How to Comment on this Blog

Without signing up with Disqus

How to Comment on this Blog

Dear readers,

First of all, I want to thank you for reading this blog and my monthly newsletters (which basically keep you updated with excerpts and links to my blog posts). I want to let you know that I really value your engagement with this blog, be it via comments or reactions or even you just telling me in person that you enjoyed my last post.

But it has come to my attention, through the feedback of some of you, that you feel incapacitated and unable to comment on my posts without first signing up to the Disqus platform that I now use to manage my comments. I know it may seem like I took a design decision that shut you out in a way.

The truth is, at the beginning of this year, I moved lock, stock, and barrel from one Content Management System or CMS, to another. I moved from WordPress to Ghost. The reasons for this transition were many, but you could sum them all up as "I was tired of WordPress."

Ghost provided a new, more focused approach, to blogging. Where WordPress had sort of grown into a multipurpose beast, Ghost had a more narrow focus on content publishers and how to meet our needs. Unfortunately, part of that narrow focus means that Ghost doesn't do everything that WordPress does. The most obvious thing right now, is that it doesn't have a built-in comment management system. So that's why I'm using Disqus.

That said, you don't have to sign up with Disqus to comment on my blog. They just make it considerably less obvious how to do so. So I have created a short screen recording to show you how. See it below:

Screen recording of making a guest comment on The Red String Blog

Do excuse the lack of audio. It's more of a show than a tell. If this is helpful to you please comment or react, so that I know the challenge has been addressed.

Once again, thank you for reading.