We bloggers work damn hard on our posts. Comments often provide validation for our hard work. They say someone has read and responded to our labor of love (or in some cases outpouring of rant). Sometimes we get comments all about penis enhancement (or is that just me?) or mean anonymous comments. Then we get the rare, shining gem, a discussion comment! Someone makes an a statement that just BEGS for a response. Yet, with blogger’s current organic system, it’s hard to respond to these comments, instead you have to put an @username – ‘COMMENT HERE’. I, personally, would much rather have threaded comments. So, I have been shopping around for different comment systems.
One obvious place, in fact, my first choice, was WordPress. However, I don’t really know a whole lot about wordpress. I don’t know if I switch over, how much I would have to pay to keep my domain name, how much I would have to pay to install the google friend connect, if I could keep my feed, if it would export all of my comments. I know Patrick Rothfuss switched his blog from blogger to wordpress, but he had techies from I think Penguin do it for him. I don’t exactly have access to those techies. However, if anyone could point me to a link of wordpress for dummies, I would definitely appreciate it.
Then, I have been stumbling upon plenty of blogs with Intense Debate. At first, I freakin HATED Intense Debate. I had trouble logging in, etc. Then, I decided to just do the input section instead of log in with Open ID. My troubles pretty much ended with that AND I noticed my information was automatically filled in when I visited other sites with Intense Debate. Score one for my inward lazy self! What I like is that it has the reply option right underneath the comment.
Finally, there is Disqus. Which, frankly, I dislike. It’s hard for me to use discuss. Most of the time it just drops my comment. Sometimes it asks to create an account with them. I already have an account to comment with, I don’t need an extra account.
I went to twitter with my question on whether people comment with Intense Debate or Disqus here’s the reaction I got:
Ballet Bookworm said: “Sometimes it’s hard to get “signed into” intense debate comments, but I don’t really avoid blogs with them.”
Filmgeekchic said: ” I find it’s hard to get a dialogue going with blogger comments, to see who you’re responding to, so I like ID [Intense Debate] or Disqus.”
Amanda of The Zen Leaf said: “Intense Debate doesn’t bother me. I won’t comment using Disqus though.”
Anniebody said: ” I don’t ever notice until after I’ve commented, anyway. I’d only worry if it made commenting harder/stopped working/etc.”
Chris of Bookarama said: “I’ll comment but when I had it on my blog I had complaints so I removed it. I never had a problem with it myself.”
Parchment Girl said: “Yes! Please do install it. Blogger’s commenting system is awful. I love blogs that use intense debate!”
Book Lover Carol said: “The bad thing about install is that sometimes it deletes some comments & don’t comment as much us. they don’t want to sign in.”
So what is your opinion on 3rd party commenting systems? Do you avoid commenting on blogs that have them? Also, how much do you hate entering capcha? I totes hate it.