Week-end Review: Links from all over!

My Questions of the Week this week concern comments, and I hope they will generate some!

1) Has commenting activity been slow on your blog this week? It’s definitely been quiet here, and I’m hoping it’s not something I said!

Two out of four posts since Monday got no comments at all, which is always disappointing. But if I’m not the only one in the blogiverse who’s not generating much conversation lately, it will be easier to shrug it off and hope for better times next week!

2) If you’re responding to the first question, you’ll be discovering the topic of the second: I’ve installed a new commenting system here – how is it working for you? I originally tried out Intense Debate in the fall of 2008, but had to remove it after about a week. Comments dropped to near zero, and I found out that the ID gadget was causing page-load problems for users, and even crashing their browsers. A comment system that prevents comments just won’t do!

However, some other bloggers have recently installed ID on their blogs and really like it, so I thought I’d give it another shot. I’m running the blog on a different template now, and it’s been over a year since I first tried it, so I was hopeful things would work together better this time. So far so good on that score…but I’d know more if I were getting more comments! I do know that people with WordPress blogs seem much happier to use it, since it resembles their comment management system much more closely than Blogger’s.

My only real complaint so far is that my blog posts don’t show all the comments – those that came via the feed URL aren’t going to the original post at its URL. (Basically, if you clicked over to this post from a feed reader, look at what shows up in the address bar – if it includes “utm_source=feedburner” and a bunch of other stuff, it’s not the post’s permalink URL. To get that, you have to click on the post’s title here and re-load it.) Apparently, ID does not connect them.

I’ve contacted ID Support about it – we’ll see what happens, if anything. Ideally, all of the conversation about a blog post should occur ON the post, don’t you think?

Dispatches: Links of the Week

A quick snapshot of who’s using what on the Web; considering the characters we create for ourselves on the Web

Conference-going tips for the introvert

Can you still be happy with your life if you don’t “follow your dreams”? Speaking of dreams, sort of: sleep advice – from the cat

Why parents should never say never – especially before they become parents; why she really isn’t “SuperMom”

A child’s contribution to the health-care debate

New Arrivals in Google Reader

The Definition of Insanity is Repeating the Same Action and Expecting a Different Result, via Not Always Right

Retail | Franklin, TN, USA
Me: “Thank you for calling [store]. How may I help you?”
Caller: “I saw [doctor] last week, and was calling about my test results.”
Me: “I’m sorry, sir. You have the wrong number.”
Caller: “Oh, sorry.”
(Not 5 seconds later, the phone rings again.)
Caller: “I saw [doctor] last week and was calling about my test results.”
Me: “Sir, I’m afraid you’ve dialed the wrong number again.”
Caller: “This isn’t [doctor’s] office?”
Me: “No, sir, this is a women’s clothing store.”
Caller: “Oh, sorry.”
(5 seconds later.)
Caller: “I saw [doctor] last week and was calling about my test results.”
Me: Sir, you’ve called [store] again.
Caller: “**** it! I’m calling the right number, why do you keep answering?”
Me: “Sir, the office number is very close to ours, so maybe when you’re dialing the numbers, you’ve been accidentally hitting a wrong key?”
Caller: “What numbers? I’ve been hitting redial!”

Blogthings Quiz of the Week:
You Would Make an Okay 1930’s Wife
You have some of the attributes of an ideal 1930’s wife… but you probably didn’t intend it to be that way.
You don’t buy into retro gender roles, though you do embrace your femininity at times.
A 1930’s man may find you passable, but you probably wouldn’t want anything to do with him.

Have a great weekend!

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