Blog Anchor Point

Image Links

The images above, are actual Image Links, and are click-able. Use them to navigate to the sites indicated in the mouse-over pop-ups!

Sometimes, a mouse-click on images will enlarge them

Friday, 7 November 2008

Google Account - Creating

There is still confusion shown by some new bloggers (newbies), as to how to start a Blogger Account.

The first thing you need to do is create a Google Account. Why? Because of the protection value of a Google Account, and its access to all Google Products. See also, Google Account FAQ.

Do you need to start a Gmail Account? No, but it would be a good choice, as you'd be able to access ALL the same Google products with a Gmail account, that you can with a Google Account. The difference is that you'd have one more email account.

Once you've finished registering, you'll receive a verification email. Click the link in that email to complete the verification process.

Then, you can create your Blogger Account.

When you have created your blog, do yourself a big favour - check out the Settings screens. These contain vital options for the way your blog looks, and functions.


Friday, 31 October 2008

Left to Right Vs. Right to Left

You might think I am nuts, well, maybe so, and you are not the first! I have been called nuts by the best!

One thing I noticed, and it's probably been noticed by many, but until I noticed it, as far as I am concerned, it hadn't been noticed, is that if you want to highlight some text, written in a Right to Left Language, such as Arabic, you can't do it Left to Right with the cursor! You have to do it Right to Left!

Maybe, I'm wrong, and that's just how MY computer does it, but I found that interesting. I use the Google Translator quite frequently, to translate question threads on Blogger Help Group, and found that out, today.

Well, there's your piece of useless trivia for today!


Monday, 27 October 2008

Request Took Too Long?

After blogging for nigh-on three years, suddenly High Network Traffic is a problem? Suddenly, Google has a pop-up notice for it? Suddenly, I am getting these?

Suddenly, I am also seeing delays in nearly everything I do, from Logging-on to Logging-off - even in sending emails! I wonder why?

I also wonder how many other bloggers are experiencing either this phenomenon, or other weird problems? Is it our Browsers? Is it the Servers? Is it Blogger, itself, working on something? Is it Google? Are those two different?

Hmmm! I mentioned this to Nitecruzr, this morning, and he reminded me of the old Pink Screen notice!


Sunday, 26 October 2008

Following. To click, or not to click?

Every day, without fail, there is a thread on the Blogger Help Group, asking for ways to promote a blog.

Sure, there are ways which will do this, and do that, get your blog seen here, and there, but, without a doubt, the most important feature of blogging, and gaining readership, is to have interesting content - and to visit other blogs, comment, and show YOUR interest in THEIR blogs!

A two-way street is a better way to communicate, and, afterall, that's basically what we're doing, isn't it? Communicating!

That's where Follower is a major tool. It allows you to simply click, or be clicked! How much of a boost to your confidence would it be to see more, and more people - fellow bloggers - linked to your blog through the Followers gadget - each day, or week?

I have been fortunate. I have a large range of blogs on different topics, and although I don't have 50, or 100 'Followers' - yet, it's starting to grow. I have some followers who have very interesting blogs, and I have some followers who don't have blogs - they're just readers - but, as important as any. Where possible, and of interest to me, I follow their blogs, in return. I also look at the blogs they follow, too. That's how it goes.

With the Follower gadget on my blogs, I open my blogs up. Yes, people could go to the trouble of adding a site-feed to get updates of my articles, no worries there, but it also takes up space on their sidebar, or they could to use a reader, like Sage, or Google Reader. But, now, they have more choice! I like that!

Be warned, though, as my friend Nitecruzr says; " ...You are judged by what blogs you Follow."

Do you have any choice in who Follows your blog?

  • Yes, you do. It's called Blocking.
  • However, you can't Block an anonymous Follower.

  • Other bloggers have the same choices as you do.

