October 29, 2007

What are those readers saying?

The comment page: Just click the box to receive follow-up comments
(Click on any of these images to enlarge them)

Blogger has a new comment feature that you might like. When you leave a comment or question, you can now subscribe to receive follow-up comments on that article by email. (It's about time!)

Receive follow-up comments on one article by email:

When leaving a comment, just click the little box "Email follow-up comments to [your email address]" on the comments page (in the red circle shown above) and you'll receive an email of any later comments that are posted on that particular article.

By the way, you will see your own email address on the comment page (where mine is shown above), but no one else will see it. There is no spam or ads involved with the email notice.

I tried it out yesterday and it worked well. A nice feature is that the email includes a direct link if you want to post another comment. The email also includes an unsubscribe link so that once you have your answer, or don't want to receive future comments on that article for any reason, it is easy to unsubscribe. One drawback is that you have to leave a comment in order to subscribe.

Subscribe to comments on one article with a feed reader:

To read the comments on an individual article in a feed reader instead of email and without leaving a comment, click on the article title and it will open a new page with the article and any related comments. At the bottom of that page, there is a link "Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)" (in the red circle at right). Personally, I wouldn't want to fill up my feed reader with a lot of subscriptions that will soon be inactive so I don't like this option too much.

Subscribe to ALL comments with a feed reader:

If you are really, really interested in the Blogicito's reader comments, you can subscribe to all reader comments. Click on "Subscribe to reader comments" in the right-hand sidebar under the "Subscribe to La Gringa" heading. You'll see all comments for all articles in your feed reader.

How to leave a comment on the blog:

A basic tip: Every now and then, I receive an email from someone new to blogs who doesn't know how to leave a comment. If you are on the main page of the Blogicito, beneath the article you'll see a link that says "View xx comments" (in the red circle at right). Click that link and you'll see the comments page (picture at top) where you can read the current comments and/or leave a comment.

If you are on an individual article page (described above), after the latest comment, you'll see a link that says "Post a comment." Click it and it will take you to the comments page. You'll need a Google ID (not necessarily a Google email address) to post a comment.

How to leave a comment from your email subscription:

Just one more basic tip: If you read the blogicito through a Feedburner email subscription, you can comment on an article by clicking on the article title link. It will take you to the article page. Look for the "Post a comment" link after the latest comment.

Reading over this article, it sounds a tad confusing! It's really much harder for me to explain than it will be for you to do it. Most bloggers love hearing from readers, so I hope that you'll give it a try. Don't be shy!

Let me know if you try this new feature and how it works for you. I think I'll be using it a lot on the blogs that I read, since my blog reading has been sporadic at best lately and I like to know when the blogger responds to my comment.

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