How to Comment on a Blog (I think!)

Leaving a Comment isn’t as Scary as Halloween.

  OK. I’m going to venture into territory that is not my area of expertise. Many of my friends ask how to comment. This shouldn’t be so tough, but it appears it is. And after searching the internet it is also hard to find a good explanation for how to do this. So, I’m going to do my best and tell you how. I think… If anyone else knows how to explain or do this better, please feel free to chime in!

After you get done reading everything I write, ha ha, at the very bottom of the post  where it says published by, is a word that says comment. If there are already comments there, then it may something like 18 comments. Either way, that’s OK. Click on it and that should open a box for you to write in. In some cases, the box may already be open. So go ahead, write me a really nice comment.

 Now, here comes the fun part.  After you comment, you need to hit the comment as box.  This will pop open with different ways to comment. If you have Gmail and use Google, you use the Google box. People in the US don’t need to worry about Live Journal, as it appears that is how you comment if you are from Russia. Word Press and Typepad are for other bloggers, I think. AIM is what you use if you subscribe to AOL. With any of these, you type in your user name. Open ID is for lots of people like Yahoo, flicker, My Space and others. If you want to register for an Open ID you can, and then you can comment just about anywhere. Remember, you need to comment as somebody using your username. Anyone can be anonymous but that’s no fun, right? And if I do a giveaway, which might be happening and you want to enter to WIN, I won’t know who the heck you are.When you comment as, often it also asks for your email address. No one sees this. Even me. This apparently helps check for SPAM. And we don’t like Spammers. Spammers are BAD. 

 So those are the  ways to comment-the best that I can tell…  Now after you have commented, and hit comment as it will say continue. That will allow you to edit your message if you don’t like what you wrote. If you like it, just hit publish.Your message won’t appear right away as I need to moderate the comments. Sometimes, on some blogs, I think I’ve corrected it on my blog, you have to enter one of those cryptic messages. I have a really hard time with them. Hopefully, you won’t encounter one of these scarey words. Sometimes people send not very tasteful messages and this is another way to make sure you aren’t one of those BAD people or machines that send SPAM!

 Now remember, you must comment as somebody and click continue and then publish. Otherwise I won’t get it. And I love to get your comments. Really. And I know you love to read everybody’s comments, too. That is called sharing. Right?

 Now if you want to see how I respond to your very sweet, informative comment, you must check back on the blog you wrote the comment on, to see what I wrote. Not everyone wants to take the time to do that. In that case, Blogger has added a little box at the end that you can check, called Notify. However, if you check that, I believe you will get all the comments that I and others write after that date. So, if you really want to reach me and tell me something, just email me. It’s there. In the About Me page….that I need to update soon. I’m trying!

One last thing. If I do do giveaways, which could possibly be happening, and they could be a lot of fun and they might happen once a month, and I know you wouldn’t want to miss them, well-then you should subscribe. Like NOW! What are you waiting for? You like to hear me ramble, don’t you? So go back to the top of the page and subscribe. Please.

All right. Now let’s test what I just tried to teach. Can you please leave me a message? Let’s work out the kinks if there are any. Please feel free to lave me a short and sweet comment if you found this helpful. Trust me. This was much harder to write than a recipe!

Thank you!

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  • shannon weber
    November 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    how silly is it that after years of blogging, i STILL get scared to leave a first comment on anyone's blog? SO silly. i get intimidated, and i wonder how i should say things, and i always wonder what to say in terms of who i am/how i found the blog, etc…TOTAL overthinking on my part. Just today i made a point of commenting on a long-followed, never-commented-on blog because it's time that i break out of my nerd cycle. and? wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. πŸ™‚

  • Irina @ wandercrush
    October 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Hahahah, I love that comment from your mom. It's so true, though! I think since I made my blog last Spring, only 1% of my comments have come from people who actually know me in real lifeβ€”even though so often they'll always tell me in person, "UGH that last recipe you posted made me so hungry!" Ah well, I guess the beauty of selective commenters is that you'll be able to form blogosphere relationships with that lovely handful of loyal readers.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      And my mom will love that you noticed her comment! Very true, Irina! Friendships are formed in many ways and I think comments also add to the personality of a blog, as do great photos, which you have! And good recipes!

