Google has released a couple of updates to their blogging platform “Blogger”. The first is “Blogger Post Gadget for iGoogle” that let you edit and publish posts directly from your custom iGoogle homepage, making it even easier to share your thoughts with the world. To get started, just click “+ Google” button to have the Blogger Post Gadget added to your iGoogle page.
You can use HTML in the text box, but if you want more rich text editing — for example, to upload a photo — just click “Save Draft” and you’ll get a link to edit the post in the full Blogger post editor.
The second is the “embedded comment form” that puts the comment form at the bottom of each post page, and allows your readers to post a comment immediately, without clicking over to a different page. If you’re logged in to Blogger with your Google Account, you can also subscribe to comments via email by clicking the “Subscribe” link. Unlike with the full page comment form, you don’t need to post a comment to subscribe.
To enable the embedded comment form for your blog, go to the Settings > Comments page and look for the Comment Form Placement setting. Change it to Embedded below post, save your settings, and go check out a post to see the new form in action.
The embedded comment form works on both Classic and Layouts templates, though if you’re using a heavily-customized Layouts template you may need to reset your widget templates before the embedded comment form will appear.