When I first started blogging, what I knew about comment systems couldn’t fill a hummingbird’s beak.I made my decision on a comment system, as well as most other things blogging-related, by listening to those who had already blazed a trail.
So, when David Risley spoke highly of the Disqus comment system, that was all the incentive I needed to install it on my brand-new blog. Sad to say, I didn’t take any time at all to research whether or not Disqus was the right system for me or my readers. Okay, technically, I didn’t have any readers, but that’s beside the point
As it turned out, Dave was right about Disqus being a great system for blog owners. It was super-easy to install and set up, plus it had swanky features like multi-level threaded comments and the ability to track my comments on other blogs.
I had a bit of a crush on it, actually, and before long I was professing my love for Disqus all over the internet.
But then, as happens frequently when one doesn’t look before leaping into a relationship, I saw another side to Disqus.
It started with an age-old relationship problem–communication issues. Early on in our relationship, Disqus had notified me by email whenever a new comment was posted. But now, out-of-the-blue, there were no no incoming emails alerting me to the stack of comments piling up on the blog.
Clearly, the honeymoon was over.
Still, in all fairness to Disqus, they soon set things right, and before long, things were back to normal between us.
“See?” I reassured myself. “It was just a fluke. A little glitch.”
But then it happened again.
Still, every time the email notification system went down, Disqus got it back on track that same day. I could live with that.
The trouble was, by now I’d fallen for someone else.
It all started when I was out and about on my normal blog commenting routine. I started seeing other comment systems–systems I hadn’t known existed when I started blogging–and one in particular caught my eye and captured my heart. I found when I left a comment on a CommentLuv blog, that new visitors were drawn to my blog by the title of my last post displayed beneath my comment.
What’s not to love about that?
Of course I felt like spit for not offering CommentLuv myself, especially when so many readers had already hinted we’d make a great couple. Still, I felt loyal to Disqus since it was my first comment system. Plus, it was good to me overall, and the thought of breaking up and maybe losing comments in the process wasn’t a happy one.
So I stayed.
But then it happened. The unforgivable blogging relationship sin.
Disqus came between me and my readers.
I started getting more and more emails from regular commenters letting me know that Disqus wasn’t letting their comments through. Thanks to folks like Karen Ruby, John Sherry, and Alex Whalley, I learned the truth.
And the truth set my heart free. I said goodbye to Disqus and started a new life with CommentLuv.
Now, I’m not entering this relationship blindly. I’m well aware of CommentLuv’s flaws, like the potential for increased spam (hasn’t happened yet) and the extra plug-ins required for things like threaded comments that come standard with Disqus.
Still, I’m so happy to be with CommentLuv. So many in my family here have already said they’re thrilled we’re together, and Comment Luv treats everyone I care for so well by by displaying the title of their last luscious post beneath their comment.
Call me a hopeless romantic, but my heart belongs to CommentLuv.
Your turn. What’s your favorite comment system.