Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Import Content From A WordPress Blog

Some blog owners - weary of the restrictions, and lack of options and features, decide that WordPress is not part of their future - and are moving to Blogger.

An important part of changing from WordPress to Blogger publishing is the process of moving the existing blog content.

You can import WordPress content into a new Blogger blog - or use an existing Blogger blog. If you are migrating a WordPress domain to Blogger, you'll want to transfer the content, first.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Can I Setup A Blog, And Sell Goods Or Services?

We see cautious blog owners, asking that question periodically, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?.

Many home based, and small, businesses use Blogger blogs for selling various goods and services. Apparently, you're permitted to sell stuff, using your blog. That said, there are some common sense rules which you should consider, before you setup a blog to sell stuff.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BlogRolls Are Good For Casual New Reader Activity

Blog owners use many techniques for getting new readers - and for keeping existing readers happy.

Some blog owners use techniques which work inconsistently, because they are not designed to work the way they are being used. Some blog owners becomes concerned when their blogs, listed in blogrolls on other peoples blogs, don't seem to be updated as regularly as they would expect.

Blogrolls are good tools for getting new readers, in a casual manner. They may not be as good, for predictable, scheduled visitor activity.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The HTML Mode Syntax Checker Was Out Of Control

Most of us who compose pages and posts in HTML mode are accustomed to the annoyance of the (Page / Post) Editor HTML syntax checker.

Proper HTML syntax depends upon correctly paired HTML tags. You enter an opening tag, without a closing tag - and within seconds, the syntax checker pops up and alerts you to your mistake. You then enter a closing tag, and all is well. This might be a normal event, when formatting the page / post title.

Until this week, the syntax checker gave us a brief one or two line advice, at the top of the page. Now, we see a full screen page of random text - and in some cases, no way to continue. The error message fills the screen, and we can't see the editor window - so we can't finish what we were doing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Open Source Content Is Not Quality Blog Content

Some blog owners, complaining of unfair spam classification, are still not considering the need for original, quality content.
I have not broken any Blogger rules. Why was my blog deleted, as a spam host?
Copied content, legal or not, is not quality content. Blogger blogs need original content, that's informative and interesting.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Duplicate Blogs, Inadvertently Created

Occasionally, someone reports a problem with disappearing blog content, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
My posts disappeared, right after I changed my email address!
This blog owner does not realise the problems caused by changing ones email address (but not the account name), without thinking.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Editing And Showing Your Blogger Profile

Your Blogger profile is the public part of your Blogger identity, that can be seen by others.

You will want your profile to provide the best representation of you - but do not display too many details. Revealing account names and email addresses, for instance, can put your blogs at risk of theft.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Anonymous Comments, And The Mobile Template

Not all blog owners appreciate the effort by Blogger, to make anonymous comments a usable feature, in our blogs.
Anonymous comments have a complicated form - and people don't want to comment. They have to select certain pictures, related to a subject. When using a mobile template, they don't see all the buttons needed - and there are many steps until you finally publish a comment.

Could is be simpler? With no checking pictures, with just typing few numbers, or without any security question at all?
This blog owner would prefer Blogger commenting, before 2015, when anonymous comments meant unending waves of spam.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sharing To Google+, And The "Gray Screen Of Death"

If you like to multi task when using Blogger, you probably keep a few windows and tabs open, in the browser.

If you have lots of tasks running simultaneously, and you try to Share to Google+ from the dashboard Posts page, you may click on the "Share" link, the "Share on Google+" window pops up, you watch the window load - and just as the window is almost complete, it vanishes.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Diagnose FaceBook Posting Problems

Sometimes, in the progress of integrating a FaceBook Wall with our blog, we may face a problem which involves FaceBook Open Graph code.

FaceBook error displays can be as mysterious as Blogger error displays. But, there is hope - provided by FaceBook Developers.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Life - And Spam Classification / Review - Is Unfair

Repentant spammers are not frequently seen, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.

When a truly repentant spammer reports a problem, it is difficult to know how to treat one appropriately. They are so rare, we have little experience.
This is totally unfair.
Actually, life is totally unfair.

You have been abusing Blogger - and a system which millions of blog owners try to use, in spite of your unfairness. You have been unfair, to other Blogger blog owners.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Blog Team Administrator, On Vacation, Is Trouble

We see questions of naivete, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, about blog ownership recovery.
I accidentally deleted my administrative access. How do I get my access back?
There is only one legal answer.
Have another administrator restore your access.
But this story does not end well.
The other administrator is on long term vacation! I really need to have my access back!!
There is no easy answer here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The "Next Blog" Link Is A Series Of Compromises

Periodically, we see complaints about "Next Blog" content, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
When I click on the "Next Blog" link, I get sent to blogs from many, many different languages. Can I set this to send me to primarily blogs published in English?
"Next Blog" sends me to blogs about "xxxxxxx". My blog is about "yyyyyyy". Why can't I get more blogs about "yyyyyyy"?
What these blog owners do not understand is that using "Next Blog" involves compromise.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Pages And Posts Can Use Rich Text, In The Titles

Recently, in advising a blog owner of a (probably) unrelated problem, I discovered an unknown (to me) option, in both page and post editor.

Pages and posts can apparently use bold and italic characters, in titles. This interesting option does not work transparently, however.