From today we will be starting the Blogger Titans Interview series. As the name suggests , we will be interviewing people who have unparalleled expertise and understanding of the Blogger Platform. From Blogger Forum Top Contributors , Template Designers to Gadget Creators , we will be hosting everyone who has extensive experience with Blogger. To kick things off our first guest is Andy Page , Blogger Forum Top Contributor as well as the owner of one the most visited site on Blogger platform , SpoilerTV. Let’s dive straight into the interview
Stylify Your Blog : Can you introduce yourself to our readers
Andy Page : Hi, I’m Andy the owner of SpoilerTV and a Blogger Top Contributor (TC) in the Blogger Forums.
SYB : Since When have you been using Blogger and what has been your experience with it so far ?
AP : Been using Blogger since around 2005 when I started the LOST Site, DarkUFO (darkufo.blogspot.com).
Being a Blogger Top Contributor, what does a normal day look like ?
After that I check to see if there appears to be any wide scale outage or issues affecting lots of users.
Finally I look at any new support tickets that have not been replied to by other TC’s.
– Unlimited Bandwidth and a huge amount of space for Photos and Videos
– Ability to Customize the full template
– Managed Security
– Very Reliable, 99.9% up-time.
– Deep integration with other Google Products, eg. G+, Photos etc
– Can only have 100 Max Authors
– Can only add 20 Labels Max to a post
– No built in Author Profiles
How do you picture Blogger 5 years from now ?
– New and Improved Templates
– Provide Templates that provide the ability to easily make a blog be responsive.
– Improved G+ Comments
– Improvements to the Android and iOS apps.
With new features being released in Blogger nearly every month , Any specific feature that you want in Blogger and why ?
Here are a couple of things I would like to see.
– Provide a new level of Security access. Currently we have Reader, Author and Admin. A new level would be Editor. An Editor would be able to edit existing posts but not be able to make any Admin Changes.
Personally, No . G+ is great but not for everyone. G+ only has a small subset of features that can be found in Blogger and provides very little customisations.
Your site Spoilertv , which has grown tremendously after your LOST fame , is in many ways the best example of what can be achieved using Blogger platform when its taken to the extreme , How have you been able to do that ?
Lots and lots of hard work and help from a lot of people. I started the site as something to do once LOST was over, and the site just grew slowly. As we grew we added more helpers and writers to help us post content, and reviews.
One of the key things was to build a great community and we use the Disqus commenting system. It really helps us control the spam and keep trolls at bay 🙂
What are your thoughts on Blogger allowing developers to add templates in the Blogger’s centralized Template Gallery ?
I would love to see more professional themes added to the standard gallery.
Why are there less developers developing widgets and templates for Blogger than other platform ? ( Bad publicity or no extensive promotion by either Blogger nor any person or any other reason)
Blogger Widgets seem like a bit of an afterthought and not very well supported or easy to create/maintain.
I think Blogger need to make it a little simpler for first time bloggers. eg. Tumblr is very quick and easy to add content. Blogger can sometimes seem a little daunting and over complicated to new users.
WordPress is great for some people, whilst Blogger is preferred by others.