If you’re one of the 169 million bloggers in the world who use Blogger.com as your blogging platform of choice, then you may be pleased to know that Blogger is to receive a fresh coat of virtual paint, amongst other improvements. Chang Kim, the product manager for Blogger, stressed that there’s a lot more to these changes than just shiny new graphics. “We’ve rewritten the entire editing and management experience from scratch so it’s faster and more efficient, and easier for us to update and improve over time,” he stated on the Google blog.
The first of the new enhancements is a more streamlined blogging experience. Kim elaborated that whether a user is on the dashboard or settings page of blogger.com, they will be able to create or edit posts with just one click at the top of the screen. Additionally, the post editor has been expanded and simplified to provide a larger canvas for drafting and previewing one’s work.
Users will also be able to see at a glance how people are reacting to their blog by viewing a graph of recent traffic, comment activity and follower counts in the new overview section of the dashboard. According to Kim, users will additionally be able to take advantage of a list of helpful links, a feed of Blogger updates and a showcase of other blogs they may find interesting. However, the new user interface will not be enabled by default. The company has chosen instead to take an opt in approach, allowing bloggers to choose whether or not to enable the new UI, which means that the new Blogger experience won’t be updated until it is enabled by users.
A preview of the new Blogger dashboard
Kim encouraged users to keep an eye out for a pop-up announcement on their dashboard with instructions on how to get started, and visit this Blogger Help Center page
to learn more about what’s changed. “We’re working hard to fundamentally revamp and improve the Blogger experience from the ground up, and we hope you enjoy the first in a series of major updates that are on their way in the coming months,” he added.