If you could install one plugin and it would help to increase the conversation in your comments, would you do it?
To me, the hardest thing about keeping up with comment conversation is knowing that something new has been posted. With some blogs, you are able to subscribe to an RSS feed of comments– so I could track it with Bloglines, but that requires me to find the right feed name, put in a place for it, and not everyone has a nice feed reader.
Enter the “Subscribe to Comments” plugin for WordPress. You’ve probably seen the little box following the comment box that sends you an e-mail every time there’s a new comment. Well, there’s a lot of goodness behind that little plugin.
You can specify the e-mail address and name where it comes from, whether the default is on or off, and what the management screen looks like all from the options menu. But the best feature of this thing is that I get an e-mail when someone comments– so I know that there’s new content and I should go by and check it out! And if it’s defaulted to on, I automatically (without having to do anything) remain part of the conversation that’s started. No more having to come back and search through the pages to find what I’m looking for!