My Comment Authors Plugin

A quick post today as I'm still playing catchup after my holiday – but I couldn't wait to tell you about the My Comment Authors Plugin developed by blogger Enstine Muki, whose informative posts have been adding no end of information to my blogging knowledge. (And he's a thoroughly nice guy too!)

My Comment AuthorsThis is a free WordPress plugin that you can download and install on your blog in the normal way, and then you can customise it under “Settings” in your WordPress dashboard.

What is the purpose of My Comment Authors?

This is such a clever idea. What it does is very special for those of us who understand the importance of building a blogging community. Here are the highlights from the WordPress.org plugin directory:

  • Generates a list of your comment authors for a chosen month of the year.
  • Then creates a blog post to thank them for commenting on your blog.
  • Emails them (optionally) to thank them, which encourages them back to your blog.
  • For those who are more active, you may choose to give them a dofollow link on the list by setting a certain number.

How many times have you found an interesting blog, left a comment, intended to come back for more posts, but forgotten? Sorry, I do it all the time, it's so easy to do!

When I received Enstine's email thanking me for my comments I returned to his blog, and in turn that reminded me of several other interesting bloggers whose posts I had read. I have since re-visited their blogs too, and had the benefit of their comments on my posts in return. Yes, it IS time-consuming, but I'm afraid there's just no shortcut to learning and building a sustainable business online.

Don't Download My Comment Authors Until…

… you have read Enstine's blog post about it. I haven't done it justice in the brief notes above!

My Comment Authors version 1 from Enstine Muki – Read this first

And – I can't keep up with him – he's responded super-quick to feedback from other bloggers and come up with even more features in version 1.2 (at the time of writing, but knowing Enstine goodness knows how many enhancements there may be by the time you read this).

Version 1.2 from Enstine Muki – Read this second ๐Ÿ™‚ LOTS more features added

I can't wait for the end of the month to try it out. So to see how it works and be on my list of commentators (and Enstine's) please be sure to leave a comment on my blog and on his. I've already set up a reminder on my calendar.

Couple of Asides

As a computer programmer myself, I was really interested in the insights I gained into what goes into writing WordPress plugins. It's certainly not something I plan to do myself, but it was interesting.

Second aside (sorry) if you're not sure of the value of comments, well – neither was I. Until a fairly nondescript (but controversial) post on one of my health blogs found its way onto page 1 of Google because it had attracted a bunch of comments from people who either agreed or disagreed with my opinion! I hadn't promoted that post at all. Google obviously just liked the fact that real people were making relevant comments.

What Now?

So – please drop me a comment below to let me know you are getting your copy of the My Comment Authors plugin, then grab the plugin, thank Enstine on his blog (he deserves it) and USE it!!

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Enstine Muki - August 15, 2014

What a pleasant surprise this weekend Joy. I remember you mentioned on my blog you were going to write about this plugin but I was not expecting this so quick.

Looks like you understand this plugin more than I do. Your case study is just a perfect example joy.

Oh yes I’ll be pushing in more features as I listen to its users. They are making suggestions every moment but I really don’t think I’ll do everything.

I’ll surely be waiting to see how it goes on your blog by the end of this month Joy

Oh! So you are a developer too. That’s interesting to know ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, I used to love those PHP codes before getting into blogging. But right now, I don’t know what I like better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once more, thanks Joy for making this weekend wonderful. I have a BIG surprise coming up for WP bloggers.

    Joy Healey - August 15, 2014

    Hi Enstine,

    Glad you were pleased to see my post – I already had one of my readers say she’ll be downloading it.

    My Dad’s biggest phrase when we were kids was (and still is) “Do it NOW”. So you can thank him for the speedy post.

    My “developing” is in custom built accounting software – and pretty legacy stuff at that, but it keeps a regular income coming in, and we all like that!

    Really looking forward to your surprise – I can’t imagine what would be better than your plugin.

    Have a good weekend! Joy

      Enstine Muki - August 15, 2014

      Now I see you keep to your Dad’s powerful quote “Do it Now” and I’m glad to be benefiting from it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m doing a blog promotion platform I have not seen elsewhere. Looks like a pretty unique idea

      BTW, the world is too big. someone may be running it somewhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Joy Healey - August 15, 2014

        Sounds exciting. Looking forward to learning more!

        Have a great weekend. Joy

Jan Kearney - August 15, 2014

Joy, I’m a plugin-a-holic and you’re putting temptation in my path lol
I run 2 sets of comments over at My Local Business Online – standard WP and G+. Will be interesting to see how it works and if it plays nicely.

Off to download, and I’ll have a play over the weekend to see what I can break!

    Joy Healey - August 15, 2014

    Hi Jan

    I know!! I keep telling myself “No more plugins”…. but this one just said “Buy me” – and then I found it was free ๐Ÿ™‚ So what’s a girl to do?

    Love your “see what I can break”. I thought that was only me that had that knack. Hope you won’t break this one.

    Have a good weekend (and don’t break too many plugins!)


    Enstine Muki - August 15, 2014

    Hey Jan,

    How are you this weekend?

    I’m glad to meet you here on Joy’s blog. I’ll be excited to see you run this plugin on your domain and let me know how it goes

    Joy’s done a huge favor by writing quite interesting points about it here ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hope you are having a great weekend

Rohit Sharma - August 15, 2014

Hi Joy,
I wasn’t aware of the fact that this type of plugin exists. I am using commentluv premium on my blog but it still lacks something. And if I go on your saying then hopefully those things will soon be completed.
Thanks for this info.

    Joy Healey - August 15, 2014

    Hi Rohit

    I also use CommentLuv and as far as I can see the two plugins work well together. Please note they’re not connected with each other in any way – CommentLuv is written by Andy Bailey, and My Comment Authors by Enstine Muki.

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Emebu - August 16, 2014

Hello Joy, I must tell you that you are putting me under serious temptations you know, I so much love plugins but I feel this plugin may not work with Blogger, however I am going to give it a trial. Thanks for sharing.

    Joy Healey - August 18, 2014

    Hello Emebu

    Haha, another plugin-aholic like me! We are a growing tribe.

    I’m not “technical” enough to know whether a WordPress plugin will work on Blogger on not, but Enstine is a very helpful guy so I’m sure if you pop over to his blog and ask him he’ll let you know.

    Good luck with it – and I’m going to pop over to your blog now and leave a comment in the hopes I’ll get an email from you at the end of the month!

    Thanks for dropping by. Joy

      Emebu - August 18, 2014

      Thanks Joy, Enstine is one of my mentors so i will go right away and ask him.

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