As we all know from my whining, jparks moved my blog over to Blogger from Wordpress recently and I was (am) not too happy about it. I've noticed a few things since the transition that have left me with some questions regarding feed readers and comments and I'm hoping you can shed some light on the situation. Let's begin! (Bonus: No technical knowledge required)
One of the things I loved about Wordpress was that people had to provide an email address when leaving a comment. This meant I could email a response directly to the person rather than leaving the answer in another comment that the person may never see. Blogger does not provide me email addresses for comments so unless I know your address already I can't reply to you. I've been hesitant to leave replies in the comments because I seriously doubt you care enough to come back to check for a response. We're all busy people, I'm just happy you even take the time to read what's here and leave a comment. (This sounds way bitchier than I mean it. I'm honestly just happy you took the time to stop by.) So what's the general opinion, are replies in the comment section good or once you leave your comment are you done checking the post?
The other thing that I've noticed (that's not directly related to Blogger) is that since moving platforms, the number of people using the feed to my site has gone from a healthy number to six. I know this is not a mass exodus of people removing the feed, it's because my url changed but still, bothersome. Since moving I've been linking (almost) every post on twitter, which is something I do not like to do. I don't consider myself a professional blogger and for some reason I see this as a professional move and an annoyance to the people that follow me. For the record, I do not find it annoying if you do it so please don't take this as as attack on anyone that puts links there. This is a long winded way of asking if things like Google Reader are dead to everyone but me. Do most people get here through my tweets with links? Do I need to continue to do that? Is Google Reader about to go the way of Wave and disappear forever because it's me and five others using it?
So friends, what's your opinion on these things of little importance to the world but of great importance to me?