What if you like a blog, but don't want to be 'shown' as a Follower?
  • Then, Follow it Privately, or Anonymously! Easy.
Do you have to Follow a blog which is Following you?
  • No! You don't. It's your choice.
What I am saying here, folks, is that Following gives you the choice to increase your readership, increase your knowledge on blogging, increase your circle of friends, and maintain a high-peak of interest. Yes, interest. After three years of blogging, I have often asked myself; "What's it all about, Alfie? Is this all worthwhile? Why haven't I got as many readers as that blog - mine is just as good?" Then, someone, or something, changes my direction, and the interest is re-generated. Such a catalyst, for me, is Following. Click, or be clicked. It's YOUR choice! It's also your choice to use this feature intelligently, and properly!


Saturday, 18 October 2008

Invitation - Can't Accept?

Many bloggers are currently experiencing trouble accepting Invitations to join Private blogs. They also, sometimes, get an error code.

Blogger Known Issues is a good place to look for known problems. An example from 2008, the last time something went wrong, and Blogger released a workaround ...

Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Some users may not be able to accept invitations to private blogs unless they are already signed into Blogger. The problem is frequently accompanied by a bX-b0uqh3 error message.

We hope to have this issue resolved shortly, but in the meantime here's a workaround:

  • Copy the sign-in link from the invitation email.
  • Navigate to and sign in.
  • Paste the original sign-in link into your browser's address bar, where you should then be given access to the private blog.

Easy enough?


Friday, 17 October 2008

Importing/Exporting - an Overview

With the advent Importing and Exporting via Blogger (Settings - Basic), it is now possible to copy a blog, or posts and comments, from one blog, to another blog - essentially backing-up your blog. This feature is now, thank goodness, available on Production Blogger - see your Settings - Basic screen.

Of course, it would be ideal to create a new blog to receive the Imported XML file. Unfortunately, you can't use the same name (URL), as Importing and Exporting is only done Blogger blog to Blogger blog, at the moment. Remember, it is not just Blogger who does this Import / Export of blogs - the other companies also have to make preparations for it! Wordpress, for one, is moving quickly for it's customers.

*Before any attempt at Importing/Exporting your treasured blog, I would recommend creating a Testing Blog, like I have, like Nitecruzr has, like most experienced Bloggers would have. They cost nothing and you can practice on them - not on your 'one and only'... and they're FREE!

The steps required are few, and the task is relatively easy. Set-up a New Blog (if required) to receive the Imported file. Next, make a copy (back-up) of the Template of the Blog you wish to Export.

The Export XML file generated, is Atom-formatted, and is designed for easy uploading as a back-up file.
  • The first step would be to create a Folder on your computer - say, in My Documents.
  • Then select Settings for the Blog you wish to copy from.
  • At the top of the screen, is the first Option, Blog Tools - Import Blog - Export Blog - Delete Blog. *Don't click 'Delete Blog'.
  • Select Export Blog.

You have now stored an XML file of your Blog. This can be used as a storage copy, or for adding certain posts to another Blog, or for creating a New Blog.

I found NO problems in the exercises I did with the Export function, although I had no comments attached to those Testing Blogs. The Export function works very well, although, until you get used to it, be watchful. I wouldn't practice on a valuable Blog, either. Create some 'Testers'.

How easy is that? Extremely so. And, what you do next has several possibilities.

The Import feature is a little more complicated if you only want to import some posts, not the whole blog.

Importing a whole blog is simply uploading the XML file you just created. Lets call your blogs, Blog A and Blog B. You have already exported the XML file from Blog A, and it's awaiting you in the folder you created.

Next, go to the Settings - Basic screen of Blog B, and click on Import Blog.

The next screen allows you to select the XML file you just made.

To Import ALL posts from the XML file, in other words, the whole blog, 'check' the Automatically Publish box... otherwise, you'll have to do them all individually, like when Importing only a certain Post.

Notice the dates of the Imported Posts, will remain as they were in the original Blog, Blog A, and are automatically sorted/integrated into your 'new' blog - Blog B.

