Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Blog Maintenance: Comments are Now Turned On and Email Subscriptions


Oh for Pete's sake! This blog has been in existence since January 2021. My readership has been consistent -- some blogs posts have better engagement than others. However, none have received comments. I have to admit, it bothered me a bit ... until today.

A friend just pointed out that the comments were "turned off." What? I looked under the settings. No, comments are enabled. A little more digging and VOILA! This generation of Google blogs requires the blogger to "turn on" the comments in the "blog post" section of the layout designer. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? Why in the world is there an EXTRA step? ugh.

With that said, I apologize. If you wanted to make a comment on a past post but couldn't, now is your chance. *grumble* Damned Blogger.

For those of you who subscribe to this blog via email, FeedBurner issued this statement in April:
FeedBurner has been a part of Google for almost 14 years, and we're making several upcoming changes to support the product's next chapter. If you use FeedBurner to manage your RSS feeds, here's what you can expect to change and what you can do now to ensure that you’re prepared.

Starting in July, we are transitioning FeedBurner onto a more stable, modern infrastructure. This will keep the product up and running for all users, but it also means that we will be turning down most non-core feed management features, including email subscriptions, at that time. For those who use FeedBurner to manage email subscriptions, we recommend downloading your email subscribers so that you can migrate to a new email subscription service. This data will also still be available for download after July.
If you subscribe to this blog via email, I will be exploring a new email subscription service for this blog. In the mean time, you should follow this blog the good, ol' fashioned way.

Sorry for all of the confusion!


  1. Yes, I kind of wondered why comments were disabled. Glad things have been put to rights now!

    1. Seriously!!! What's really frustrating is that I'm not a new blogger. I've been using this platform for well-over a decade! I never had to enable the comments in the settings AND in the blog post designer. ugh. Well, we're back in business.

  2. *waving frantically back* It's all good. Things have been terrifying and weird, but not in a good way. I get it. I'm just so frustrated at lack of streamlining in these new designs. I left WordPress because it was way too complicated for a run-of-the-mill blog. Blogger seems to have jumped on board. Ah well.

  3. The internet, can't live with it, can't live without it... :D Never a dull moment, as I like to say, when it comes to blogging. I'm sorry that happened for you, dear Franny. It really is bonkers that Blogger would requite one to manually indicate that they wanted to have comments turned on. Surely it seems more logical for that to be the default and to offer shutting them off as a setting, but not the de facto option.

    Hopefully blogger won't give you any more unwanted surprises like that this year - or ever!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. True story! This extra step seems to be part of Google's upgraded privacy measures. It's also only associated with the newer blogger layouts, like the one I'm using. If I switched to the legacy format, commenting would be the default setting. Ah well. At least it's sorted out.