Monday, April 15, 2013

That Little White Box Again

I have mentioned a few times about how suddenly, just before Christmas, I was no longer able to post comments on blogs that have the little white comment box appearing directly underneath the posts.  For comments on these blogs, you see that little white box & you just click into it & start typing.  When you finish your comment, you simply click Publish & your comment is accepted .. unless you're me.  Maybe if you're other people, too.  I don't know.  What I do know is that it makes me (& possibly other people) sad that I (they) can't leave a comment on a blog when I (they) want to leave one.

There is a way for you to fix this, if you want to.  Here are step-by-step directions for you to follow should you so desire.

1.  Go to your Dashboard.  Next to the name of your blog, you will see 3 little rectangles that you can click.  The first one is orange & it has what looks like a drawing of a pen or pencil in the center.  The middle rectangle is not orange & it has 2 parts to it.  The left part of this middle rectangle has a drawing of what looks like a notebook or some pages. The right part of this middle rectangle has a little drop-down arrow.  Click that arrow & move your cursor down to the very last choice, which is Settings, & click on it.  This will take you to your Settings screen.

2.  On the left side of your Settings screen, you will see a list of Blogger choices.  The word Settings will be colored orange. Underneath the orange word Settings, you will see another orange word, Basic.  Just underneath the orange word Basic, you will see the words Posts & Comments which will appear in black.  Move your cursor down to Posts & Comments & click on it.  This now takes you to your Settings/Posts & Comments screen.

3.  The first section in the center of your Settings/Posts & Comments screen will be titled Posts.  The next one will be titled Comments.  The first line of this Comments section says Comment Location, & next to that is a little rectangle with a drop-down arrow.  If you have that little white comments box appearing directly underneath your posts, then you will see the word Embedded in this little rectangle.

4.  Click the drop-down arrow in this little rectangle next to Comment Location.  You will be presented with 4 ways to choose from for your followers to post on your blog ... Embedded, Full Page, Popup Window, & Hide.  Move your cursor to Popup Window & click on it.  Then move your cursor to the top right corner of the page where you will see a little orange rectangle that says Save Settings.  Click on that.  You will get a very brief flash message box at the top center of your screen which will say "Settings were saved successfully."  Then just click to go back to your Dashboard by clicking on the orange Blogger logo at the top left corner of the screen (the orange rectangle with the white letter B in the center), & that's all there is to it!

What will now appear at the bottom of your posts is a little link for your followers to click on that says Post a Comment (like you see at the bottom of this post).  Your followers will click on this link, be taken to a popup box in which to make their comment, & they will still be able to scroll up & down your post to see what you've written & the photos you've included ... & we will all get up out of our chairs & dance about the room in wild abandon, celebrating the fact that we can now comment on your posts!

Thank you for your time   : )


Vickie said...

Thanks Shirlee. I already had it set up this way, but it is so nice of you to take the time to help others. I have helped others personally get rid of their no-reply status, but this is great.

gracie said...

great directions... now, do you know how to eliminate the white frame around my pictures!! lol

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great tutorial, Shirlee!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Thanks for the info. I changed mine. Had no idea. :)

Blessings always

marly said...


Edgar said...

I think this just may be the ticket... I clicked and saved as directed.... can you leave a comment?? let me now. Hugz!!


cucki said...

very nice..
thank you dear..
hugs x

geeky Heather said...

LOL...I thought you had fixed your inability to comment! =) Which browser are you using?

Michelle said...

Really helpful thanks my friend x

Kaisievic said...

Very clear instructions and a good post as not everyone realises how their settings are set up.

Simply Victoria said...

thanks for taking the time to post all that! I fixed mine and appreciate knowing what was up.

Krista said...

thanks for the instructions Shirlee! I think I fixed mine now! :)

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Awesome Shirlee!!!
Now if you could get bloggers to get rid of their no-reply status!
Prim Blessings

Sally said...

I can't remember what I have so will check :)