Blogger Tips and Tricks is a new semi regular feature where I will try to shine some light on some little known blogger things and maybe give you a few how to’s.
Last week I talked about mobile templates a bit and this week I want to add just a little more to that. If you are not using mobile templates and/or do not tweet from your phone then just disregard all of this (or go set up your mobile template with that link up there…).
If you’re like me, you tweet from your phone…a lot. Sometimes…well maybe everyday I tweet my links to my blog posts from my phone. Now that I have the mobile set up my blog loads super quick on my phone, but when I want to copy and paste my link to twitter there is a tiny problem. The mobile template adds ?m=1 to the end of every link. This means that if you copy that link and then paste it into Twitter or Facebook etc. everyone that follows the link will see your mobile template and not your regular blog, whether they are on a phone or computer it will still link to mobile.
That’s not cool, right? Because the mobile template is kind of plain and it doesn’t have any of your sidebar stuff. But there is a super easy way to remedy this!
If you copy a link from a mobile template it will look like this: http://southernbookbloggers.blogspot.com/2012/01/sbb-arc-tour-last-echo.html?m=1
All you have to do to insure that the link will go to your regular template and not the mobile is delete the ?m=1 so that the link looks like this:http://southernbookbloggers.blogspot.com/2012/01/sbb-arc-tour-last-echo.html
Super easy, right? And if the link without the ?m=1 is followed on a phone it will still load the mobile template. It’s like magic! 😉
The second thing I want to talk about is commenting! We can all agree that Blogger’s commenting system isn’t the best. I’m still in hopes that one day they might implement a better system, maybe more like WordPress. Until then we must make do or use Intense Debate, but there is something you may not realize about commenting. I didn’t for a very long time. (or maybe everyone knew about this but me….) You can reply directly to someone!
I’m going to assume that most of you get your comments delivered to your inbox. Now lets say someone says something particularly interesting in a comment or they ask you a question. It’s not enough to go to your blog and leave another comment answering it because the other might never see it. So here’s what you do:
When that email/comment pops up in your inbox hit reply, write your reply and send. That’s it..really! It will send your reply directly to the other person’s inbox.
Update on commenting: Since I’m still a little new to this one some other blogger brought it to my attention that the person has to have ‘show my email address’ checked in their profile for you to be able to reply to their comments. So if you email says it comes from firstname.lastname@example.org you cannot reply. (obviously)
That’s it for this time around. I hope that was helpful!
Is there anything you would like me to talk about on Blogger Tips & Tricks? Let me know and I might feature it!