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Why don't I own my own identity?
Are you referring to trying to post comments on Blogger ie. blogspot blogs?
Yes, that's it exactly...although it might happen on blogs of other types as well.
It's not you. It's how Blogger software is set up. Trying to post comments on Blogger blogs is a drag. Open ID fails more often than it works and blogspot software thinks we all have a single username here at wordpress.com and a single blog by the same name. So if we have a domain or more than one blog registered under the same WordPress.com username trying to comment becomes a nightmare. Unless the blogger chooses to enable commenters to post with a username and URL on their Blogger blog it's next to impossible to leave a comment. The only workaround is to register a Blogger blog which will allow you to comment but your username will not be linked to your WordPress.com blog when you do.
Hmmm...Unfortunately I have an aversion to all things Google, so starting a Blogspot blog is the last thing I want to do.
But thank you very much for putting me out of my misery. I've wanted for a long time to be supportive of several blogs, but figured it was my own ineptitude that was causing the problem. Can't help but wonder if the blog owners have any idea that Blogger is cutting down on their interaction from followers.
I really appreciate your help.
I always comment using Name/URL but some bloggers don't make that available. They're trying to cut down on spam, but they don't get the awesome comments from WP.com people either that way.
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