Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Editing And Showing Your Google+ Profile

When you have a Google+ profile, and you use it with your Blogger blog, it replaces your Blogger profile - and becomes the public part of your Blogger identity.

Google+ displays your profile more transparently than Blogger displays your Blogger profile. Your Google+ profile is clearly and consistently linked to your Google+ comments and posts, for your readers to view - and it's part of the Google+ desktop, for you to view and to edit. And Google+ lets you display or hide sensitive portions of your profile, with more options than Blogger provides.

All that aside, Google+ is not completely obvious, in letting you view and edit all profile content.

One of the challenges of Google+, and showing and editing your profile, is that Google+ is being updated, this month - and there are now two Google+ desktops.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Change The Display Name, On Old Posts

We see the occasional query, about name changes, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.
I just got married, and now I have a new email address, and a new name. How do I change my Blogger identity?
And the usual advice was
You can change youe email address - and you can transfer control of the blog to a new Blogger account, which bears your new name. But old posts will remain, with your old name.
And there, we would have one more disappointed blog owner.

But that does not have to be the final answer.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

What Access Do You Have, To Your Blog?

Occasionally, we have a would be blog owner, becoming confused about blog access, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I can look at the dashboard Posts page - but there are no posts listed.
I can't access the Template Designer (edit the template, add users to the blog, ... ).
or maybe
Why is Settings so small?
These are bloggers who are confused over a blog where they are an Author, as opposed to a blog where they are an Administrator.

Along with knowing how to identify yourself, knowing what access you have to a given blog can be a key detail, when you are dealing with identity confusion - such as inadvertently created duplicate accounts, or possibly duplicated blogs.

Let's look at my dashboard, and at a pair of blogs which we see there.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Reformat An Unreadable / Unusable Page Or Post

Sometimes, you have to start over.

If you edit your post too enthusiastically - or if you switch between Compose and HTML modes too much, while editing - you can corrupt the formatting. You can cause a cornucopia of symptoms, from messed up index pages, with dropped sidebars, to unreadable posts (and yes, pages).

Even the old trick of doing nothing but toggling between Compose and HTML modes may not work, every time.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Large Blog Sitemaps Are Broken, And Lack Content

Several owners of large blogs (500 posts and up) are reporting problems with indexing, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I have over 2500 posts, in my blog. Each sitemap page, which should contain 500 posts, shows only 150 posts. This reduces my indexed posts tremendously!
This blog owner did nothing to cause this problem.

Upon investigation, we have discovered that both blogs using the classic feed based sitemap, and the current automatically generated sitemap, are missing sitemap contents, equally.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

XML Gadgets Do Not Work In HTML Templates

One of the more intriguing questions, seen occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, is about blog accessories, and template antiquity.
I feel the customization with HTML templates is a lot more unique - but I wanted a certain gadget, on my blog. I upgraded my template in order to add the gadget, and copy its coding. After reverting back to the Classic template, I placed the gadget into my HTML. How do I get the gadget to work?
This blog owner does not understand the differences between HTML and XML.

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.