Commenting on comments

by Eva Amsen

[Updated July 10] How are you all doing with blog commenting this month? The pledge is still open, with a few spots left to fill to make it “official”!  and has now reached its target number!

Here’s where I have left comments. List will be updated:

July 1 – New Mormopterus species honors a true bat lady. I left a comment expressing my lack of bat knowledge. Micaela, the blog’s author, responded to my comment, which I only just noticed because I went back to grab the link, and I left another comment. Commenting was easy: no signup needed, just name/email.

July 2Stuck in the Pleistocene: the science of the La Brea tarpits. This is my favourite place in LA, so I left a comment saying so.

July 3Extinct humans passed high altitude gene to Tibetans. I wondered if this also applied to Sherpas, and left a comment. I saw this morning that two people responded to me (and the answer is “yes”) but there is no easy way to thank them for their response so I left it at that.

July 4Bhutan’s Tiger’s Nest monastery built from LEGO! I’d already seen this post, but I went back to look at the pictures again, and leave a comment.

July 5Painted “bookbenches” spring up across London. I love this sort of public art, and books, and London, so I wanted to leave a comment. Commenting on BoingBoing is the worst, though. The comments are not on the post itself (they used to actually never have comments at all), but on a separate message board, which you need to join first. Even though I used my Twitter account to sign up, I still needed to enter my email address and click a confirmation email, and then find the post and the comment thread again, just to leave a mundane comment.

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July 6 – The art of science: both sides of the cloud.

July 7Butterfly cake

July 8Aldi spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

July 10 – I missed July 9 and will miss July 11 (offline all day) so I did three today:

Travel completely threw off my schedule, but here are the next posts I commented on:

July 13Art in situ

July 14The problem of Richard Feynman

July 16 – catching up again with three posts:

I had a few days off with minimal internet, then I got very busy at work, followed by another holiday, so the rest of the month’s updates are in chunks of multiple per day, with many comment-less days in between:

July 21 – massive catch-up, no science blogs

July 23 – tiny catchup, two science blogs

  • In which I heart academia (I saw Jenny’s response to me on July 28, when updating this post, and replied.)
  • Mailing off my microbeads (I saw Bethany’s response on July 28. She left it on July 27. It showed up as a notification in Disqus while I was on another blog.)

July 2517 things that change forever when you live abroad

July 26 – mini catch-up, just YouTube videos. In both cases I answered a question posed either in the video or in comments below the video.

July 28 – ended up one day ahead of schedule after this list, but since I’m away and offline on the 31st, that’s a good thing!


July 29 – This was the last day I had time to comment on things, and I finished the month with two YouTube videos:





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Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages July 7, 2014 - 10:04 PM

I have been making a real effort and have so far managed to do a few a day. It is only a week in though so don’t want to be too confident. It certainly feels good to make a difference and know that you are making others feel special.

Fiona July 9, 2014 - 3:48 AM

I’m still struggling with my comments not showing up in places!!! But I’m making them I swear!!

Eva Amsen July 10, 2014 - 1:51 PM

I forgot yesterday, but did three today (to make up for also missing tomorrow!).

Alyssa August 1, 2014 - 2:06 AM

I was doing really well at the beginning of this, but then we went on vacation and my iPad crapped out! Anyway, I think I did okay, but I still only commented on the regular blogs I comment on. I need to branch out more!

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