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*