Saturday, December 6, 2014

:: Regarding Comments w/ DISQUS- Going Back


Right before we went on our little vacation to the Ozarks… I took a chance on changing my blog format up a bit.  “working in the background”
The whole reason behind this was so that people, readers… perhaps YOU… could leave me a comment via your mobile device, iPad, Tablet, etc.  I am linked with a company that pays me to use their mobile platform.  So far…it’s working great!  I’m getting paid for blogging! Yay!   I’m hoping to share more on that in the near future.

However, there is one little problem—IF YOU read there YOU CAN’T comment there.  I CAN’T EVEN COMMENT THERE!   If you want to leave me an email—you have to use a regular desktop or laptop type computer to comment.   I’m still working on it.

Today I removed DISQUS  the *new comment widget I had added to my blog.  I didn’t remove my profile or close my account to DISQUS… I only removed the widget from my blog.  It didn’t do what I initially thought it would do and that is make my mobile readers COMMENTERS. 
I asked you for feed back… many of you gave your honest heart felt opinions.  I appreciate that so much.

comment from readers on disqus

Others of you couldn’t leave a comment to tell me your opinions… I would imagine, that was frustrating!  Several of you emailed me to tell me the news!

JUST THIS MORNING:
EMAIL nana diana

MARCI -SCA- disqus email

The thing that really did it… was that my stats DROPPED WAY DOWN!  Not just in comments but over all readers coming to the blog dropped. 

PLEASE COME BACK!  lol…

So here in a nutshell (IF YOU’RE INTERESTED)  are my LIKES AND DISLIKES with DISQUS.

DISLIKES:
  • Readers couldn’t comment easily – got lots of emails stating this
  • Privacy- some people stated they didn’t want to sign up for another profile
  • Password- some were asked for a password that WOULD NOT WORK
  • Difficult for Readers/ Commenters to use.
LIKES:
  • Ease of use (for me)
  • Easy sign-in at the sight and others blogs that used DISQUS (for me)
  • MRL disqus comment

    • If you’re signed up with them… it’s EASY PEASY! NO PROBLEMS 
  • Easy Moderation w/ many options and ways to moderate (for me)
  • Great Spam protection
    • I had NO SPAM in 2 1/2 wks of use, if fact READERS COMMENTS DROPPED WAY DOWN TOO… NOT A LIKE!
  • I like the THREADED VERSION  of comments a lot better!  (easy to follow conversations)
BOTTOM LINE:
Disqus just wasn’t ‘approachable” for my readers and I always love the interaction you bring to my posts and I love reading your comments.  I can’t read them—if there aren’t ANY!   So after listening to my readers and the daily disappointment in the email box—I made the decision to “get out” now—2 1/2 wks into it.
  • Did I give DISQUS  a fair shake?  No. Probably not.
  • Did I correspond w/ DISQUS and send screenshots?  No. I followed the FAQs, previous posts, etc.
    • with that I was able to figure out so much good on the sight; installation, email changes, navigation, user name changes…total ease of use.
  • Why the change in the first place?  Mobile Platform…(see above) IT DID NOT.
    • Still mobile users weren’t able to comment—so what was the point?
    • I used the DISQUS ‘patch’ to edit my HTML on the template…THAT DID NOT WORK.
  • When I decided to leave DISQUS—I read the FAQs again, and I knew there was a possibility I wouldn’t have your comments come back with me. I took a chance and I lost your comments from the past 2 1/2 weeks!  NOT A LIKE!
    • Oh, I have them—saved on the DISQUS site. But not on my blog. 
I admit… I GOT LAZY on the EXIT.  I grew weary of trying to figure out the SYNCHING COMMENTS… evidently it’s something that needs repeating every now and again… and IT’S TIME CONSUMING. So… I removed the widget. 
In the end it was just better to go back.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

“if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”  … No.  that’s not it.  (cause mine was broke…on the mobile platform)
“If at first you don’t succeed… destroy all evidence that you tried.”  
There you go…that’s it!   Yes, I tried to fix it…but now your comments are gone. And well—nobody will ever know!
“LIVE AND LEARN!”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU,DEAR READER? ::

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COMMENT AWAY!!!!
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‘Til next time, Be Blessed!
           Patricia



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Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. ~ Psalm 37: 3-5

12 comments:

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh mercy....I have No idea what you are talking about....but I hope you are getting your comments.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

I can comment! YAY! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Faith said...

I havn't a clue and I like it that way..thank you very much. The comment you left about learning from books before u tube..some things I hope will never go away, and books are one of them. I have used u tube for a few tutorials because I am a visual/hands on person. I think there is room in our world for both mediums, they have their place. I'm glad you fixed your glitch and we can all leave comments, sometimes simple is better.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Just testing to see f I can leave a comment. If you're seeing this, then I did. :-)

I use Blogger for my blog and I can never get anything to work from the Mobile side of it. Finally I just stopped messing with it.

Gail Wilson said...

:) I'm glad you switched back, but sorry you lost your comments. I too have the mobile platform and I've found that many people will hop over from facebook to read my post, then back to fb to leave a comment.
I use to get a lot of complaints about not being able to leave comments. I think people have become accustom to it.
Maybe the mobile platform will catch up, or allow us to do disqus just there? someday.....

Cozy Little House said...

I considered Disqus, but changed my mind because it was hard leaving comments on blogs that had it. Like you, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Brenda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yea...I can comment again! You are braver than me...At least you gave it a try, glad we are back in the game!

Carol

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I found that I use my tablet most times and did comment under guest but glad this is back.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Another thing, I do not get any spam, it is very rare, but I do have comment moderation turned on and I don't have anonymous comments.

NanaDiana said...

Welcome home, honey! lol xo Diana

A Daughter of the King said...

Great to hear that you are able to make money from your hard work and talent.

Claudia said...

I didn't have a problem commenting - I had to figure it out - I believe I commented as a Guest? It was really no problem. But I understand you're wanting to make it easy for your readers, Pat! Do what's right for you and your blog.

xo
Claudia