A Little Grumbling
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! :-))