Give Comments a Chance

I’ve written about this before. Others have written about it before. But time and time again, I see the same problem cropping up on new (and old) blogs.

Blogspot users, please, please make commenting easy.

This week I found 2 blogs I wanted to leave a comment on, but didn’t because after I wrote out my comment and had to choose who I was commenting as, I was met with options like these:

 

 

 

 

  • Google Account – This links to a completely useless Blogger profile page (useless because I don’t use Blogger).
  • WordPress – Thought this might be usable, but no, it’s for WordPress.com users, and I use WordPress.org.
  • LiveJournal – Seriously?
  • Typepad, AIM, OpenID? I don’t even know what those are, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have accounts with them.

So I left without commenting.

I’m sure that people aren’t making commenting difficult on purpose. If they didn’t want comments, I think they’d just turn them off. So I can only assume that people don’t know how difficult they’re making commenting for their readers.

Any Blogspot bloggers who are unsure about their comment settings, please do the following:

1. Log in to your blog Dashboard and go to the Settings tab.

2. Under settings, select comments.

3. Next to ‘Who Can Comment?’ select Anyone.

 

 

 

4. Save your settings (down at the bottom of the page)

Tada! People can now comment easily on your blog, with the fantastic name/URL option, allowing them to put in their own user name and link to their own blog, without having to sign up for accounts they’re not interested in having.

You can still use a captcha, moderate comments and your spam filter will continue to do it’s job, but this one little change will make commenting a whole lot easier for your readers and will likely increase the amount of comments you get. Who knows how many people have wanted to leave you comments but have been put off by the lack of options given to them?

Please spread the word to any Blogspot users you know.

*This message has been approved by the Bloggers for Easier Commenting Alliance*

30 responses to “Give Comments a Chance

  1. You can install a wordpress plugin to use your blog as your OpenID.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/openid/

    • That’s handy to know, but as Thomas was suggesting, I don’t think people should have to sign up for accounts, install plugins, etc in order to comment on a blog. Commenting should be quick and easy to do.

      • Different approach then. I tend to try to fix something myself before I ask other folks to conform to my whims.

        • The thing is though, it’s not just her whims – most people won’t do that. There are also people out there who don’t own a blog or an ID of some sort – but may want to comment anyway.

          If you look at statistics it’s a very small amount of people who comment after reading a post. Most people are “lurkers”.

          Why wouldn’t you – as a blogger – want to make it as easy for the people who want to comment as possible? Usually people only have a few minutes before they leave your blog, having to sign up, get an addon or any other lengthy process is going to make most people decide not to bother with the commenting.

  2. Thomas Baldwin

    I kind of think that is exactly the kind of thing she is railing against though… Don’t want to speak for anyone, just saying…

  3. I like your comments section since I’m verrrrrry lazy and don’t want to register to anything. Actually I think I did at first, and I don’t remember what happened to it. I think it just kept being annoying so I stopped bothering with it. Like it wouldn’t keep logged or I’d log in and have to navigate back here or some crap.

    • It’s funny to hear you talk about my comment section. I respond to comments through the dashboard so I never really see what the form looks like. I used to use Disqus on my old blog, which is where the registration came in, I think. But I think the default WordPress.org comment fields are nice and simple.

  4. Typepad is the service I use to host my blog.
    It was all the rage back in 2004 or so…

    Oh, dear. I feel old now.

  5. Oh, tell me about it, I was so glad that I made comments anonymous on my blog, because for some weird reason it won’t let me log in as myself to comment. So I’ve been having to type my name and url in to reply to people :/
    (My own fault – I’m using my laptop, and while on my main pc I use 4 different browsers for my different blogs and identities, I’ve only got the 2 browsers running on the laptop)

  6. Thanks for posting this, both the issue and the guide – I’m with you. Beyond fellow WordPress bloggers, if the comment process is complicated by requiring registrations or plugin downloads, I just don’t leave a comment. Forms like yours, where it asks you for a name and email address, are filled after a couple of letters by my browser’s autofill settings, which makes it very nice.

    And I lol’d at the Geocities comment. 🙂

    • There are just too many different sites/platforms that people may want to log in with, they can’t all be accounted for. Giving simple options for name, email, url just makes it easier for everyone, especially those who don’t have some kind of blog account to log in with.

      I’m actually surprised that google is so behind the times with the platform options given and sets registered users only as the default.

      • I’m not surprised by the latter – it stops Blogger-hosted blogs that are only occasionally maintained, or which have started and then been abandoned, filling up with comment spam over time.

        Mind you, understanding why they do it doesn’t make me agree with it.

  7. THIS. So very much this.
    Could’ve done without the eyerolling at Livejournal, though. LJ was cool before Myspace was cool, and then all the teenyboppers left LJ for Myspace and then FB, and all the artsy-writery-gothy-steampunky-renfairey folks staked their claim to LJ. I still log in every day.

    • No offense intended. I click through to people’s blogs from comments quite often and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone link a live journal site. Blogger’s default options for comments are quite dated.

      • People don’t tend to use Livejournal for blogging in the sense people think of it now. It’s more of a blog-based social network, and so it quite inward looking. There a more than a few WoW bloggers who have personal (and often friends-locked) Livejournals.

        • Oh yes. I do this. I have a personal blog that I keep on LJ (friends locked) and have for years, I have many friends that I keep up with over there! I love it!

        • That’s what I thought. I haven’t used LJ myself, but as it seems to be an inclusive community, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have it as one of the (few) options given to log in to comment. No point having your LJ page linked if it’s private.

  8. Oh yes! I’ve been complaining about this for ages. If you want comments on your blog – why not make it easy for people to comment?

    I have a very good spam filter on my blog. So far nothing has made it through that shouldn’t have. If it’s obviously spam, it puts it in the spam folder (which I check a couple of times to week in case something shouldn’t be in there – very rarely something shouldn’t), if it’s not sure it puts it in a moderation queue for me.

    I don’t have a Google account linked to my blog, only a personal one. I’m sorry – but I don’t want to comment on a WoW blog using my personal Google ID and I don’t see why I should have to create a new ID on some site JUST to be able to comment on someone’s blog.

    I’m sorry people – but if you want comments – make it easy for people to comment. Don’t ask them to register, download plugins and whatnot. 99% of the people won’t do it.

    • Yeah, my Google account is also a personal one, which I don’t want to comment with. I’ve tried leaving a comment with my blog gmail account and it tries to make me set up a blogspot blog before it will let me do it. Major pain in the butt.

      I think most people aren’t doing this on purpose. A lot of people don’t even look at their own comment forms so they don’t know how difficult it is.

  9. Thank you for this. I’m a new blogger starting up and I didn’t realize how hard it was for people to comment. I’m very shy so I never try to comment on anyone’s blog myself. (I’m feeling brave right now!)

    • I’m so happy you read this. Yours was actually one of the blogs I wanted to comment on this week. I wanted to let you know (I assumed you weren’t doing it on purpose) but I couldn’t find any contact info.

      Success!

      And don’t be shy, WoW bloggers are a friendly bunch for the most part 🙂

  10. Thanks for the post, being new-ish to blogger I didn’t know about that setting. You are now free to anonymously post on my blog.

  11. This is pretty funny. Maybe my second blog comment EVER was on your blog maybe a post or two ago, and I was thinking the exact same thing at the time: “Man, that was easy! I wish they were all like this!”. Good stuff.