Disclosure: this post is being written as an entry in this EntreCard contest.
Entrecard has set up some kind of a partnership with SezWho to encourage organic comments. According to the post on the Entrecard blog,
When you can take a quality blog that isn’t receiving any comments, and give them 10 or 20 high-quality comments per post… that’s revolutionary in our opinion.
Well, yeah, alright. In my own dorky and probably inflated opinion I have a quality blog. I usually manage to snag a few comments per post. I already have SezWho on my blog, and I’ve seen it on others, but I’ve never viewed it as an incentive to comment more or less. What does that for me is CommentLUV and dofollow. But I’m open-minded and I respect Graham Langdon a lot. Graham is an astute businessman: I’m sure something in the deal will make things better for Entrecard. I just hope it does something for ME! In their usual Entrecardian fashion, Entrecard is exhorting bloggers to blog this, and they’ve provided guaranteed EC credits as an incentive.
For the contest, here is what you have to do:
|Hey Entrecard. I already have SezWho on my blog and I am officially informing you of that fact. I have two internet blogs and they both have SezWho. Do I get double?||100 points|
|Yoo Hoo! I’m posting about it like you asked!||100 points|
|Did the supersecret thing too that I’m not allowed to mention in the post. Go to the contest if you want to know what it is.||50 points|
|Tweeted about it too.:||50 points|
|Commented on Turnip of Power, not once, but TWICE! do I get a bonus for twice?||50 points|
So, as I read the rules, I am owed at least 350 points and am eligible for the really big prize…. what? A drawing?
OK, now for some original commentary consisting of my usual spate of strongly held dorkish opinions, technobabble and all the other crap I am (un)known for:
- Yes Mr. Turnip, I will toss the favicon default and the sezwho stars and replace both with tiny propeller beanies.
- IMHO, SezWho does a TERRIBLE JOB explaining the benefits of their system, and Graham has not really shed any additional light on the subject. I’m sure he understands the benefits, and I am beginning to, but I think the Entrecard community would appreciate some examples of how this can benefit them. For example, I can’t find a link I can show you to my dynamite
SexWhoSezWho profile. There is a page called publicprofile.php but it only shows my profile if I am logged in. I have searched in vain for a dynamic or mod_rewrite style link to my profile that I can post. Help??
- And now for the real technical head scratcher. I’m going to CC this to SezWho themselves if to find out the answer. I originally signed up for SezWho via BlogCatalog. I have five blogs deployed from a single instance of wordpress based on the instructions provided at Ryan McDonell (which unfortunately seems to have gone away. 🙁 Arrrgh!) OK, well the gist of it is that you symlink all the code and plugins from one central location, and each blog has its own physical and separate config, uploads, themes, etc. Two of my blogs are for general internet consumption, one is local, one is personal, and one belongs to a minor who is biological issue of mine. At least two blogs I host, and possibly more, have the sezwho plugin activated. With each activation, SezWho sent me an “activation code.” However, I only have ONE actual physical place where the plugin lives. Without delving deeply into the plugin code, I just want to say that in my wordpress dashboard for this blog, it keeps saying that SezWho needs to be “activated” in order to work, and yet it seems to work just fine. Since it appears to do comments just fine I never bothered about it. Is there something I could physically instantiate from the shared SezWho folder so that everything would be kosher? I can find out by reading code, but I’d prefer that someone in the know just provide the answer and instructions. Reading code is not fun. Anyone know?
I forgot to mention that Turnip of Power has a set of tiny Entrecard icons you can download for free to replace the default stars, and also instructions to do it. And if you read the snazzy souped up comments, Gary Hess raised some excellent questions about customizing your sezwho, and then answered his own question with this link: http://sezwho.com/install_wp_d.php#template
What are you waiting for? Go ahead! Install the Sezwho commenting system in all its glory and then test it out by commenting on my blog. Your SezWho comment profile will be another social site that you can exploit, another feather in your cap, and another footprint that will be there when you die and beyond, if you will. And I’ll give 200 points myself to anyone who can give me a solution for the last bullet point in a lucid manner. The test will be
- does wordpress stop telling me I need to do something
- and the plugin still works
- over in sezwho it actually lists dorkage.net as VALIDATED?