At least God got to rest…but no rest for those of us in the Comment Challenge!
Our task for today from Michele Martin is to come up with three lessons we have seen so far in this challenge. I blogged Sunday about the number one excuse of “No Time“…but one lesson is that commitment to this challenge is a definite time commitment. I have added CoComment and RSS feed of the updates from Technorati for “comment08” in to my Google Reader. So, this morning thanks to that feed, I had 40 updates to read instead of the usual 15-20. I have already given up on trying to blog daily about this experience, but I have (so far) been able to comment daily to others in the challenge – which I am enjoying. But in hindsight – while there is NO good time for a 31-day challenge – it is certainly challenging to be conducting this in May while completing Spring Semester, finalizing my grading for my students, preparing for two week-long institutes we run for faculty (one of which starts next week), and keeping my own sanity!
That said, the second thing I have learned is the extent of and the interconnectiveness of the conversations swirling in the blogosphere. Several of us have commented in this challenge on the small tight networks versus the large interconnected networks, and this challenge has certainly expanded my world view. It has also shown that to some degree there is no harm in missing some of the comments. The global conversation swirls in blogs, Twitter, emails, and face-to-face conversations such that missing one piece does not mean missing the conversation totally. I attended Ruben Puentedura‘s presentation on Networked Conversations yesterday at University of Richmond (thanks to Terry Dolson for the invite). It was fascinating to hear Ruben discuss his use of Twitter, blogs, and Ning sites for extending classroom conversations – and recognize that I had been a part of some of those conversations already, even though I was meeting Ruben for the first time.
The final thing I learned is to keep this in balance with other life commitments. This past week, I have felt like this seagull – off balance. Yet, I still managed to steal away for four days and visit my daughter in Boston who is expecting her first baby next month. I “will” finish grading the final papers from my grad students tonight. And I just read Jim Groom’s blog post on HIS day yesterday at the same conference I attended. I had to leave at noon for another commitment, so I was not at U of R when they locked down the campus due to a strange man seen wearing a gun holster. Virginia Tech is still fresh in many of minds, so his post helped remind me that there are larger issues in the world than blogging…and yet even his post reminded us that this interconnected conversation is a part of what can be renewing for this world.
I therefore look forward to the next 23 days of the challenge!
[Photo Credit: Fisserman]