It feels weird not having a WIP to share with you guys today. I tried to finish the winter scene of Chinese Garden, I did. But, apart from the usual laundry, groceries and chores, we also did our quarterly deep cleaning of the house, ie. dust the vents, baseboards, etc, or as hubby likes to call it–my 'meth-addict' phase. LOL!!! This time around, I was even scrubbing at spots on the carpet with Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. Man, does that product kick butt or what?! ;)
On Saturday night, I caught up on episodes of Fringe while stitching since the DVR was getting too full. The result? Stitching 0, aliens and ghoulies 1! ;)
Sunday, after the aforementioned cleaning session, and prepping dinners for the rest of the week, I stuck my head down and stitched and stitched... but had to stop at 2am with some stitches left to go on the over 1 Mandarin Ducks. Bah!!! But fear not, finish them tonight I shall, for a picture tomorrow. :D
Now to the subject matter at hand...
I try to leave comments on blogs, even if it's just a quick "Looks great!" or "WOW!! Great progress." I love getting comments myself and always feel bad if I don't at least acknowledge reading a post, especially when I get so much pleasure from seeing the beautiful pictures.
There are 3 ways to display the comment form in Blogger:
ETA: If you're using the Updated Blogger Interface, you'll need to change back to the old interface to do this. :( Thanks, Daffycat for the head's up. :)
This Pop up window option allows your readers the flexibility to look at, refer to, or browse around your blog anyway they want and that's a great thing! :D
There are a couple of reasons for this:
1. When the comment form is embedded below the post, the page has to reload a few times for your readers to leave a comment. The first time, when they click to comment; then again, when they are asked to type in the word verification; and AGAIN when they submit the comment. That's 3 page loads per post! If a reader is catching up on a few posts, these reloads take up a lot of time, and the unfortunate result is, the reader will just move on. :(
2. The Full Page option opens a comment page either in a new tab or worse, on the existing tab. In the case of the latter, this comment page takes the place of your blog, which means the reader will have to navigate to return to your blog, and more often than not, that doesn't happen. :(
If readers wants to comment in more detail about your post and need to refer to certain details, they will either need to click on the "Show Original Post" option, hit the back button, or open a new window. Again, this gets to be a lot of work.
A note of interest: The "Show Original Post" option in this window does not include pictures. :( This means to comment in detail about a particular picture, there is more back and forth for reference, and takes up a lot of time readers might not have.
Both of the above options result in more 'work' for your readers, and I think it's safe to say that as bloggers, we want to make their experience on our blogs great and as easy as possible, and this includes the leaving of comments.
I'm off to catch up on blog reading now. :D
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