Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Commentluv

Yay!

I have managed to get the Commentluv widget to work on my blog! I think... I saw it on this other Wordpress blog I randomly came across, and discovered there is a hack to use it on poor old Blogger as well.

For those of you new to it, Commentluv is a fancy-schmansy comment gadget, which means comments display the commenter's profile picture, and also a link to their most recent blog post.

I love surfing from other people's blog comments, especially when the linked-to post is on something related. It really gives a feel for the way blogging discourse is constructed (you can tell I'm in the middle of a philosophy of science course, can't you).

For other bloggers who want to try to install this hack from the Commentluv page for Blogger users, the page itself has really detailed and clear instructions on how to do it. Here are some extra tips from me on troubleshooting, based on my own experience trying to do this:

  1. Don't give up if it's difficult to export your comments to JS-Kit. If it crashes, clear your cache and try again, and make sure you fully allow javascript and cookies for the JS-Kit page. It took me aaages before it worked as all my 671 comments had to be exported to Commentluv first, which made something crash tons of times, but in the end it worked.
  2. Make sure you really do what it says on the Commentluv page in your JS-Kit settings.
  3. Don't accidentally delete the widget with the Commentluv identification tag in it while changing your template. This seems to mess up the process.
  4. Make sure javascript is fully allowed for your own page when you are checking if it works!
I love it when it turns out that Blogger's free service can be enhanced with bells and whistles which makes a paid-for blogging service redundant.

Though I am sure it is only a question of time before Google either buys Commentluv or develops their own equivalent code, making Commentluv redundant for Blogger and probably sending them bust in the process. The evilness of large corporations, I know..

8 comments:

  1. American in Norway17 February 2009 at 23:15

    Ooo I would love to try it, but I think the comment love is going to be over my head... you lost me at the JS kit.

    Preparing to move over to Scandinavia...I would suggest trying to get the basics in the language... life is so much easier when you can undersand what is going on around you... Start a job search before you get over here... (it aint easy) & if you can build a support system before your partner gets over here, (even if they think they don't need it...they WILL) When I moved here the first time 13 years ago I had done NONE of the above...it was tough...

    This time around, I had already met "friends" living around my area... other expats... who could understand what I was going though...
    Looking forward to getting to know you... Good luck!

    Recent blog post: Fatty? Give me a break

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  2. Thanks smarty pants.........I'll check this out.
    I'm a technical dummy :-)

    best wishes

    Recent blog post: nervous

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  3. Oh don't go all technical on me. I'll be amazed if this comment ever appears but worth a try.

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  4. Yes it worked but I was so flustered I forgot about putting in my blog link, you live and learn.

    Recent blog post: Knitting now

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  5. See, Jenny, it worked!

    And I can't help it, I'm a bit of a geek at the very bottom of my heart..

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  6. What a swift response! Thanks! J is already looking for jobs and fortunately has good language learning abilities though so far he can mostly list the name of all our political parties (because people from bipartisan systems find this amusing, I guess..) and order food. But it's a start.

    It's interesting you should say the thing about other expats, it made me realise how important my few Scandinavian friends were for me when I lived abroad myself. I will def. pass on your advice to him so thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Comment Luv is great. I'm sure you'll be happy with it

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