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.