From time to time, people comment on my blogposts (you may too by the way, just click the “# COMMENTS” link below to comment on this post), and at times they even comment on very old blogposts, such as this one, dated September 14th, 2007. The problem with this is that unless you actually read the post in question, you’re not likely to know that the comment was made.
 
What I wanted to do, then, was add a gadget to the sidebar, displaying the last five or so comments that were made. As it turns out, this was simpler than I’d expected. Here’s how:
 

  1. Log into blogger, and click customization.
  2. Go to the Layout tab, and select Page Elements
  3. Layout/Page Elements

  4. Click “Add a gadget”
  5. Add a gadget

  6. Choose the option “Feed”
  7. Add content from an RSS or Atom feed to your blog.

  8. Enter the feed address (more about that below).
  9. Change options, such as the title, number of comments displayed and whether you want the data and source/author of the comment to be displayed.
  10. Save it, and enjoy your new gadget.

 
Note on feed addresses:If your blog address is http://blog.blogspot.com, your feed address for posts is http://blog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default. For comments it is http://blog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

10 comments to “Blogger – displaying the latest comments gadget”

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  1. Hades - 07 Oct 2008 Reply

    This tip really helped me out, mate.

    I’ve been wanting to add a ‘recent comments’ section for weeks now.

    Thanks!

  2. Jackson - 05 Jan 2009 Reply

    Thanks a million!!! That’s great tips!

  3. mr.jam - 16 Jan 2009 Reply

    searching it for long
    thanks for the tips..
    its really useful~

  4. fishmuscle - 19 Jan 2009 Reply

    This just does not seem to be working for me! Have they changed something, is there a typo, am I being stupid?

  5. Aleksander R. Rødner - 20 Jan 2009 Reply

    Fishmuscle: My guess is that you’re using the wrong URL for the feed. It should be like this:

    http://YOURBLOGNAMEHERE.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

  6. Emanuel - 31 Jan 2009 Reply

    Thanks! Why don´t blogger have a widget for comments?

  7. Stephan ten Kate - 07 Feb 2009 Reply

    Great information! Most google results brought me to difficult setups and configurations, but this one is easy to set up and is working instantly.

  8. Bathsheba - 11 Feb 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this – much appreciated. Worked perfectly.

  9. Petit Louis - 20 Mar 2009 Reply

    just that i search for a long time , and so easy THANK’S

  10. Alexander Gorm Øst - 24 Jun 2009 Reply

    Helped me as well, and only took a couple of minutes. Thanks.

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