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Blogger’s Commenting Blunder: Move Over Blogger, ‘Cause I’m Outta Here

I have to agree with reader Kathy Frederick’s assessment that the recent changes Blogger has made to it’s commenting feature is the last straw.

My response was to be expected. I believe this was an unbelievably stupid blunder made by Blogger. Its comments feature was already a weak point, and this latest change is a huge step backwards. I mean, what are they thinking? Combine that with the fact that their hosted images aren’t working properly either, and Blogger will soon have a mass exodus on its hands.

In case you don’t know, readers have only 3 choices for leaving comments. A Google/Blogger Account, a Nickname, or Anonymous. But the kicker is there is no longer an option for leaving your blog address with your comment!

Unbelievable! How can they be so arrogant? How DUMB can they get! Do they honestly think this is going to encourage more people to sign up for Google/Blogger/OpenID accounts? I think NOT!

A major benefit to building a blog community is offering your readers the ability to increase their traffic and pagerank value by leaving comments with a link back to their blog.

But now your readers will have to fiddle with code to create a link within the body of the comment box.

So who needs the hassle, and why would anybody in their right mind want to give Blogger the pagerank value instead of their own URL?

That’s a major nuisance and a complete turnoff for savvy readers which can only hurt our blog community.

Images hosted on Blogger now also try to download the pic instead of opening it in a new window. Huh?

It’s a comedy of errors that just keeps going from bad to worse.

Dumb, Dumber and STUPID!

In hindsight it seems my loyalty to Blogger was misguided, to say the least. Google is going to lose so many bloggers over this.

I can foresee Blogger becoming just a depository for spammers, scrapers and evil doers. But serious bloggers won’t even consider using their service after this blunder.

My problem is I just don’t have the time and energy to convert this blog over to Wordpress right now. If anyone can help please let me know.

UPDATE: Blogger has implemented in draft (beta) an OpenID option.

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Written December 2nd, 2007 by | 207 Comments | Filed under: Blogging Tips, Miscellaneous Blog Tips , , , ,

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207 Responses to “Blogger’s Commenting Blunder: Move Over Blogger, ‘Cause I’m Outta Here”

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    Kathy Frederick Says:

    Bloke — I’m glad you mentioned that thing about images not opening in their own pages. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong. But I guess it’s just a new problem to add to the list.

    I have the time to move to WordPress. I just don’t have the know-how. It’s going to be a huge pain if I move. I just really wanted to stay. They’re making it too hard for me, though.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    This has got to be the stupidest blunder of the century. It will be the impetus for anyone who has been contemplating moving off Blogger.

    Finding a free template and cheap host with Wordpress already installed is easy. It’s the converting of your custom blog code that will be the tricky part.

    My advice is take your time and wait for me to do it first so I can write you an easy how-to tutorial :)

  3. 3
    Kathy Frederick Says:

    Bloke — Do you realize how happy I am that you said that? I don’t know how to repay you. Tutorials from you are gold. I would love for Google to rescind this commenting change, but I think I know the chances of that happening.

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    Kirsten Says:

    Too many changes lately. The picture thing I thought was some sort of fluke until you mentioned it. A few people on my blogroll have switched to WP in the past few weeks, and I’m considering it. My problem is also the time to figure it out.

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    Devilish Southern Belle Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I left blogger this weekend after much deliberation. I agree on all your points, namely the new commenting system being a stupid move on the part of blogger and the fact that the commenting system was pretty sub-par to begin with. I blogged about the whole thing in a post on my new, (temporary) blog.

    I did move to Wordpress (I had the account for a while, but never used it before now), but am now in the process of setting up my own domain since Wordpress hosted blogs do not allow sponsored posts. I opted out of returning to Blogger with HaloScan comments simply because I feel like the day is coming when Blogspot users can no longer make sponsored posts or have off-site comments which will allow anyone to comment and have a link back to his or her site.

    I am trying to read everyone’s thoughts on this. Not only was it a stupid move, but an unexpected one, to me at least. To my knowledge, Google never announced such a change was going to take place.

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    Kathy Frederick Says:

    For what it’s worth, the picture problem is a known bug, being worked on by Google. Just read about it on Blogger Help at groups.google.com.

    Now if they could just see the commenting thing as a bug and fix that!

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    Megan Says:

    I so agree! I’ve lost so many pictures on my blog and now the downloading of them. I didn’t even relize the comment thing.Quess I better wait for your tutorial. Untill then, I’ll just keep up loading those missing pictures!

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    Jaffer Says:

    Now I feel more satisfied and more happy that I have quit Blogger and just ahead of time too !

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    Sue Says:

    Submmitted to Digg.
    For those of yu that are worried about moving, WordPress will import all your Blogger posts, comments, etc with one click and there are plugins to generate the redirect so you don’t lose your Google rankings. Don’t use WordPress.Com, though, buy hosting (there are lots of inexpensive deals) and using Control Panel, you can install WordPress with a couple of clicks.

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    Blog Bloke Says:

    Dumb and Dumber! Google is going to pay big time for this.

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