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A Little Grumbling

Ok, it doesn't take much to get me grumbling, that's already well-documented on my blog. Usually I start to grumble when I get frustrated about things that I have no control over... because we all know that - in a perfect world - everyone would do things in ways that I would please me. Right?  :-) Well, ok, maybe not, but there's just a few little things bloggers sometimes do, or  in some cases don't do, that make me grumpy... you know - like that now famous cat with the permanently unhappy face.  I'd appreciate it if you'd take a minute to consider these notes, for what they're worth... my opinion.  Rebuttal comments are welcome, if done respectfully. 

 If you want me to comment on your blog, PLEASE make it possible for me to do that.  I had to obtain a Wordpress ID (although I don't actually maintain a Wordpress blog) just so that I could comment on other Wordpress blogs without filling in all the blanks on the comment form each and every time.  Ok, I did it and I got over it, because there were some good thing out there to read that I wanted to respond to.   Now we have a new thing going - Google+.  It appears that the only way I can comment on Google+ blog posts is to have a Google+ ID, so I tried that.  But... Google+ will not allow me to set up an  ID under the name Josie Two Shoes, because it doesn't accept it as a real name.  Humpf!  Maybe it's not my given name, but I've been  using in for several years now and it is the name I'm known by in Blogland.  I have an email address for that ID too.  I tried to explain the desire/need to keep my given name disassociated with my blog, but frankly my dear, they didn't give a damn.  Sooo...  if you are blogging with Google+, and you are linked up on any of the writing prompts or blog hops I participate in, be aware that I do read your post, but can't comment, and eventually I'll quit reading your blog altogether because it frustrates me to be excluded. 

I think plenty has already been said about word verification/captcha crap on commenting.  Bottom line, yes - I understand that spam can be a problem, though it hasn't been in my experience, but if you must use word verification, choose some kind that can be easily deciphered.  Blogger's captcha with the fuzzy made-up word and blurry number photo is one of the worst.  Usually, I'll give it one try, maybe two for something I'd really like to say... after that, forget it, I'm moving on to other blogs.  Why should I have to be tortured just to tell you that I really liked what you had to say?!

While on the topic of blog communication - here's another that bugs me.  No email address to be found on the blog or the blogger's profile.  Why not?  Yes, I know... it's the spam thing again, and it can be a problem with publicized email addresses.  There is a very simple solution... get a separate email address that you use strictly for your blog... such as my jts.2000 address listed on my blog and profile.  Then the pea brain spammers can send all the crap they want, you will still be able to receive things like emails from me telling you how great I think your blog is, or about an broken link, or some such important communication.  Maybe I even want to invite you over to my house for BBQ! 

Another note on profiles... and this is just my personal feeling... I sure like to be able to go to someone's profile or About Me page and learn at least a little something about them as a human being.  When there is nothing that tells me a single thing about you it begins to feel a little too mysterious.  You don't have to add your photo, street address and phone number, but just a little bit of personal info makes it feel like I am connecting with another person and not a robot or some creepy guy who pretends to be the sweet ol' lady down the street.  Are you young or old?  What part of the world do you live in?  A little bit about your background  or personality  or something?? Please!

Final complaint, and then I promise to call it enough...  If  you are participating in a writing prompt or blog hop, for Heaven's sake link a post that actually has some relationship to the prompt or theme.  People don't go thru the effort to set up these prompts and blog hops just to provide you with a way to publicize your own blog disregarding any rules/requests they post about participation.  I can't tell you how many times I click on a link and find myself searching for a related post and end  up scratching my head, thinking WTH!  This is NOT an effective means of increasing your readership.  I can guarantee  you that I won't be staying or commenting, I don't enjoy blogging with folks who are self-serving and who never come around to visit, just want you to visit them.  It's supposed to be a two-way street, that's the whole concept... SHARING!  

