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Tracking WordPress comments

Par­tic­i­pat­ing on a blog is infi­nite­ly more worth­while if you’re able to find out about new com­ments to any inter­est­ing posts.

To that end, here is my favorite tip for keep­ing up on com­ments: Co​.mments​.com, a great site to sub­scribe to com­ments on any blog. You sim­ply track a page and it will update you via email or RSS (your choice). It works on a major­i­ty of sites/blogs/forums, and there’s a handy book­marklet you can use in your brows­er that works on any page. Check it out and see what you think.

I pre­fer using this to oth­er meth­ods because it does­n’t require any­thing on the part of the blog author (and many don’t opt in to this kind of func­tion­al­i­ty). Also, I pre­fer see­ing com­ments in RSS to email, and co.mments gives me one RSS feed, so I don’t have to keep sub­scrib­ing to a new feed for every post — I sim­ply track new con­ver­sa­tions and the feed is updat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

Also, putting my prover­bial mon­ey where my prover­bial mouth is, here are a few things I’ve done on my blog to offer you some choic­es:

  • You’ll see the abil­i­ty to sub­scribe to com­ments via RSS below. (OK, I did­n’t actu­al­ly do this; it’s a Word­Press fea­ture.)
  • Since I like co​.mments​.com so much, I’ve also added the abil­i­ty to track a post’s com­ments via co​.mments​.com. (See under­neath the com­ment form.) The link is kludgy, but using Javascript in Word­Press is an obsta­cle I haven’t tack­led (yet).
  • Last­ly, you can also track com­ments via email, as per the Sub­scribe to Com­ments plu­g­in. (Also under­neath the com­ment form.)
  • If you’re some­one who wants all com­ments on all posts, you can sub­scribe to my blog’s com­ments feed. Word­Press does­n’t offer that to the brows­er as an avail­able feed, and I’m dis­in­clined to add it giv­en the oth­er choic­es above. (How­ev­er, if you want this, make the case; I’ll be pret­ty eas­i­ly con­vinced.)

Sor­ry I had­n’t done these soon­er. “Com­ment man­age­ment” is def­i­nite­ly a fea­ture I have want­ed to offer on my blog, I just had­n’t put in the time yet to imple­ment them. (Thanks for the kick in the pants, Steve!)

Tumblr doesn’t play nice

They say hind­sight is 20/20, and often it’s vin­di­cat­ing.

I haven’t looked back since I switched from Tum­blr to Word­Press. Host­ing my own blog is much more sat­is­fy­ing and I have much more con­trol and flex­i­bil­i­ty over my con­tent and its appear­ance. It’s reas­sur­ing to see that oth­ers have found the same.

So I real­ized last week that Tum­blr does­n’t hon­or pingbacks/trackbacks; two friends linked to my blog and I got noth­ing. Word­Press does them auto­mat­i­cal­ly, and I’d think Tum­blr should (to fit the no-non­sense blog­ging plat­form that it is.) I guess it fits the some­what solip­sis­tic nature of Tum­blogs, but it cer­tain­ly does­n’t help build an online rep­u­ta­tion.

The world must be ending

So I’ve start­ed a weblog. Some­thing I nev­er thought I’d do. I used to use Live­Jour­ney back before the word ‘blog’ was coined and I used Xan­ga to doc­u­ment my trip to Europe, but I always thought that they end­ed up being a bit osten­ta­tious. How­ev­er, late­ly I’ve been read­ing more than a few, most­ly relat­ed to soft­ware devel­op­ment. (And, of course, there’s Post­Se­cret.) I real­ized that it can be a good out­let for thoughts meant to be pub­lic and does­n’t need to be a melo­dra­ma of life.

So. We’ll see how I strike that.