Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Calling all Comments

A few days ago I had a conversation about this blog with two friends. It went like this:

Friend A:
"I love your blog. I wished I could go to a film festival."

Friend B:
"Me, too, I really enjoy reading it."

"Then I wish you would both leave me comments on the blog."

Friends A & B:
"But, we don't know how to leave a comment and we're embarrassed to admit it. Please show us how."

So, here is my Blog Comment Primer:

At the end of each post there is a section with the time of the post and the number of comments (0, 3, 63 – I can dream). The comment number is a link. Just click on the link and you will see a box for writing a comment. Write your comment there.

The next step is to choose an identity. A simple way to do this is to click the “Name/URL” choice and you will see a box asking you to enter your name and your URL (e-mail address, web site/blog address, and so on). You can write your name – just first name, full name, or a pseudonym. You can include your e-mail address but it is not required. Or, you can check the anonymous button and comment anonymously.

Your following step is either to click “Preview” to review your comment, or click “Publish your comment” and voila, your comment will become a part of my blog, along with the time published. Note that readers will have to click on the comment section to read the comment(s).

For example, for my February 15th post, “ASD documentary in the making ‘and I helped, ‘” there are two comments. At the bottom of the post,click on “2 comments” and you will be able to read the comments . You could read them first and then post your own comment/response. Now you are ready to enter the Blogosphere - and please do – it can get lonely.

My Favorite Books

On the subject of the Blogosphere, I have started listing my favorite midlife and special needs mothering books in the sidebar (right side). Each listing has the start of a comment I wrote. Just “hover” your mouse over the comments and you can read all of it. If you have any suggestions for books to add, please ---leave me a comment!

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