I am gone as you read this. Absolutely vanished. But only for one day. You know, minion riots, that sort of thing. Needs sorting out. Cake is the answer. Hence I’m not stacking the shelves, instead I’m demanding your opinion. Hey, at least I’m demanding but honest.
Exciting thing of the week? Mime and I are featured in an article on Books Make A Difference! We joined Icey Books and Stay Bookish to compare notes on how awesome we all are.
There is mystery and intrigue in the air…
Okay, a little dramatic. I’ve been fiddling with template designs and
coveting admiring cool blog gadgets. You know what that means, right?
Blog revamp time! I like the word “revamp”. It makes me think of motorcycling vampires.
It’s still in the works, and won’t be live for a while yet, so I thought I’d get your marvellous opinions while I’m
That sounds kind of broad, so let me explain! If you’ve traversed the blogging world for a while (which you probably have), you’ve noticed different blogs have different commenting platforms. Some are easy for some people. Some are furiously annoying.
I want to make commenting as easy and as grey-hair-inducing-free as I possibly can. I respect your time! And no one likes a) their comments to be gobbled weirdly, or b) word verifications, or c) commenting systems you can’t even use!
I, for one, can’t stand Google+ commenting platforms. I don’t have a Google+ (and I don’t want one) and therefore I can’t comment on people’s blogs if their only option is Google+! (I am sorry about that, too. If you have Google+ commenting, I don’t hate you and ignore your blog. I just can’t comment.)
I’m going to pop up 3 options, and you tell me if they’re okay, or awful, or which you’d prefer. Okay? I’ll put a little poll up to make things super-easy too if you’re in a rush!
This is the good ol’ Blogger Comments:
It’s probably the most common of the lot. But you usually need a blogger account to sign in, aaand if your email isn’t with gmail, this can be a pain in the left elbow.
I’ve seen a rise in Disqus popularity lately. If you’ve never encountered it, it can look a bit daunting. (Believe me! I got into an awful fight at first.) You still have to sign in (unless the blogger has left a “visitor” option open), but you have more options about how to sign in. Pros are: it’s fast. New comments go to the top. You don’t have to wait ages while it decides if it’s going to spew your comment back out.
Again, this is not an overly popular one, but it does have infinite perks. For instance, it’s very clear where to put your name! You don’t have to log in! Or, if you do want to log in, it has easy options for wordpress users (or you can start an account with intense debate itself).
Note: commentluv doesn’t come with Intense Debate! I believe that’s an add-on (I also believe it costs).
|Which is easiest for YOU?|
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If you’re a WordPress blogger, you’ll know how annoying it is to comment on blogger blogs.
If you’re not a blogger at all, you’ll know how frustrating it is not to be able to comment without signing up for a bunch of weird things.
If you’re with Blogger, you’ll know how annoying blogger’s commenting system is. Fullstop. Ha! I’m kidding…not really, but mostly.
I may just stick with normal old blogger comments, but I AM tossing between Disqus and Intense Debate.
So now! Your thoughts? What is your favourite way to comment? Tell me about the negatives or reasons you hate/get frustrated with them? Tell me if you’d like us to leave the commenting platform as is. Should we tweak? Should we not? Your thoughts are valued!
Cait has itchy fingers. It’s like itchy feet, but instead of leaving the country, she changes her blog design. She promises she hasn’t done it in 6 months, and that’s fair enough, right? You don’t want to look at the same design forever, eh? She showed Mime a designs with grumpy giraffes, but Mime vetoed.