Sunday, February 07, 2010

The whole crazy comment thing

First of all I must point out that the pictures accompanying this post have no relevance to the content at all but I felt that the only relevant pictures might involve my pulling my hair out and no one wants to see that!

I have had a little trouble with my comments of late. For a long time I had been using Haloscan rather than the default Blogger system. This worked reasonably well, not perfectly but I found it easier to respond directly to comments that with Blogger. In fact Blogger then improved their system making it a little easier, well easier if commentors were registered with Blogger, but at t
he time it was simpler to just stay with Haloscan and save messing around with importing/exporting comments and what not (naturally I write this with no actual idea of the messing about required as these sort of tasks do of course fall to the dear Technical Advisor).

Then in December I received an email telling me that Haloscan would be no more and I must pay to upgrade to Disqus or risk losing my comments, the deadline was 26th December, so in a post-Christmas panic I just paid the money and did it. There were way too many other things on my mind at the time.

Sadly Disqus has not been so good, I know that a number of you have struggled with the new system and from my end it has been somewhat haphazard too so this weekend the long-suffering Technical Advisor has taken the matter in hand and replaced Disqus with Blogger which I hope will be easier all round. The old Haloscan comments are not visible at present but I do still have access to them and comments on the most recent post were received and enjoyed but just not visible at the moment.

So, let's hope that is a firm line under the whole matter and that things will be a bit more normal around here and I do hope that you will all continue to comment because I do so love those comments, it's nice to know that there is someone out there... Thank you.

Edited to add: The very long-suffering TA has just pointed out that I missed out a great big step in the comment journey. In fact the Haloscan enforced upgrade was to JS-Kit's Haloscan replacement which turned out to be not at all what I needed and the dear TA spent too much of his precious free time hours surfing around and doing all that messing around in changing from JS-Kit to Disqus. Yes, the poor old TA has spent a great many hours messing around with my comments these last few weeks which is perhaps not what he wants to spend his spare time doing, given that he spends long working hours messing around with computers. I think perhaps another batch of rock buns may be in order. Perhaps I should make him a batch all to himself.


Blogger dottycookie said...

My own TA is not allowed anywhere near my blog. I know him, he'd fiddle with one thing too far and break it!

I hope Blogger comments are kind to you now though.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 2:02:00 pm  
Blogger martha said...

I've always wondered why the responding to comments system is so difficult. And my understanding is that typepad is no simpler.

However, on a lighter note, what is the item in the last photo?

Sunday, February 07, 2010 2:06:00 pm  
Blogger martha said...

ps. I like the new look!

Sunday, February 07, 2010 2:07:00 pm  
Blogger Arianwen said...

I know what you mean about all of these comment systems. I tried to change mine and half the people couldnt comment. Went back to blogger and lost all of the other comments. I have given up trying to comment back to people. Whereas what I really should do is junk blogger and move my blog.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 3:44:00 pm  
Blogger Gina said...

I was never sure my comments were getting through before so hope this works for you now.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:11:00 pm  
Blogger blackbird said...

I love the serene photos that accompany this post- I have enough of hair-pulling in my corner of the world. I think that a personal stash of rock buns will help to even up the scales indeed.

What I haven't understood about blogger comments is why sometimes they are embeded in the page itself- making it easy to spell check and other times- like now- when they pull up in their own little page making it impossible for me to know whether I've spelled embeded right- or embedded right.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:27:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

Well, it's working for me (I think).

And I begrudge computer time not spent doing fun things.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:32:00 pm  
Blogger Gigibird said...

I like to respond to comments but find it so frustrating when so many don’t have an email address on view ……but somehow I feel they would like a response….
Thankfully I’m not very popular (!) so I don’t have many comments to ‘manage’
The other thing you could do is reply in your comments although I personally I find this impersonal and off putting….

Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:45:00 pm  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

You speak greek to me! I know not of holoscan or disqus or much of the above. ;-( Sorry to hear of your commenting problems. I got around it (for my blogspot friends) by creating a dummy blogspot account that contains an e-mail. If everyone would just do that, maybe your problems would be solved? ;-)

Your new header is beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010 5:14:00 pm  
Blogger rachel said...

You do sound like a woman close to the edge! I feel bad now for being one of the people who pointed out the comments problem! Sorry....

But I think you may have revealed to me why so many of my comments come from people I can't email in response, even when they ask a direct question - I assume from what you've written that they need to be registered with Blogger.... oh dear.... my brain hurts now...

Sunday, February 07, 2010 7:23:00 pm  
Blogger cathleen said...

I've not had any problems commenting. I really love your sweet little blog and PLEASE don't tear your hair's such pretty hair. Love the pink yarn and the daffs....and the question mark!!

Monday, February 08, 2010 1:39:00 am  
OpenID travellersyarn said... makes responding to comments easy. I've been v happy there

Monday, February 08, 2010 3:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done TA - hope you enjoy those buns!!

Monday, February 08, 2010 12:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done TA - hope you enjoy those buns!!

Monday, February 08, 2010 12:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Min said...

I hope you now feel calm and serence - just like your pictures

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 12:14:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm Rock Buns

Fingers Crossed she keep her promise!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:11:00 pm  
Blogger Linda said...

Thank goodness you have changed the comments to blogger, I just couldn't get on with the other thing!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 4:54:00 pm  
Blogger SmitoniusAndSonata said...

His own and exclusive supply of rock buns ? The sky's your limit !!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 5:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 5:09:00 am  
Anonymous kim said...

Hah! I'm wondering if I should start calling Jim my "Technical Advisor" because they seem to have similar personalities. But I can't complain because taxes are done, and he did good this year! PS> Love that wood table!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:05:00 pm  
Blogger nicole said...

I went through the exact same thing (well, without the benefit of a TA). What a pain!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:12:00 pm  

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