I don't know about you, but nothing deters me from wanting to comment on a loved blog more than having to fill out a "word verification" form before I can submit.
I mean, look- we've all been there...we're busy, we've got things on our list we just HAVE to get to, and yet something quickly caught our eye and we've headed to a beloved blog just to take a little sneak peek. We end up loving the blog post so much that we decide to "say a little something" encouraging so that they know their post was appreciated. So we quickly type a "Wow! Just loved this post! Thank you!!" and go to hit submit, expecting to be done and able to move on to our very busy lives.
S C R E E C H! We come to an abrupt halt- our little lovely comment can't even begin to be published until we fill out some ridiculous captcha/word verification thing-a-ma-bob which A. is sometimes REALLY hard to read (hello hitting the captcha's little refresh button again and again until we get a word we can kinda sorta read!) and B. makes it a lot longer to finish commenting than a simple click of the "Publish" button. Arg.
I've seriously been known to give a good 5 seconds into this craziness before going, "Oh well", giving up, and never publishing the comment. This is so sad! Especially for you, the blogger, who loves getting feedback from your readers (which we all are)!
So what do we bloggers need to do? Make commenting on our blog the EASIEST we possibly can for our readers. We want them to have fun, want them to enjoy themselves- not make interacting with us (and other bloggers) some sort of challenging work. I know, as a reader of blogs, that I tend to not comment when I have to fill out a word verification...so I can only assume many others are the same way.
And I mean I get it- as bloggers, we have this sort of "comment protection" on so that we can filter out any computer spamming. But really, if you keep your "Comment Moderation" on "ALWAYS", you'll more than keep any unwanted spam comments from showing up on your blog posts. All you need to do is go through all your comments and hit "Publish" to those you want AND "Delete" to those that are spam. Easy Peasy. A little more work for you, the blogger and a LOT less work for your readers (as it should be, in my opinion).
Honestly, I feel like some of you don't even know it's on- I think as a Blogger blog, it might be something they automatically put on. So, you might want to check it out.
So, if you're down- let's get rid of that stupid thing, shall we? (This is for Blogger/Blogspot blogs only)
First off, what the heck am I talking about. This...
So as you can see, for this particular blog I love, whenever I want to let my friend know I've appreciated something she's worked hard on...I have to go through this shenanigan. Every time. I've got the first word down, "which" but that second one...uhhhh...."tyjunat"? ..."tyjumat"? This isn't even a word! So I've got a 50/50 chance of getting my comment published on the first try. Or else I have to try all over again.
Removing this from your blog is super easy!
On your blog's home page, on the upper right hand corner, find "DESIGN" and click.
Next, you'll be taken to an area where you can make any and all blog changes/designs. You probably know this area well.
At the bottom left of the column, find "SETTINGS" and go ahead and click.
Another menu will appear below "SETTINGS". Find, "POSTS AND COMMENTS" and go ahead and click.
Now you'll see a bunch of options and neat things you can customize that will alter and affect your blog posts and comments from readers.
Towards the middle, you'll see a place titled "SHOW WORD VERIFICATION" to which there will be a little drop box. Click that box and make sure you've hit "NO".
Finally, at the upper right, find "SAVE SETTINGS" and go ahead and click. This saves the new comment changes you just made.
Oh! Speaking of comments and moderating so that you don't get lots of spam under your posts- right above "SHOW WORD VERIFICATION" is another great thing you should pay attention to- "COMMENT MODERATION". I have "ALWAYS" clicked so that for every single comment posted, I have to personally read them and approve, before it's published.
Why? 1. To disable spammers from posting a million comments all over my blog posts. And 2. To weed out any negative Nancy's whose favorite thing to do is post really mean and totally discouraging comments. It's happened a few times and they've made me cry actual sad tears! One time a comment had nothing to do with my blog- it was a mean comment all about my character and being as a person. I never even met this person! I was like, "Uhhh...you got this assessment from my blog posts? Interesting." Yeah, you'll still see them :( BUT at least they won't be up for anyone else to read.
I also personally have my "WHO CAN COMMENT?" set to "REGISTERED USERS"...this is totally optional! I had it set to "ANYONE" but I found I was sifting through 100's of "Anonymous" spammer comments every other day, trying to find actual people! Sure, there are real people who just prefer to comment "Anonymously", but to me it was so much better (and easier) to moderate comments once I had this checked. So if you're an Anonymous commenter- I'M SO SORRY! Now you know what's up :/
Anywho, I hope this helps you guys as bloggers and encourages your readers to become more active on your blog! I know it helps me comment, as a reader, when this silly thang is removed ;)
If you have any questions, let me know!