I’m a loud and proud blog commenter. Can’t comment enough. I comment in the morning, in the afternoon and just before I go to bed.
I love reading a blog post or seeing an amazing photo or reading someone else’s comment with the knowledge that I can give instant feedback. It’s what sets blogging apart from print media. Sure you can SMS or Tweet a brief letter to the editor of a newspaper or magazine but nothing beats the satisfaction of leaving some blog commenting love for someone else.
As a blogger, I know they’ve put a lot of thought – and often a lot of time – into what they’ve posted. Commenting is about joining the conversation but also about dishing out some bloggie love. I’m a big believer in comment karma. The moment I got switched on to this game we call blogging and realised that comments were hardly going to flow to me if I didn’t do some flowing of my own, was the moment that I started receiving comments. Ah, DER!
But when I started commenting, I was a bit confused. The means by which you get a comment on a blog can be as varied as the topics which people blog about.
So, I thought, if you’re new to blogging, you might appreciate a little bit of a run down on some of the types of comment systems out there and how to make the most of them.
If you’re a seasoned commenter, I’d love to hear from you (… you can leave a COMMENT!) to let me know which comment systems you like using on your blog and why.
Most WordPress “native” comment systems are pretty straight forward. Leave your name, email address and website. There may be a captcha code but generally once you’ve entered your details and your comment, you’re good to go. I say generally because most WordPress blogs will be running the anti-spam plug-in, Akismet. Now, I love Akismet. It seriously saves me from a lot of viagra and replica Louis Vuitton landing on my posts but what really irks me is that Akismet will swallow up my comments – sometimes on my own blog but most often when I’m commenting on a WordPress blog for the first time. I’ve contacted them once but the problem persists. When my comments get eaten up, I email the blogger and let them know that I’ve commented and ask that they please fish it out of Akismet. Generally once that is done once, I don’t have a problem on that site again.
From a blog owners point of view, the standard comment system wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to be able to reply to individual comments so I had my web developer create that functionality.
Want your photo or logo to show up when commenting on WordPress blogs? If you answered no and you have a blog, can I kindly suggest that you should? It helps with your brand and also makes it easy for the blog owner to see – at a glance – who’s been commenting. It’s really simple. Head on over to Gravatar, sign up and create your Gravatar by uploading the image you’d like to show up on blogs. This Gravatar will show up with all comments you make using the email address you created it with. Easy Peasy.
Commenting on a “native” Blogger comment system is fairly simple. Write your comment. Choose an identity, which is your Google Account, OpenID, Name/URL or Anonymous (Think before you comment anonymously. Is there a valid reason why you can’t put your name to your comment? If you have a valid reason, why not email the blog owner first to explain it. If you’re going to be just plain bitchy then don’t be a coward hiding behind the anon. tag). Click Publish Your Comment. Some blogs have the captcha code switched on, others don’t. A big tip I’m going suggest here and for other comment systems that Gravatar won’t necessarily cover, is to create an account for each comment system. I have a Google Account so I sign in with that when commenting on Blogger blogs.
The downside for Blog owners using this system is that there isn’t a “reply” functionality on individual comments.
Disqus is a comment system that can be imported to both Blogger and WordPress blogs. I like commenting on this system as it’s easy to sign in using my Twitter or Facebook account. It also has a Like button, which I well … like. The reply functionality is simple and you can tag others in posts. I’ve also set up a Disqus account to make things easier. I notice on Twitter and on blogs that many people don’t like commenting using Disqus but I’ve never had any problems when accessing from my desktop. I do have a problem with commenting on Disqus from my iPad. It doesn’t offer the Twitter or Facebook sign-in options for some reason.
This is another popular comment system. CommentLuv works on both WordPress and Blogger blogs. CommentLuv looks like a regular WordPress comment system but it has the added “LUV” factor. It allows the blogger leaving a comment to include a link to his or her previous post. This shares a specific link on that blog as well as potentially capturing the eye of other blog readers landing on the post you’re commenting on. Once again, a great way to ensure that this system works correctly when commenting is to create a CommentLuv account so that your blog feed details are correct.
This comment system is starting to pop up on a few of the blogs that I follow. IntenseDebate offers a tonne of different ways to comment and share the post you’re reading. I’m looking forward to “playing” more with this one but it certainly appeals to my inner geek. It looks and functions a bit like Disqus but with more bells and whistles. And you can also run the CommentLuv plug-in as part of this system.
Making a blogging difference
I’ve now got a regular spot on ABC Sunshine Coast FM – talking blogging and social media. I’m on every Wednesday morning just before 7am if you’d like to listen in (I’ll also post links every week here). After my first segment on blogging, a listener was inspired to start his own blog. And he did. Twenty minutes later. He contacted the station and they got him back in to hear his story. Sounds like blogging is going to make a difference to his life. Would love you to head over and check out his blog … and leave a comment!
I’m also running my first blogging workshop on June 14 if you live on the Sunshine Coast and would like to embrace blogging further. Details are here. We’re creating an online version of this workshop, so please let me know if you’re interested in that.
So, do you comment on other blogs? Does anything annoy you in certain comment systems? Which system do you prefer?
This post was chosen as part of this week’s Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a la Mode Tech Weekly Roundup
Edited by Kristin Swenson of BonBon Rose Girls
I think we can all agree that technology has become vital to the daily existence of bloggers. Who among us goes a week without playing around with coding, tinkering with our blog design, tweeting, downloading the newest photo apps etc.? Many of us who started out somewhat technology illiterate are now wearing our chic geek badges proudly. Thankfully, forums like IFB exist to nurture and encourage our self education when it comes to tech issues!
So, I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy these featured posts. I daresay you’ll walk away with a valuable new nugget of tech related knowledge. Today’s link roundup really has a little something for everyone, no matter where your inner geek’s interests may lie!
LINKS À LA MODE: TECH – MAY 31st
- a la Modest: Server of Satan
- BonBon Rose Girls: 3 Download Worthy Apps
- IFB: Chat Today: How to Promote Your Blog
- Julieta Campos: Of Twitter Usernames and Pop Stars
- Miss Viki: The Tiny Difference: CSS Subpixel Font Rendering
- Spy Girl: How to Turn Off Captcha in Blogger
- Styling You: Six Things You Need to Know About Commenting on Blog Posts