I regularly visit the blogs I follow and many of them are WordPress blogs, with their convenient commenting system. I’ve even wasted time trying to figure out the source code to see if I could create something for my own blog like that.
But over the years, I’ve found quite a few blogs using the Disqus commenting system, which I think is quite cool. I wanted to experiment with it on one of my blogs and installed it on Your Medical Guide – my health blog. I browsed quite a bit before I did it, though – and of course, read a lot of lousy reviews as well. Still, I believe that each individual experience is unique and read up the how-to’s and the help section at Disqus.
One thing to definitely remember to do is to “import” all your existing comments and enable “keep new comments synced” in the “Tools” section. This is very important to do, and I am glad I did because I remembered reading on someone else’s blog that they lost all their old comments and didn’t know how to retrieve them. Anyway – it seemed to work there.
I always think several times before introducing any new widget on to this blog. I seriously don’t have the time to deal with any glitches that might happen. This is obvious from the fact that I didn’t build a fancy site even after I moved my blog to my old domain. In fact, I ensured I registered my domain via Google so that they’d do all the redirecting work and what not. I am fine with hosting it on Blogger, too and using the “Simple” template. I am a fan of the white background. I did try a couple of color combinations but realized it was just not me.
And so – in its tenth year, my blog continues to look basic. There’s a big reason for this. The whole idea is to write. Some time back, I knocked off all the badges except the ones I like and gave them their own page. Then I removed all the other hoo-hahs and winner badges and awards. In fact, I’ve never been a fan of awards. But I did accept one, because it was Terri who awarded it.
I would definitely love to learn html and code and what not to make my blog a better place, but Blogger makes it easy for me to carry on. However, one thing always bugged me. I didn’t really like the commenting system. A series of comments from my visitors from a different time zone followed by a series of comments from me in reply. Urgh! After much thought, I finally gave in a few days ago and installed Disqus. I am loving it, I must say! (Thank you Sheila for noticing :-))
And what do I find when I log in to my mailbox this morning? That Blogger has introduced the two-level commenting system. The irony. I am not going to remove Disqus though. What Chuck over at The Real Blogger Status has to say, though, about this new commenting system is:
This is not what I would call classic “threaded commenting”, but it’s a reasonable alternative.
You will need a blog with full feeds enabled, and using the embedded comment form. As described in the Buzz post, once the comment form and feed are selected, using the New GUI, there’s no additional selection needed. Just surf to the blog of your choice, and look under any comment for a new “Reply” link.
That’s good. I checked out the system on my Infographics blog and found it works like a charm.
Since two level comments are part of the embedded comment form, you’re going to need tocheck your cookie filters – people using computers with overly restrictive filtering won’t be able to use the embedded comment form, and they won’t see the two level commenting option. Beyond that issue, two level comments should be simple to use.
This is really easy to set up and here’s what Blogger says:
(More help at the Blogger Help Center if you need it)
The good news is, now I know that life is easier with the new blogs I have in the pipeline – since I won’t have to feel sad about the commenting system.
But it really is funny how one waits for something for years to happen, and just when an alternative is adopted, the next day, there’s a natural solution. 🙂 Well, good to see there are options available.
Incidentally, I also installed the Intense Debate commenting system on Coffee With Mi! just to check out the commentluv plug in (to use commentluv on Blogger blogs, you need to install Intense Debate). I find that some comments do not appear on the blog, although they are visible in the “history” section of the Intense Debate site. If I can figure out how to keep the comments on that blog after removing Intense Debate, then I plan to do just that. Commentluv is cool, but makes no sense when the comments don’t show 😀
So anyway, Blogger, I appreciate the introduction of two-level commenting. I get the feeling you’ve got more new features up your sleeve and being a Google fan, I really look forward to that.
What can I say? Life is good.