Attention Blogger users

I’m not a fan of Blogger. I don’t use it.

I do understand, though, that lots of people DO use it – and nothing I say will ever change that.

So I’m not going to waste your time urging you to dump it. This is just a very simple plea to you to look at one thing in Blogger and one thing only:

Your comment settings.

By default, Blogger (or certain themes in Blogger) make it impossible for non-Blogger (or non-Google) users to comment. It IS possible to change this setting so that anyone can leave a comment… but lots of Blogger users either don’t know how to do this, or aren’t aware that people are being locked out by their comment settings. That’s the way Google likes it: they want everyone to be registered, tagged and monitored in their universe – so that’s their default setting.

There’s plenty of folks whom I’d love to engage with on their site… but can’t. This seems a shame.

Fancy doing something about it?

PS You might also consider turning off that Blogger CAPTCHA anti-spam function that produces impossible-to-decipher words and numbers.

7 Responses to “Attention Blogger users”

  1. Emma Says:

    I wrote a comment on someone’s post yesterday and subsequently found that I couldn’t post it because I wasn’t in one of the listed categories of person (blogger, google ID etc). I felt sad because I had really wanted to communicate. I love people commenting on my own blog posts, that’s why I have comments enabled. It seems silly to only let people comment if they fall into a specific pigeon hole.

  2. Darren T Says:

    Hear, hear. It’s the same across the ale & beer blogs as well. And annoyingly, WordPress.com has started doing something similar of late as well. But at least they make it easy to sign up for a username-only account.

  3. Laura Says:

    Thanks for that, I thought I had allowed everyone, but apparently not. All fixed now 🙂 Btw, I simply can’t be arsed to switch to another provider =)

  4. sylvan Says:

    thank you for this inforation…
    hopefully my blog now open to all 🙂

  5. 5olly Says:

    That’s interesting. Thanks.
    my blogger is set up differently. I allow anyone to comment, but I hate that verification thing you sometimes have to do. so i’ve turned that off. I’ve never really got a pile of spam comments without it.

  6. Tanya Walton Says:

    Can you comment I my site SM??

  7. Soilman Says:

    Tanya: Yes, no problem.