One of the biggest challenges bloggers face is building a highly engaged community. We all lead busy lives and face daily decisions about how and where to spend our time.
In December 2012 I shared a post about Google Plus communities and discussed my hope and curiosity about whether it would be a useful resource for community building and increasing engagement.
Overall I have been quite pleased with the impact and effect that Google Plus has had which is why last week I began the great Google Plus comment experiment here.
Results, Response and Feedback
Thus far the results have been quite positive and I have noticed a distinct uptick in activity in both commenting and traffic. The response from you has mirrored that and overall things continue to look quite promising.
There are two issues that I am working on now.
- There is a big gap between the Google Plus box and the Livefyre commenting box. That space disappears when people comment using Google Plus. Still I wonder if the gap causes people to miss the Livefyre commenting box and come away with the impression that comments are not available.
- Notifications about new Google Plus comments are a bit rough. If the comment doesn’t address me directly I don’t notice the comments unless I go looking for them.
Earlier today I tried using the Comments Evolved plugin that Danny Brown mentioned in the initial post about Google Plus comments. I had a couple technical hiccups associated with it that made me turn it off not long after I turned it on.
I couldn’t get Livefyre and Disqus to work as tabs.
Now it is possible that there is an easy technical solution to this and that I just missed it. I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to trying to figure out what the issue was so I deactivated the plugin.
I’ll try to take another look at it later and figure out how to fix it.
I also want to take a hard look at notifications in general so that I know people are being made aware of additional comments and we can facilitate a deeper and more engaged conversation.
What About You?
Do you have any thoughts, comments or ideas to share? I would love to hear them.