Also, all the comments are imported exactly as they appear. Like many others, I have often attempted to reply to a comment by posting one myself with an @username. Eventually, I want to go back and clean things up by reposting them as actual replies.
4. Moderate comments by replying to email notifications of comments. I have to admit, I am constantly checking my inbox for new comments, and most of the time I do so using my iPhone. Sure, moderating Blogger comments with email is possible, but it’s cumbersome and requires clicking through a link that redirects you to Blogger. Not logged into Blogger? One more step. I don’t like steps; I like easy.
With Disqus, you simply reply to the email with “Approve”, “Delete”, or “Spam”. That’s it.
Tip: Be sure you don’t misspell your command. Anything other than those three words will not only approve the comment but also post the content as a reply to it. I once responded with “Approved” and only realized it as I was replying to comments and saw that one comment already had a response…from me…saying “Approved”. Oops.
3. Two words: Whitelist/Blacklist. Comment moderation is made even easier with these tools. I’m fortunate to have some loyal commenters, like Ashley, whose comments I know to approve before I even read them. Thanks to the Disqus, I can finally approve them once and for all, so that their comments are posted immediately.
• Ensure your account allows notifications (instructions can be found here)
• Check your spam filter
• Add *@disqus.com and *@disqus.net to your email’s whitelist
• Still no luck? Let the blog owner know!
1. More comments! More conversation! While it’s impossible for me to definitively say that installing Disqus has resulted in more comments, I have observed an increase. I should note that my replies to comments are included in the count and I’m replying via comments almost exclusively now. Despite the quantity, I definitely feel like the quality of conversation has improved since installing Disqus. And, after my last post, I think I can safely say that’s what most of us hope for!
Okay, it's confession time: I started this post more than a week ago but didn’t finish it until now. I questioned whether there would be interest in hearing the benefits of moving from Blogger’s built-in comment system to Disqus, but after quite a bit of Twitter buzz, I decided it was time. (Besides, I hate leaving something unfinished!) I acknowledge that my last few posts have diverged from the normal topics included here on Style by Santina, and I’d love your feedback. Are you interested in posts aimed at better blogging?