Monday, October 24, 2011

Better Blogger Blogging!

So it's begun!  Part of the reason I moved my blog to Blogger and dropped my WordPress site was the hope of better integration between my blog and Google+, which I think is quickly becoming the social network of choice for just about everyone I know.  It's certainly mine, and where I get most of the discussion on my blog.

So the first thing you can do is to replace your blogger profile with your Google+ profile.  So when people visit your blog, they see your google+ profile, and your posts on Google+, presumably.  This is a pretty small change, but I can see it as an important first step.  In conjunction with this, you can add your blog (and any others you contribute to), to your Google+ profile.  So now your G+ profile points people back to your blog - well that's a good thing! And finally, and this is definitely a plus - your blogs posts show up as posts in your Google+ profile.  Or at least, that's what I'm led to believe.  This little microblog post, which typically would be something I'd just put in my Google+ stream and not actually generate a blog post for, is specifically designed to test this out.

The other thing Google has just added is this kind of cool new Dynamic Views view for the blog.  So for the moment I've eschewed my carefully formatted blog design, and am using this new format.  I'd welcome any feedback you have on whether you like it or hate it.  I'm pretty open to these sorts of things, so just let me know. And if you're interested in trying this stuff out yourself in your own blog, jump here to get started.

Finally, please leave your comments here, instead of in the Google+ thread, if you don't mind.  I know it's easier to generate the conversation right in G+, but I'm still trying to get a feel for how to sort out blog commenting and g+ commenting, so I'm trying some different things.

Next post will be back to game discussion.  I've been playing quite a bit of City of Heroes lately, and have more fun stuff to post up about that.  Plus a certain MMO we're all familiar with has all the bloggers frothing at the mouth about the recent changes they've announced, and I have a few opinions of my own.