I LOVE COMMENTS!
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$count_comments = get_comment_count();
$comments = $count_comments[‘approved’];

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?> Most, if not all bloggers love getting comments no matter what they say. Blogging is all about connections. So the fact that you might not know me personally shouldn’t stop you from making a comment on my blog.

DO I READ & RESPOND TO COMMENTS?
Yes! When you comment I get an email that shows me what you have written which I then always read. You’ll see that I do often respond back and forth with people who comment. In fact, one might argue that I tend to respond to comments quicker than I respond to a regular email.

WHAT KIND OF PERSON COMMENTS?
Someone like you! Someone with something to say about a post or another comment on a post.

BUT WHY COMMENT?
The internet is often used as a tool to reduce actual human interaction. I believe that the world would be a better place if we weren’t all so disconnected and afraid to actually reach outside of our ‘personal space’ once in a while. So as much as this blog might seem to be all about me, its actually about YOU too! As I mentioned before, I’m all about connections. I’m not looking for a fan club, so even if we seem very different I’ll appreciate you taking the time to comment.

HOW TO COMMENT
At the bottom of every post you’ll see a link that tell you how many comments a particular post has. You can click that link (or the words next to it that say ‘Click here to comment’) to read the comments that have been made on that post. At the bottom of the list of comments you will see a very short form where you can leave a comment.

NO REGISTRATION OR MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED
Unlike many other sites like myspace.com and YouTube, you don’t need a registration or membership to comment here. There is just a quick form and that’s it. The next time you visit the site your details will be remembered.

100% JUNK MAIL FREE
Leaving comments here will not open you up to a deluge of junk email. You have to leave an email address, but this is purely for admin purposes and it’s NEVER added to any lists or given to third parties. I hate junk email (spam) as much as anyone, in fact so much so I wrote a handy guide to avoiding junk email.

ARE THERE ANY COMMENT RULES
Keep your comments relevant to the subject at hand and don’t be mean. That’s pretty much it, though a set of more detailed comment guidelines is available.

ADDING LINKS IN COMMENTS
You’re welcome to add relevant links in comments. This adds to the conversation and improves the blog so go for it! However, if you leave a comment with a link in it that has no relevance to the post you’re commenting on it may get deleted.

HOW TO ADD YOUR OWN PICTURE TO A COMMENT?
You can add your own picture, or Gravatar, to a comment very simply by signing up to the FREE service at gravatar.com. They won’t send you junk email or add you to any lists, they’re good guys. Once you’ve created your account and uploaded a picture it will appear on this site and any others that use the Gravatar service. Remember to use the same email address that you signed up with though as your picture is connected to your email address, and you can add several email addresses to your account if you wish. Once you’ve done this the grey figure (pictured right) will soon be replaced by your own gravatar.

GET COMMENT NOTIFICATIONS BY EMAIL
When you make a comment you might be interested to know what other people have to say in comments that follow yours. If so then you can choose to have further comments on that particular post sent directly to you by email. Just check the box above the ‘submit comment’ button, next to the words ‘Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.’ You can handle your comment subscriptions too, so if you no longer wish to get emails about new comments you can simply unsubscribe.

WATCH COMMENTS VIA RSS
You can catch all new comments via RSS. There is an RSS feed for all comments, or you can watch a particular post via the RSS feed for that post which is linked to below the ‘submit comment’ button on each post.