Monday, 30 January 2012

Threaded comments (& how to enable)


Those of you that commented on my last post may have noticed something a little different when you came to comment. Blogger have now introduced 'threaded comments' and I discovered this halfway through my replies to the comments on the last post, so you'll need to scroll down a little to see how they appear.

I'd rather hoped that threaded comments meant that the commenter was also emailed with my reply - it doesn't. However, after my initial disappointment with this, I quickly came to realise why they're still a very good thing. It makes things feel entirely more conversational than simply replying to several comments in a great long line and seems to allow several threads of conversation to develop simultaneously.

If you use Blogger yourself, I've included instructions below as to how you can enable threaded comments on your own blog, as it isn't instantly apparent.

1. Go to 'Settings' on your dashboard.
2. Click on the 'comments' tab.
3. Change 'comment form placement' to be 'embedded below post'.
4. Next go to the 'Site Feed' tab.
5. Where it says 'Allow blog feeds', change this to 'full'.

Bizarrely, those two things should mean that threaded comments are now enabled on your blog. If you've heavily customised your template, this may not work, but for everyone else it should.

The photo at the top of this post is one taken of my daughter last summer. The relevance of it was the way in which the threaded comments allow things to float off in different directions, much like the seeds of the dandelion head as they're blown away (that was the thinking in my head when I picked it anyway, it now seems a very dubious association). She has grubby little finger nails as she'd spent the day climbing trees and building dams in a stream, which seems almost entirely unimaginable in the grey of January. Much as I love winter, I'm now ready for Spring: not only because I'm longing for a little colour and warmth, but - I'm ashamed to admit - mostly due to wanting the excitement of rediscovering old clothes that were packed away at the end of the summer and the opportunity to start afresh on some lighter-weight garment making. Does anyone else begin to tire of rotating the same clothes at this point in the year?

Florence x

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  1. Thank you, Florence. It was a bit tricky to translate to Portuguese, but it works :-)

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    1. I can imagine! So pleased it works for you though.

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  2. I am very pleased that blogger has introduced threaded comments! And I'm totally with you on rotating winter clothes -I feel like I am wearing the same two or three outfits the whole time. I cannot wait for summer:)

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    1. My problem seems to be that it appears that I'm rotating the same three outfits due to all my clothes looking fairly similar: inventory is something like five pairs of different black jeans that all look fairly similar; five black woollen jumpers of subtle, but varying design. Repeat for grey and navy, with a few skirts and dresses thrown in. Summer tends to introduce some breton stipes...but actually it's not so very different then either...perhaps there's a need to introduce other colours....

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  3. I had hoped the threaded reply would email direct to the person too. but it still sounds good for those people who are no reply commenters.
    last winter I wore the same thick grey jumper so much I never ever wanted to see it again, so I totally get the need for a change of weather.

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  4. back to threaded comments again though, I have to say the embedded comment boxes annoy me, you often have to scroll to be in the right place to leave the verif word, and often even scroll back through the blog post to get to them. wish blogger would sort that out.....

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    1. Yes, I know exactly what you mean about that - often I forget to scroll back and put the verification in and so my comment gets lost.

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  5. Hi, I am trying to locate some nice sewing patterns to make baby boy clothes, cannot get many nice clothes in shops for baby boys. can you help? delicious blog by the way, thank oyu Lissa

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    1. Have you tried Figgy's Patterns (just google them to see their own site, or have a look at Backstitch if you're in the UK as they're stocked there) - they do some gorgeous things. Also try Oliver + S too. Hope that helps.

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  6. Your comment about your daughters fingernails (which are nothing at all to worry about!) reminded me of when I was young. I had been blackberry picking the previous day and my nails were first berry coloured but after a while they just looked black and grimy with dirt. I could not get this off no matter how I tried (and I did). At school the next day I got a number of comments about the state of my nails. I was so very embarrassed! I did explain but I am not sure if I was believed. It took a day or so more for them to get back to normal.

    I don't have much interest in what I wear in the winter as either no one sees or I am covered up with a coat. Whenever the sun comes out, usually as an early sign of spring, I suddenly wake up and wonder what on earth I'm to wear. I have to admit though, clothes just don't hold the appeal they once did.

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    1. It sounds like you are slightly traumatised by that memory - isn't it odd how important things like that feel as a child. At least you may have eaten lots of delicious blackberries prior to the grubby fingernail mortification! x

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  7. Threaded comments does make things a bit more sociable!

    By the way, I wondered whether you might be able to do a tutorial or paid-for-pattern for the fabric wreath in your photo on the right of your sewing area? And possibly the velvet ribbon cushion you made for a present (I think it was for your mother)?

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    1. Thank you so much for the requests, Smee - it's always nice to know what might be wanted. Yes, I'll add them to the list of things to do. x

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  8. I too long for not having to put big jumpers on, i do look forward to getting them out in the autumn but it is time for them to go away again. I look forward to spending more time in the garden. Whilst doing the great british birdwatch at the weekend it gave me time to see the bulbs that were brave enough to be poking their heads out of the soil. Every day they're getting taller, holding so much promise for Feb/march x

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    1. It's such a delicious feeling watching the first things poke through, isn't it. Hope you had fun doing the birdwatch.

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  9. I enabled threaded comments as soon as they were available but have taken them off again as I got a number of emails from folk who couldn't comment after I added them. I also don't like the fact that my comments count includes my comments. But I do love the conversations it becomes possible to have :D

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    1. Oh no, I hope that doesn't become an issue here...I will have a quick google and see if it's a common problem. Thanks for the warning.

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  10. OK, OK! I give in! You should find a comment form at the bottom of my most recent post... Comments are on probation for now. Also, it took me some time to work out that as well as doing what you said, I had to comments in the options section for that particular post - just in case anyone else is having trouble.

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    1. That should say 'I had to ALLOW comments...'.

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  11. I cannot believe they don't advertise this feature!??! Thank you SO SO much! I just followed your instructions and they worked perfectly. I've wanted this feature for years and was recently thinking of switching to Wordpress so that I could get it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a message - it's always really lovely to hear from people.

I now tend to reply within the comments section, so please do check back if you've asked a question or wish to chat.

Florence x