Blog Oklahoma Podcast 038: Comments

In this week’s episode I talk a little bit about comment systems, take a look back at our old Music Spectacular episodes, and share some of my favorite movies you may have never seen before.

Welcome to Blog Oklahoma

One way to interact with your blog’s readers is to have a commenting system in place. Now many blogging platforms already come with a comment system built in, such as Medium and Blogger. There could be a case your platform didn’t come with one or you’re not happy how the built in system works. Now depending on your platform, typically you can use a third party commenting service. It could be as easy as selecting an option in your platform’s configuration, or having to installing a plug-in of some kind, or you’ll need to edit your blog’s template to add a bit of HTML and javascript code somewhere.

There are many commenting services out there and I would encourage you to search around and find the one that matches your needs. I’m going to highlight the two I’m most familiar with. This doesn’t mean these are the best or the ones you should use, just the one’s I’m using.

The first one is called DISQUS. You can find more information about it at disqus.com, I’ll have a link in the show notes. I use the DISQUS commenting system on all of my blogs, including blogoklahoma.net. I found it easy to implement since all I needed to do was drop in a little bit of code where I wanted the comments to display on my page. DISQUS has a decent set management tools that will let you moderate your comments fairly easily. It comes with spam filtering, blocking, and other tools that let you control who and what gets published. One of the features I like is your visitors can login with various social networks or a DISQUS account. So you might give DISQUS a look if you’re looking for a new comment system.

The other commenting system, which might come as a surprise to some of my regular listeners, is Facebook Comments. Yeah I know, that Facebook. Now unless your particular platform has this option already rolled in or you can just add a plug-in, you’re going to have to edit some code to make this happen. I’ll have a link in the show notes that explain how to install Facebook Comments on your blog. I’ve used Facebook Comments on a few sites, and found it fairly easy to use and okay to manage. The real limitation or plus depending on how you look at it, is it requires your visitors to have a Facebook account. So it’s going to limit who can post a comment.

So that’s a couple of committing system options for to look over.

I think having a commenting system on your blog is a good idea as a way to get a conversation going about your posts without having the reader visit a separate website like Facebook or Google+ to talk about it. Now on the flip side of this. I also would completely understand if you decide not to have a comment system just to avoid having to manage it or have it turn into a raging inferno.

You’ve probably already read in the news several news media and online magazine websites are disabling their commenting systems and moving strictly to social media for reader interaction. There are many pluses and minuses for doing this and each organization has their own reasons. The biggest reason was the amount of trolling, flame wars, and over all hate that went on, especially on politically charged articles. It just wasn’t worth the headache, and believe me I can totally relate. Last summer I did a podcast episode dedicated to the vitriol found in comment threads.

It all depends on the website or the topic on the quality of the comments. Some websites have robust and for the most part civil conversations going on, and others are a complete dumpster fire and should be avoided at all costs.

I have a half joking and half not sign hanging on my office wall right now that says, “Never read the comments”.

So if you’re thinking about adding a commenting system or wondering if you should even have one, you might consider your audience and what you’re planning to post. Still though I still think having a comment system is a bigger plus, than it is a minus.

Blog Oklahoma Music Spectacular

The Blog Oklahoma Podcast Music Spectacular was a series of special episodes from 2008 through 2014. In those episodes I shared some of the best podsafe music that was available at the time.

Those of you unfamiliar with the term podsafe, it refers to music that was licensed for use by podcasters to play for free in their podcasts. You see you can’t put any old music you want in your podcast. Well you could, but a few things could happen if you don’t have the proper license and permissions to do so. The least that could happen is you would get a takedown notice of some form. You could be hit with large licensing fees or fines. And in the worst case you could face criminal prosecution. So it’s best to play it safe, and only use podsafe music. Now the music I use the podcast currently was purchased and properly licensed through a service called AudioJungle. So I can freely use it in my podcast.

The majority of the music I played in the Music Spectacular episodes was licensed for podcast use from Mevio's Music Alley. Now Mevio closed it's doors many years ago. So some of the music available back can only be heard in archived podcasts, such as the Blog Oklahoma Podcast's Music Spectacular episodes.

In this week’s show notes I’ll have a link to all 10 Music Spectacular episodes if you would like to hear them. If you’re listening to this through our Roku channel, if you click on over to the Blog Oklahoma Podcast Archives section, I have a category item for just the Music Spectacular episodes.

And since in just a little over a month’s time will be the 8th anniversary of the very first Music Spectacular episode I did. I went through the music list of every episode and searched for it’s match on Spotify to create a Music Spectacular playlist. I sad to say some of the music I just couldn’t find, but the great majority is in this new Spotify playlist. I you would like to listen to it I setup a shortcut at blogoklahoma.net/spotifyms. I’ll also have a link to it the show notes.

So I hope you enjoy this look back in podcast music history.

Blog Oklahoma Podcast Music Spectacular Episodes (2008 - 2014):

Spotify Music Spectaculars Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/programwitch/playlist/2bv3umSQsZ7NFZALkFj9Ha

This episode's writing suggestion

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Top 5

Here are my top 5 movies that you may have never seen before, that I think are really good and will watch them whenever they pop up on cable.

  1. Major League (1989)
  2. My Blue Heaven (1990)
  3. What Dreams May Come (1998)
  4. His Girl Friday (1940)
  5. Noises Off (1992)

Links from this episode

This episode's bonus musical selection

You can listen To the Blog Oklahoma Bonus playlist on YouTube or Spotify. Enjoy.

  • New To The Playlist:
    • Blow Your Mind (Mwah) by Dua Lipa: Spotify
    • Giant by Banks & Steelz: Spotify
    • Yell Fire by Michael Franti & Sprearhead: Spotify
    • Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake: Spotify
    • You Spin Me Round by Dope: Spotify
    • Sparkle and Shine by Econoline Crush: Spotify
    • Blue Monday by Orgy: Spotify

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