Okay, we're seven days in - one week, a third of the distance to a new community-building habit of 5 comments on kid lit blogs a day. And MotherReader and I have a few questions for you:
So, how are you doing?
Are you finding your rhythm?
Are you finding lots of new (to you) blogs you love?
Are you being found?
Are you commenting more than usual?
Are you feeling connected?
And, most important, are you having fun?
I hope the answer to all the above is YES, but the most important question is "are you having fun?" Because really, you're in the world of children's publishing because of your passion for it, so blog-hopping and commenting in our virtual community shouldn't feel like work.
Rather, imagine it's like a fun cocktail party, with lots of great conversations going on that you can bounce around and among without offending anyone - and you don't have to get trapped into staying and listening to someone go on and on about their fifteen volume 80,000 word picture book series on yeast, and how they expect to direct the motion picture... You can just click on over to the next conversation, which of course will resonate deeply with you, and comment there with passion and elan! Or just say, Yeah! Why do they keep doing that to poor Huck Finn?
Here's my own report card:
Okay, I wish I could wow you all with some amazing feat of commentidigitation (a new term I just coined for capturing the magic of commenting) and be an inspiration... but frankly, I think I'm an inspiration of a different sort - of the reality that finding the time to comment on blogs is indeed a challenge. Out of the past six days, I found that time on three of them. Each of those days I did really well, with 6, 6, and 7 comments respectively. The other days, not even one comment. Sigh. But, I am thinking about commenting more, and today is still young... I may make this a commenting day yet! So, not quite a habit yet, but my sticky note is by my computer, and it's on my mind.
How did you do? Let me know here in comments. And remember, commenting here also gets you in the running for a random prize drawing!
So if you're going great, keep it up. If you need to up your numbers like I do, be inspired by how much great stuff is out there. Either way, comment away!