#commentjuly fail

I’ve realised that I’m probably not going to be able to complete the #commentjuly challenge. We’re in the process of selling out house and looking for one to buy, so I’m a bit distracted by that. I’ll certainly do my best to post some comments during July, but I doubt I’ll be able to do one per day. It’ll be more of an ad hoc approach, where I’ll comment on something that I come across via Twitter or some other way, rather than seeking out posts to comment on. It’s a great idea, and I’d like to keep up my involvement.

The first week of #commentjuly

It’s the end of the first week of #commentjuly, and so far I’ve managed to keep up and post a comment each day. I probably should have planned the process a bit better, and started noting the posts that I wanted to comment on as they were published. I’m kind of going at it a bit randomly at the moment, but that does keep it exciting! So, here are the posts that I commented on this week, along with a quick explanation of why I commented.

July 1st – Future Library

This is a blog run by La Trobe University Library, and many of the posts discuss issues that are relevant to academic libraries across Australia. I commented on the post about how e-books affect the browsability of library collections.

July 2nd – Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

Moving away from library-related posts, I commented on Sharon’s post about trying to find a balance when it comes to allowing your kids to explore technology, and making sure they get enough exercise.

July 3rd – Librarianville

This comment was in response to a post about developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN). My PLN has certainly expanded since I’ve started using Twitter.

July 4th – Everybody’s Libraries

This blog is maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom who works for the University of Pennsylvania libraries. He’s developed a tool which allows links to be made from Wikipedia articles to library resources.

July 5th – Audacious Fizz

I was looking at the blogs where @JuliadeRuiter had commented as part of her #commentjuly challenge, and came across this post which mentioned hiding a geocache in your library. Seeing that I’ve done this, I felt I had to comment.

I can’t wait to see what next week will bring. I’m going to do my best to finish the challenge, but I’m already thinking that I might not be able to keep up. Somehow #blogjune seemed easier than this.

My next challenge – #commentjuly

Well, the end is in sight for #blogjune. I’ve enjoyed writing the posts, and seeing what other people have come up with for their posts. I’ve decided to take on a similar challenge for next month -#commentjuly. It’s the brainchild of @c_hocking and @ajwillemse91, and encourages participants to comment on a blog every day in July, and write a post for their own blog explaining why they were inspired to comment. I like the idea of becoming more involved in a conversation, and giving the writers of the blogs a sense that people are relating to and enjoying their posts. I tend to be more of a lurker than a participant, so I’m looking forward to giving something back to the blogging community.

I think one of the reasons that I’m not much of a commenter is my personality type. I’m an ISTJ on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator scale, so I tend to be more of an introvert and less inclined to act spontaneously. I like to think things through, rather than acting on the spur of the moment. I think #commentjuly will give me the chance to read the blogs and take the time to compose a comment. Should be fun!