An additional note on linking to prompts... if you write one post and link it up to four or five different prompts, you are either amazingly good at covering all the bases in one effort, or you're really stretching on finding a connection to each prompt.  How about pick your favorite one or two for that post, where it fits best, and go with that.  I don't want to have to guess how your post relates to the theme of the week.  Abstract is cool but sometimes it seems to be exceeding the limit, and once again using someone's blog  hop or writing prompt for self-promotion.  Think PARTICIPATION!

Note to those who manage blog hops or writing prompts... please delete links that lead to an entire blog or a post that has absolutely no discernible relevance to your prompt/theme.  It's YOUR game, you make the rules... and you have the right to enforce them!  It will make it a more user-friendly place to visit for those of us who want to participate but  don't have a lot of extra time or patience to sift thru all the riff-raff to find the good stuff!

Ok, Josie climbing off her soapbox now, I feel so much better for having gotten all that off my chest! You may return to your regular blogging rounds, I'm done grumbling... for today! :-))

22 comments:

  1. No rebuttals here. I agree and grumble right along with you. Recently, I tried to comment on two blogs, which I've done before, but now it is that blasted Google+. I have google+ for a volunteer job I do, but I don't want that info going out on comments. And, like you, Google doesn't give a flying fig that I like to keep some things (like my last name!) private.
    A visible email on every blog would be awesome, too.
    And people who stick their non-topic posts to hops annoy the tar out of me.
    After this, I'm really glad you didn't say, "Keep comments short and to the point! Write your own post if you have so much to say." :)

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate your feedback. Nice to know I'm not the only one who gets frustrated with these issues. You won't hear any complaints out of me about the length of comments, that would be a little hypocritical on my part, since I've been known to leave comments longer than the original post! :-) Personally, I love feedback, whether it's two words or a lot more. The whole point of sharing our writing via blog is to draw response. That's why there's a comment box!

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  2. Wooo... huge rant. I hope i'm not breaking any of the rules, although sadly I have rarely had the time to maintain my blog, or comment much on other people's blogs. I'm very sorry if you were at all frustrated with my blog. I know the word verification is a bother. I don't like to have it on, but I don't like spam either. I'll try to make a simpler version, or just turn it off, who cares. Thanks for the advice! : )

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    1. Hi Joseph! It is always a pleasure to see a new post up from you, whenever you are able to fit it in with schoolwork. I haven't had much problem commenting on your posts, though you might try taking the word verification off and seeing if you get much spam. Blogger's spam guard seems to work well for me, it is very rare for any spam posts to actually reach my blog. I do that some folks apparently get a whole lot more of it and that would bug me too!

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  3. Sometimes I feel like blogging is soon to be over.....everyone seems to be gravitating toward Facebook and Twitter. I have not because I prefer to blog when I have something to say. I just love the "little slices of life" type blogs and could read them all day. Take care Josie girl....big hugs.

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    1. I'm hoping that won't happen, Val. I do have a Facebook and I use it daily, but I see that as a very light "keeping up with friends and family" place where we share events of the day, inspirational quotes, or whatever. (The less personal drama the better as far as I'm concerned). This is where I write my heart out, as I know you do too. I think the world will always have a place for those who love the written word. There are some great new bloggers out there, click on my Post A-Z Roadtrip button in the sidebar and check some of them out! Like you, I enjoy the "slices of life" posts more than anything. Kind of like sharing a cup of coffee with a neighbor! :-)

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  4. Valid points. There have been a couple of other bloggers who have said similar things. I think many of us feel this way. It is difficult to make comments when you are excluded, and being forced into situations isn't the answer. I agree with this post, and hope that it speaks to all bloggers.

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    1. Thanks McGuffy Ann. I know some consider this nit-picking, but it would make blogging a much nicer experience if folks at least gave some of them a try. I like to connect with the person behind the blog, that's what makes it fun and real for me! I do not like all the fancy dances one must do to leave a comment!

