Blogging How-to: Replying to Comments

One of the biggest complaints bloggers have when it comes to Blogger vs WordPress is the ability to reply to comments. While Blogger doesn’t appear to be giving us that update anytime soon, there is a way around it.

There’s a simple snippet of code you can place in your blog’s HTML code so users (and you) can reply to comments. However, the function won’t post reply comments directly beneath the comment you’re replying to. It will go beneath the others just as a new one would.

But something’s better than nothing, right? Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to Blogger > Template (or Design in the older interface).

2. Backup your template, just in case anything goes wrong.

3. Click on Edit HTML.

4. Select the Expand Widget Templates check box.

5. Hit Ctrl + F and search for this piece of code:

6. Place your cursor directly beneath that piece of code and paste the following:

YOURBLOGID&postID=" + data:post.id + "&isPopup=true&postBody=%40%3C%61%20%68%72%65%66%3D%22%23" + data:comment.anchorName + "%22%3E" + data:comment.author + "%3C%2F%61%3E#form"’ onclick=’javascript:window.open(this.href, "bloggerPopup", "toolbar=0,location=0,statusbar=1,menubar=0,scrollbars=yes,width=400,height=450"); return false;’>[Reply]


6. Almost done! Now, do you see the part of the code that says YOURBLOGID in red? Replace that with your unique blog ID, which can be found in your address bar, like so:

That’s it! Be sure to add your blog ID correctly and save any changes. If you’d like to customize the [Reply] text, simply edit the code text you see highlighted in green above.

If something goes wrong, don’t panic. Simpy restore your previous blog settings using the same button you clicked to Backup your template.

Let me know how it goes! And if you have any blogging how-to questions you’d like answered, fill out the form here.

Hafsah

Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

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12 Comments

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    Vy (Vy's Blog)

    December 23, 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    Gina @ My Precious

    December 23, 2011

    @Vy (Vy's Blog) This is great. I'm testing it out. I selected: “REPLY” to see what would happen. This is the result.

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    Giselle

    December 23, 2011

    So when you reply to a comment does it email the person you reply to?

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    Giselle

    December 23, 2011

    @Giselle I guess I can reply to myself and see.

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    Giselle

    December 23, 2011

    No email. So how is this different than just typing @whoever's name in a new comment (as I've been doing)? Just curious what the advantage is.

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    Hafsah - IceyBooks

    December 23, 2011

    @Giselle It isn't much of a difference, but every comment has a link you can reply to. And there's a link to the comment you're replying to.

    Its a start!

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    Giselle

    December 23, 2011

    Oh ok I just notice it links up to the comment. I hope they eventually come up with a real reply that would email the original commenter with it like on WP. There is always DISQUS that can be put in blogger to replace this comment box and that has a reply option that emails.

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    Hafsah - IceyBooks

    December 23, 2011

    @Giselle I don't know what's keeping Blogger from enabling it. I mean, if WP can allow it, why can't they?

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    Giselle

    December 23, 2011

    I know it sounds like it would be simple enough to implement. It's not enough to make me move to WP but plenty have because of it. I think they just don't really care o_O

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    December 23, 2011

    Another option if you really want to answer someone's specific question is to directly reply to the comment notification you get. Of course the person would have to have their email address enabled in their profile for that to work. (And of course it doesn't show up on your post, but still)

    It's so stupid that blogger doesn't change it, considering how many people are annoyed by it. I wonder if everyone should send feedback to them about it somehow?

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    Aleksandra

    December 23, 2011

    @Hafsah – IceyBooks Thanks for the great tip :)

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