Blog Comment Issues

#bloggerproblems

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Since switching from Blogger to WordPress, I’m still trying to figure out this new operating system. There are so many little things that are different and I’m still trying to navigate it all. I’ve realized all my old playlist widgets are no longer showing up, nor are any of my videos (and having to re-do them one by one is super fun). I’m trying to figure all these things out and I’m learning a ton each week, but since my blog isn’t my full time gig, it’s a slow process.

If you a blog, or participate on social media of any kind, I think it’s safe to say you LOVE getting comments. I do too. When I launched my new site though, I asked my site designer, Taylor to add the Comment plugin, Disqus. I’d seen it used on a ton of other blogs before and thought it would be a cool addition. I liked the way it looked, how you could have a conversation thread, and you could “whitelist” people so their comments would automatically be added if you knew they were cool (and not psychos or spam monsters). I’ve since decided to get rid of it.

The first time I’d seen Disqus on another blog, I was put off by it asking for tons of information, including my password. It kept me for commenting for a long time, until I saw that it was being used more frequently. And I only saw that because I read lots of blogs. I feel like maybe a new reader may be less likely to comment if they have to jump through hoops to make it happen. It also made ALL my other comments from Blogger disappear, which was was initially heartbreaking. I unsuccessfully tried to bring all those comments over to Disqus and subsequently had all of them disappear. (This wasn’t Disqus’s fault, this was my own computer operator ignorance.) Thankfully, my site designer was able to remove Disqus for me, bring back all my old Blogger comments, PLUS still be able to view all the comments that have come since the new WordPress site launch. Taylor’s a genius. And I love her. This is not to knock Disqus – I’m sure it has a ton of options to control all of these things, and settings to put to my liking, it was just a bit much for me to comprehend, given my lack skill in the area.

I’m now making things simpler and just using the comment thread that already comes with this WordPress page. Do you guys have similar thoughts with trying to find different, unique, but user-friendly comment options for your blog pages? And if you’re not a blogger, do the more complicated comment plugins deter you from commenting on the blogs you like to read? Are there any downsides to just using the WordPress option?

These are things we bloggers have to worry about. Well… we don’t have to, but we do. If you have anything to ask/add to this, please let me know! I’m always looking for ways to make this space better. : )

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  1. I use Jetpack. Reason? Social media integration.

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