Clarifications, Comments and a Call to Action

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14 Oct Clarifications, Comments and a Call to Action

Christie’s Corner has been at this new site for more than a week now and I’m still ironing out kinks. I changed a couple of things and it seems to have confused people. Allow me to clarify.

  • Printing Recipes: You might notice that recipes posted since the move no longer include a “printable recipes” link. Instead, the handy green “Print / PDF” button allows you to print any or all of the post. Like photos? Great! Leave them in. Don’t want pictures? Click “remove images” from the pop-up screen. Keep all the text or just the recipe. It’s up to you.
  • Finding things: The old site was looking junky with all its lists and label clouds, so I paired down the contents on the left-hand column. Seems I got overzealous and thanks to some feedback,  have reinstated a few items. While the alphabetical Recipe listing is new (allowing you to find recipes quickly and easily, she says with a flourish),  you can search by keyword using the Search box at the top, find previous posts by Category or find a blast from the past via The Archives.

Now it’s your turn to guide me. I’m stumped with how to handle comments. Oh, the spam filter is working like a charm and everyone’s leaving delightful and informative notes, so all’s well on that end. But the new threaded comments system has created a dilemma. What’s the best way to answer you? If I reply to each comment, which is my natural instinct, I inflate the comment count. If I reply to several comments at once, I keep the numbers down, but lose personal response provided by threading. So… speak up. What do you prefer? One-on-one replies? Or grouped responses?

And, finally, since today has nothing to with food and is all about the nitty-gritty details, fellow food blogger, Dana McCauley, needs your help. The company that managed her Topline Trends newsletter went out of business with no notice and took her mailing list with them. All those names and emails — gone.  What can you do to help? If you subscribe, can you sign up again? It takes 20 seconds. (I timed it.) All you have to do do is fill in the subscription form located here. Don’t subscribe? Consider it.

That’s all for today. I’ll post something tasty tomorrow. Promise.

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  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 10:01h, 14 October Reply

    Thank you! This is why I love being in the food business, everyone is so generous and willing to help. You’re the best Charmian; I realy appreciate your help rebuilding my mailing list.

    Now, back to you: I like the threaded comments. I find them easy to follow. Likewise, because you have the “Recent Post” section, I find it easy to keep caught up with what you may have posted on days when I didn’t get a chance to stop by.

    Generally, I have to say, that I love your new blog design. The photo at the top is particularly fantastic!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:17h, 14 October Reply

      Since you like direct replies, Dana, I’m using this feature. Thanks for the feedback. I’ll keep the “Recent Posts” feature. Great to know how people navigate the site.

      And I’m happy to help. You’ve been a great support so it’s the least I can do. I’m not sure what I’d do if I lost my contacts list. Would I hit the bottle or cry? Likely both.

      And the picture at the top you like so much? That was Melissa. She “got” me despite my no-cat plea.

  • Jon Buscall
    Posted at 10:28h, 14 October Reply

    Threaded comments work well for a site with lots of comments.

    The new design looks great. Good luck with the site. Brave move, but glad it’s looking so good.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:06h, 15 October Reply

      Jon, nice to hear from you. I don’t know how “brave” the move was (the old site was driving me nuts) but the feedback has been positive, so it was worth the work. Thanks for weighing in!

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 11:59h, 14 October Reply

    I love the new site — it is beautiful and clean. Very nice.

    What is it about orange cats and food? Last night, I was busy cooking dinner, and turned around to find my orange cat lounging across the kitchen table, one eye closed and watching me with the other.

    I far prefer direct comments. Responding to a number of comments all at once can seem impersonal, although it is not the intention. As a reader, I find it much easier to follow several short comments. Whatever you decide, I will continue to read.

    Thanks again,

    Kathryn

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:09h, 15 October Reply

      Kathryn, mine does this on the dining room table — shhhh, don’t tell my guests! I think the genes that control ginger fur and goofy tendencies are linked.

      Thanks for the feedback on the comments. I prefer direct replies but don’t want to make it seem like I’m inflating numbers. Seems I’m more concerned about numbers than my readers. Good to know!

      And thanks for continuing to read. I really appreciate the support.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 12:13h, 14 October Reply

    I’m easy… in so many ways.
    This is your blog and you do the work to manage it. I know you won’t forsake all the opinions offered, but you need to find a way that works for you.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:11h, 15 October Reply

      I always suspected as much, Cheryl. :-)

      I actually find the direct replies easier — at least in WordPress. In Blogger it wasn’t the case. Glad to know readers aren’t as bent out of shape about it as I am.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 15:51h, 14 October Reply

    I’m curious to see what your readers say since I’m struggling with a few similar issues. I haven’t migrated my site anywhere, but Typepad has some new functionality and I’m wary of activating it.

    I do like the alternating shading of the comments on your new site. It makes them easier to read.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:12h, 15 October Reply

      Cheryl, no one seems to care about the number count and direct responses are winning.

      The alternating shades are great. My designer did that.

  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 17:11h, 14 October Reply

    Hey Sis,
    You have very smart readers. Go with the recommendations of individual comments. They are easier to follow, especially with the great colour differentials. Actually the new site switch over seems to be going fine, and I really like how easy it is, now that I have clear instructions. Some of us dinosaurs need that, as site navigation isn’t intuitive.
    Cheers,
    Robin

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:14h, 15 October Reply

      Robin, you are my litmus test. I’m so glad the new site is easy for you.

      LOVE that people are telling me they like the direct, individual comments. This makes my job so much easier!

  • Sophie
    Posted at 05:07h, 15 October Reply

    Thanks for the info,..but I find your new foodblog more & even a lot better & things are just so easy to find!!!!

    Keep up the good work,…

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:01h, 15 October Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Sophie. I’m so happy it’s easier to find things. That’s one reason I switched over, but you never know if others will think the same way.

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