Why I enjoy adding comments
I enjoy adding comments on other people’s blogs as much as seeing comments on my blog.
It is thrilling to watch the conversation shift from blogger to commenter #1 to commenter #2 to blogger to commenter #3 to commenter #2 to commenter #4 to blogger and back again.
You can see this back-and-forth action in the reactive comments to my recent advice, 3 Tips to Keep Me Commenting On Your Blog.
When I leave a comment on someone’s blog, it’s usually in response to something the blogger wrote or something another commenter left. I always opt to follow the conversation when I leave the page by checking a box to subscribe by email. I prefer email over RSS for comments because of the instantaneous notification and threaded style of GMail.
Blogs are not equal with comment tracking
Every Blogger-hosted blog includes per-post email notification by default.
Every WordPress blog includes the option of installing a plugin to offer this service. I use the Subscribe to Comments plugin developed by Mark Jaquith.
If I didn’t return to the page, I’d never know Steve responded.
I know what you might say: Ari, why don’t you subscribe to Steve’s comment feed?
You can see the RSS icon in the right sidebar, offering me a comment feed subscription. But that’s for every comment on every post Steve writes. I don’t need to see every comment; I only care about comments subsequent to mine on a per-post basis, not for every post.
But my point remains: Despite Six Apart’s frequently asked question about Typepad web feeds and answer that there are no per-post subscription options other than RSS, how does the company respond when Blogger and WordPress do offer that ability?
But wait. Denise Wakeman of the Blog Squad provided 3 tips to track comments on Typepad blogs:
- Commentful: www.commentful.com – works with Mozilla Firefox browser via a Firefox extension
- co.mments: http://co.mments.com – load a bookmarklet into IE, Safari, or Firefox.
- coComment: www.cocomment.com – least amount of effort to track your blogging conversations. Create a free account and download a Firefox extension.
I don’t own a Typepad blog so I can’t say whether her 15-month-old advice still works. Maybe there’s a newer solution.
It’s not my place to tell any content creator how to run his or her blog, for I don’t fault the blogger. I do lay blame on Six Apart, creators of Typepad, for failing to include a universal standard that every other blog platform offers: the ability for a reader to subscribe by email to a blog post.
Updated December 20, 2009: Who would have thunk, 13 months later, the majority of Typepad bloggers have yet to enable readers like me a way to subscribe to comments by email? I posted a comment on such a blog earlier today and only by chance returned to it and saw a slew of comments, none of which I would have known about. When will Six Apart do something? Or shall I cease adding comments on those blogs?