Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hello, my name is Jessica and I'm a comment-a-holic
Crowd says?? "Hi Jessica"

Alright, alright... All joking aside, you all know that I love to comment! It's time consuming, but I love reading other blogs and letting people know that I am! The only way to let people know you truly are reading is to comment right? Right! So I'm going to give you a few helpful tips that I've learned in my few short months of blogging!

1. Get rid of those crazy robot investigator thingies! (Do they have a real name? Who cares!) Rachelle over at What The Teacher Wants has a great phenomenal how-to post on how to get rid of that pesky thing! (have you ever checked if you have it on yours? I bet 1/2 of you don't even realize it's on your blog!)

2. Respond to comments by email... Did you know you could do that?? I sadly didn't until a few weeks ago. Well here's the deal. As long as you have an email address in the Comment Notification Email box (dashboard-> settings -> comments-> all the way at the bottom) you will receive a notification when people comment on your blog. Then as long as they have an email attached to their account (dashboard-> edit profile (under your picture)-> email address (under identity)) they will receive an email back!(I'd say 98% of the time) I comment so much that I forget to check back on questions I ask to see if the blogger answered me. So this makes it easy right??

3. Lastly, create a handy dandy link to your blog that you can post after your comments by pasting this!!

<br />
Blessings,<br />
Jessica<br />
<a href="">Mrs. Stanford's Class</a><br />
<br />

Obviously with your info!

All in all we have our own ways, but boy oh boy does this make it easy :)

Since this post became so popular, so fast... I decided to make a linky! It's quick, it's easy! Just post about your blogger pet peeves (and maybe we will all realize we do some and change our ways)

You don't have to be a follower to join, but if you aren't following I'd love to have you!!

Please use the button above at the top of your post (copy and paste code into your post) and then make sure to come back and add your POST LINK (please do not post your main page address or it will be deleted) in the linky so that people will be sent directly to your pet peeves post!



Journey of a Substitute Teacher (Ms. T) said...

Yep, those comment verification thingies have gotten even worse...numbers and letters.

And I love being able to respond by email :0)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

AthenaPhoenix said...

Oh, please that everyone would get rid of that robot thingie! I'm going to need glasses soon if they don't!

Strive to Sparkle

Unknown said...

I hate those robot detection thingies too!! I also had no idea they were a default setting. Thanks for sharing Rachelle's link. I just changed my settings to get rid of it AND found comments in my spam that were not spam at all. I also didn't know you could respond by e-mail.

Super helpful post- thanks!!
Falling Into First

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much for this post - I had no idea the comment verification thing (I think it's officially called 'captcha' or something?) was a setting you had to turn off. I assumed it was not on my blog because I never turned it on...little did I know it was a default...I've just disabled it. So glad, because those make me crazy!

I'm going to have to wait until it's not 12:30am to figure out the email comment thing, but I'll definitely come back to this post to get that set up, too! Thanks again!


Tanya Dwyer said...

Thanks for the great tips!

Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

S said...

Thank so much! I didn't realise my verification was on either! Switched it off for everyone! Comment away!! :)

Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

Deborah said...

I just went and checked to see if I had word verification on - and I did~!! I had NO idea. It's in the bin now. ( I hope I did it right ).

Hopefully this will make it more inviting for others to leave comments now.

Thank you for the tips. :o)

And now I'm going to try out a blog link in the comment form here: Hope this works too~!!

The Paper Maid

Stacy said...

I am so ready to join the comment-a-holic support group with you but I can't help many blogs, such great idea : ) Thank you for this post, I'm going to check out responding to comments by email and my robot thingy is now OFFICIALLY OFF!!!! You rock it out sister!!

Simpson Superstars

Jenna McKeel said...

I did not know about the email either....I'm going to have to check on that. I comment on almost everything I read and I try to reply to the comments that people leave me on my blog.

Swimming Into Learning

Unknown said...

Great tips! :) Thanks for all the comments!!

The Learning Tree

Owl Things First said...

I always love seeing your footprints at the blogs I haunt! I can't go to someone's blog without leaving a comment...It just feels wrong!

Owl Things First

Miss Trayers said...

I love your comments! It reminds me maybe people really do actually read it! :)

Now those verifications have pictures! I can't tell you how many times I type in what I see and they tell me it's wrong-the robots are probably doing a better job deciphering it! Thanks for your tips!


Unknown said...

I SO agree with you on the comment verification dealies! Such a pain!! Ok, so you're saying that if I someone replies to my commet I cna get an email saying so?! It looks like I have everything set up like you said but I don't get them! I forget just like you who all I've commented on! lol!
Rowdy in Room 300

Wolfelicious said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. I too hate those verification boxes. Some of them are really difficult to read.


Sarah said...

What great info! Thanks...I'm adding you to my giveaway...hope you don't mind...will give you the link soon!

Lisa R. said...

That robot drives me nuts!! I turned mine off a few weeks ago too. I comment A LOT on blogs like you do to show the love and it would make it so much quicker to not deal with the robot. Plus I notice lately that the robot has gotten harder to read which takes up more time. Great post Jessica! You read my mind! :)
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Cindy Foreman said...

Great post! I have been trying to figure out how to include a link to my bog in my comments and I am going try out your idea right here on this page!

Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

Jennifer K. said...

I turned off the robot thingy months ago and haven't noticed ANY spam comments as a result, so I really don't see the point in having it in the first place! I always think to myslef...if someone really took the time to create a robot that can read those images BETTER than I can (it usually take me about 3 tries!) then more power to them! We need to figure out who they are so we can get them a real job creating apps and such! I try to leave comments wherever I go too. It really makes me smile when I receive comments, so I try to remember to type a quick note even when I'm rushed!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

Lucia13 said...

