Updated CommPost Rating

I’ve made some gains in my quest to improve my commenting. (See this post from January for background)

My commpost rating in January was 0.71. Since then I’ve written 107 posts and commented 155 times.


As well I’ve likely commented at least 50 more times that I did not use cocomment for whatever reason. Ewan Mcintosh and D’arcy Norman continue to be all star commenters at 246 and 163 since January as well. I’d like to track more people on cocomment so please let me know if you use this service. I had some of my students this year use this and it was great to be able to track the contributions they made on other blogs.

I know the recent changes in cocomment have made some people less than enamored but it works okay for me.

So my question is, what is your commpost rating and also if you don’t use something like cocomment to track your comments, what do you use?


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  • Why do you feel comments must be counted or stuffed into any organization? Comments are not linear but a jungle, as is the brain. If this erases my comment again, then even Dean will remain commentless and wonder why….

  • You don’t have to anything, but for me, it helps me track conversations and as well, it reminds me that i need to be contributing and reading others more than I focus on my own postings.

    My experience has been that the biggest reason blogs die is because bloggers don’t invest in reading and contributing to others. Somehow they are disappointed when no one reads their stuff but they choose not to read and comment elsewhere. Doesn’t make much sense but it happens.

    If you are disciplined enough to comment without tracking or counting, that’s great but I also don’t want to get involved in a discussion and then leave it. Without some tracking or feed, you’re back to having emailed blog updates and I hate that.

  • but there is rss….why do what is already being done there? Maybe cocomment will get it together…

  • I really like the idea of applying a metric to your commenting. The metric makes it easier to track progress and achieve a goal.

    You mentioned in the January post that you don’t know what’s the optimal value is. Any better idea these days? I’d venture to say that bloggers should comment more frequently than they post — maybe to the tune of a 2.0.

    To answer your question, I use cocomment (23 comments since June) and blog (20 posts since June). 23/20 = 1.15.

    As a fairly new blogger, I certainly am guilty of not commenting enough. But, I’m happy to see how the numbers worked out for me. With this metric in mind, I want to hit 1.5 by Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea!

  • I don’t know Megan if I have a sense of what a good ratio needs to be. I’m thinking the 2.0 might be about right, perhaps higher. Will Richardson has been saying for years that blogging is more about reading that it is writing. Reading, should cause us to ask questions, ask for clarification and flesh out the ideas of others. Commenting usually doesn’t bring people as much satisfaction but comments should help extract meaning and depth.
    Maybe it should be closer to 3.0?

  • Hi! Quick update on coComment … you mentioned we had some bugs while transitioning to he new version, V2 beta, and these issues have now been solved. coComment is the first comment/conversation tracking service and the new version includes many advanced features, such as sharing, private and public groups, etc. If you’d like to check it out and have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact me at kristina@cocomment.com. Thanks!

  • I can’t remember the last time I’ve used CoComment. It’s quirky at best, in my experience. That comment count is likely off by at least an order of magnitude… 🙂

  • I gave on on cocomment on the new version, always seemed a bit flaky, lost a lot of comments with Safari, the new version lost half my comments and threw a ton of script errors on flickr with firefox on osX,
    I’d really like a way to track comments, as a teacher, I try to comment on class/ pupil blogs as much as possible and want to be able to follow up replies.

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