Friday, April 6, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 6

Up to this point, the April Platform Challenge has been all about you. Defining yourself, setting your goals, setting up your profiles, and your blog (and/or optimizing those tools you already have). Today, I want you to direct your attention elsewhere.


Find a great post and comment on it.

For today's task, read at least one blog post and comment on it (linking back to your blog). And the comment should not be something along the lines of, "Hey, cool post. Come check out my blog." Instead, you need to find a blog post that really speaks to you and then make a thoughtful comment.

Here are a few possible ways to respond:
  • Share your own experience. If you've experienced something similar to what's covered in the post, share your own story. You don't have to write a book or anything, but maybe a paragraph or two.
  • Add another perspective. Maybe the post was great, but there's another angle that should be considered. Don't be afraid to point that angle out.
  • Ask a question. A great post usually will prompt new thoughts and ideas--and questions. Ask them.
By the way, commenting on my blog does not count for today's challenge. Though it's still good to comment here, please use someone else's blog for today's task. Let's spread our nets a little. If you need some other great blogs for writers, check out my 2012 list of great blogs for writers to read.

As far as linking back to your blog, you could include your blog's URL in the comment, but also, most blogs have a field in their comments that allow you to share your URL. Usually, your name will link to that URL, which should either be your blog or your author website (if it offers regularly updated content).

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139 comments:

Rowanwolf said...

Hey look, I actually found an appropriate blog post for commenting on. If anyone needs something to comment on, here's where I went:
http://www.fromthewriteangle.com/2012/04/writing-what-you-read.html

Connie L. Peters said...

Done sort of. Maybe not exactly. Will check later. Getting ready to take an all day drive to Phoenix to meet my daughter who I haven't seen in sixteen months.

Joe O. said...

I visited Anne Kimball's Funny Farm and commented on her Tuesday adoption series. The blog continues her humorous tone exhibited here. I hope to get out to several other blogs shared in yesterday's post.

Twitter: @js_orozco

F.T. Bradley said...

I'm finally catching up on these posts (deadlines and taxes...).

So here's a comment! And I hope you'll add me to your Twitter lineup @FTBradleyAuthor

Julia Tomiak said...

I have found that making comments on blogs helps me in several ways. First, I learn from other people. Second, I make connections with people similar to me. Third, it helps draw traffic to my blog. Edie Melson suggests commenting on 2 blogs each work day, but sometimes it's hard to find time. I do hope you will include some advice about time management in this challenge Robert!

Erika D. said...

Done! (But my comment is awaiting moderation.)

By the way, I commented on a blog that I visit regularly: The Quivering Pen. I highly recommend it! Superb book blog maintained by a novelist.

Anne Kimball said...

First off, thanks to Joe O for the visit! Love getting new readers. LOVE IT!

Secondly, in regards to today's challenge, I comment on other blogs quite a bit, but I will admit I am a cheater. I tend to find bloggers I have something in common with (large family, adoption, farming, parenting humor), and then say something along the lines of "Just found your blog through XYZ and I love it! Can't wait to go exploring more. Love for you to pop on over to my blog Life on the Funny Farm sometime to say hi. I'm at: http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com. Have a good one!"

So. Is that really bad form? Am I pissing people off? Are they calling me unkind words behind my back?

bolton carley said...

I comment on others frequently, too. I must admit though that I'd like to link their blogs to mine, but I'm a little clueless on how to do that. I feel stupid saying it, but I don't exactly understand how to do all the widgets with wordpress, and it takes time to read the tutorials. I need a wordpress guru to set it all up for me!

And I will be headed to the funny farm as I'm a humor girl, too!

Lauren Miller said...

I commented on Rachelle Gardner's blog for today's task. She's got some awesome topics being discussed about making a living as a writer.

Kasie Whitener said...

Done. Interestingly, one of your links -- to The Writer Unboxed -- was an article called The Writer's Life is Full of Second Chances. It was tweeted by @PublishingGuru. Guess there's some overlap in what's considered the really good stuff!

booker said...

Done with this task! Will take some time to get used to doing this!

Elizabeth said...

Done. I commented at thewritersalleys.blogspot.com to a question about genre.

So many good blogs, so little time!

