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Blogger gets back at me

Now that's called perfect timing. Most blog users who moved to Wordpress from Blogger would agree that the one of the foremost reasons for the shift is the lack of threaded comments in Blogger. I was about to move too but somehow never got around to doing it. As such I don't get too many comments that I cannot manage, so it really didn't bother me as long as people who wanted to comment could do so.

Then, sometime around last week, I came across a blog on blogspot that had a reply button embedded to each comment. The blog owner was kind enough to let me know her secret and sent me the link - (http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2010/10/add-reply-button-to-blogger-comments.html)- that would enable me to do the same. I hurriedly and excitedly followed all the instructions, did some tweaking here and there, and lo! behold, I had the reply button affixed to each of the comments I received- a la-Wordpress style. Only, of course, the did not translate to being threaded comments- just a html code added that automatically added an "@ commenter's name" with the link to their blog, if any, opened up as a separate comment box. Nevertheless, I was happy with the new template I had discovered since I fully comprehend the "beggars cannot be choosers" line.

And, exactly two days later, I discover this:

http://buzz.blogger.com/2012/01/engage-with-your-readers-through.html 

If you are too lazy to click on the link, read below:

[Engage with your readers through threaded commenting

 You may have noticed that we’ve rolled out a number of improvements to Blogger recently. The folks over at Technorati referred to it as a “rampage”. Call it what you like, we’re definitely having fun giving Blogger the makeover it’s long deserved, and we appreciate all the positive feedback we received at the recent BlogWorld expo.

If you follow us on our Buzz blog, you’re aware that we publish surveys from time to time. They are one of several methods that we use to collect your feedback about what we can do to make your blogging experience better. A top request on the wishlist is improving Blogger’s commenting system, so we’re happy to announce that we’ve done just that.

Blogger now supports threaded commenting, which means that it is now much easier to differentiate between whether someone is making a general comment on the thread, or responding to another comment on the thread.



What do you have to do to enable this on your blog? Nothing! If you have Blogger’s commenting feature enabled, “Blog Feed” set to “Full”, and are using “Embedded” comments, then you’re ready to start a discussion with your readers. To check, or change your feed settings, select: “Settings > Other >, and then “Full” from the “Allow Blog Feed” dropdown:


To check your current form setting, select: “Settings > Posts and Comments, and select “Embedded” from the “Comment Location” dropdown:


Visit the Blogger Help Center for additional information.]


 
Now, for all that effort I took!
But, good to know that Blogger is improving and improvising. So, this is to my blogger-loyal friends out there, who are not aware of this new feature; you just have to follow the above steps.

P.S. My nit-picking habit doesn't leave me and I realized that when the follow-up comments (you still need to click on the subcribe by email link on the bottom right corner of the comment box) come into your Inbox, you still are clueless as to which comment is a response to which commenter (though the blog shows it) unlike Wordpress.

Comments

  1. hahaha! you are a sweetheart Uma..did someone ever tell you that :)

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    1. really???..not sure if someone has told me that..thanks..:D
      *all smiles*

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  2. I also found this feature just a few days ago!! Good timing :)

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    1. ya, I know, the timing couldn't have been better :-P

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  3. Let's hope this feature soon upgrades to Wordpress like threaded comments, the hope being atleast blogger is trying :)
    If not, jump on the WP bandwagon...it's really a click away :D

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    1. am hoping so too..I tried to move, MyEra, but somehow stuck to Blogger. Some loyalty that is..

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  4. I've been wanting to migrate to wp too because of this.. Thanks so much .. you made my life a lot easier with this post !

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    1. Glad to be of some help, Bhargavi!

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  5. LOL Uma, that must have been irritating all right :).

    So nice of you to share though, I never know these things until they are sitting on top of my head so it's nice if someone points it out to me :). Will get around to doing it soon i'm sure ;).

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    1. lol..yes of course, could help marvelling at the timing..:-)
      hey, thanks, am glad to have been of some help..
      and why are you not writing these days????

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    2. I asked apster the same thing like just a second ago, on my blog comments section :)
      aparna - now that 2 people (am sure there are more) are missing your writing, you must start :)

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  6. For a moment I thought you were from blogger technical support team!! :D I had activated threaded commenting on my blog few days back, but by mistake... i wasn't aware of these steps at that time!! :D

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    1. hahaha..see, that's why I added the link here ;-)

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  7. huh! But didnt you already have this feature on your blog? I wondered how you did it then:-) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. yep, I took all the effort to add an external html to incorporate the setting and Blogger decided to do an upgrade just a couple of days after that!!

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  8. OMG Uma.. had been dying for this.. and I stumble upon it now - a year later through you!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I already created a Wordpress blog but hadn't started it just yet. Off to answer my comments! Yay!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad I helped a fellow blogger. I had created a WP blog and never got around to activating it..:-)

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