May 10, 2020

Configuring Your Blog for Comments

In addition to identity settings, you'll also want to configure your blog for comments. For some people, commenting is an important part of blogging, and for others, it's not important at all, so you might even want to turn the Comments off entirely. It's all under your control, and that's an important part of blogging: if you do run into spam or other comment problems, you can always try other settings and approaches.

You will find all the comment settings if you go to Dashboard, then Settings, and then Posts-Comments-Sharing. Here are the Comment settings you can adjust:

  • Comment location: by default, the comment form is embedded in each post; if you don't want comments, you can "hide" the form.
  • Who can comment: if you don't want comments, you can limit comments to "members of this blog" (which, in this case, means just you)
  • Comment moderation: in general, I don't do comment moderation unless I start seeing comment spam (that happens sometimes on blogs I've had up for a long time).
  • Show word verification: I'm not a fan of word verification, but you can turn on this feature as another form of spam control if needed.
  • Comment form: I usually put my Twitter handle here since convos are sometimes better at Twitter.

If you are leaving Comments on, make sure you set up email notification for your comments. That is on a different Settings panel: Settings-Email. That's where you can enter an email address for comment notification, and you'll then get an email from Google at that address to confirm the notification.

Make sure to Save any Settings changes each time.

Next up: additional blog settings you might find useful!