I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Commenting

Before I begin, I will state that this is not me turn­ing the com­ments back on here at Elec­tric Week­end. It is instead about what has sparked me to begin com­ment­ing on oth­er peo­ple’s blogs a lit­tle more.

When I began blog­ging I used to com­ment like crazy on peo­ple’s blogs, often because I could and some­times because there was some­thing I felt they had missed. I also had a lot more spare time to go back to each site indi­vid­u­al­ly to see if there had been any response to my com­ment. As I got towards the end of my degree this kind of time began to decrease and I was less inclined to com­ment. I tried some solu­tions to track my com­ments but it did­n’t feel very con­ve­nient and I was reluc­tant to leave a trail on anoth­er 3rd par­ty serv­er.

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A few weeks ago I came across a pos­si­ble self-host­ed solu­tion for track­ing the sites I have com­ment­ed on and for the last few weeks I have been using the pub­lic beta of Sam Brown’s Com­ment­ed On. It’s proved very use­ful and I’ve found myself being a lit­tle more active when read­ing and sub­se­quent­ly com­ment­ing on peo­ple’s blogs.

Com­ment­ed On is a great piece of soft­ware and method of track­ing your com­ments. After I’ve made my com­ment, I sim­ply high­light my com­ment, or the first para­graph, and hit cmd‑3 to acti­vate the javascript book­marklet. It col­lects all the infor­ma­tion need­ed and I just have to hit add site for it to be added to my data­base.

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All I have to do now is return to the main page and click on the links to the most recent com­ments and I can track any replies.

There are sev­er­al things I like about Com­ment­ed On:

  • It’s helped me to return to com­ment­ing on peo­ple’s blogs which is nice for inter­ac­tion and makes it a lit­tle more per­son­al.
  • It’s self-host­ed. I like self host­ed things. My blog and track­ing soft­ware are self-host­ed, I have Side­path for short­en­ing links rather than using anoth­er ser­vice. It gives me a lit­tle more con­trol, and ensures I don’t leave a trail on anoth­er web-ser­vice.
  • It’s designed well. It looks great and is a plea­sure to use, it’s appear­ance real­ly enhances the user expe­ri­ence.

There’s real­ly only one thing I wish that Com­ment­ed On did, tell me when there has been a response (or addi­tion­al com­ments) to one of my com­ments. Just some­thing sub­tle on the main page like a badge in the Mail.app style maybe. I’m not sure how it could be done, maybe Com­ment­ed On could grab the com­ment RSS for that post when you book­mark it and let you know when it gets updat­ed.

Either way, I’ve real­ly enjoyed using Com­ment­ed On and high­ly rec­om­mend it to any­one who active­ly com­ments on peo­ple’s blogs.