dianne salerni author
dianne salerni author

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When I hired a designer to re-do my author website, she recommended moving my blog to WordPress and having it be part of the website for consistency and a professional look. At the time, I was buried under my teaching responsibilities and the writing of Eighth Day #3, so I didn’t research what this change might involve. I just said okay, sounds good to me.

I have no doubt that the designer was right about the more professional look that comes with my blog being part of my website. However, there were lots of things about WordPress I didn’t know.

There’s no Follower button. There’s no dynamic Blog Roll. I don’t have as much flexibility when formatting my posts — such as changing the font size or making links stand out in a different color (or else I just haven’t figured out how to do it). And to make a comment on a WordPress post, you have to click the title of the post — or in my case, I asked my designer to add a “Leave a Comment” link at the top. (Clicking the line that tells how many comments there are does nothing. I don’t know why.)

blogger logoBlogger is overall more user friendly, I think. WordPress has Akismet, though, which is awesome at preventing spam comments. No word verification necessary!

However, commenting at other people’s blogs can sometimes be an issue.

When Lexa Cain alerted me that clicking my name on the comments I made at her blog directed her to my Blogger profile, which lists my old blog, I first went to the profile to change it. But you can’t add a non-Blogger blog to the My Blogs list on your Blogger profile.

Then I realized that you could change your log-in when you make a comment, and there was a WordPress option. Hurray! But it didn’t work for me. The form would not accept my WordPress username. ย Which is when I learned that there is a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org. I still get them confused, but basically, I belong to the wrong one, as far as Blogger’s comment box is concerned. It does not recognize my identity.

Some Blogger comment boxes are set up to allow people to submit their name and URL, which works for me, and some are not set up that way. Darned if I know where the setting control for that is! But basically, if you’re on Blogger, and your comment box does not allow me to enter my name and URL, I have to comment under my old Blogger identity. ย (And I found out that WordPress bloggers who don’t have a Google ID can’t comment on those blogs at all. I researched this problem on WP forums and found that a lot of WP bloggers just gave up visiting Blogger blogs because they were unable to comment on most of them.)

Maybe you knew this? Maybe not. But that’s what I’ve learned this week, and I’m sharing the wisdom!