Blogs and Comments

I read a few blogs now and again. Not so many, but largely because most of them are…well…crap. I dare say there are some who would say the same about my blog and maybe they are right – or else I’d have more visitos, right?! But anyway there is one Mexico related blog I read called RiverGirl, which I’ve had in Google Reader for a goodly while. Feed readers are great. You get the content delivered to the reader as soon as it’s posted. Or very soon after. No need to go looking to see if there is anything new.

Trouble with a feed reader though, is that you just get the content of the post, unless you have it set up to display the whole page. Which I don’t – takes longer to display! But you do have to go to the original site to make a comment on a post and seeing as I’ve started to do that, I came across her blog roll. And well I’m darned. Quite a few good blogs in there that are worth reading!

Which leads me to my point. Why should I have to leave my feed reader to place a comment? And with Blogger I have to leave the page the post is on to make a comment. I like Blogger, I really do. This blog is a Blogger blog, although I got rid of the banner. For aesthetic reasons really. But their comments system absolutely sucks. Big time.

Can I implore all Blogger users to try something new! I installed it a few months ago, so I’ve done the Guinea Pig work for you! It’s called Disqus, and it’s a fairly simple install. You shouldn’t struggle, and they are really helpful if you do get stuck. I don’t need to describe the comments system too much – it’s here on this blog and if you make a comment on this post you can see exactly how it works. It works on other blogging platforms too, but I really think Blogger benefits more than most.

There are pros and cons, but mostly pros, especially for the average blogger. Firstly, if you use Google Reader, you can comment on a blog with Disqus installed within the reader. Cool! On your Blogger blog the comments system opens up at the bottom of the post, not in a new page or window. You’ll find it so much easier to keep track of your comments too. When someone replies, you’ll get an email. Then you normally go to your blog to reply, right? With Disqus, just reply to the email itself and it will appear on your blog as if by magic! And there’s a ton of other good stuff.

The cons? A lot of big name bloggers (Fake Steve Jobs for instance, and the Telegraph) have adopted Disqus, so the threat of it going out of business is unlikely. It’s new but it’s a raging success story. However, the comments are stored on Disqus and you could lose some Search Engine visits that go to your comments to your Disqus profile instead of your blog. But your blog is still only a click away if they are interested. And for the average blogger – well you probably don’t get many or any visits from traffic generated by your comments.

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