It was almost a year ago I reflected (not the first, not the last), on the subtle power of blog commenting, which to me is still as vital a part of the ecosystem as pounding out new posts (or incessant barking). I was just nicely reminded of this by a comment on a 3 year old flickr photo.
At the same time, I am rather cranky at missing out on the colleagues and activity at this year’s Northern Voice conference, one of the highlights of last year’s conference circuit. Grumble, darn schedule….
Just for grins, I ran the query I did last year to credit by frequent commenters since January 1, 2006
SELECT comment_author, count( * ) AS acnt
WHERE comment_date > '2006-01-01'
GROUP BY comment_author
ORDER BY acnt DESC
Wow, so here is a big thanks to my frequent commenters!
D'Arcy Norman 79
Scott Leslie 29
Stephen Downes 17
Cheryl Colan 16
Nick Noakes 13
Nancy White 12
Chris L 12
Darcy Norman 12
Abject Learning 11
Sean FitzGerald (aka Sean McDunnough) 9
Bryan Alexander 8
Miguel Guhlin 8
Tim Lauer 7
Dave F. 7
Graham Wegner 6
Rob Wall 6
Darren Kuropatwa 6
Ben Brophy 5
So this is what I am doing, just for the heck of it. This will be my last blog post published here on my own blog, for a week. For the next 7 days, I will publish my ideas, communicate, etc, in the comment spaces of Other People’s blogs. It’s an experiment, to see what that level of communication is like. One can never have too many good comments on their own blog, so this is my bit of paying it forward.
If it seems interesting, I urge others to pick one week out of the year (not this one, I need my reader to have some published posts I can comment on!), and spend it publishing in the comment-o-sphere.
To track my activity, I’ve re-activated by cocomment account, so for the next week, I am comment blogging at http://www.cocomment.com/comments/cogdog.
See you on the other side…. now off I go….