Comment Editing: Can I get an Amen?

Construction is in full swing on booklineandsinker.com, and things are coming along despite the fact that most of the directions and/or instructions I read appear to be written in Chinese or Sanskrit.  Maybe it’s just me.  I keep a brave smile pasted on my face, my techie friend on speed dial, a bottle of wine nearby, and pretend that everything is going swimmingly.  Fake it ’til you make it is my mantra, and the stakes are high!

My husband and I have a wager riding on the development of my new blog; he’s under the impression that I will outsource the design and technical development before it goes live.  He said that my spotty track record speaks volumes, but in my own defense, I only hired the pastry chef to bake my Christmas cookies ONCE!  Dear old hubby went on to remind me of the year I ordered our Christmas tree from the Williams-Sonoma catalog, which happened to be the same year that I invited my entire extended family to Easter dinner and fed them a catered meal that I attempted to pass off as my own.  The jig was up (and we enjoyed a hearty laugh) after a meddling great-aunt found evidence in my trashcan that brought the deception to light.  But I digress. 

Thus far, the most exciting thing about moving to a self-hosted blog is a little feature that benefits anyone who leaves a comment on my blog.  I hope you will be half as excited as I was to discover this little gem.  (Or maybe you don’t live under a rock with me and already know about it.) 

How many times have you dashed off a witty comment on someone’s blog only to discover, after clicking submit of course, that you made a glaring TYPO?  You frantically hit the back button on your browser in a vain attempt to undo the boo-boo, but it’s always too late.  So, what do you do next?  If you’re anything like me, you leave a second comment begging the blogger to correct your mistake.  Am I alone here?  I didn’t think so!

So, the good news?  On my NEW! website, you will be able to edit your comments for up to 30 minutes after leaving them!  Simply use the same computer (IP address) and you can come back and fix any mistake(s).  I know, I know!  I can almost smell the rose petals that are being tossed at my feet at this very minute.  Now I can only hope that it will work. 

Does anyone have the number for a website developer handy?

20 Comments

  • At 2009.09.27 16:52, Hayden Tompkins said:

    I love love love that feature! I also love the feature that links back to your last blog entry if you are a blogger.

    Sounds all kinds of excititing!

    (See what I did there?! SEE?)

    • At 2009.09.27 17:14, bermudaonion said:

      That’s a great feature! I usually don’t notice my mistakes until days later, though.

      • At 2009.09.27 17:30, softdrink said:

        Awww, you can do it! It just takes lots of time. And maybe another bottle of wine. 🙂

        • At 2009.09.27 19:09, Lisa said:

          That is a fabulous little gadget! It will be so nice not to worry that I’m leaving a message that makes me look like a third-grade dropout!

          • At 2009.09.27 18:16, alitareads said:

            That’s a great feature! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has hit the ‘Submit’ button, only to be followed by at ‘noooooooooooo!’ as you watch a typo make its permanent way into cyberspace.

            Good luck with moving everything over!

            • At 2009.09.27 19:00, Jenners said:

              Cool! That will be an awesome feature! And I’m so excited to see your new site! I’m going to attempt something similar in the new year and I’m going to try to “do it myself” … we’ll see how that goes.

              • At 2009.09.27 19:08, SuziQoregon said:

                That’s a wonderful feature. I’m notorious for not noticing typos till right after I hit submit.

                • At 2009.09.27 20:17, Tracie Yule said:

                  Don’t you just love when husbands are doubters? Most of the time, I know that my husband is right, but I still have this intense need to prove him wrong…and sometimes end up proving him right. Ugh 🙂

                  • At 2009.09.27 20:25, Ti said:

                    I am waiting to see how this all goes for you before I make the switch. I know, it’s sounds a bit evil to allow you to do all this testing beforehand but I am scared to death to make the switch!

                    • At 2009.09.27 22:07, Laney Landry said:

                      That’s the feature I need if I’m going to post. I sometimes type faster than I think, or is it think faster than I type? Nonetheless, glad you thought of your followers. Curious. How was the book Speak? I just finished one that has my head twirling and I can’t remember what I read about that one.

                      • At 2009.09.28 12:04, Beth F said:

                        Wonderful!!!!! At least with blogger we can delete our comments and start over.

                        • At 2009.09.28 14:37, pannonica said:

                          Just means we’ll Peter Principle our way down to not realizing typos until more than a half-hour has passed. Making something foolproof only means it’s a matter of time before a more foolish fool comes along. Hi.

                          • At 2009.09.28 23:38, Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said:

                            Good luck with all the transitioning; I know when I made the switch over it was a huge process that I felt like I didn’t understand at all.

                            I love the idea of being able to edit comments — how are you doing it? Is there a plugin or something you’re using?

                            • At 2009.09.29 14:18, Care said:

                              AMEN! Best to you as you figure it all out. oh, an will you also make sure that you point to previous posts when the comments are open so I don’t have to hit HOME to find another post to read? If I think of other great things you should do, I’ll let you know. 😉

                              • At 2009.10.02 15:12, trish said:

                                AMEN! How do I get that on MY blog??? Come on, Nat, spill your secrets!

                                • At 2009.10.06 02:30, Alyce said:

                                  I have totally done the thing where you write and beg the blogger to delete or fix the first comment. 🙂

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