Linda + Engarian raised legitimate concerns, things I'd be worried about if a friend of mine made a comment like this. But I'm hoping a lot of the concern is just not knowing how it would affect you. It's always scary talking about a change because usually you can't show people what the change would look like. I'd like to at least try to do that. I hope everyone, particularly Linda + Engarian, will let me know how this would work with them.
Reading my blog posts
You can get a notice on LJ just like you would if I was blogging here, by adding the martasblogfeed</a>.
To comment you'd have to go over to WordPress. To do this, simply click the "Add Comment" line at the end of any post. Then click in the "Leave a reply" box at the bottom of the page.
If you have an account on WordPress, FaceBook or Twitter, you can use that account. Just click the appropriate icon and log in.
If you don't have any of those accounts (not everyone does!) you can still comment without needing a special account. If you click in that "Leave a reply" box, you will see a place to enter the name you want displayed + email address. The email address isn't available to to other site visitors; it may be shown to me, but I'm not 100% sure. I think WP just uses it to fight spammers (they can block a certain email address if it starts spamming under different names), and it's used if you ask to receive follow-up emails.
Knowing When I (or Someone Else) Replies
When you click in that "Leave a Reply" box, there's a tick-box you can select labeled "Notify me of follow-up comments via email." If you do that, WP will send you an email to the account you're using asking you to confirm the request. Basically you click a button so WP knows it was you making the request. Then whenever anyone (myself included) comments on that entry, you get an email with that comment.
If you're more technically driven, WordPress also provides an RSS feed for the comments on any article. Just look in the top-right corner and click on the "Comments" link. You can use Google Reader or any other RSS reader to follow comments for a certain thread. Feedmyinbox.com will take any feed and send you an email whenever something is added to it. If you have an LJ paid account you can even use that www.livejournal.com/syn/ website to see comment notifications on on your LJ friends page.
1. To read my posts: add martasblogfeed to your friends list.
2. To comment:
--- Click the "Add a Comment" link.
--- Type your comment in the "Leave a Reply" box.
--- Log in, or type in your name/email.
3. To receive emails when somone else comments:
--- Tick the "Notify me" box when posting your comment.
--- Click the "confirm" button in the email sent to you.
Would this work for people? I'm particularly interested in hearing from Engarian + Linda Hoyland, but anyone with concerns, I do want to know!
Why don't you guys kick the tires a bit? I made a test post to the new blog here - basically just a repost of one of my SED posts from a few days ago. Try making a comment on it, try signing up to receive email notification of future comments, whatever you like. And let me know what you think.