Amanda Klimowicz said...

I had a wonderful time joining in a conversation about dialogue on: http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.com/ I'm a character is the central point (even if the sofa is a character) and loved the commentary!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Done before I knew it was what I was supposed to do today! My Crazy, Poetic life was my choice!

Ivy said...

I'm going to be on the road today, but I'll try to pop in on at least a few. I won't be driving, so I should be able to 3G some of it... but alas West Virginia is full of no service areas. So expect some last night commenting!

HAve a blessed weekend everyone!!

Joseph Lalonde said...

Just found you from Jane Friedman. Looks like I'll be enjoying your blog for quite some time! And I'm taking your challenge. Time to find a blog to post a helpful comment with a linkback.

Mary Bauer said...

I post on other teacher blogs regularly. It's a good place to get and share ideas. Today I posted on My Life as a Fifth Grade teacher.

Meena Rose said...

I commented here:
http://www.joeorozco.com/blog_characters_that_make_me_feel#comment-9

Someone who I met through twitter :)

cbaustin said...

I went here, funny blog, check it out...
http://diaryofa3rdperson.blogspot.com

Lynn Daue said...

I commented on A Jar of Fireflies. Great writing, fun widgets, and an easy-on-the-eyes design!

http://ajaroffireflies.blogspot.com/

Pat Walsh said...

Done. I have a few blogs that I regularly follow, and I chose one about the history of space exploration, Vintage Space (https://vintagespace.wordpress.com), which has some terrific original writing about the subject.

I posted my reaction to an article that I found particular interesting, “The Life and Times of Don McCusker,” and as you suggested, I included a link back to my blog (there was a field under the comment box).

I’ve also gotten some wonderful response already from my fellow Platform Builders, who have signed up to follow me on Twitter or checked out my Facebook or YouTube pages. That’s all thanks to you, Robert!

De said...

Love this. And done. I try to do this daily, at least once. An easy way is when I leave a poem's URL on a site with Mr. Linky, I at least check out the two poems right before me. And of course by now I am following a dozen or so poets I love, met on Poetic Asides. Thank you, Robert!

John Morris Benson said...

Does anyone remember when networking was hanging out at the hospitality rooms at conventions?

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

I posted on Rhonda Parrish's blog, here:
http://www.rhondaparrish.com/exercise#comment-1030

I love this! It is so much fun!

Tina Marie McGrevy said...

Loved this assignment! My blog is a humorous (I hope!) parenting blog with a special needs twist.

www.tinamcgrevy@blogspot.com

Been following another Mom's special needs blog, Lovethatmax.com , but never comment. I don't why! I did today, thanks.

PSC said...

Done! And trying to do it better, and more frequently, as I expand on the list of folks I read & follow. Learning more & more each day. (Still not doing much Twittering, but...) Thanks for kicking -- uh, inspiring -- me to go further, Robert! :-)

Susan K. Stewart said...

I had already commented on a blog this morning. A client I have has me comment on blogs on their behalf.

I went to The Traveling Writer and comment on today's post. I also followed some links and learned a little more about Pinterest.

I know that commenting on blogs is a good way to drive traffic. But it's the same old story --- time

Joy said...

I commented on Sarah Nego Writes, an April Platform Challenge participant: http://sarahnego.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-plotting-conversion.html

I found her by following the #MNINB twitter hashtag.

Claudette Young said...

Took your advise, Robert. I regularly check out new blogs for inspiration and fun, leave comments, etc. I popped over to Jessie Carty's blog this morning and asked her a question on the light side.

So far, I'm batting a thousand on the challenge. Then again, it's early days yet, and I'm doing a few other challenges, too.

Have a great weekend, Robert.

Sheila Good said...

I'm caught up! Day 6 task accomplished!

caryl said...

Thanks to the twitter challenge (and the suggestion that we follow one another), I got a very nice comment on my blog yesterday from Joe O. This Platform Challenge is starting to work!

I've gotten into the bad habit of drive-by reading. I skim and go. I'll make a point to comment more often.

Thanks for breaking this down for us and making it easy!

Melanie Cole said...

Done! I love this assignment. I don't do this enough, but it's such a great idea.
http://thelifeandtimesofawannabewriter.blogspot.ca/

Rhonda Parrish said...

