1. I'll start with the obvious: why not? NaComLeavMo will be fun at the very least and will definitely introduce you to a few new blogs and perhaps even get you a few new regular readers. Josh says, "it might get you laid! Well, it might." I can see where he may have a point.
2. I'll admit that I've never done NaBloWriMo even though I've considered it each fall. The reason is that even though I seem to post almost daily, I never know whether or not I'm going to post. If I have something to say, I post. If I don't, I don't post. But I can always read regardless of the mood that I'm in. I've never had reader's block in the same way that I've had writer's block.
3. And reading is a creative process--responding to blogs is just as much a creative outlet as writing a blog. I think it's important to respond to a post when I can, not just to let the person know that someone out there is reading, but because blogging is a conversation. It's my job to hold up the other end: respond to the idea, answer a question, give support, let them know I laughed (since they're not in my living room and privy to the fact that I snorted coffee into the screen).
4. And it's great that we all have these amazing conversation going on within small groups, but sometimes people feel like they can't break into a group. NaComLeavMo is an invitation--join in the conversation; please comment. Anyone on this list is literally opening the door to their mind and allowing you to read and laugh and cry and learn something. And sing a little kumbaya.
5. And I don't know about you, but I tend to comment mostly on blogs that are similar in content to mine. I read lots of other blogs--I'll admit it: I read the Brothers & Sisters fan blog. I read cooking blogs and knitting blogs and random political blogs and even mommybloggers. But until we start having cross-blog conversations--having the IF bloggers talking with the mommybloggers and the political bloggers talking with...who do they need to speak with?...well, you know what I mean--the conversations need to be happening not just within the community, but between communities too. So bring your non-IF friends to NaComLeavMo, admit to your favourite book blogger that you want them to join along too, call out to all the fashionistas and ask them to get on the list so we can find out whether mesh tops will ever come back.
And that's why you should join NaComLeavMo and leave lots of comments in a 30-day period. Because of all those reasons and because you just might get laid. I'm not saying it's a promise. But it's a possibility.