My Testing Blog, had two posts on it, when I Imported a copy of another blog. All the posts, including Images, were added from the XML file I created, and integrated in date order... exactly as they had been in the original blog.

Importing a Blog, or creating a Back-up copy of a blog with Blogger Import / Export, pertains ONLY to the Posts, and Comments on that blog... not the Template!

To make a FULL (Mirror) copy of your Blog, and Template, try HTTrack - it's the one I use. Then copy to a disc.

This does not excuse you from not making a back-up copy of your Template html, which you should - at every opportunity.

So, in summary, Importing /Exporting of a Blogger blog to another Blogger blog is a very easy, and workable process - provided you follow the steps.


Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Links - Why won't they work?

If my house address is:

25 Roberto Street,
Robertotown. XP2008.

... I would not get any mail, if someone addressed letters incorrectly.

It's the same with LINKS. Links require the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to be correct. In other words, it's your cyberspace address, and it HAS to be correct, for 'mail' (people etc) to arrive at, or view your site. There are also many kinds of URLs in use, too.

If there's an error - anywhere in that URL - the pony express will NOT arrive! There's NO postman with 'local' knowledge, hidden inside your computer, who says; "Oh, yeah, I know who he/she means. This has to go to ..."

So, you have to get it right - or, try again. It can be a 'pain', but there could be many reasons:

  • The URL is not working because the site is closed - no longer working.
  • The URL is not working because you typed it incorrectly
  • The URL is not working because it's just wrong
  • Maybe, there's a problem with your computer server
  • Maybe there's a problem with cookies - check your Browser
  • Blah, blah, blah - who knows them all?

Some simple things to do will ensure you get to where you want to go:

  • Make sure, when typing a URL, that it does not have duplicate Protocol Identifier (HyperText Transfer Protocol) - the http:// ... eg: http:// - and that's an easy error to make!
  • Make sure of the structure of the other part of a URL, namely the Resource Name, is correct - this is the IP address, or Domain name, and that the TLD, or Top-level Domain is correct... check that is a .com, or a .net, or a .org, etc.
  • The best way to make sure you have it correct, is to highlight, right-click and COPY it.
  • Another thing to check, is the pop-up wizard which is used to input a link. It will often already have the Protocol Identifier there, so don't duplicate it!
  • And, another 'new' way to input URLs, is with Blogger in Draft Post Editor. It allows you to check the URL is working properly, before you publish the link. See more information ... < HERE >


Saturday, 11 October 2008

Horizontal Links Tables

Reading my mate's post on creating a Horizontal Index, gave me a hint to do something special.

Using the Tables cells, with frames, or without frames, can be a useful addition to your blog. Like Nitecruzr did in his post, you could achieve the same for a set of posts, like Nitecruzr alludes to, or a LinkList of Blogs, or whatever you wanted.

the ReportBalladryRecipes

The tables are easy to build and can be positioned where you like.

But, what if you have a narrow Template, like a Minima, instead of a Minima stretch Template, or one like a Sand Dollar? A seven, or eight-cell table will be too wide. However, once upon a time, if a table row was too wide for the main post space, it would break and some cells would go onto another line. That doesn't happen anymore. It will, most probably, cut-off halfway through a cell, ruining the table, and maybe, force the sidebar to drop.

So, to give you confidence, you should know the script well, so you can modify it and change how many cells are in the table. For instance, the above table looks like... (with gratuitous line breaks)... also, ignore the target="_blank" (separate window script).

<table align="center"><tbody><tr><td><table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="7"><tbody><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank">the Report</a>&lt/td><td><a href="" target="_blank">Balladry</a></td><td><a href="" target="_blank">Recipes</a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>

These links could be to anything, anywhere.

