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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sorry, but Blogger/Google + Partnership Feels Like Bunk

This will be in my SharingwithWriters newsletter but I didn't want to wait for subscribers to this blog to see it--just in case you, too, are a faithful user of Blogger:

Blogger is offering to let those who comment on your blog do double duty by including those comments on their Google + stream, all as part of the same post.  You would need to sign in to a link they give you to enable them to do so.  It sounds like a great idea but beware! If you do this, only people who also have Google Plus accounts will be able to comment on your Blogger blog. That feels very exclusionary to me--and not too smart!  Thought I'd warn you!

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:


  1. This is SO ironic. I researched this today because I didn't feel right about it and voila! The answer to my dilemma came from you. I think I'll hold off for now to see how things shake out first. Thanks for the advice.

  2. So, are you suggesting that wordpress.org is a better way to go? I'm debating that at the moment. thanks for sharing.
    Author: Hiding in a Cave of Trunks

  3. Donna, yes! I think they may come up with a better answer that fits my need for 1. no censorship of my readers' comments and 2. no exclusionary tactics. Ester, I'm not cray about Wordpress. They tend to require so much for someone to comment on their blogs that the end result feels exclusionary. I like blogger. I'm just not adding this "benefit." Like Donna, I'll wait and see.

    1. Thank you Carolyn. Ahead of the game as usual. So pleased to have your advice on Google+ issue and read your opinion on Wordpress comments.


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