Intense Debate vs. Disqus Smackdown!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Don't be shocked if you are a regular reader of this blog and see zero (0) comments under each post.

I am trying out two new commenting systems. Don't get me wrong, I love Blogger, but their commenting system . . . don't get me started. Blogger has made vast improvements in the past year, and I'm sure they are working on a new commenting system. Right, Blogger?


I have been curious about two commenting systems that I have been seeing around the blogosphere -- Intense Debate and Disqus. I have been reading different opinions on which one is better. I decided to take the plunge and try one, but I couldn't decide which one! Then it occurred to me that I have two blogs and I could try both!

So I have installed Disqus on this blog and Intense Debate on my other blog, The Literary Lioness. So what has happened? It's too soon to tell.

After studying the results on The Literary Lioness, I will say that I like how Intense Debate is hooked up with CommentLuv, which I have always admired on WordPress blogs.


Of course, it's only been a day, but the only thing that I HATE so far on Intense Debate is that under my posts (on the front page of my blog) it doesn't show how many comments I have. It's not that I'm such an egomaniac that I judge myself or my blog by how many comments I have, but others do.

Besides, it is very hard for visitors to The Literary Lioness to realize that they have to click the "time" link (i.e. 7:00PM), to make a comment. I've had to put instructions over the post so people know WHERE to comment. It's just not obvious. I hate having to put those instructions on there.

Now about Disqus. I haven't had a chance to really try it yet. I do know that ALL of my previous comments on this blog have suddenly disappeared. I mean they have completely disappeared off my blog, at least the part my visitors can read.


I was worried that would happen! I did click the Import button on Disqus, but when I look at my Disqus dashboard, nothing seems to be happening. The comments are still on my Blogger Comments page, but I'm not crazy about them disappearing off my blog.

*Cries*

I had 76 comments on one post and over 300 altogether . . . all right, I lied, I DO care about the number of comments showing up!

Someone says that it could take a day or two for the comments to be imported, but I don't know if I have done something wrong??? Is there more to it than just clicking the Import button?

If anyone reading this knows anything about these two systems, please comment! You will be my first commenters after installing Disqus!

10 comments:

  1. Found you blog through "Over 40 Bloggers" and was excited to find someone from New Jersey! Thanks. Really nice blog.

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  2. Found you blog through "Over 40 Bloggers" and was excited to find someone from New Jersey! I'm originally from Cranford!

    Have you tried Wordpress? They have a pretty good stat system. The only problem I have with Blogger is that they count YOUR views on your own blog. I have NO real idea how many visits I have per day. I have blogs on both sites.

    Nice to meet you! I look forward to further blog posts!

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  3. I read through your post rather quickly and I'm not quite sure what system is on what site but here I am saying hi to you from NYC but wishing I was back at the Jersey Shore (oh well next weekend). I use comment luv for sharing my latest post with SITS but my wordpress blog notes how many comments are at the end of each post. Good luck.

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  4. Thanks for writing. Blogger is great but its commenting system is lacking. WordPress is much better at that. I'm sure that Blogger will improve its commenting system, soon. They have been making many changes lately -- for the better!

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  5. New Jersey MemoriesJanuary 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Thank you for commenting!

    I know Site Meter for my stat system and it's pretty good. I tried WordPress, but found it irritating. There are so many rules. If I could afford the paid Wordpress.org instead of the free Wordpress.com, I might switch. But I have to admit that Blogger has been very good to me and it is so easy to learn.

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  7. I read the message pretty quickly and I'm not quite sure what the system is what it is, but I say hello to you here in New York, but I want back to Jersey Shore (oh well next weekend ). I luv to share a comment on my last post, which sits on my WordPress blog, but says as many comments at the end of each post. Good luck.

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  8. I'm pleased by visiting this blog. Really enjoyed the article as well! I love Disqus because it's easy to share my thoughts using Disqus. Once you registered just then just share comments. Thanks

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