Thursday, August 20, 2009

Embedding Hyperlinks in Comments, for Dummies

I just figured out something very new and exciting, well, exciting for me in my stimuli deficient world.

I have seen a number of bloggers add a hyperlink in their comments, and I think, how cool is that. Problem is, I don’t know all the HTML lingo, but I had a hunch that comments are translated from that code—they just have that look about them. That is surprisingly intuitive for me.
So, on that premise, I decided to experiment…
I tried it out in a comment on my Unsupervised and at Large blog, and it worked

This is how I did it:
I type out my comment in MS Word (I always do this anyway—it often catches my spelling errors and allows me to use my ever so beloved em dashes). This is also where I embed a hyperlink, using the ‘Insert’ menu, hyperlink; or right click on the highlighted word/words and choose hyperlink from the popup menu. It shows up with the nice blue line now, so I know I’ve succeeded.

Next, I go to my Blog Dashboard—New Post. I copy and past my comment from my Word doc. in the Compose window. I switch to the Edit HTML window.

Next, highlight and copy all that funny looking text, then, finally, paste it in the comment box of your choosing.

And, you can apply italics and bold lettering!

I know this is the Dummy’s way of doing it, but what can I say?


  1. I'm impressed you figured all that out. I've wanted to leave a comment in a link before and haven't been able to. Thanks for the info!

  2. This is one rare occasion where I actually impressed myslf! Thanks for validating that.

  3. There is a much easier way, the real way, but the dumb comment option won't let me explain how. :)

    If you ever want to know, EMAIL!

  4. Okay, Weronika, this is a test. I'm doing what you told me to the email, and I'm going to insert a link to Weronika's blog.
    Weronika's Blog
    Here goes...

  5. Ooh, ooh, I'm so excited I'm about to pop. Despite my amateur blogger status (seeing as how I've only been blogging since April), I actually know how to explain the embedding URL thing in an actual comment - without Blogger thinking I'm actually trying to link to something. I had to do it for A Misinterpreted Wave a few days ago (re: the Kreativ Blogger award business) because I, alas, do not know her email address.

    This is how you do it:

    You just need to write (a href="URL")link name(/a), but you will need to replace the ( ) with <>.

    I admit it took me a while to figure that out (oh, alright, I had to get the hubby to help), so I'm impressed, B, with your thorough method... which apparently works, too!

  6. Thanks Laura!
    I always go roundabout about things, muddling my way through; then someone feels sorry for me and offers a hand.
    Thanks to you and Weronika!

  7. JB,

    You are way too hard on yourself. You seem like a really nice and intelligent person. Stop beating yourself up, or we're going to have issues, partner!

  8. I don’t want no trouble, Scott…

    I knew it would happen eventually—me barfing my neurosis all over anyone within in a 2-mile blog.
    So, don’t worry bout me—nothing that a little short-term therapy won’t fix.

  9. Good info,I was wondering how that worked. And good for you for figuring it out. Your modus operandi sounds alot like mine... As the 4-H kids say--learn by doing.

  10. My modus operandi springs from a fear of asking a stupid question (I know, I know, there are no stupid questions)
    I just love the process of figuring things out on my own.
    When I’m stumped, I ask.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! And it took me a while to figure this out too. Also, if you want to bold or italicize anything you just insert (i) at the beginning of the word and (/i) at the end of the word (using < not parentheses). For bold, just use b instead of i.

  12. Fiction Groupie,
    Thanks for visiting here and adding some helpful input!

  13. I have begged for someone to show me a way to do this. A way I can understand, because I am technologically challenged. Up until two years ago I was living in the Amazon jungle using a Shortwave radio for communication. The computer and internet still intimidate me.
    Thank you!!!

  14. Jungle Mom,
    Yay! I have posted something helpful as opposed to self-indulgent for a change. Thanks for stopping by from Paraguay!

    And thanks to everyone else for adding their 2 cents!

  15. Look at you, B! Imparting computer skills to the rest of us. You go, girl!

  16. Well, I did get some help from you and Weronika...