As long as you keep the form of the table in check, you can make the table row as wide, or as narrow, as you want it. Here is a wider table for comparison ...

the ReportBalladryRecipesReflections

... which looks like this (once again, with gratuitous line breaks)

<table align="center"><tbody><tr><td><table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="7"><tbody><tr>

<td><a href="" target="_blank">the Report</a></td>
<td><a href="" target="_blank">Balladry</a></td>
<td><a href="" target="_blank">Recipes</a></td>
<td><a href="" target="_blank">Reflections</a></td>

Have a play with them. You'l find a use that suits you, and be more confident. Maybe, you might add the code to an HTML/Javascript gadget? Thanks, Nitecruzr!


Thursday, 9 October 2008

Viewing Access for a Private Blog

I innocently answered a question thread on Blogger Help Group, this morning, about viewing a Private blog. The blogger was in turmoil as to why people, other than those he intended, could view - and were viewing - his blog...

"This is my second attempt to be helped. I'll be much shorter now. If you want to know "the whole think", just read the 1st msg below. Question: If my blog is configured to be viewed only by authorized people, how come anyone can see it, by clicking the link:

http://xxxxxxxxxxx.Blog* - no!

Anyone can help me with that? Thanks so much"

The blogger-in-question actually posted his correct URL, too, which I have changed for his security.

Now, it started me thinking - so, I called Nitecruzr. We did some testing of his ideas, and, sure enough, a problem does exist - not only in the Permissions setting - Only People I Choose, but in WHO you choose!

Let me explain.

If you opt for a semi-private blog, by selecting Only People I Choose, and send an "Invitation" by email to certain people, it's up to those people as to whether they accept that Invitation with the Email address you sent it to, or another address. Correct? Yes, it is.

Now, what's to stop those people from accepting the Invitation, and then forwarding it to someone else? Nothing. As Chuck and I proved, this morning, when I sent him an Invitation to a Private Blog of mine. When Chuck accepted the Invitation in his Email, he saw this screen - with his Email address etc ...

OR - he could have changed the Email address for another one. It gives him that option ...

Then, when he has accepted, with whichever address/username, he gets this notice ...

As Blog Owner, I see my Settings Permissions screen, like this. Low and behold, Chuck has not only accepted the original "Invitation", but has sent it to another of his accounts - and to one of MY more obscure email accounts, too (it could have been to anyone!)

So, instead of just having one Invited Reader, I have three (3)! Maybe, too, they could have been people I did NOT want, too - like SPAMMERS!

Now, what's to prevent Chuck from sending more email invitations from MY original "Invitation"? - Nothing!

Without removing Chuck, himself, he can send out as many as the blog will allow - (100 Members - total).

You can remove the unwanted 'members', but Chuck can re-invite them, because he has the Invitation token!

Blogger needs to be made aware of this potential security breach.

BUT - I can track who is doing the additional, or NON-APPROVED inviting. If Chuck, as he has done here, sends out copies of my invitation, to other people, it's recorded in the Blog Readers section.

Do you see? Just above Chuck's first photo, there is a line which showed Chuck's Email address, to which I sent the original invitation. Next to that is the number of Members that address has 'invited'. Now, I know who has been flooding my blog with unwanted Readers!

Of course, this is just a test, and I trust Chuck - implicitly. But, it could happen to YOU. What can you do to prevent this?

  • You could change the blog to a 100% Private Blog - Authors Only ...

  • OR, you can change it back and allow the Readers Group, Chuck 'invited'. You have the choice!

REMEMBER: - There's only one (1) way to have a totally Private blog - Authors Only - and make yourself the only one of those!


Sunday, 5 October 2008

Follower - needs a Feed URL

I tried to Follow a blog, just after the release of the feature, Follower. It wouldn't let me and gave me this message;

"http:// .......... / Could not detect a 'feed' for this URL".

  • Some blogs' URLs are able to be input directly into Add on your Reading List, because that URL is the Feed URL.
  • Some blog owners turn-off their Feeds.
  • Some blogs' feeds are Re-Directed - for example, to Feedburner.

