I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people complain about how blogging can be so time consuming. It’s one thing to write posts. I actually think that’s the easier part. For me, the fun in blogging is in the exchanging of comments. Sometimes it’s like a game of dueling banjos. Ever do rapid fire comment exchange? I have. It’s not as optimal as using IM. But still fun.
Lately, I’ve been writing about those little things that make my life a bit easier. For tracking the various blogs I read, I use Bloglines. This site aggregates the RSS feeds from all the sites I monitor, and highlights a link when a new post is made. But it doesn’t do well with comments. Sure I can track comments as RSS feeds too. But this can get way too much to manage. Think about a new Bloglines entry for each post, not blog, but post that is made on all the sites you happen to follow.
To make things a bit easier, I use coComment. Now, I’ve used this for a little while, but recently found a way to make life even easier. Originally, I used the booklet feature. This places a link on your bookmark bar so that when you leave a comment on a site that you wish to track, you need to click the link to add the comments page to your list of tracked conversations. Needless to say it’s convenient, but very manual.
Well, I finally decided to use the plug-in feature for Firefox. Holy Cow! Comment tracking is actually automatic now. And it’s much quicker than the other method. I highly recommend you install the plug-in and start using this tool. It should save a lot of time tracking comments as opposed to having to go to each site to see if there have been any updates.