I've had a fascinating afternoon playing around with blogger - yes, that sound you heard about an hour ago was probably me...screaming!
But we are all wearing our happy faces again now :-)
It was brought to my attention that by using 'embedded' as my comment feed option that I was making it difficult for some non-blogger bloggers from commenting on my posts. Word verification options and registered user/google account were also mentioned as being a problem.
Now, I love hearing from others & what they're thinking about, so this concerned me.
I had removed word verification ages ago (to make it easier for people to comment) but added comment moderation for posts older than a week to keep a track of any spam. Since doing this I have no problems with spammers. The occasional one that gets through blogger goes straight to my inbox and I can delete it.
A month ago I switched to 'pop-up' instead, which apparently would made it easier for others to comment. I also moved to 'anyone' being allowed to comment on my blog.
Within 24 hours I was swamped by spam emails and comments.
I quickly reverted back to 'registered users' and the spammers disappeared - phew!
I stayed with the 'pop-up' option for comments though as it seemed to be working fine. Until I realised that I couldn't reply individually to any of my lovely comments. My comments thread had disappeared!
Today I have googled my eyes out trying to find out how I can add a reply thread to pop-up comments. Result - nothing, nada, zilch, zip, can't be done.
My only option is to go back to 'embedded'.
I'm terribly sorry if this excludes anybody, but I NEED to reply! If you have any ideas on how to do this in 'pop-up' please let me know.
The good thing about my googling efforts though, is that I finally found out how to centre my blog name (above).
And I found a code for adding social media icons to my header (that rotate when you hover....yes, I'll wait while you try it out :-)
So the day was not wasted.
If I could only work out how to make the white section behind my blog posts that reaches all the way to the top of the page, transparent (like the header), then my blogging life would be complete!!
Onto other matters: I have decided to sign up for Paris in July.
If you'd like to register your interest, please click on the link here.