Each month, we challenge our community to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. September's challenge? To connect.
Leave a positive comment on a stranger's blog.
I've long had one foot in and one foot out of the blogosphere—I have a million blogs on my Google Reader, and have written a few since 2007. But I comment on them only once in a blue moon, mainly because the threads can devolve into nitpicking and nastiness. I have a habit of commenting on teen feminist blogs, though, because they make me laugh and they don't have toxic comment sections. Jamie Keiles writes one of my favorites. Back when I discovered her Seventeen Magazine Project, I gave it a shoutout on my own site, but never bothered to drop her a line.
I hadn't been to Jamie's blog in a while, and when I visited it for this challenge, the second post from the top was one about Mormons and pop culture. It was fate: I've been working on a piece about Mormon style bloggers for weeks. Even though her post was a few weeks old, it felt good sharing my two cents with a stranger who had been contemplating some of the same things I had. I thought back to my early blogging days, how excited I got when an anonymous reader engaged with my ideas. Blog comment threads can be destructive, but they can also be incredibly affirming.
Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.
Tomorrow's challenge: Ask for someone's advice, and take it.