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  5. I go crazy over the folks that have word verification and then moderate their comments too. What's the point of word verification if you are moderating your comments? Oh and let's not forget the ones that have their comments off. Off I tell you. You read a post and can't comment at all.

    Sandee climbing off her soapbox too.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

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    1. I never really thought about that 'til you mentioned it Sandee, why is word verification necessary if you are already screening all your comments? I join you in going "HUMPF" when I read a great post only to find that it has no comments allowed. Why share it if we aren't allowed to respond to it? I have done that maybe once or twice on my blog in the past when I wanted to make a statement and really didn't want any feedback, but on a regular basis it makes no sense to me. Might as well write a journal for yourself then!

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  6. You must feel pounds lighter getting all that off your shoulders (cliche speak) I have felt the same way in many of your examples. Hope this response even gets to you. Since sometimes I still have problems.

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    1. Yes, I certainly dumped a load of it here, didn't I? :-) I've also had experiences where I have left what I thought were good comments only to see that they never appear with the post. I'm not sure if that is human intervention on the part of the blogger, or just another computer/Blogger glitche. Sure gets frustrating though!

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  7. They should turn your post into a "How to Blog" page, and place it on all of the FAQ's lists. There is a lot of good information in here, and I think a lot of it would be things that some people, especially newbies wouldn't know! Thank you for sharing Josie! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found it acceptable. I agree that some folks don't think about turning off their captcha or the value of adding an email address. My theory is TRY IT... if it doesn't work for you, you can always change it back! I want my blog to be user friendly, as least that's what I aim for!

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    2. When you explained it, it made sense! I have now changed settings on mine, and added my email address :)

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    3. Thank you! That will make it easier to connect with you! :-)

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  8. Josie, this was excellent. I'm sorry that, as a WordPress blogger, they make you go through that. To get around Blogger crap, I've established a Blogspot "Sharp Little" to decrease the "whatever" factor. That might help.

    You've now prompted me to write a little on my Gravatar page, even though Gravatar doesn't show my picture on Blogspot half the time! AAARRRRGH! I feel your pain.

    I had to laugh at the repeated "Just one more thing..." because it reminded me of Peter Falk in the old "Columbo" series!! Were you smoking a cigar when you wrote this, ha ha. Amy

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    1. Even I had to laugh when I proofread my "just one more thing"... and then I went on for three more paragraphs! Yup, that's typical me... and another thing... and another! Good thing folks don't have a mute or stop button for me or I would be in big trouble. Papa Bear has tried using the one for the TV, sadly he found it had little effect on me! :-)

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  9. I get ya on all these things. I don't think my profile has my email address on it, but I think there is a link there that takes you to it... not sure anymore, will have to check it out. HATE that Google+ thing, but even there I went in and added my blogs to it so people can find me. Crazy all the hoops we have to jump through!

    Dropping in from the A to Z challenge road trip trying to visit blogs I missed. Looks like you have a fun spot here!
    tm
    zoecottage.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I am still trying to figure out what is good about Google +, so far it seems to be a problem. I do not like it when we are forced to use one system over another, I prefer to travel freely between the various types of blogs.

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  10. This didn't seem like a rant to me. Actually, it was a fine discussion of some of the problems in blogging these days, and it would be wonderful if there was some universal key that allowed us to make comments wherever we read something that interests us. I have often given up because of the difficulty of making a comment on a blog. It seems like Google is in constant tension with the rest of cyberspace. Too bad. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Hello Shimon! I so agree that it would be wonderful to have universal comment access. I fear that the people who create these sites are more concerned with limitations than in encouraging others to come and share. I have given up in frustration before too, and I very much appreciated it when you alerted me to the fact that you were having trouble commenting on my blog. Often we aren't aware of our own problems because we don't have to go through steps to comment on them. Maybe it would be good if we ask others now and then. Google does seem to be an aggravation and I wish that it would not have acquired Blogger, I don't see what good has come of it. Thank you for your supportive comments here!

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