My blog now supports plain-text comments
I have always wanted support for comments on my blog, but I could never figure out how to do it, while keeping the website 100% static, and avoiding any complexity or anything that could be considered privacy invasive.
In the end, I decided to go with a static solution that only requires a tiny bit of manual work by me. I don’t expect a lot of comments anyway. It’s all based on the “Dead Simple Jekyll Comments” project.
I basically copied their product, removed a bunch of features, made some tweaks to it, to make it work better with how I like things. I removed things like the privacy invasive feature that make calls to the Gravatar service, and the ‘reply to comment’-feature. There’re also no notifications or anything like that. I wanted it to be as simple as possible.
It works by you e-mailing me your comment—using my fancy mailto-link—that you can find in the comment section, located below each post. When I accept your comment, I’ll just send the content to a shell script that does the rest of the work for me.
While this might not be for everyone, I personally really like the simplicity of it.