So, in order to obtain a feed for your Follower gadget, you need to obtain that Feed URL. It's easy.
  • Add atom.xml to the end of the blog's URL... eg: http:// ......./atom.xml
  • That will show you the Live Bookmark pop-up. Add the Bookmark.
  • Then, use that Feed URL as the URL you input into the Add on your Reading List for Follower.
My mate Chuck has often said to me; "When you get a 'quirky' feed, trust your Browser. Remember, Browsers are predictable and can handle any feed. Newsreaders always have something interesting for you to worry about".

You will also get value from his posts on Newsfeeds.

A blog also has to have Site Feeds enabled - even in Basic Mode. See Settings - Site Feed.

For further info on Site Feeds, see : Feed URLs - What is mine?


Label-specific Site Feed


Saturday, 4 October 2008

Embedding a YouTube video in a Post

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Embedding a YouTube video, or for that matter, one of your own videos, is a relatively easy task.

Even if you do, or don't, have a YouTube account, but you know the YouTube video URL, or find one you like, simply open the Embed box, and copy the script from it to your Edit HTML Post Editor. Publish. Done!

You find the script here, in the Embed section:

Copy the script and add it to the HTML Post Editor, ( using the Compose Mode Editor might require you to change certain character entities), like this...

For all the information you'll need, Blogger Help is best...

The finished Product...


Monday, 29 September 2008

Watch the Robot!

Last night, I decided to meld two of my Blogs, which have similar, if not the same, theme and personality. I was instantly reminded of the Beatles' song; "I should've known better", or whatever it was.

One blog - (117 Posts), another - (88 Posts). There were a couple of 'double-up posts' so, all up, I was exporting (on Blogger in Draft, naturally), about 212 Posts.

Now, having been caught a long time ago, by the SPAM Robot, for posting in excess of 50 posts in a 24 hrs period, I decided to discuss this with a friend. We decided that, as it was an Export/Import, there should be NO worries, but to test it anyway. I did test it, and found NO problem.

OK, using Blogger in Draft, I proceeded to Export the XML File for my blog. No problems. I Imported the XML File to another blog - NO Problems. I then went through each of the 'Imported' posts on Import blog Post Editor, and Published the lot - 112 Posts - NO problem. Not even a hiccough ...

- until this morning...

Now, I have some questions:

  • Why would the new Feature, Import/Export, not entertain the idea of an Import having more than 50 posts?
  • Why would it wait until the job was well and truly finished, (over 8 hrs - at least, I was asleep by then), before adding a Word Verification Captcha to my Post Editor - on Both Blogs?
  • Why the hell, when you are logged-in to both of YOUR Blogs, would the Robot even think you are Spamming yourself? For crying out loud!
  • OK, they'll remove it after 24 hours. So, why put it on to begin with?


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Comments - How do you delete them?

One question which often pops-up, is how do I delete a comment I left on someone's Blog? Or, I deleted a comment I left on someone's Blog, but it's still showing.

Deleting a comment is simply a matter of navigating to the blog where you left the comment, clicking on Comments and selecting the comment you left ...

You click on the little Garbage / Trash can, and this screen appears...

Then you click on Delete Comment, the comment is deleted...

BUT, indication that there was comment still remains, and is only removable by the Blog Owner ... as you can see in the next image, there's 2 comments indicated, but only 1 showing, though the actual comment is not viewable ...

To remove that comment indication, the blog Owner has to delete the Comment - permanently!

Leaving only one comment, as preferred.


Languages - How do I post in another Language?

Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.

How do I either post in a Foreign Language, or insert some Foreign Language text, in my posts?

The answer is simply twofold - either ...

Here's some of what I have typed, so far, into Japanese, Chinese and Russian - with Images.

