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I like using Blogger as the platform for this blog, but I’ve found that the interface for commenting is frustratingly confusing for many commenters. Up until now, I was resigned to the fact that some of my potential commenters were giving up, but then I saw a helpful post at the Written Nerd where Jessica explains to her readers how to use Blogger’s clunky commenting system. Luckily, Jessica was nice enough to let me borrow the wording from her post.
So, for anyone having trouble commenting, follow these steps:
1. Click on the “Comments” link at the bottom of the post on which you wish to comment. From there you can read comments that other people have left and/or click on “Post a Comment” at the bottom to leave your own. A new window will pop up (disable your pop-up blocker if you need to.)
2. In this new window, type in your comment in the box under “Leave your comment.”
3a. If you have a Blogger or other supported user account, click on the “sign-in” bubble to use it. Type in your user name and password in the blanks that appear.
3b. If you want to comment using your name (or any name) but don’t want to use, or don’t have, a Blogger account, click on the bubble next to “Nickname.” Type the name you wish to use in the blank marked “Nickname.” The “URL” blank is optional, but you can use it to include the address of any website you want people to link to when they click on your name in the comments.
3c. If you want to post your comment anonymously, click on the bubble next to “Anonymous.” You will not be asked for any identification info.
4. Click “Preview” if you want to see what your comment will look like. You can edit the writing in the “Leave your comment” box to modify your comment.
5. Click the blue “Publish Your Comment” button.
Congrats! You’ve left a comment at The Millions!
Note: If you are not signed in with your Blogger account, you will likely also need to fill in the “word verification” field to make sure that you aren’t a robot or a spammer. Simply type in the characters you see in the picture above the pace.