My first glitch had to do with the time. I’m assuming that Blogger uses the time off the computer that is posting as a couple of the comments that I have posted on classmate blogs have used the time off of my computer which is an hour behind. No matter how many times I have tried to fix this I haven’t had any luck and neither has my friendly-neighborhood tech so I have given up on this. Some things just aren’t worth fighting.
Unlike Blogger, WordPress put my first post time as 4 am Saturday morning (I was doing this on Friday evening). So, I explored some of the tabs and found out that the time could be set under options. What a great way this would be for students to learn about time zones! Something I wonder about is commenting. The first comment I made on a classmate’s blog wouldn’t allow anonymous comments (blogger preference?) so I logged in because I have an account. Wouldn’t this deter someone from commenting if they didn’t have an account? I plan to post a comment on my own WordPress blog to see how this works.
I couldn’t wait to start putting links to blogs and websites into my blog. I liked how my new blogroll was looking and liked even better that if I put my cursor over top of the link that I could preview what the blog looked like without having to click on it! What I didn’t like was the fact that my links were mixed in with my blogs. How do I separate these? “Need help? / Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.” My answer was only a few clicks away. I typed “links” into the supersized-search box (I like the large size because it somehow made it seem like I was back in elementary school. I wonder if they intended this? I’ve never seen a big search box that used large font like this.) and decided to select “widgets” from the choices since it was on my red-light traffic list to learn about. In the spirit of just-in-time learning (Valenza), I found out what a widget is (self-contained code to help personalize what is in the sidebar of your blog) and where to find them to manipulate them. Within a couple minutes I was adding links but now the new problem was I couldn’t see them. Back to FAQ to find out that I needed to add categories to my links so that they would appear otherwise they defaulted to the blogroll which explains why they appeared there.