  • Daniela Grimburg
    October 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I'm very glad I discovered your blog.
    This is very useful info and was fun to read as well πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I'm glad you discovered my blog to Daniela! I always wonder how that happens! Thanks for reading and for sharing, too!

    October 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

    thanks for the post

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    October 24, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Zoe, that's so nice! And everything you say is true. And really, that's a whole 'nother blog post. I'll get there! Thanks for following-and reading!

  • Zoe
    October 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Hi Abbe,

    It is true that sometimes leaving a comment can be difficult… thinking what is good to say and what is not. What is nice or what is not… Does it has to be helpful or meaningless? What is the purpose of commenting???

    To make friends, I suppose πŸ˜€

    Nice that I found your blog and hope to be friends via blogging. I'm now your latest follower and hope to hear from you at my blog πŸ˜€


  • Nazneen Hamilton
    October 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Hahahaha! Good post Abbe! It is true, we forget that not everyone can figure out the whole comment thing. I used to have the same issues from my friends. I find that Blogger can be a bit quirky at times, but no more! Oh just a note for people using iPhones or iPads, it's almost impossible to comment on a Blogger site, don't know why. At least, I have a problem. I have to get on my computer to comment on my fave blogger sites, which is fine with me but maybe some people are trying to comment from phones and such and running into the ame issues.


    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 24, 2013 at 12:04 am

      That is good to know, Nazneen. I don't have an iPhone or an iPad. But some of my friends so so that could explain a few things! Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz Berg
    October 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    After blogging for so long, I forget that commenting does not come naturally for many people. How sweet that your mom can comment now!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

      I think so, Liz! I know she must have worked very hard to type that message without any errors. So that is good!

  • Libby B.
    October 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Testing, testing, one, two , three, four. As one of your many followers, I, too, needed the tutorial on how to comment. I hope this works as I love reading your blog and I have wanted to comment many times. Love you, Mom

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      I can hear your voice from her, Mom! Yes, it worked. Yay!

  • Angie Schneider
    October 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    A very helpful post, Abbe. Thank you for taking time to write this how-to.

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    October 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I'm so glad you liked it. I always thought you could add more oatmeal in place of the nuts. And the liquid doesn't really matter, just that it is there. I'll bet it was nice and creamy. so glad you enjoyed it Biz!

  • Biz
    October 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Loved this post! Abbe, I made your pumpkin baked oatmeal – so good! I halved the nuts and used almond milk, and ditched the extra fruit on the top because it was already carb heavy for me, but it was fantastic!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    October 23, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Hmm, let me see if I can figure out how to make a comment. πŸ˜‰ Really useful post. I've had people ask me this, too. I think in the future I'll just direct them to this post (I'm sure you won't have a problem with that!). Good job. And thank you.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Thanks John. And I still think that there are questions out there. Just wish I could find better info on the web. To the library I go!

  • Cindy
    October 23, 2013 at 12:42 am

    nice job!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Thanks Cindy! And thanks for reading!

  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    October 23, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Great tutorial! Hopefully it'll demystify the commenting process a bit, so others are more eager to give it a shot and leave you even more messages about your deeee-licious recipes! Thanks, Abbe!!! πŸ˜€

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 2:41 am

      Oh Shelley. You are too kind! But My friends ask all the time. Maybe it is just an excuse!

  • ChgoJohn
    October 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Well done, Abbe. "How to" posts are not easy to write and this was no exception. Still, you covered every point and did it well.
    Is there going to be test? Do you like apples? πŸ™‚

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Oh John. I'd love an apple from you! I just wish I could get better clarification on how OPEN ID works! And how I can get someone's email address if I do a giveaway. Problems!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    October 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Oh, Tammy! I can assure you I like your commentary, too! Thanks for reading!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    October 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Nicely done!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      October 23, 2013 at 2:38 am

      Thanks Lea Ann. But my friend just called and said she still can't get it to work so I am at wit's end!

  • tammy
    October 22, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I like your blog a lot….not only your recipes, but your commentary