I'm doing the Blogging from A to Z challenge this month which means I'm visiting 10+ new blogs everyday. My point being, I'm done ;)

Khara House said...

I am so glad this was the challenge today ... I have had a poet-crush on Sandra Beasley's work for over three years now and just came across her blog the other day, so this gave me the "excuse" I needed to actually buck up and say something, ha-ha! And what luck, there was a post referencing Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna river!

Elissa Field said...

I love today's challenge -- I've had some great connections with others who I connected with through comments on each other's blogs, including a couple photographers on the other side of the world, an interior designer, and fellow writers. For today's challenge, I responded to an interview with a newly published writer.

twitter @elissafield

Anne Marie said...

Done! I commented on Rachel Gardner's lovely blog and pointed to my author site as opposed to my blog.

Diana said...

I read a wonderful book review, commented on it, and went right out to get the book on my Nook. Thanks Robert!

Muddy said...

Done! I did The Life of Dad: Brian Klems at thelifeofdad.blogspot.com/

He did a post about Babies Sleeping Through the Night...something my kids never did. He's funny, and he seems to feel about bacon the way I feel about chocolate!

I didn't link back to my blog because it's not up yet, so I'll revisit this task in it's entirety on May 1st!

Jen McPeek said...

I commented on Jenny Kaczorowski's blog about secret hobbies. I always have trouble commenting on others' blogs because it makes me feel like I'm calling attention to myself...guess I need to work on that.

Marcia G. said...

Done. The commenting part, not the linking part because I have nothing yet to link to. But I realized I actually do write a regular blog post because I am secretary of the local chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild. So a column goes on both our website and blog.

At present, our president does the actual posting of the column I write. But she is turning over rights to me next week. We are found at saturdaywriters.blogspot.com and www.saturdaywriters.org

I did some commenting today on blogs I follow, and looking for new ones that specialize in what I write. It is fun - and time consuming. My regular writing group cancelled today or I'd really be lost for time.

Brooke Ryter said...

I commented on Joe O.'s site. Interesting post he had about email.
http://www.joeorozco.com/blog_email_is_the_devil

Robert, not only is this challenge helpful and fun, but you are creating a group of friends in the process.
Thanks!

Have a great day everyone!!
www.swthink.blogspot.com

Kris Swanguarin said...

Done. Another, lucky I-happened-to-do-it-before-I-read-today's-challenge, day. I love when that happens.
I like when blogs have automatic link back because inserting your URL in the text seems so much like blatant self-promotion (something I am definitely not comfortable with).
Anyone else have periodic or chronic fits of SPAD self-promotion aversion disorder?

Brooke Ryter said...

Jen McPeek - don't think of commenting as calling attention to yourself...think of it as a conversation. Sharing of ideas. Speaking your opinion. Besides, we writers need to call attention to ourselves and to self promote.

Kris Swanguarin said...

I like when blogs have automatic link back because inserting your URL in the text seems so much like blatant self-promotion (something I am definitely not comfortable with).

I like that better too, but if insertion of my URL is necessary, I do it.

Consider commenting and insertion of your URL nothing more than marketing...it's only marketing. =)

Have a great day guys!!

Paul Ellis said...

It's to a podcast, that's sort of an audio blog, right? Clever remarks can be found here. Or, the comment will be there after it has been moderated. (Maybe not, I referenced nose-blowing.)

the whatnot shop said...

Okay, hubby changed his airport arrival time, so I need to do this a little later.

Misk Mask said...

I commented on use the use of plain flour v. strong (bread) flour for making homemade pizza bases.

http://thecompletecookbook.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/pizza-dough-sauce-and-toppings/comment-page-1/#comment-9966

Kendra Merritt said...

Done. I've been following a friend of mine with a blog called Writing While the Rice Bowls. It's been really helpful.

Susan P said...

Done - this was hard and easy at the same time. Hard, because there were so many interesting blogs to choose from and if I am to get any writing done I have to limit myself.

Easy, because when I did choose a couple to comment on they proved as fascinating as I had expected.

Hmmm...the real challenge is going to be to find enough hours in the day to delve into all this social media while still managing to write my book.

