OK, so one of my friends syndicated my blog to LiveJournal.com as “jik_blog” shortly after I started the blog. Thanks, Elka Tovah!
Alas, shortly after she did this, I discovered that LiveJournal has a rather annoying deficiency in its syndication mechanism…. Comments on syndicated feeds go into LiveJournal, not into the original feed. This is somewhat annoying. I want comments on my articles to go into my blog, not into LiveJournal. Also, I’d rather see comments stick around for a while, and LiveJournal expires syndicated feed articles after a couple of weeks.
What’s odd about this is that my RSS feed specifies with each article the correct comments link. There’s no reason why LiveJournal couldn’t post that comments link for each article, instead of or at least in addition to its own, but it doesn’t.
I’m not the first person to stumble over and be annoyed by this problem. Fortunately, at least one of the other people who encountered it came up with a solution I could easily implement for myself. In this article, Michael Hanscom described modifying the RSS template for his blog to add a paragraph to all content syndicated to LiveJournal asking people to comment on his original blog rather than on the syndicated copy of it. Thanks, Michael!
I implemented his most excellent suggestion and went one step further. The paragraph I’m now adding to my blog articles when they are syndicated into LiveJournal is customized to give the correct comments link for each article.
Perhaps eventually the LiveJournal folks will handle this better, but in the meantime, I’ve got a reasonable workaround.