I really want to thank you for taking the time to comment,it is from you that I started commenting more frequently as I know how special and appreciated it feels to get comments.

Thank you

Enjoy Teaching English

Sara said...

Hello! I love your blog! I have to say that I've been a blog stalker for sometime and I finally decided to create my own yesterday. Wow! There is so much to learn...

I have always liked commenting on people's blogs, even though I didn't have one of my own. I agree that it is nice to hear/read people's comments about your posts and I enjoy letting others know that their work is being acknowledged.

Thanks for putting the "how to create a link" in the comment box! I am going to try it :) Hopefully it will work.

If you don't mind, check out my blog when you get a chance. I've just started, so there's not much yet. Definitely more to come...

Thanks again!

Sara Miller
Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Ha! Love this post! I turned off my robot! *I did it once before and got tons of spam....*

Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade

Mrs. Wheeler TpT

Ms. Chrissy B said...

I hate the robot, too. I turned it off as soon as I found out how! Drives me bonkers, and I can never seem to read the letters properly. I usually just guess.

New follower!
Buzzing with Ms. B

Colleen A. said...

Yep, I'm guilty of the robot thing also. Didn't have a clue it was that simple to turn off. I can never figure them out myself. Guess I'm a robot.
Totally Terrific in Texas

Lori Rosenberg said...

I'm going to tell you the same thing I just told Lisa...I believe I'm also a comment-a-holic because my comments usually follow yours!

Great peeves! I agree with all of them!

Ѽ Lori

Teaching With Love and Laughter

Krista Happ said...

I must say- I full appreciate all of your commenting! It is great to get feedback as well as see that someone is reading! Keep it up!

The Second Grade Superkids

Sarah Hankinson said...

I, also, turned off the robot last night! I used your link from the "Techy Things" a few days ago to find out how to put in my link and now I'm starting to get some followers. Thanks for the advice!

Sarah @ Learning is for Superstars

Amanda Madden said...

Thanks for this post! As a brand new blogger, I had no idea that was a default setting either. So happy to have found that out and turned it OFF! Despise it! :)

Teaching Maddeness

Erica Bohrer said...

Thank you to everyone who turned off their comment verification!

I also am not a fan of music on blogs. I like it quiet while I read.

Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post!...which led me to another post...which was EXTREMELY helpful, as I wasn't sure how to leave a link to my blog...which I now know how to do, thanks to you!!

Classroom Capers

Jessica said...

Thank you for sharing these steps! Also thank you to Erica Bohrer for sharing the link to this post on facebook. I did have the captcha thingy turned off, but fixed a few other settings.

My Different Worlds

Miss Nelson said...

Great tips! Thanks for hosting such a helpful linky party.
Miss Nelson's blog

Natalie said...

Awesome tips! I didn't know about responding through email...genius! Thanks for sharing!

Oh, and I'm a new follower :)


Yvonne Dixon said...

Love your post and your blog! Thanks!-Yvonne Sassy in Second

Holly @ Cat Hair and Glitter said...

Thanks so much I had no clue I could respond by email.

S said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following me! I will definitely link up!

Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

Busy Bees said...

I totally agree with the verification boxes. They drive me crazy! I think we all love getting those nice thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I have always wondered how to attach my blog to a are fab! Thank you so very much!!
Darlin' In First

Megan said...

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog! I'm completely turning off that verifier thingy. And I have the privilege of being your 400th follower!!!

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Megan said...

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog! I'm completely turning off that verifier thingy. And I have the privilege of being your 400th follower!!!

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Kimberlee Fulbright said...

Have enjoyed reading these pet peeves - great idea!!

Two Fulbright Hugs
Teacher TimeSavers

Tanya Dwyer said...

After blog hopping this morning...I'm definitely heading to mine to turn that robo-verifier off! I'm not sure my vision will ever be the same, lol! Thanks for linking up! I love your sweet blog!

Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

Cindy Lusk said...

Thanks for the tips on getting rid of the pesky verify comment thingy....those things always annoy me on any website!


All Things Teachery

Jessica said...

I also want to add...
font sizes that are too small to read!

Tangelia C. said...

I'm not quite sure how I was not already following your blog. I mean I know you by picture and name. It kinda makes me sad to know that I have missed out on so much for not following your blog! I can't wait to join your blog!

Think, Wonder, and Teach said...

I had no idea about the emailing back to the comments. I check to see if the email or noreply is showing and if not I go and leave them a comment back as well as post it to my blog.

when I went to check this I found it by going to the mobile & email section. It wasn't in the other area or I just didn't see it.

Think, Wonder, & Teach

Bright Concepts 4 Teachers said...

Thanks for these great tips! I have gone to my blog and changed my settings to make it easier for everyone!
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers Blog

Unknown said...

I am not sure I understand the email comment. Are you talking about clicking subscribe to post after you comment?
Dana Stop by & visit me @ Fun in 1st Grade

Unknown said...

Hilarious!! I agree on all accounts :) Can't wait to hear more!

Megan said...

Okay! I'm finally linking up. I've enjoyed reading everyone's links and have learned so much. Boosted the size of my font too!

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Amanda Madden said...

Thanks again for introducing me to Linky Parties, Jessica! I'd love for you to join my new linky party about music in the classroom.

Turn the Music Up Linky Party at Teaching Maddeness

Pam said...

I am still unsure how to do set it so that I can email my reply to a comment. I checked my settings and I don't see anything in the comments section where I can change it to email responses. Am I missing something?? :)


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