AlvaradoFrazier said...

During the early morning I visit my blogroll, read and post. Latest comment is on http://www.thevoicesoftwomujeres.com/
they shared info on free health screenings during the month of April.

Little by little I'm going through the tweet list from Day 4 and the blog lists.
Loving MNINB challenges.
www.latinapen.blogspot.com

Lauri Meyers said...

I think I completed this one. The site I posted on (Grammar Girl) said it holds any posts containing links for editorial approval.

sopphey said...

Done. Commenting on other blogs always seems to be difficult for me. Mostly, because I never know what to write. I think instead of just posting once today, I'm going to aim for 5 blogs. Well, might even try to post comments on 5 blogs per week... we'll see how it works.

J. B. Everett said...

I enjoyed sampling all of the blogs--it's nice to know others have the same challenges, fears, etc. and hear how you approach them. Thanks!

Sheila Deeth said...

I'm currently part of a blog tour so I appreciated the reminder to visit other blogs on the tour. Thank you

Kirra said...

Done! I posted here: http://www.echoesofredemption.com/reflections-at-the-cross/

I read a lot of blogs, but I need to be more intentional about commenting,

April Galloway said...

Ok, I checked out several blogs along the way as I was adding follows from your list. I commented on a couple of them that were interesting, but the one that I found most helpful was http://www.joeorozco.com/blog_email_is_the_devil.

Now I need to apply some of his advice.

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

I used to comment a lot, the first 5 years I was blogging, then sort of got away from the practice.

I've slowly begun to do more of it since setting up the cat blog, 2 years ago.

Today I found 2 opportunities to comment, one of which relates to an invite I received recently to attend a conference, in Toronto, next week, based on my cat blog impressing the group that invited me...

Though I can't attend, that's far from the end of the story.

Anyway the blog post that my cats "Co-wrote" a comment on is here: http://www.no-killnews.com/?p=4507

The other comment was on the blog of a local writer/blogger, who had interviewd Julia Cameron, and I left some thoughts on my experiences with her books.

http://bit.ly/I8G1Ie

I only recently discovered this interesting blog existed.

caryl said...

Robert, could you maybe speak to the hesitation some people have about leaving comments? I have a sister who isn't comfortable filling out that little form that's required everywhere (that I've been) before you can comment. She doesn't want "them" to have her info. What happens to that information anyway?

Beth Stilborn said...

Commenting thoughtfully on blog posts that are meaningful to me has long been a regular practice of mine. Since I now read perhaps 100 blog posts a day in a feed, I only click through to comment on the ones that particularly resonate with me.

I had commented on a couple today that only gave the option of linking to my google account (I wish everyone had name/url sign-in capabilities!) but then a writing colleague led me to an excellent post on Writer Unboxed, and it is definitely my comment to fulfill my homework today.

The post -- which I highly recommend -- can be found at http://writerunboxed.com/2012/04/06/the-writers-life-is-full-of-second-chances-or-abandon-despair-all-ye-who-enter-here-3/

Ann-Margret Hovsepian said...

Done! I commented on the blog of one of my new #MNINB friends here: http://joyinthemorningsv.blogspot.ca/2012/03/joy-in-yes-i-can-whatever-you-do-work.html?showComment=1333751389644.

Beth Stilborn said...

I know I commented here. Perhaps I blethered on too long? Anyway, here's the short version. Leaving thoughtful comments on blogs is a regular practice for me, although I don't do it for every post I read.

Today, thanks to a writing colleague, I found this excellent post and commented on it:

http://writerunboxed.com/2012/04/06/the-writers-life-is-full-of-second-chances-or-abandon-despair-all-ye-who-enter-here-3/

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

That was fun! This is the blog I posted to:
http://www.architecturetravelwriter.com/2012/04/social-media-challenge-goals-day-2/#comment-437

Rachel Z. Cornell said...

I hit some sites of the people in this challenge. Cool to see what everyone’s doing.

Evelyn said...

I found a few blogs to comment on today. I asked for research advice on one, and I commented on another blog for genealogists. I am a novice, but I've been working on my family tree. Connecting with this lady's blog sounds like a great idea. I haven't had time to work on my own first baby blog, so it still needs a lot of work. With this being Easter weekend, I may be too busy to keep up on the challenge. We can catch up I hope.

