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I like to follow blogs.  I really enjoy reading about other people’s experiences, whether it’s a article about where to find free boondock camping in Nevada, or a new vegan recipe for orange cranberry muffins, or cool things to do in Bali, or something very personal from the author of the blog.  I also like to leave comments on these blogs I follow, and on blogs that have the capability, I sign up to be notified by email of any comments that are made on a given post, whether it’s a reply to my comment or a new comment on the same post as the one I just commented on.  I like to read what someone has written about my comment, especially if it’s a thank you from the blog writer because I feel like they care enough about their own writing to see who’s commenting and to acknowledge them.

At Playing a New Game, I try to reply to every single person who makes a comment.  I like reading what someone writes about the article I’ve written but I also like to let them know that it’s important to me, the blog writer, that someone took the time to not only read what I wrote but to post a comment as well.  Up until now on this blog, the person making the comment has had to come back and check in to see whether or not I’ve replied to them.  What a nuisance!  At least, that’s how I feel when I have to go back to a blog I’ve commented on and check to see if anyone replied to my comment; it’s just easier if I can subscribe to the comments.  It’s not necessarily that I want to see if someone noticed or not – it’s that sometimes a real conversation gets going in the comment section and the going back and forth to participate is a nuisance if the blog doesn’t notify me that a new comment has been posted.

Am I making sense here or not?

Okay, so this isn’t right up there with world peace and making sure nobody goes hungry, but it’s one little thing I can do to make this blog a little more user-friendly.  Now when you post a comment, you can check the little box that says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.”  As it says, you can also subscribe to a comment stream without posting a comment yourself!  Yay!  I feel like we’re moving right into the current century or something!

Click on the image below to see what it looks like on the post.  Thanks for reading and thanks for leaving a comment!  I really enjoy reading everybody’s  comments and now we can continue the conversation a little bit easier!

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There’s a New Feature at Playing a New Game!

4 thoughts on “There’s a New Feature at Playing a New Game!

  • October 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks, that is a good idea!

    I just had a half of an Orange and Cranberry muffin, it wasn’t Vegan, but it sure was good! Made by Panera.

    • October 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Yum! I love cranberry orange muffins, vegan or not! It’s just that vegan is what I eat these days 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Lorna!

  • October 31, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    How can you not come back to read or even peak?
    You know, when you find a blog or a post that speaks to you, you are naturally gravitating to it.

    It doesn’t actually matter if somebod has replied to your comment or not as you post to express your appreciation and acknowledge.

    Yes, sometimes you start a dialog and it is better to have a notification that saves you time and is more convenient than going to the blog itself.

    • October 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I hear what you’re saying, Dace – it’s about convenience and it’s also about money for me. Here’s where I’m coming from: I have very limited internet access (if I go over that limit, it’s extremely costly) and I’m not so inclined to use it to keep checking back on a blog post that I’ve already written a comment on.

      But if I get an email letting me know that someone has responded to my comment, I’m happy to use that limited internet access to go back and continue the conversation. Your blog has always had that option; mine hasn’t until now. I’ve always appreciated that I can get an email from your blog when a new comment is posted on a blog post that I’ve commented on, whether or not it’s in response to my comment. On my blog, I also included the option to be notified whether or not one posts a comment thinking that perhaps someone would like to follow the comments but not make one themselves.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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