Default Comment Permissions
When you first set up your Blog on the Blogger platform the default setting is to only allow people with Blogger or Google accounts to comment. So when a person clicks on the comment link, this is what they'll see:
A lot of people are not going to be that interested in commenting if they have to sign up for an account. Or, if you're like me and have a Blogger account, but wish to link to your blog on another platform, it is just annoying. By having your blog comments set like this you are making it harder for some people to comment and join in the conversation.
How to Change Your Settings
To change your settings first you need to go to your Dashboard and click on 'Settings'.
Here's what you'll need to do next:
1. Select the 'Settings' tab.
2. Select 'Comments' from the menu.
3. Under 'Who Can Comment?', select 'anyone'
After making these changes, here's what your readers will see when they decide to comment.
If you are concerned about anonymous comments you could enable comment moderation and put a disclaimer on your blog that anonymous comments will not be posted :-) Easy!
Another Plug for the Comment Challenge
Part of what prompted me to post this was that I've been participating in the 31 Day Comment Challenge and so have been visiting a lot of blogs that are new to me. Amongst these blogs I've encountered some with the 'Google only' commenting.
If you come across a blog with 'Google only' commenting, maybe you can link them to this post. If you think there are some very good reasons for sticking with 'Google only' commenting I'd like to hear them. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Addendum #1: and if anyone can tell me how to insert images so that the text doesn't get all garbled up--I'd love to hear from you too!
Addendum #2: Thanks to the great comments by Sue Waters and Rick Biche, I've been able to fix most of my image and text wrapping problems. Thanks you two! Sue has since posted Are Your Comment Settings Making it Harder for Readers to Comment? where she has some more great suggestions, especially for WordPress/Edublogs bloggers.
This is cross-posted on my other blog, Tech Pro-D Tools.