Karen said...

Ha! Tried to comment on WordPress blog of a fellow poet & realized I may not even be registered there. Since I'm out of town & don't have all my info with me, couldn't complete task. I'll take care of it later, but this is something I used to do regularly. Thanks for the friendly prod, Robert.

Daniel Ari said...

Done. Would like to do again :)

Kirk said...

Done. Meanwhile, my wordpress/openID thingy seems to be broken, which is cramping my comments. Not to mention having to prove I am not a robot over and over again. sigh. Let's see if it works this time.

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. I just read John Gilstrap's blog on the Kill Zone about free falling. He's saying to write what you want to write and not focus so much on workshops and teachers telling you want you need to write. Great advice. Until tomorrow.

TheDaughter said...

Done! Commented on Monique's blog. Found her through this challenge...another plus! Thanks Robert!

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

Commented on a post in EYE ON MIAMI about a guy in north Florida who discovered he'd been sold coal ash to pave the roads on his 30 acres bordering on wetlands that feed into St. Johns River. DEA and FDEP both say the stuff is safe, despite the arsenic, mercury, etc in it.
Wish Blogger didn't make it so hard to comment with its squirrelly two words that are impossible to read.

Nichole L. Reber said...

So liking this challenge-- especially when the day's duties have already accomplished the challenge's tasks. Wahoo!

Today's 2 comments were directed at two new bloggers found through the challenge itself. Hello, @Clayheld and @jennifermcpeek!

Establishing http://www.architecturetravelwriter.com a year ago has actually brought me friends-- one of whom I was able to meet and share some cocktails with whilst in Phoenix earlier this year! Reaching out to those blogs/bloggers whose work is diggable has yielded loads of assistance on what to do and not to do in the world of blogging.

Cheers to all those with established and new blogs!

Nichole L. Reber
@NicholeLReber

the whatnot shop said...

I realize I did this already on April 4 when I read Kiril Kundurazieff's blog post on Air Poetry. I enjoyed reading the poems he put together by piecing together bits of overheard conversations. (I intend to keep reading and posting on other blogs though, too!)

Here is a link to his blog:
http://www.madmacedonian.com/

Stephanie Puckett said...

Done.

http://inkygirl.com/process/CreateJournalEntryComment?moduleId=7051215&entryId=15732607&finalize=true

This post was everything I needed to redeem a day whose productivity was challenged at every turn.

/contented sigh

the whatnot shop said...

Oops .. here is the link to where I commented...

http://www.madmacedonian.com/2011/12/air-poetry-1-i-swear-the-things-one-overhears.html

Evelyn said...

I posted on Nancy I. Sanders' blog. She has a great one for children's authors with oodles of very practical information.

http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com

Kyle Robinson said...

All done, I took someone else suggestion of a post and commented on it. I really liked the post and it made a lot of sense to me. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

I was delighted to find http://www.erikadreifus.com
Erika has wonderful writing tips and information so I just had to follow her. I hope you will, too.

JRWoodward said...

Done1 I found post about some careful research a guy had done on how much successful (50,000+ sales) Kindle writers charge. The big seller are not the $.99 folks. They're getting $2.99 and up. That settled the question for me.

http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com/2012/04/keys-to-epublishing-success-2012.html

Michael Grove said...

Found a few new blogs to follow today. Still need to get my own up to snuff...

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... Are you going to list the blogs that were made and listed yesterday for us to follow? I think that would give those who are starting out, and even those with established blogs encouragement.

http://www.hopefuljo.wordpress.com

Mary said...

Thanks to your list of blogs, I springboarded to others that I now subscribe to and am grateful!

Bernadette Ignacio said...

I'm a wandering soul, an aspiring travel writer. I reached out to someone sharing their own never ending travel story.

http://ashyverma.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/travel-is-an-addiction/#comment-8

Mona Hill said...

I stopped by Tales of a Sierra Madre for Maggie Wells' 24 hour mother people, pt. 1. It took me right back to the days I lived in The City so long ago.

http://taleasofasierramadre.com/2012/03/26/24-hour-mother-people-part-1-5/

Ramona said...

