Brace yourselves, Comments are coming!
TINA: So, I have had an exciting start to my blogging adventure. Write a blog Tabs said, it will be fun she said. To be completely honest it has been fun. I enjoy sharing my reviews and reading your comments and replying. I enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing what you guys have all been up to or what your latest review on a book may be. Here’s where the story gets interesting. I have been commenting when I visit your blogs, today I was looking through your comments on The Goblin Emperor and visiting blogs from the authors of the comments,and commenting on it all and… well… NOTHING POSTED when I tried to publish! I realized after several hours of trying to get things working right that from the beginning NONE of my comments have been posting to other blogs!!! Oh man, so much time and so many witty comments wasted! Well, maybe not so witty, but hey you’ll never know now ; P Anyhow, I have finally got it figured out and have my settings on my browser correct thanks to my techy nerd of a fiance. From this day forward you shall see my comments when I visit your blog. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!! 😛
Taking the opportunity to RANT about comments and give beginner tips!
TABITHA: Visiting other blogs and commenting back is all part of the fun but hey it’s also good etiquette right? It helps us get to know eachother and build community. So we always try to do that – but it can be like trying to wrestle a greased pig. I remember those days when I first started blogging and didn’t really know what to do and how to go about the whole thing. Heck some times I think those days never really end. I’m always learning things to this day some 3 years later. One of the biggest hurtles to conquer successful blogging is commenting.
There are so many different commenting systems out there that it can make commenting a freaking pain let me tell you. So here are some tips!
- Googleplus (how we hates it) and it ties it to your gmail account – which is tied to your google plus which does NOT have a quick easy profile to pull up that user’s website. – Update your google plus profile with your link to your blog.I also recommend updating your display name to reflect your blog like your Name (blog name) – it seems to be the trend lately.
- If you leave a comment on a blogspot.com blog wait til after your comment has posted, click on your OWN name link and it should take you to your blogger profile – go up to the top right and edit your profile to add your web page. Some blogs send you to google plus and some send you to a blogger profile. I don’t know which does which – just something I’ve noticed.
- WordPress.com (free version) versus WordPress.org (self hosted paid version) So if you are a self hosted blogger not only do you have your own wordpress domain wordpress login but you have to create a wordpress.com user login and password as well. Which is annoying as hell – then hope they sync together (mine does thankfully but I know Maggie and Tina have had issues with theirs already) Anyways – I recommend making them the same userid, whether you use the same password is up to you. Make sure when you create your wordpress.com user id that you choose the option to create a profile only NOT a blog. It will default to blog when you go to register and make an account.
- update your gravatar profile with your blog url! Be sure to also add your blog url to places like twitter.
- If you see random commenting systems that ask you to create a profile – go ahead if you want I tend to just use the “log in with twitter” option IF it is available because then poof it takes them to your twitter page which should have your blog url right there.
- Captcha – the evil pain in everyone’s arse! Yes it deters spammers but it makes the lives of us regular commenters just awful. Oh captcha – oh how I hate you – let me count the ways. If you have captcha on your blog you might want to consider finding a different way to deter spammers because while you are deterring spammers you are also deterring A LOT of other bloggers from commenting.
- Intense debate (makes you make an account) Livefyre (doesn’t this make you make an account as well?), DISQUS – another account you need to make or sign in as anonymous which means hey…who’s going to visit you back then – or with your twitter which is better I guess, I won’t even go into the other ones I’ve seen lately that look freaking stupid and you can’t even click on the commenters name for it to take you to their website. I’m sure there are more that I’m not mentioning.
- The KEY THING HERE – is to always make sure your blog url is easy to find. Try to keep your name consistent across commenting platforms and maybe even your photo too. If you have a photo people will start to remember you better. If you have an email address with a domain on the end that always helps too.
So we all know commenting can be a headache and can take quite awhile to get the hang of. I’m still to this day trying to find a good method.