I’m not sure if many genealogy bloggers know this. They make it really difficult for folks to comment on their blogs. There have been many times I’ve gone to comment then realized that I can’t because the options for authentification don’t apply to me.
Let me give you an example. On blogger blogs, you can allow a person many options for authentification. They can sign into Gmail, Word Press, Blogger, LiveId, etc. But, what if they don’t have one of these accounts? Or, what if they don’t use them for genealogical purposes?
These are the problems I have had trying to comment on blogs. It asks for a Blogger account. I don’t have one. It asks for a Gmail account. I don’t use my Gmail account for blogging. I have another email account for my website and blogs. It asks for a Word Press account. I do have a Word Press account. However, no matter how many times I try to comment using Word Press it never works. I leave my comment, check the box and give the appropriate information, and then it says “you must log in to your Word Press account first” (or something to that affect). I log into Word Press and Poof! my comments disappear and I have to start over. I’m stuck in a loop.
If you are a blogger, please, please, please consider allowing people to authenticate with a Name/URL. This allows folks without the appropriate account to leave their comments in an easy format. If you are worried about getting spam or weird comments, you can always set things up so your comments must be approved before they go live.
I’d love to comment on your blog. Give me the chance, please!