Having trouble with comments seems to be a thing at present. I thought it was just me, but then Damyanti wrote a blog post asking for feedback, and I sent her quite a lot.
And then I worked out why I was having trouble writing comments to posts on my own blog.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
What’s been happening with comments?
I hope if you’re having trouble here (or have had), one of these issues has been your experience, as I now know how to solve it.
- You get asked to put in your email, name and URL every time, even when you’ve just made another comment
- You click the logo for your commenting account (e.g. Blogger or WordPress), but nothing happens.
- You do all that, and then go to a blank page, or an error page
- You put in your email and it won’t accept it, just goes back to the form
- It takes your email, and sends you to another login page (probably WordPress specific)
The good news is, items 1, 2 and 3 should now be solved on this site, because I’ve sorted out Jetpack (until they issue another release). If you have a free WordPress site, or one where you pay a little for no ads or using your own URL, but it’s still hosted by them, this may happen on your site, but you can’t do anything about it until WP upgrade Jetpack again.
If you have a WordPress site and you know about Jetpack, then check your Jetpack settings EVERY TIME IT UPGRADES. Sometimes it keeps the sharing buttons, and the Like buttons, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it keeps sharing your posts to your Facebook, Twitter etc accounts, when you publish them, and sometimes you realise after a month or two that there’s been nothing new in your Facebook page… So, if there’s a Jetpack upgrade, check Jetpack’s Sharing, Discussion, and Writing settings (separate tabs), and make sure they are set so you share posts and recognise comments etc. It’s a pain. The last upgrade wasn’t as bad. It just didn’t recognise me as a user.
#4 is a bit of a mystery, but seems to be a function of the website set up. BUT there was a problem going on, which the techies were talking about, with something in WordPress disagreeing with something in Blogger. In other words, we had to put up with it. Judging from the fact that I’m now able to post comments on Rebecca’s Blogger site again, I think it’s been fixed.
If you have more than one WordPress user account, you may get #5 happening. Somehow you have not been recognised as the right WP user. You can login on the error screen, and it usually works. Two possible ways of fixing this: 1) log out of WordPress. Log out of WordPress until it no longer tells you you are logged in as another user. If you have other user accounts, log into and out of them again. If that’s too much faff (it is for me), just use the second login screen and keep your fingers crossed. 2) Enable your computer to do cross-site tracking. That has the benefit of taking your genuine login identity across to other windows on your site. The bad news is, it gives all those advertising people more chance of tracking you and sending you even more spam. Personally I’d keep it disabled. I wonder if this problem is actually caused by over-zealous virus checkers?
PS: I had a problem with zillions of spam comments coming through (caught by my system) after the last but one Jetpack upgrade. They have stopped coming through since the latest upgrade. I hate Jetpack, but it contains all the good things bloggers need to communicate effectively. When it works.
And Now for NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month. Have you ever participated? If not, why not?IWSG Question of the Month
I never understood why they picked November for NaNoWriMo. I can’t imagine having any time to write a book in November. Mind you, I’m usually deep in final edits for whatever book I’m aiming to bring out in January or February. If I’m not, I’m busy getting ready for Christmas, and reading enough books to reach my reading challenge targets for the end of the year, or wrapping Christmas presents, or … and I don’t even have Thanksgiving to worry about, so how do you guys across the Pond manage?
I have done Camp NaNoWriMo, many times. It’s changed, though, and they don’t have cabins like they did, so the last two occasions were pretty much solo efforts. I’ve general written first drafts or done a major final draft effort on one I wrote previously in these. April or July, much more productive months, when I can go out in the garden and get some fresh air between writing bouts. I like having the daily wordcount monitor. It keeps me focused, and makes me feel I’ve achieved something.
Apparently I’ve written 693,006 words in my Camp NaNo life. Hm, they seem to have lost my wordcounts for April and July 19. No matter. Amazing the stuff they have on me on their website!
So, what am I doing this November? Well, I have three craft and gift fairs to do, starting the run up to Christmas, and then two more in December, although I’m reserve for one. I think I’ll be keeping busy enough 🙂
Hope the comment ideas help… what are you writing at NaNo?