Here goes:


" どのように私はどちらかの外国語、ポストか、またはいくつかの外国語テキストを挿入すると、私の記事は?
その答えは単純に2倍です -

  • 言語の翻訳オプション - ちょうどあなたのブログへの翻訳を追加すると、お友達や読者のために!
  • の言語ツールです。

Chinese (Traditional)

答案很簡單兩方面 -

  • 語言翻譯選項 - 只需添加翻譯到您的博客,你的朋友和讀者!
  • 谷歌語言工具。


Как я либо должность на иностранном языке, или вставить иностранного языка текста, в своих сообщениях?
Ответ прост раза --

  • Язык Переводчик вариант - добавить переводчика в своем блоге, за ваши друзья и читатели!
  • Инструменты Google для языка

(*Bear in mind that sometimes, the translations may vary from dialect to dialect. If you have a better translation, please suggest it to Google.)

You enter the text in English, or whatever language you speak, select the from and to languages, then click translate. Then all you have to do is copy and paste to either your email, blog, or wherever. It's surprising how much you can type in and get translated, in one go, as well.

I've done some large emails to my friend in Japan, and she can read it, understand it, and thinks I speak and write Japanese! hahaha - One day, I will tell her the truth - before I get caught-out!

So, if you have a yen to send an email, or publish a post in some foreign tongue, or even translate something you see, then Google Language Tools/translator is a pretty good place to start.

Just one thing to mind - sometimes you may need to check the copied translation for Formatting. The Google Language Tool may add some of it's own syntax.

Also, there are over 60 'on the fly' languages available on my Translator Bar Option, at present, but I'm sure that more interfaces will become available soon.


Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Following - Summary of Blog Title Character Tests

...continuing on from: Testing - Following with Chinese Characters

The addition of gratuitous characters in your blog Title, such as (Shift \) giving (|) and, now recently alerted to by Known Issues, the (Quotation Marks) - ( " "), will cause you problems with the new Gadget, Follower.

My guess is that, as we've known for a long time with a URL, certain characters are just NOT acceptable, nor, it appears, are they in certain other places, either. My mate, suggests these 'concatenations' etc, provide the Follower gadget URL with unacceptable hexadecimal representations for the Server.

See: The Real Blogger Status

So, tests I have made, subsequent to an inquiry thread in Blogger Help Group, indicate:

  • I first thought it may have been the actual Chinese characters, and made my suggested work-around.
  • Addition of Language characters, such as Chinese lettering, or French accents, is OK, when wanting to use Follower for a blog. No problem 400 Error (Bad request) message appears.
  • The addition of (|, or, as it appears, the quotation marks (" "), will cause the 400 message.
  • I noticed over six months ago, that the addition of quotation marks in the Title description for my Linkslists, was stopping them from displaying. I would say these problems are connected to the overall character situation. During testing, I found these characters did NOT cause any problem... ? * < and >

As well as the Shift \ - (|), I also forced a 400 Error with this character ... ( ^ ) ... but could not with the Quotation Marks ( " " )?

This problem of the 400 Error won't go away, but it's good to know some reasons for it!


Monday, 22 September 2008

Testing - Following with Chinese characters

...continued from: Following - A Language Hitch?

This test for adding Follower is for a blog with a mixture of English and Chinese (Traditional) characters in the Title.

I am trying to re-create a 400 series (Bad Request) code Error, or a 404 (Not Found) code Error, which a blogger, Jane, was inquiring about, on Blogger Help Group. Jane's blog Title was:

"Reddie's Page | 鸿屋"

Starting this Test with the Blog Language set to English, the Profile Language set to English, and the Blog Title set to:

"My Follow Testing Blog - 我的測試博客 "

Following loaded - with no problems.

Then I started to wonder why...

Then my brain finally tweaked to it.

In Jane's Blog Title, she had her English characters and her Chinese characters, separated by a "concatenation" ( Shift \) which produces an "|".