I started visiting other writer's blogs last week after I realized how great it was to have them visit mine and leave comments. One I just found was:
http://thiswriterslife-mjkane.blogspot.com/

I find it very rewarding to receive comments and to then take the time to visit others and see what they are doing too.
Thanks for a fun project, Robert!

Emma Burcart said...

I read a few blogs everyday, and I post comments on most of them. One of the things I noticed is that I comment on the blogs that are not about writing. I usually feel a connection and I want to comment. But writing blogs, I just read and move on. I never feel the urge to have a conversation. I'm not sure why that is.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

I do this every day - at least one comment on one blog, but often a couple.

Diane said...

I went to 1 of your recommended blogs and found another blog that interested me. danasitar.com and left my comment. She recommends subscribing to your own blog...so you can see what others are seeing in either email format or feedburner. This made great sense to me so I am passing it on. Done.

Pamela Toler said...

Done. I commented on the Kate Forsyth interview on Writers' Unboxed.

I try to post comments regularly, but sometimes fine it hard to find something meaningful to say.

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! I'm late but I got it done! I commented on Terrible Minds' "Flash Fiction Challenge".

Now onto Challenge 7!

Sharon K Owen said...

Thanks Robert for the suggestion. I've been planning to increase my comments to favorite blogs and this was a great jumpstart. Also, thanks for the twitter list of participants, I've started following them.

Sharon

LittleWing said...

Done. I also have a blog post planned for what I read!

J.C. Nierad said...

Done!

Sierra Steele said...

Done :)

Jane Newhagen said...

I commented on Alexis Grant's blog and I'm working hard on mine at http://janenewhagen.wordpress.com/ I think I'll stay with wordpress. After a while you have so much time invested that you have to throw it away.

Did I mention that I'm @JaneNewhagen on Twitter?

PaulaJHowell said...

I am a day late but I'm done - commenting on other blogs is something I still haven't done often so this was a good assignment.

Andrew Kreider said...

Visited a great photography/writing blog called Story Barn and left comments and a question.

E. B. Pike said...

YAY! Already done before I even read this. :)

I'm enjoying the challenge --thanks for hosting it!

Mary said...

I found Elizabeth's Travels with Books from Challenge 5 and was doubly blessed: a good read and an idea for my own blog. I'll be returning to her genealogy topics since I have 2 speeches coming up and am collecting inspiration.

Learned that if I sign in through Google, it does not list my blog since I don't post through Blogger.

Bernadette Ignacio said...

Already had share buttons on my blog:

http://wordsoftheone.wordpress.com/

Done! Happy Easter All!

Bernadette Ignacio*

Barbara Morrison said...

Commented on a blog post via a LinkedIn writers' group.

Charley said...

Commented on http://janefriedman.com

This is interesting.

Norma Shephard said...

As a kid, I enjoyed having penpals. This is sort of a 21st century version of that.

Melanie Marttila said...

Finally managed it! K.M Weiland - Wordplay: http://wordplay-kmweiland.blogspot.ca/2012/04/secrets-of-story-structure-pt-7.html I've been following her Secrets of Story Structure posts, have subscribed, and shared her blog with writing friends. I even blogged about her on Writerly Goodness, which was my tie-in :)

Lynn said...

Done!

Gail Kushner said...

Done. Someone wrote a blog about the importance of smiling at other people. I added that reaching out with kindness is also important.

Blyth McManus said...

Done!

Rebecca Barray said...

Done. ;)

Meg Miller said...

Done. Posted to http://www.clutterdietblog.com. I love her Youtube videos with practical tips on keeping organized. I love my paper.

Beth said...

Done, on a blog I love but haven't read in ages: www.chattingatthesky.com.

Cameron said...

And, done - Terrible Minds always has interesting things that hit home. Wendig has a nice article or 100 out there.

Cheers!

beatrix said...

I commented on Cheryl Reif Writes post: http://www.cherylreif.com/2012/04/05/who-do-you-write-like/
I took the challenge, and according to the algorithm of the widget, my memoir is in the manner of Stephen King and my blogging for my old community radio show {Whirled Peas Café Radio} has the style of David Foster Wallace. http://wdbx.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/comfortfood/

Jennifer said...

