This topic has been long in coming to you. So, what do I think about Blogger, now that I've been blogging with them for several months?
My experience with Blogger can be summed up quickly: great, with a few highly irritating annoyances.
First, the great: For someone, like me, who knows next to no HTML, Blogger is a life-saver. There are other free blogs for those with no HTML expertise, but I like the ease with which the whole process works at Blogger. The online help feature is very helpful (provided you don't want to talk to a human), and I learned enough to get to the point where I'm quite happy with my blog. Finally, I love how one can search for other bloggers with similar interests, occupations, and locations. That's one of the best features of all!
Now, for the irritating annoyances, with a word on two problems that don't exist anymore: Speed is no longer a problem, thankfully. I get less errors publishing my posts than I used to.
However, some things about Blogger really bug me:
Problems with the Profile
It's not easy to get one's picture into one's profile. Also, my astrological sign is listed as Capricorn. That's true, but I don't give a damn about it, as it's not relevant to me or my blog. I should be able to remove it. That absolutely stupid random question, which comes at the end of the profile when one is constructing or editing it, is given pride of place when the viewer reads the profile. Since I don't care to waste my time answering random questions from Blogger.com, a first time reader of my blog might think I don't like real people asking me real questions. I should be able to remove this highly annoying feature! The profile asked for my birthday, and I gave it, yet this does not show up in my profile. What's the point in answering a question that isn't intended to be shown? Even worse, the "interests" feature cuts off the interests without warning in the profile view, although, mysteriously, these remain somehow accessible when someone does a search on a particular interest. The stats in the sidebar are completely out of date. Despite the fact that I recently posted my 100th post, Blogger still says I've written 80. I can't remember the last time that count was updated. Finally, the recent posts, towards the end of the profile, are completely out of date, too.
Other Issues and Problems
Blogger recently made a big deal about the fact that it now keys off the user's web-broswer's language. What this just did was to make the Blogger home page virtually unusable to any expatriate blogging from an international location. There isn't even an English button to click on. Where I live, in South Korea, there are many expatriate English-speaking bloggers in an expatriate population numbering in the thousands. Fortunately, the bloggers have preexisting accounts, so they can sign in quite easily from public terminals. On the other hand, if I were in the shoes of my friend, I'd have to create a blog on someone else's computer, since the sign in process is utterly bewildering to those who don't know Korean. Blogger should take a page from its parent company, Google, and put an English button on the front page.
Blogger's help people have been almost totally unresponsive both times I've contacted them, but then, given my recent problems with RBC Royal Bank's Online division, that's not unexpected. Internet help is too often less than helpful. People give you these BS answers that showed they didn't really read your questions. It just ticks me off: either don't respond at all, or respond thoughtfully. This, of course, may be a function of under-paid employees being overworked; I wouldn't know that sort of thing.
It's unfortunate that the archives cut off after 300 posts, requiring an HTML tweak in the blog template. To its credit, Blogger Help will tell you the tweak, but for someone like me, who anticipates blogging for a long, long time, it's yet another annoyance.
The "next blog" button is silly; I've clicked it a few times, and two of three times it sent me to blogs advertising the stuff you get offered in spam. Cheesy, very cheesy. Thanks to my statcounter, I know that the visitors I get from this random endorsement don't stay around. Either drop it, or make it "smart."
Sometimes when I post, the posting time is off by one hour. I can never predict when this will happen, but it's annoying.
I'd like to run comments on my blog, but I want them to require my approval. The web is just too vulnerable to petty internet vandalism for me to trust the comments feature. In fact, I've promoted my site less than I should have, because I don't want a few idiots wasting my time and resources. Blogger should change its comments feature to allow for vetted posts.
I'd like a song to play in the background of my blog, but there is no mechanism for this. Blogger does address the subject of sound in a band-aid solution that involves calling a telephone number in North America and recording mono sound by telephone. Who needs that? It's a waste.
Overall, I'm happy to be blogging with Blogger, but the longer my profile stays as is, the less happy I am. I hope Blogger works to fix these annoyances quickly, but I won't be counting on it. But then, how can I complain when it's a free service?
UPDATE: I've just received this auto-response from Blogger (I sent them a copy of this post). It's less than inspiring (nobody takes a "wishlist" seriously). However, I am a big fan of the auto-response, as it allows one to know when a query has been received correctly.
Thanks for submitting your Wish List item. We greatly value feedback from
our users and review every submission.