If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me rant more than once about how much I dislike Blogger. There are a number of reasons for this (I’m a diehard WordPress supporter, it’s unstable and unreliable, they have no problem deleting your entire site/account at any time without warning, etc.) but lately the number one thing that has been a thorn in my side is the commenting system.
I’m aware that Blogger gives users the option to enable or disable the ability for readers to post comments using Name/URL. I’m also aware that most Blogger users disable that option to cut out spam – and that’s fine, I suppose…but if your blog is hosted by Blogger and you’ve disabled this option, don’t expect to get a comment from me on your blog. Same thing if you use Google+ or any other service that requires account login to manage your comments. Why? Because I don’t have a Blogger/Livejournal/Whatever else account. I do have a WordPress.com account even though I don’t use WordPress.com (I’m self-hosted, which IMO is the only way to truly be) – but every time I try to comment using that account, I get a “Your OpenID credentials could not be verified.” error.
Commenting on your blog should NOT be that hard for your readers. If having the Name/URL option enabled allows too much spam to trickle through, then perhaps you should look into a more reliable blog host like, say, WordPress. (Ashley over at Nose Graze has written an entire post about why you should switch to WordPress so check that out. It’s just better, trust me.) My commenting system allows anyone with a name and email address to comment – and it automatically filters anything it thinks might be spam for me to review before allowing it to show up on my site. Frustration free for you and for me!
So there you have it. If you’ve ever left a comment on my blog and never got one back from me on yours, it’s more than likely because I ran into some sort of issue while trying to leave you one. And I don’t have time for issues. So I do apologize if I’ve left you feeling neglected – I never meant to. But I can’t scratch your back after you’ve scratched mine if you won’t even let me in the door…