Disqus and gives me better options for communicating and replying to commenters - in fact, we can hold discussions and reply to each other now as well. No, we can't. The drop in comments was immediate and obvious. I've deleted the new comment system and returned to good ole Blogger comments :(
One of my blog friends, Jenny, mentioned that the thing she doesn't like about the Disqus comment system is that they want you to sign in to them i.e. create yet another account. It seems a lot of you agreed with Jenny. And stopped commenting. Awwww.
I investigated this (after Jenny mentioned this to me) and Blogger commenters can sign in using the Open ID option. Just enter your blog address and your display name (same for Wordpress and TypePad bloggers as well). Nope, this never worked. It was too complicated. It didn't recognise us. The instructions were flawed. Boo OpenID.
A HUGE drop in comments. It was too complicated :( I liked it but my friends really didn't.
If my new comment system puts you off and you find it a pain, PLEASE let me know... I'm trying to make things better (and easier for all commenters), not take a step backwards! You let me know alright. You stopped commenting! I heard ya, loud and clear!
Let me know how it works for you.
I'm looking forward to getting your comments (on my flash new comment system). Cheers! Ahh never mind. We've deleted it now. It's all for the best - a failed experiment, but hopefully no harm done??
Footnote: I never was able to upload my old comments into Disqus. I made two enquiries but never heard back. Boo.
P.S. If you were one of the few who actually liked the Disqus commenting system, it's pretty easy to add to your blog, (and it's free of course). I found out about it here. Good luck!