Blogging Features: Comments and Social Network Links

by Meryl K Evans | Category: Blogging, Business, Customer Service, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing 6 comments

Recently, I lamented about the many blogging features available. I interacted with the blogosphere more than I usually do to see what works and what doesn’t. What took me so long to discover CommentLuv, I don’t know. But I did.

Since I use WordPress, it was a breeze to install. The plugin doesn’t even need you to copy code into your template or anything. If you’re not familiar with the plugin, just scroll down to the comment form to see it.

The CommentLuv automatically appears in the comments. The plugin retrieves the commenter’s latest blog post (if they have a blog), and links to it. Cool, eh? It’s nice to reward commenters.

I also added ShareThis, but not sure if it’s worth keeping. MenWithPens believes ShareThis should be replaced by Sociables. I asked why because ShareThis has one little low profile icon while Sociables contains however many social sites you pick, which can build a small crowd at the bottom of the post. James explained why use Sociables:

Social Media is for both the blog and the reader. Readers who use social media to find better content referred by others means they want to see their preferred social media icon so they can click and share.

The problem with Share This is that it’s one click too many. Every click you force a reader to take reduces the chance that they’ll actually take action and follow through. I think the numbers are something like 7% of potential loss with each click (don’t quote me).

So Share This means one click to open and one click to search for your social media and one click to send. With Sociables, you eliminate that. One click. That’s all you need. It’s right there for you.

Also, how many people actually email blog posts to friends? It’s more common to share links or URLS, which makes Share this a little unnecessary.

Excellent point, Gangbanger James (he goes on drive through shootings — legal ones… you know… shooting blog problems). Now I wonder if I should even use anything because ShareThis and Sociables benefit the blogger more than the reader (promoting a blog entry).

What y’all think? Shoot ShareThis? Add Sociables? Forget social anything?

What about the fact if you come here (thank you!!) on the blog’s main page or the home page and you have to click once or twice (from the home page) to see the full entry? I thought I was doing y’all a favor by keeping the entries short on the blog’s home page so you can scan. But then it adds a click if you want to see the full entry.

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  • Posted by James Chartrand - Men with Pens on April 16th, 2008, 7:01 AM

    While these plugins do benefit the blogger, they also benefit the reader.

    Readers use social media like Stumble and Digg to filter out the crap and read good content approved by other social media users.

    They use these plugins to tell other people, “Hey, come see. This is a good post.” Sure, that benefits the blogger, but it’s the readers that are essentially happy that someone reviewed the content for quality first.

    Of course… all systems can be gamed. Yuck.

  • Posted by Meryl on April 16th, 2008, 10:00 AM

    Excellent thoughts as always, James. We’re so overloaded with information that who wants more?

  • Posted by Jeremy on April 16th, 2008, 12:58 PM

    Hi Meryl,

    You nailed it when you said that one little icon replaces the clutter that many can cause, but that’s really just part of the idea. The full circle is completed when ShareThis becomes that little filter for that flood of information that James mentioned. With social bookmarking and the features on the ShareThis “Send/Email” tab, your friends become the source of the information, which gives the reader more incentive to look at it.

    The blogger wins because he’s getting more traffic, your regular readers win because you have an easy way for them to share your posts to their friends. New readers win because they’re seeing it for the first time because a friend is showing them a cool blog post.

  • Posted by Meryl on April 16th, 2008, 1:06 PM

    Jeremy, the clutter free aspect is what drew me to ShareThis. I never thought about an extra click. However, like James said… many don’t like extra clicks and every click counts with them.

    Ah — the happy middle… there isn’t one as far as I know.

  • Posted by Karen Putz / DeafMom on April 17th, 2008, 8:44 AM

    Ah, the less clicks for me, the better– but if someone grabs me with their title and the first paragraph, I’ll click away!

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