This January I was surprised to discover in a wordpress.com forum thread that there were chatboxes that are iframes embeds operating on some wordpress.com blogs. I did some research to locate all the chatboxes I could find chatboxes that we chould use on WordPress.com blogs and published a post titled: 4 Chatboxes for wordpress.com blogs, which I will now update as Chatroll chatboxes can no longer be used on wordpress.com blogs.
Chatroll chatboxes stop operating
In April 2010 some bloggers who had been using Chatroll chatboxes began to post to the WordPress.com forum reporting the Chatrolls on their blog were no longer working. Staff responded clarifying the use of this iframe embed was not intended, and the bug that allowed the chatboxes to be operational had been fixed. Some bloggers hoped to see a shortcode created but that did not come to pass.
As WordPress.com has no interest in supporting Chatroll as a widget in the short-term, there are now just 3 chatboxes available for WordPress.com bloggers’ use. Google Talk chatback badges, Talkinator widgets and Meebo widgets can be used and by clicking the title on my earlier post in the first paragraph above you will locate more information and links.
Up close and personal
This blog is focused on becoming a better blogger, building a better blog, and basic blog promotion. Everything about blogging is open to discussion in this blog, but every day I receive tweets to posts on THE correct way to use social media like Twitter, and THE correct ways to interact on social networking sites. All are aimed at becoming more up close and personal.
Apparently, the decision of the court of general opinion is bloggers wishing to attract more readers to their blogs must become more personal and chatty with their readers. So, it’s confession time. I am an introvert, a reserved person, who does not discuss personal issues with anyone outside my small circle of close friends and family. I am not skilled at small talk and learning how to develop small talking skills is not on my priority list.
I’m a Twitter purist for only tweeting and retweeting post titles and links to my own articles and to those of other bloggers. I have found transmitting valuable content in 140 characters or less to be impossible, let alone, using tweets to create meaningful relationships. But all around me other bloggers are claiming they are skilled at the same.
Well, are they truth tellers or story tellers? And if they use chatboxes and Twitter to get up close and personal with their readers, then what effect does that have on the commenting patterns on their posts?
As I’m sure not all my readers share the personality type with me and think the same way as I do, I would like to hear what you think about chatboxes on blogs. Are you for them, against them, uninterested or undecided?
Questions for discussion
1. Do you use a chatbox on your blog(s)?
2. If your answer is “yes” then please answer the following questions:
- Which chatbox do you use and why did you choose it over the others?
- Do you also use Twitter?
- What do you discuss with your readers in the chatbox that you would otherwise be using comment boxes beneath your blog posts, or on Twitter, or by email?
3. If your answer to question 1 is “no” then please answer the following questions:
- Have you ever considered using a chatbox on your blog(s)?
- If so then why did you choose not to use one?
- If you have used a chatbox on your blogs previously but don’t use one now why did you remove it?
4. Do you have something you want to say on the subject of chatboxes on blogs? Perhaps you have an opinion or an experience to share. If so, I’d like to hear it so please don’t hesitate to post a comment.