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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How to Comment and Follow

Apparently, there are a few people out there who enjoy reading (thank you!) but are having issues commenting and following this blog.  I have received many questions, queries, concerns, etc. asking me how to rectify the situation.  Being somewhat technologically "challenged" myself, I enlisted the help of Annemarie Catalano.  Annemarie and I were friends in middle/high school before we went our separate ways.  Happily, we have reconnected, she has become a devoted follower and commenter and has been so kind as to write up a "how to" regarding this matter.  Here it is:

Blogs are a fantastic example of social media, and we learn so much from intelligent exchange, sharing thoughts and insights on what we've read that others have posted, on topics new and familiar, from all walks of life; commenting on Blogger specifically, though, can be a bit complex, especially if you aren't sure how to do it. What follows is a detailed description of how to comment on a blog on the blogger site, and then a more abridged version as a recap! Enjoy, and then comment until the (non-meat non-dairy) cows come home!

At the end of every blog post in any blog on Blogger, you will see the number of comments made by users on that particular post.  These are a great continuation of the information contained in the blog; whether contradictory responses, shared insights for the blog writer, or simply words of encouragement or enjoyment, you should always make sure to read comments on any blog post that you've enjoyed, and certainly add to the exchange!

To make a comment on the post make sure you've scrolled all the way to the bottom of the post and simply click where it say "# comments" (the number indicates how many people have commented).  When you click this link, it will take you into the comments reader and editor, and you will see a box where you can enter your comment. 

Keep in mind that in order to comment on any blog in Blogger, you must have an account profile at one of the following: Google, Live Journal, Word Press, Typepad, AIM, or OpenID.  Once you enter your comment, you need to choose a profile that you want to comment with.  Select the profile that you want, and then click "Post comment", following the directions (they are different depending on which profile you choose...if you don't have a profile in any of these domains, keep reading...).  Personally, I find the Google profile the easiest, and all you need is a Gmail account - even if you don't have or want Gmail, you can create an account and simply not use it!  If you already have an account through one of these mediums, all you have to do is enter your account name! 

Once you enter your comment, choose your profile, and click "Post comment".  There is one more step before your comment will be visible: If you don't already have one, you will need to create a Blogger profile.

Once you follow the directions to create the Blogger account, it will take you immediately back to your comment, which will be ready to finally post!  Just click "Post comment", and your comment should appear! 

See below for simple numbered steps:
1. Read post
2. Click on "# comments"
3. Type witty, well-thought-out and meaningful comment
4. Choose profile to use while commenting
4a. If you don't have a profile, create one quickly, and easily
4b. Follow all directions and it will take less than a minute!
4c. Google accounts (Gmail) are the easiest to use
5. Click "Post comment"
6. have commented!

As an addendum, I would just like to add that as soon as you have created an account and commented, simply click on "Follow" in the upper left corner of the blog page and follow the directions.  It's that simple!

Thank you so much, Annemarie, for your time, help, and insight.  I hope this helps all those who have had issues and, if there are any more questions or issues, please ask and we will work it out.  I want everyone to have the capability to Follow and Comment on this blog.  That's how it will continue to thrive and expand!  Also, please don't forget to find and follow me on Twitter (@Recon_Carnivore).  Thank you all for reading!   


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