Overall I’ve had a wonderful time, and I think the A to Z team did a great job in organising it all. Well done guys! I’ll definitely be coming back next year for more.
For me the big revelation was getting to chat and hang out in the comment sections with other bloggers (on their blogs or mine). I got to know some awesome people that I’ll keep in touch with going forward – not only was it great fun, it was most definitely worth the desperate daily scramble to find a subject and write the post for the day’s letter.
There is, however, one ugly cloud on the bloggosphere’s horizon, one stumbling block to the epic blogatory love-in that A to Z should be. And that is the inability of WordPress and Blogger to get along so that we can chat in a way that doesn’t involve epic headaches. WordPress and Blogger are about as compatible as Mac and Windows, it’s a bit ridiculous and really frustrating.
There’s no way for a WordPressite (is that what we’re called?) to hear of replies to a comment left on a Blogger blog, short of going back there manually – and who has that kind of memory, especially during A to Z? Meanwhile, a Blogger blogger (haha, see what I did there?) can only get notified of all subsequent comments left on a WordPress post – rather than just hearing of replies left to her comment.
And erm, since I like to chat back to my commenters, if anyone has subscribed to my comment sections, they would have received a load of totally irrelevant / random stuff. (I may have recently have exchanged a few comments with the lovely Sammy D about writing poo stories. I mean, who would want that clogging up their inbox? Clogging being the operative word. *trying not to laugh*)
It’s a shame, because as a result, both Bloggians and WordPressites are missing out. I found myself veering more towards WordPress blogs, simply because of the ease of communicating with them, and because for me the aim was to interact and chat with other bloggers. I don’t think I’m the only one who did this as most of the people who visited my blog were WordPressites. Likewise I would assume that Bloggians found it easier to chat with other Bloggians. Don’t get me wrong, I visited plenty of Bloggians too, but it often felt like I was throwing comments in a bottle, knowing that I wouldn’t get a bottle back unless they visited my site.
It’s a real shame because it’s detracting from everyone’s experience, and surely there’s a piece of code somewhere that would enable all blogs to have a “subscribe to replies” option. Blogging is a social media tool, so it seems silly to make it difficult to communicate with other blogs (even if *gasp* the blog is hosted by a rival service).
Here’s hoping that by next year, WordPress and Blogger get their act together and sort this thing out, so we can be one big happy blogging family. And here’s looking forward to A to Z 2015!
Oh and also, that word verification thing is evil and has been spawned for the specific purpose of irritating the shit out of real people. I’m sure for blogs with enormous traffic it is necessary to have them, but otherwise, for the love of Neil Gaiman, people should remove them from their blogs! I cannot tell you how often I get those things wrong and how much energy has been wasted yelling and swearing at the screen whilst making my second or third attempt.
PS: does anyone else think that there could totally be a bad movie a la Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus made, called Bloggians vs WordPressites? It sounds like one of those terrible sci-fi movies: Bloggians would be aliens, WordPressites would be some sort of cyborg.
I’m ashamed to say, by the way, that I’ve seen Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, it’s even worse than it sounds. It’s so bad, it’s gone beyond the “it’s so bad, it’s good”, all the way back to “it’s so epically bad, it’s just bad”. If you’re intrigued, I’ve embedded the trailer below, so you can feast your eyes on the worse thing film has to offer.