Blog DIY #2: Managing comments

One of the great things about having a blog is communicating with readers: they can leave a comment or a question for you, and you can post these along with your replies.

Here’s how to manage comments.

First, you need to decide whether or not to allow comments on your blog. In Global2 and WordPress, this is automatically turned on.

For your PLN blogs, you want comments switched on so you can get feedback from us and others – and leave comments on other people’s blogs. But there may be some circumstances in which you don’t want comments, or you want to approve (or moderate)  the comments before they can be published.

All these settings are in the left-hand column of your dashboard under Settings and then Discussion.

Image of dashboard comments section

 

There’s a great outline of how to engage with readers through comments in the Edublogs help section.

Publishing comments

Here’s how to approve and publish comments:

 

You will find all comments in the left-hand column of your dashboard under Comments. If there are any waiting to be approved, a little number will appear next to the word Comments and also in the toolbar at the top of your dashboard page.

Hover the cursor over a comment and a little menu will appear, which allows you to approve (or unapprove) and edit comments, and reply to them.

If the comment looks a bit dodgy, you can send it to the Spam folder. Sometimes people leave comments that seem OK, if rather generic, just so they can get their website or email address onto other people’s blogs. If in doubt, bin it.

Go to your Spam folder every so often just to check there’s nothing there that you want to see, and to empty it.

We hope you’ll get some comments during your PLN course (you’ll certainly get them from us) and leave comments for others on their blogs too.