Thursday, 27 January 2011
Blogger gets it right!
I know I'm not the only one who experiences problems with Blogger. There are so many niggly little problems with the technical side of Blogger, and being someone who is not at all technical by nature, I find it frustrating at times.
I've had an ongoing problem since last year with followers suddenly not being able to leave comments. I reported it to Blogger Help several times, as did some of the followers affected, but we never got any answers. When I searched the internet for a solution I came across others with similar problems who were equally perplexed.
Then I spotted a comment about "reverting widgets". So I went to my Design page, then clicked on something else, then something else (you see...I really don't know what I'm doing most of the time).
Anyway to cut a long story short, I stumbled upon "reverse widgets"...clicked on it with my fingers crossed...and it worked. I haven't a clue what this means or how it resolved the problem, and would love for someone technically-minded to explain it to me....in words of one syllable please, as if you are talking to a 5 year old. Well skip that...a 5 year old would probably understand it better than I could!
I don't like having comment moderation on my blog, or the word verification. I like the fact that comments will appear the minute they are typed. But because of the amount of spam that can arrive at times, I can well understand the need, so I do revert to moderation from time to time.
Blogger recently introduced a system for detecting spam. You've probably all noticed it by now. (I know Fly has because she accidentally deleted some of her published comments a while ago...I do sympathise because it's just the kind of thing I would do).
Yesterday I received one of the usual email notifications for a comment on my most recent blog post. It was a long post full of rubbish. So I rushed over to my blog to delete it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had not been published but had gone straight to the Blogger spam box....waiting for me to delete it.
So well done Blogger for getting something right!
It has gone a little way to restore my faith in Blogger. Anyone else got anything positive about Blogger to add?
(Now I'm getting a little paranoid because I was just about to publish this post when an email arrived in my mailbox from the Blogger help page which I've now responded to...see it here. Is Blogger watching everything we write? Even before we publish it? Very spooky!)