Thursday, 16 February 2012
Blogging and change
There have been numerous niggly blips with Blogger in recent times. We've almost all experienced them. The problem with being unable to leave comments on blogs, unless you either log in and out of Google, or use a different browser. You try all these things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. And then, when you stop trying, without warning it starts to work again.
I follow quite a lot of blogs, and to save time I rely on my Reading List to inform me when a blogger has posted something new. That's fine if it works. But recently I've noticed that not all the blogs I follow are appearing on my list when they have published a new post. So the result is that I miss new posts, and those people who would normally expect regular comments from me, probably think I've stopped following them. Occasionally the list disappears completely, leaving me with a note telling me that I don't follow any blogs. It's also difficult sometimes to manage the list...to add a new blog. You enter the URL, follow the procedure...and nothing happens.
Has anyone tried the new Blogger Interface? I looked at it briefly when the message first appeared at the top of my Dashboard. Oh no...it's definitely not for me..so I quickly reverted back to the old one. Apparently the new interface will become compulsory...so I've heard...so I'll have no choice but to get used to it.
I felt the same when Blogger changed the design layout. It caused me great confusion but eventually I got used to it.
I have an inbuilt reluctance to change. It's silly really because often change can be good for you. I can recall not wanting to change from a normal computer to a laptop, but being delighted when I did. I was sure that going from a laptop to a notepad would cause me some anxiety...it didn't...and I am delighted that I changed. Anything that makes us think, puzzle over, tackle, and eventually succeed helps the brain cells to keep functioning. At my age that has to be a good thing.
I should strike a bit of balance here and say that I am delighted with Blogger's spam detection facility. It really works. I love the way all those Anonymous spam comments offering me anything from unlocking my iPhone to viagra, just pop into my Spam box, ready to delete at my leisure.
And talking of being Anonymous, I was recently asked the name of my village. I did explain, and it was accepted that I don't use my real name when blogging, because it allows me to post more about my life and prevent certain people, ie family members, from reading my blog. In this respect, if I gave the name of our village, it would be easier for those people to find my blog.
When it comes to people posting comments anonymously, this is a different matter entirely. I do allow some Anonymous comments, because I know that sometimes people aren't registered with Google, or for one reason or another can't manage to comment any other way. These people put their names at the bottom of their comments. And that's fine, because if I recognise them, I will publish their comments.
One thing I won't tolerate however, are people hiding behind Anonymous to post malicious comments. I experienced this the first time I posted about the Turkish Animal Group last year. You wouldn't believe the nastiness that seems to be generated in areas of animal welfare. There appears to be a lot of resentment, perhaps jealousy, when people see someone doing good. The expat forums are full of it. The sniping, misinformation and downright malicious gossip is rife.
I had another such Anonymous comment on my previous post. I guessed I would. It's a bit like someone lurking behind a corner, watching, waiting, ready to pounce. I didn't publish the comment but I responded to it. My blog...my choice. I know the truth about the Turkish Animal Group from my own research and firsthand knowledge. If I had the slightest doubt about the group I wouldn't support it. And by the way, I'm due a visit to the TAG shelter next month. When I do, I'll post up some pictures so you can see the work that's being done.
Well I'm now off to spend some time catching up with those blogs that have disappeared from my reading list...it may take some time!
PS. Whilst looking for a suitable pic to put on this post I came across a book Blogging for Dummies. I wish I had discovered it a long time ago...I may still need to get a copy though!