I used to never leave comments until I started my own blog. I don't get many comments and love the ones I do get so I figured other bloggers would appreciate my comments. For this challenge I left a comment on Michael Hyatt's Blog. He gives great advice on leadership and life.

Donna said...

Done. This one was harder than I thought it would be, but thanks for the challenge :-)

Donna said...

Done. It was hard to find a blog I was interested in. Thanks.

Madeline Sharples said...

This is done, though I have a long list of blogs I want to follow as well.

Janann Giles said...

Thoughtful comment - Done!

Marc Scott said...

Done.

Kerry said...

I've added facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn & Email links. To add others I need to have accounts with them as well, right? And I've set up accts with the networks above under my name, not my book's name, right? Because this April Challenge is to help build a platform for me as an author, not for my novel? Thanks.

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

Done at http://www.assumelove.com/2012/04/date_night_and_your_love_langu.html

SaraV said...

Erica, thank you for your suggestion to link to Quivering Pen, really enjoyed reading a "First Time" interview. Even posted it on my blog (though have to confess, I was trying to link to my blog--oh well, that learning curve. Feel a bit like I'm driving without direction...

Susan Craig said...

Done, and thanks for listing Rachelle Gardner. Very interesting post!
--Susan
http://bysusancraig.wordpress.com/

Michelle said...

Done...I've commmented on a few posts: Jacket Copy Contest at J.L. Spelbring (ebysswriter), Catherine Stine's IDEA CITY, & Kelly Hashway's blog.

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

Okay, responded to Writers Digs blog commentary on flashbacks and backstory.

Fred Shrum, III said...

I commented on http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com. She had a great post about how to write subplots. I thought it was interesting, as most writing tips are about the main plot.

Norma Huss said...

I discovered a couple more of my favorite blogs have hung it up. I did find and comment on Dial M For Murder blog. Instead of referencing my website, I listed my Goodreads blog for the first time. (I frequently comment on blogs.) Actually, my latest blog is about another blog hanging it up.

cecilia Gunther said...

Actually i read this blog the other day http://rtewrite.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/the-other-eggs/

The author of this blog writes to be read. he does not try to fandangle us with poppy language or long thesaurus swallowing words. he just speaks using humour and life to entertain and teach us.
celi

R. Kojetin said...

I explored the blog Make a Living Writing. She has so many good ideas that I spent a great deal of time reading, but I did post a comment on her post for today. After I posted my comment, I found that my blog's URL brought up the newest post in my blog. Kind of exciting that she might, or someone might, actually read my posts.

GoingVeggie said...

Done. My comments from Veggie Val are more in the food-writing space than in the writer-writing space. Planning on expanding that (waves at the foodies taking this challenge).

Nita said...

Done. I haven't been visiting blogs much lately, so it was nice to look in on a friend and comment on a good blog there.

Theofan said...

Done.

Theofan said...

Took a while, but that's done too.

Kerry said...

Done. I wasn't sure how to leave a link, so just posted my email at the end of my post. I hope that doesn't offend the host at http://jenniferlouden.com/how-to-let-go/

Dianne said...

done! posted here: http://sellabitmum.com/ on her post dated 04-16-12

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Done. I left a comment on another blog.

Denise Stanley said...

Done. Left a comment on an author's blog for an ARC giveaway.

http://shannonkodonnell.blogspot.com/2012/04/exciting-arc-giveaway-thumped-by-megan.html

Jane Ann McLachlan said...

Whew! Done. Interesting how a simple challenge can lead to so many new blogs.

lisahelene said...

Done - visited Susan Scott's http://www.gardenofedenblog.com/
and completed another MNINB connection.

Rena J. Traxel said...

Done. Since the new year I made a goal to try to comment on least 5 blogs a day. Most days I succeed and learn a lot by doing it.

Monica Miller said...

Done! I went to a blog I noticed on Day 1 of your challenge in the comments, http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com

What a cool blog!

I also made a stop at this one:
http://notmysteps.blogspot.com

Thanks for helping me stretch my wings!

Pennie De Witt said...

Did it! I fell a bit behind while I was starting my blog but I'm getting caught up. :-)