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Sunday Salon: On the road again…

November 29, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, or if you celebrated it a month ago, or don’t celebrate it at all, I hope you had a wonderful last week in November! My week’s been lovely, full of family and friends I haven’t seen in a long time and delicious food and only one small fire (tip: don’t put candied sweet potatoes under the broiler unless you really want your kitchen to smell like a campfire.)

I’ve spent a large chunk of my non-family-bonding “free” time this week grading term papers, but I have managed to get a fair amount of reading done. I polished off Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson, and All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris this week, both of which were solid fun if not hugely socks-knocking, and got about 50 pages into The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, which is good so far but not at all what I was expecting. I’ve also listened to most of Fire by Kristin Cashore, which I’ll almost certainly finish up on my drive home from my parents’ this afternoon. Queued up after that is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, but I might give the audiobooks a break and just spend the rest of the drive singing loudly (and off-key).
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On an unrelated subject, I’ve got a question for my readers… how do you keep track of comments that you leave (or do you at all?) I’ve been using Commentful, which I liked well enough – every time I left a comment somewhere, I hit the little bookmarklet on my menu bar, and it would record the URL and number of comments. I could then go look at my watchlist, which would check when new comments were added after mine, and highlight sites where there had been responses. Great in theory, but it was kind of unreliable, and now their server has been down for over a week, so I’m at loose ends. Are there other sites that do something similar?

In theory I could subscribe to comments by e-mail, but a) not every site has that, and b) I think I would find that kind of intrusive – I like to know about reply comments on my schedule, not on the e-mail server’s schedule. As an interim measure I’ve been starring posts in my feed reader, but then I have to go back and check each one for new comments manually, which is a pain. There’s got to be a better way to do it. So tell me, readers: How do you track your comments around the blogging world?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2009 9:58 am

    I really don’t keep track of the comments I leave, unless I leave one as part of a discussion, and then I’ll go back once or twice to see if there are any new comments.

  2. November 29, 2009 10:06 am

    I too have been preoccupied by that comments issue, and I too am curiously waiting for the answers you’ll get :)

    So far the only options I have heard of keeping track of one’s comments are co.comments (which need a little something installed in your browser in order to work) and BackType (I’ve actually tried this one), which tracks even your comments left before you created an account with them, by the site/email address you used (only in my experience they do miss some comments now and then, but you can email them and they’ll be added). Unfortunately both these options only show a list of your comments left anywhere, and do not bother with showing any replies, so you’d still have to check the actual site now and then. But it was the best option I was able to find (hence my looking forward to the other answers :) ).

  3. November 29, 2009 10:15 am

    Good question! I am terrible with follow up comments unless I am (a) interested in the topic – like this one or (b) I posed a question, asked for a suggestion, or feel that there is going to be some potential dialogue.

    Can’t wait to hear the responses from this post!

  4. November 29, 2009 10:22 am

    So glad to hear you had a great week! We did too, but I got very little reading done. I don’t keep track of comments that I leave and now I’m wondering if I should.

  5. November 29, 2009 11:09 am

    I have always wanted to know if there was a way of doing this. I look forward to seeing more replies to this message and trying some out for myself.

  6. November 29, 2009 11:44 am

    I use the email option for comments, and I have to admit that it can be a bit overwhelming; after all, it sends you an email every single time someone else comments on that same post, meaning I can have a ton of emails if I’ve had a big commenting day. But it does serve its function, and I’ve been trying to not subscribe to every post I comment on.

  7. November 29, 2009 1:51 pm

    I don’t always keep track unless I’m expecting or hoping for further discussion. In that case, I usually just wait until I come back to read a new post at that blog, then check the older post for new comments after mine. When I really want to be sure not to miss something, I’ll temporarily subscribe to the comments feed. Of course, that can get pretty overwhelming pretty dang quickly so I don’t often do that. I will be checking back to see what solutions others might have. Thanks for asking the question!

  8. November 29, 2009 3:30 pm

    I never knew there was a way to keep track! Normally I just go back and check if I know the blogger usually responds to comments, or just subscribe to follow-up comments by e-mail.

  9. liz (aka Conan) permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:31 pm

    Read Leviathan / several weeks ago, lots of fun! looking forward to the next ’cause there has to be another! Have you read Gone by Michael Grant yet? excellent … along with #2 in that series Hunger (not to be confused with Hunger Games (also excellent, nail biting untl the next in that trilogy comes out))!

  10. November 29, 2009 3:40 pm

    I didn’t know there was a way to track comments. I usually check the follow-up comments through email box. I leave comments on posts that interest me but not on every blog I visit.

  11. November 29, 2009 4:43 pm

    I don’t keep track of comments unless I know it is a blog where the owner tends to respond frequently, I ask a question, or there is a big discussion going on. In all of those cases, I just try to go back and check a few hours later.

    • December 1, 2009 1:58 pm

      Jen – Ah, I tend not to respond until at least a day later (as may be obvious from the fact that I’m currently responding to a Sunday comment on Tuesday. I envy the people who are enough on top of things to reply quickly!

      • jendevourerofbooks permalink
        December 6, 2009 2:49 pm

        If I don’t respond within about 5 minutes of getting a comment I never will. It isn’t so much being on top of things as the fact I know I’ll completely forget about it later.

  12. November 29, 2009 4:45 pm

    I honestly had no idea there was any way to keep track of the comments I’ve left.

    I simply try to leave ten comments each Sunday, randomly visiting ten or more Sunday Salon posting blogs.

    Off and on, I run across blogs I want to visit again and I add them, after a while, to my Reader.

  13. November 29, 2009 11:47 pm

    I don’t comment on a bunch of blogs, just this one. But, I don’t keep track.

  14. November 30, 2009 6:57 am

    I don’t track my comments at all. If I ask a question I will go back, but overall I rarely can remember. I wonder if I should try and check more, but I often feel like I spend enough time on the internet.

  15. December 1, 2009 2:01 pm

    Bah, so, it looks like I’m stuck until (hopefully when, not if) Commentful comes back online. Clearly, there’s a business opportunity here. Computer people, are you listening?!? Bueller?!?

  16. December 6, 2009 11:51 pm

    If I asked a question or I want to see how others add to the discussion after me, I simply star the post in my google reader. Later that day (or often the next day) I go through all the starred posts to check back on comments.

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