Often times I visit blogs hosted by Blogger.com and find that I have a difficult time commenting on them. It’s not because I can’t think of what to say, it’s because the blogger, in an attempt to fight spammers, has elected to only accept comments from readers with a Google account or an OpenID profile. There is nothing wrong with choosing that option, but it does scare some commenters away (along with spammers).
I have several Google accounts but prefer not to use them when making blog comments. Each account is used for a different venue and so I prefer to use my name and link to my URL (just my personal preference – you know, a branding type of thing). The remaining alternative, using an OpenID account, is fine, but I never remember my OpenID account name. That means that before I can comment, I’ve got to access the file on my computer with all of my user names and passwords, locate my OpenID account name, then go back to the blog make the comment.
My lazy nature prevents me from jumping through such hoops so I end up not commenting on the blog.
And the Answer Is…
I don’t have an answer. If a blogger using the Blogger.com platform is perfectly happy with the flow of comments being received, then there’s no need to change a thing. After all, the more restricted profile option prevents spam and invites those readers who wish to use their Google account or OpenID.
On the flip side, however, there are a handful of readers (or maybe more), who end up not participating in the blog conversation because of the profile restrictions.
Just something to keep in mind when configuring a Blogger blog.