How to Restore Blogger Comments:
I hope my blog title is a tease? Or worse ... misleading!
I need your help
I am not offering a tutorial on restoring blogger comments.
I'm having a blogger crisis. Many of you may have noticed during the A to Z Blogging Challenge that I use(d) one of the most complained about comment widget.
Many years ago, long before blogger added threaded comments as an option, I grew tired and irritated with the blogger comment system. I liked the blogs that allowed people to reply to other comments. It felt like more of a discussion. I grew tired of having to reply to all comments at the very end of the comment feed. So, being the impulsive person that I am, I jumped at the chance to add a new ... cool ... better (so I thought) comment feed to my blog. I belly-flopped onto a different platform. I replaced my blogger comments with Disqus. And, like most impulsive people, I immediately regretted my decision.
For years, I considered switching back to blogger, but I could never figure out how to make the change without losing all of my comments and I treasure all of your kind, helpful and motivating words. I continued putting it off, despite the hardship Disqus caused my readers and me.
Disqus requires readers to sign in or join disqus (create an account) before allowing you to comment on a blog. What a hassle. After reading so many complaints in the A to Z Reflection post, I see how burdensome this was to all of you. And all those hoops you jumped through to leave me a comment, didn't help me return the favor. Not at all. If I clicked on your photo, name or link it didn't take me to your blog, profile, website, Twitter page, FB page or anywhere else helpful. The link only directed me to your Disqus page. I had to search for your blog so I could return the favor. It wasn't that difficult. Not during the challenge, anyway, because I could almost always find you in the comment section of another blog.
Still, I didn't take any steps to correct my problem. I didn't know how. I tired, but couldn't figure it out.
Well, it seems good ole Disqus has remedied the situation for me and I am now forced to figure out how to return to the blogger comment platform.
A few days ago, I finally purchased my own domain. I've been meaning to do it for some time, but didn't want to create any additional hurdles during the challenge. My new URL is Melissa Sugar Writes. I tried to wait out the person who own my name dot com, but since there are two lawyers with the exact same name (weird I know), it could be a long wait. Oh they offered it up at some ridiculous price, but I passed. Plus, by adding writes to my URL, people will know that this blog is connected to my writing and not a legal blog.
A day after implementing my new domain, I received some emails from some kind readers informing me that my comment section would not permit them to leave a comment. I checked it out and sure enough ... try dat ... you can't leave comments. I assumed it had something to do with the domain name switch.
That is, until today. I stumbled upon an article that informed me that Disqus no longer works with bloggers. Thanks for the advanced warning, Disqus .... NOT!
While trying to figure out what to do, I read an article in the blogger help forums that stated, Disqus No Longer Syncs Comments with Blogger. This became effective in May of this year.
That's the last message I want my blog sending.
Please ... please ... please ... I love your comments! I live for your comments. Okay, that's going overboard just a tad bit. But, can you imagine a blog without comments?
So now I am shit out of luck and desperately need advice from any of you out there who know how I can switch back to the blogger comment forum.
I welcome any advice you have to offer? Any instructions? Any links to help sites? Anything. I need my comment area back up.
I've been told that you can still leave comments on my stand alone pages, like my Book Reviews Page
You can also leave comments on these pages:
Writers Links - which you might enjoy visiting as I have listed a host of resourceful links for writers
Greatest Hits - which is sort of (temporarily) under construction