Site news: ditching Disqus next week (updated I can’t get it to cancel)

While I have a decent amount of daily readers (thank you btw,) the comments section has been a ghost town for the past few years and as such, paying for Disqus I decided to see exactly how much per user comment I was effectively paying with their yearly basic plan and it comes out to something like $5.08 per comment. Appears more people email me or attempt to contact me via LinkedIn (don’t do that) than do the site. Seriously, stop with the LinkedIn.

Disqus’s free tier ads something like 12 ads per page and I’m already fighting to get our advertising platform to chill out (no really, this has been an effort.)

Would love to have had Pocketables turn into a hangout for tech geeks offering their own perspective on things, but I’ve never been able to keep the site regular enough to engage viewership… womp womp. Oh well. I never claimed to be a community builder, just finder of interesting tech.

This does not mean anything for the site going forward except you might have to jump through a couple of hoops to tell me I’m an idiot on a review or news item. The site made enough money to last another year and with some adjustments because I did not write for a couple of months, it’s on track to pay me back for the purchase sometime in May of never…

If anyone has any free Disqus replacers feel free to mention them.

Update – Disqus doesn’t allow you to cancel a subscription online, only by emailing them at [email protected]… and for the past 3-4 days my message has been unable to deliver to them…

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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