People, one thing I dearly love is the banter in these blogs. Sometimes the banter is more interesting or funny than the original source material (no offence intended to every single author out there — oops!).
Banter works well when I can respond to you. But the default WordPress setting doesn’t allow that. You have to change it. Early in my own blogging (yikes, it seems sooo long ago now), Ever Evie mentioned a couple of fixes I could implement. Here’s what you can do…
1. Allow people to banter back and forth. Without this, I can’t reply to some comments, I need to “reply” to an earlier one, which makes no sense.
1a. Goto your WordPress Dashboard
1b. Scroll down the left and expand “Settings” if it’s not already expanded
1c. Under “Settings”, select “Discussion”
1d. Change “2” to “10” for “Enable threaded (nested) comments [n] levels deep”
1e. Don’t forget to hit “Save Changes” way down at the bottom of the page
2. Allow people to find your older posts and subscribe easily to your blog
2a. Goto your WordPress Dashboard
2b. Scroll down the left and expand “Appearance” if it’s not already expanded
2c. Under “Appearance”, select “Widgets”
What you see next depends on the Theme you selected.
2d. If you have not put the “Archives” widget in one of the widget areas, there may not be an easy way to walk back in time to your past posts
2e. If you have not added the “Search” widget, it can be hard to find posts on specific topics that were interesting
2f. If you have not added the “Follow Blog” widget, people need to post a comment to get the option to subscribe and not everyone wants to reveal themselves
2g. I can’t remember how to save the Theme changes; I assume the option is fairly obvious
If you have any other good ideas, post them as comments and I’ll try to update the post itself. Thanks!