Taking part in the Ultimate Blog Challenge has forced me to think about blog commenting systems again.
As part of the Challenge you are encouraged to visit and comment on other peoples blogs.
Blog Commenting and Online Visibility
The Challenge a great system. You support other bloggers out there by reading, commenting and sharing.
In return you start to build relationships and reach a wider audience.
Blog commenting can be a great marketing tactic when done right. I suggest you pop over to Valerie’s blog as she wrote about this aspect of commenting earlier in the week.
This post comes from my view-point as a blog commenter – one who is really busy and has no inclination to faff around.
Making The Time To Comment
I knew when I decided to take part in this quarter’s challenge that I would be pushed for time even to get my own posts written and out there, let alone committing to commenting. That was the whole point in taking part. I know that blogging regularly works well and I needed focus.
I need to prioritise what I am doing to make the most of my time. I am not going to waste time logging in, registering and generally jumping through hoops to leave a comment.
Blog commenting should be simple and easy with no roadblocks put in the way.
It can be a bit difficult as there are so many blogging systems used by the participants of the Blog Challenge. They fall into 3 main groups
Blogger from Google
I have a Google account and I am always logged in to at least one… If I see a post that catches my eye, Blogger generally doesn’t throw up any road blocks. The main issue is making sure I am logged in as me and not as a client!
I have yet to come across a WP.com blog that does not require you to log in with a WordPress account. Just leaving my email address stops the comment.
I discovered on the last challenge my WP account that I want associated with me as MLBO has been suspended. I do have a really old account that I have Akismet and Jetpack registered on, but quite frankly it was created years ago and it is not me now.
If you’re blogging on WordPress.com, I may share the post but won’t be commenting.
Like this blog, there are many self-hosted WP blogs out there. You would think that commenting systems would be nice and simple…
I will not take the time to register on a WordPress site to leave a comment. Why should I? It may only be 5 minutes, but it’s my 5 minutes and I could read another post and comment in that time.
Disqus is a popular commenting system used. If I see a blog with Disqus installed I may share that post, I will not waste my time trying to comment.
For some reason Disqus does not like my business email address and throws up all sorts of issues when trying to log in via Google. I am not going to stick around fighting with it. I don’t even try these days.
Facebook only comments…
I understand why people like the commenting with FB system, it helps a post reach a wider audience. However, I do not want my personal profile splattered on other peoples websites. If there is no other way to comment, then I don’t comment.
I’m the first to admit I let my personal experience and preferences dictate how my blog is run. It’s my blog, my home online…
I spent months trying to find a subscribe to comments plugin that worked – because I find that useful as a commenter. I now use the WordPress Jetpack for these feature alone. I used Commentluv in the past and love it’s features as a commenter too – so it’s here on this blog.
Blogging for business does mean that my audience is quite limited, we’re not here for lifestyle chat or passing the time of day. I do find in the normal running of things I get more emails than I do comments – and that is fine by me. Some people don’t want to ask their questions so publicly.
Making Blog Commenting Simple?
My aim is to make it as easy as possible to leave a comment if you wish to do so. I find that the standard WordPress commenting system does that perfectly well – it’s not difficult for me to maintain. I’m not here to build a huge community or become an A list (or any list) blogger.
But my opinions and preferences as a blog commenter are not as important as those who do comment on my blog. So over to you…
As a blog commenter, what blog commenting systems do you prefer and why?To Comment or Not To Comment... Thoughts on Blog Commenting Systems by Jan Kearney