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.