Monday, 30 January 2012
Threaded comments (& how to enable)
Those of you that commented on my last post may have noticed something a little different when you came to comment. Blogger have now introduced 'threaded comments' and I discovered this halfway through my replies to the comments on the last post, so you'll need to scroll down a little to see how they appear.
I'd rather hoped that threaded comments meant that the commenter was also emailed with my reply - it doesn't. However, after my initial disappointment with this, I quickly came to realise why they're still a very good thing. It makes things feel entirely more conversational than simply replying to several comments in a great long line and seems to allow several threads of conversation to develop simultaneously.
If you use Blogger yourself, I've included instructions below as to how you can enable threaded comments on your own blog, as it isn't instantly apparent.
1. Go to 'Settings' on your dashboard.
2. Click on the 'comments' tab.
3. Change 'comment form placement' to be 'embedded below post'.
4. Next go to the 'Site Feed' tab.
5. Where it says 'Allow blog feeds', change this to 'full'.
Bizarrely, those two things should mean that threaded comments are now enabled on your blog. If you've heavily customised your template, this may not work, but for everyone else it should.
The photo at the top of this post is one taken of my daughter last summer. The relevance of it was the way in which the threaded comments allow things to float off in different directions, much like the seeds of the dandelion head as they're blown away (that was the thinking in my head when I picked it anyway, it now seems a very dubious association). She has grubby little finger nails as she'd spent the day climbing trees and building dams in a stream, which seems almost entirely unimaginable in the grey of January. Much as I love winter, I'm now ready for Spring: not only because I'm longing for a little colour and warmth, but - I'm ashamed to admit - mostly due to wanting the excitement of rediscovering old clothes that were packed away at the end of the summer and the opportunity to start afresh on some lighter-weight garment making. Does anyone else begin to tire of rotating the same clothes at this point in the year?