To test what I was thinking, I substituted this concatenation for the hyphen in my Blog Title, and guess what? That's correct - a 400 Error - Bad Request! (Eureka)

When I switched it back to the hyphen, I could Follow this blog without the 400 Error!

The reason I tweaked to the concatenation, was that I tried to save the URL of my new Testing Blog, and Post, to my Notepad, which I do for all blogs and Posts - and got this...

Apparently, Blogger Known Issues is reporting a similar problem for some readers, when trying to Follow blogs which have quotation marks in their Titles ... (Sept. 23.)

Next Post - Summary of Events.


Sunday, 21 September 2008

Following - A Language hitch?

As I found out just recently, in order to use Follower successfully on your blog, your Language Setting on Settings - Formatting, must be set to English.

What happens, then, if part of your Header contains a non-English character?

For instance,

Roberto's Blog - 罗伯托的 Blog

Well, the chances are that, as soon as you try to Follow, you'll get a 400 Error (Bad Request) message, as Jane found out on her blog, recently. However, was it caused by the Chinese characters?

Originally, we thought there was a problem, with the non-English characters causing the hitch (400 Error), because the Feed recognises the blog Title - and for Follower to work, it has to be in English. So, what could we suggest?

A simple answer would have been to eliminate the characters of the other language. Right? Well, yes and no. Jane liked her Header/blog Title - in her case, it was "Reddie's Page | 鸿屋".

The remedy suggested at the time was, that if Jane would, perhaps, cancel the characters on her actual blog Header, and construct an Image of her Header, containing the characters, via say, MS Paint, she could have both Follower and her Fancy Characters. eg:

The reason? The Feed would see the normal blog Title, and Jane's readers would see her Header Image.

In the next example, underneath this Header Image, is the real blog title - Testing 4.

So, now, I used one of my Blogger Accounts to Follow my Testing 4 Blog...

Everything seemed to be OK - then ... see the following update

UPDATE: 23rd Sept. - see: Latest Test on this problem


Following - Anonymously

One feature of the Follower/Friend Connect gadget, is the ability to Follow Privately, or Anonymously.

This allows you to subscribe to a Feed from, and Follow a blog, without the blog Owner knowing - for whatever reason, I don't know, but still, there it is.

OK, you see a blog you'd like to Follow, so you click on Follow this Blog, or you Add the URL of the blog - and, as long as that blog has Feeds enabled, you can Follow it. You click and get this screen ...

You see that you have two options:-
  • Follow Publicly
  • Follow Privately (anonymously)

You pick Follow Privately.

Anonymous Following doesn't show anywhere, except on YOUR blog Dashboard/Reading List.

You can Follow some blogs, Publicly, and some Anonymously. If you want to change your status on a particular Blog, from Anonymous to Public, just click on Manage and select Public.

If you wish to cancel your subscription to that Blog, you can click the little garbage/trash can.


Block a Follower

What if you have someone Following your blog, and you don't want them to?

Well, you BLOCK them ... BUT - if your blog is set to Public, you can't stop that Blocked blogger from anything other than appearing in your list of Public Followers. You can't stop him/her from Viewing your blog, Commenting on your blog (unless you have Comment Moderation enabled), or Subscribing to your blog.

*n.b: ...and YOU can't Block an Anonymous Follower!

If you set your Blog to Private, Following won't work, because Feeds do not work on Private Blogs!

So, you don't want someone 'Following' your Blog - publicly, simply click on Manage that Follower ...

On your Dashboard ...

The next screen then appears, where you can check that you are Blocking the correct Follower, then click BLOCK ...

This screen will then appear ...

If you then wish to check which Followers have been Blocked from your Followers Gadget, click Manage again, then select ...

If you realise you blocked someone you didn't want to, then click UNBLOCK. - Easy!

Remember: You have to be logged-in to Follower gadget, with the ID of an Administrator of that blog! If not, you won't be able to Block.

Blocking a Follower - Updated April 2010