follow.

P.J. said...

I was pointed to your blog from somebody else, and I'm glad I've found it. I also took part in the Commentathon, in Group 3. We had 59 people, I believe, including me. I commented on all 58 posts and, in each one, I tried to be as meaningful as possible. I read about things I never thought I would and I enjoyed it. I also found several blogs to follow.

The sad part of it is I only received 38 or so comments from people who appeared to be from he Commentathon. I counted at least four people who said they commented everywhere and must have missed mine. I think the reality is some people take it a little more seriously than others and some are just looking for comments. The one I used for mine was about bridge jumping in the summer and I thought it was laid-back enough to make it so it would be easy for anybody to read/comment on.

In the end, because I respond to all comments on the post, I ended up with more than 75 comments. Of course half of them are mine, but ya know.

Good post here. I recently posted about commenting and such on my blog, making a pledge of sorts because of this commentathon. It definitely opened my eyes. I'd do it again, though, because I found some fun blogs to follow and I enjoyed it.

Dara said...

that is too bad that you didn't get everyone commenting back. I probably didn't either. I didn't bother counting so I wouldn't feel badly! how did you find my blog? I will check out yours as well!

Melissa Lea-Wood said...

Hmmm that's interesting, I kind of get not adding about the commentathon perhaps they wanted their comments to look more organic. I think you will always find people that don't play by the rules but it sounds as though you found a few new blogs so that's great.

Alex said...

I'm glad that you like it! I thought about participating, but I wasn't sure if it would be worth it, since I didn't trust people to actually comment. I'm glad it worked out though and you got some traffic from it!
Do you like disqus a lot better?

Dara said...

it was a fun experience!

Dara said...

I did get a good amount of comments, though probably not all 50!

so far I am liking disqus. it is easy to manage and to reply to comments.

Kimberley Tobin said...

That sounds like a lot of fun, even though there were a few hiccups! I'll keep an eye out and participate if there is another one! I'm trying to get better at commenting but hate to leave "Great post!" type things. I need to have something meaningful to say too.



I love Disqus! I'm finding it so much easier to reply to peoples' comments and I love it when other bloggers use it too!

Dara said...

I switched to disqus after the commentathon! I should have done it before probably. I do like to be able to reply to everyone.

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

I didn't hear about it. I wish I had. Sounds interesting. I'd love to participate next time. I try to leave meaningful comments every time I post, unless I truly have nothing else to say.

Dara said...

it was a good experience!

madbadgermom said...

Hi, I am thinking about starting a blog - wondering if I should do the Blogina thing and take her beginning class. Is it worth it? Do you make any money on your blog? Any tips are appreciated. Your blog is lovely.

Dara said...

I didn't take her class so I can't say if it's worth it or not! I do make a small amount of money from my blog. not a ton, but a nice amount!