Setting up your blog to alert you when someone comments
One of the great features of blogs is that we can get comments on our wonderful prose. However, by default, SharePoint blogs don’t let you know if a comment was made on your blog, and the CKS EBE does not remedy this issue. Obviously the solution is a feature that is stapled to the CKS EBE that either automatically subscribes the contributors to the blog to an alert on the comments list, or uses an event handler to notify them via e-mail. The event handler is likely the better solution because then you could allow it to notify the author of the post only, and then also anyone who has commented on the post (a la Facebook). But, that is for another day. How about a quick and simple way of doing it?
The answer there is to create an alert for yourself on the Comments list. Here is how you do it:
Step 1 – Click on Manage Comments
This assumes that you are authenticated already BTW
Step 2 – Set up the Alert
First you click on the Actions menu and select Alert Me
Next you will have a page that allows you to set the a number of settings for the alert…
|Alert Title:||Default is “Comments”, I recommend changing it to “Blog Comments” or similar since SharePoint lets you manage all of your Alerts in one place, it’s a good idea to have a descriptive name|
|Send Alerts To:||The users you want to send the alert to. As a note, you can add anyone here so use this with caution.|
The default is All Changes, but you can likely go with New Items are Added.
|Send Alerts for These Changes:||
The default is Anything Changes and that is likely the best
|When to Send Alerts||
Your choice on this one. I like immediate notification of comments so I can respond quickly, but you can schedule them for a specific day of the week and time if that works for you.
And that, in two easy steps is how to be notified when anyone comments on your blog.