Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Post about blogging; totally unrelated to photo

This is from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee...it is the Regimental Headquarters for the 63 TN Vol In....what is bad is I did not notice or read the sign when I took the photo. I was just admiring the logs and windows, etc. I would love to own this place!

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What I have been meaning to blog about for a long time is blogging. Specifically comments. I love getting comments, and I love leaving comments. But I don't always have time to do all I want to do. I may get behind for days, and then will have a day or two where I try to catch up on all the blogs I read/look at.

I like a variety of blogs...some I go to for friendship. Some I love for the photos. Then there are quilt blogs I visit for inspiration. A few are a combination of those listed above.

I have a favor to ask some of you...you can set how your comment form appears. It can come up as a full page, as a little pop up window, or embedded below the post. I definitely prefer for the comment form to be in the form of the little pop up window....that way I can still refer back to what I wanted to comment on. Specially if I get interrupted. How many times does the phone ring, or hubby ask me something, or Lorelei wants me, or a cat wants in...sometimes I get right back to the computer, others it may be hours.

Even the full page is not bad, because there is a link to click and at least see what was said in the post...

The one comment form that I really hate is the form that is embedded below the post. First I type the comment, then I have to choose what type of profile I have; then I hit submit. It disappears as if I'm done, but then if I happen to pause, it comes up again, this time with my name...then I hit submit again. Again it disappears, only to reappear with word verification.

What is more, with this type of comment form, I have to turn my 3rd party cookies on, which I normally keep turned off. Not to mention, I hate to think of how many times I have commented and thought I was done, only to discover that I had clicked to another page before the word verification came up. Therefore, I just wasted my time and that blog got one less comment than it would have.

I used to use word verification, then read a post by Betsy about how she has her comment form set...I forget just how she had hers set...but I set mine similar to hers. I turned off word verification and will probably never use it again. I do not accept anonymous comments, though I do have the option of rejecting or publishing them, I also have mine set to moderate any comment on a post older than a few days...

I know there are a lot of us that really have/or have had trouble with the embedded comment form...so if you want to change yours, and don't know how....it is under the settings tab on your blogger dashboard...click on the tab comments and go from there. I for one would really appreciate it.

I will probably still visit your blog, even if you don't...but it would really be a help if that is changed...

9 comments:

texwisgirl said...

oh amen to all of this!!! i stopped using word verification several months ago and have not had any issues. AND i changed my comment form to a pop-up window a month or two ago and it is so much handier for folks. word verification is SO time-consuming - especially when the page resets as you're typing in code. thank you for this wonderful advice/reminder to fellow bloggers.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

AMEN AMEN AMEN-----I totally agree with you... I get so frustrated having to visit SO many blogs--and so many of them use the embedded form.. It takes so much longer....

AND---why are people STILL using the word verification now that Blogger has a great spam program... What really upsets me is when people make you do the word verification --and then still have to approve it... What's up with that????? IF they are going to approve it before it's published, then WHY do they want us to do the word verification ALSO?????? Drives me crazy...

I hope alot of people read this post, Rose.
Hugs,
Betsy

don said...

A fine picture and interesting, worthwhile comment. I haven't thought about it, but will check mine. Thanks.

Judy said...

I visit a lot of blogs too and agree with this totally. I hope my blog isn't too bad with TypePad. I did get rid of the word verification so I hope that's helpful.
Jim and I have been wanting to spend some time down there, and your pictures are really making me want to make that trip.

Clara....in TN said...

Rose, go to my blog and see if I changed anything. I clicked on pop up window and changed the word verificacation thing. leave me a comment. Thanks!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I checked mine. I don't use word verification and use the full page comment page.

A piece of news said...

Gosh, it looks like mine is embedded to the left. I'll try to change it. I've been lurking and reading your posts and then I wondered if the Blogger glitch a couple weeks ago affected what I saw because all of a sudden I noticed that you had about 4 posts I had never seen. I recall you said that about my post regarding Lily's passing - that it wasn't originally there.

I really love the way you write, Rose. I will change my blog comment thingy. Also, I hope your June 1 appointment goes well. Sorry I haven't been commenting. I've been reading in my reader all along, but you're right about comments. So many of my readers don't leave comments. I know they're reading because they send me emails, but still...as you say...they're nice to see.

A piece of news said...

Done! You were right - it's actually quite simple.

Mary said...

I agree with all you say about comments! I have gotten where I have to force myself to go to the blogs that require word verification even when it is a blog that I love looking at. I only do it with bloggers who I have gotten to know and feel like they are friends. I'm looking at fewer and fewer blogs it seems and never seem to get caught up. I too have thought I was done with a comment only to have the darn thing pop back up for word verification....assuming I didn't move on already. I HATE WORD VERIFICATION!!!!!!

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