The task for Day 26 of the 31 Day Comment Challenge is to investigate using multimedia for a richer commenting experience. I decided to follow Kevin's lead and try out Sketchcast. I had bookmarked Sketchcast a few months ago and this seemed like a good time to try it. Here are my reflections on how the 31 Day Challenge has impacted my blogging world (here's the link if your reader doesn't show the embedded Sketchcast below).
I have seen the use of multimedia in the comment section of blogs before. Some will allow video, like this example from Dean Shareski on using Riffly. Other folks, like Jeff Utecht, provide for webcam or audio commenting. I've posted before on video use in blog posts and comments here; basically I find that I enjoy short, get to know the blogger videos. Otherwise I generally prefer text as I can scan, re-read, and focus in depth on the parts of the message that interest me. I think that talking head videos do not add a lot to the message; although you do get a better sense of what the blogger is like, which can strengthen your sense of connection with that person.
I haven't explored Sketchcast that much, but one of its strengths is that it allows you to illustrate your points, not just explain them verbally.
You Have The Final Word...
What do you think about using other media for comments? Perhaps you'd like to leave your comment as a Sketchcast, or a VoiceThread, or a podcast... I don't have any fancy media plugins for my comments, but you could do what I did on Kevin's post; I made my Sketchcast, then left a link to it in the comment section of Kevin's post. I look forward to hearing from you in whatever you see fit! You could cheat, like I did, and use your comment for the basis of your post for Day 26...