Boring meta-blogging

OK, how come WordPress lets me show up as Dr. Virago on comments on other WordPress blogs, but on Blogger blogs, I’m “quodshe.” It’s driving me nuts that my Blogger comments say “quodshe” because that suggests “quodshe says” and that’s just redundant (and also a conflict in tenses). Why won’t the Open ID sign-in do what WordPress commenting does, and distinguish between blog title and blog author?  Sigh.

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9 thoughts on “Boring meta-blogging

  1. This bothers the crap out of me, too. And I feel like there MUST be a way to change it…. but I have no idea what that is.

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one it bothers (and yeah, I totally thought of you first when I was writing this). I have no idea how to change it, either. I mean, I *could* comment on Blogger blogs with my Dr. Virago Google/Blogger ID, but then the link would go to my Blogger Profile and not directly here. *Plus* now that I’m on G+ and logged in most of the time to Google with my real life identity, I don’t want the hassle of switching constantly — or worse, make the mistake of commenting with the RL Google account instead of the Dr. V one.

    Sigh. Blogging is *hard* and *complicated*! 😉

  3. wordpress.com: from the Dashboard, go to Users (down the left-hand side), then click on “quodshe” (or your user name). Enter whatever you’d like in the “Display name publicly as” field.

    blogger.com: from the Dashboard, click Edit Profile. Enter whatever you’d like in the “Display Name” field under the Identity heading.

    Or have I misunderstood what’s wanted?

  4. Sharon, I think it’s more a WordPress issue (or maybe Open ID?) than a Google one. When you sign in with your WordPress ID (which is what I want to do on all blogs now) on WordPress, it uses the name you put in your “display name publicly” field, but when you sign in with your WordPress ID on Blogger, it asks for your WordPress blog URL, and then uses the part before the wordpress.com as your display name. Using multiple sign-in (even if it did work with Blogger) wouldn’t solve the problem, because that’s for Google/gmail accounts and I don’t want to use those.

  5. Ah, I see. One last thought: have you checked what the gravatar setting is for your WP account? Profile there also has a Display Name field, and you can link Verified Services–including Blogger–if you’d like to integrate it with them.

  6. Yeah, I did the ‘display name’ part awhile ago and it still shows up as “quodshe” on Blogger. But I only just did the linking verified services after writing this post. If you hover over my Gravatar, you can see the little B logo of Blogger, which is a link to my Blogger profile, so I know it does that much (making clear that WordPress Dr. Virago is the same as Blogger Dr. Virago), but I don’t know yet if it changes my display name on a Blogger comment. We’ll see.

  7. When you sign in with your WordPress ID (which is what I want to do on all blogs now) on WordPress, it uses the name you put in your “display name publicly” field, but when you sign in with your WordPress ID on Blogger, it asks for your WordPress blog URL, and then uses the part before the wordpress.com as your display name.

    As a long-time WordPress commenter on Blogger, I can testify that this is only true on some blogs (Not of General Interest being one). On others I get my full name as submitted by WordPress. I think it depends on the authentication settings at the Blogger end.

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