Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to assist you on your book blogging endeavors.

Lately I’ve seen a LOT of people posting about captcha and why and how it should be disabled. After participating in Feature & Follow Friday this past week though, I noticed a significant amount of bloggers still have captcha enabled. I was hoping you could do a post about captcha, and some of the benefits of removing it from your blog? My eyes are starting to burn from all this squinting! – Kelly @ Radiant Shadows

Lately I’ve seen a LOT of people posting about captcha and why and how it should be disabled. After participating in Feature & Follow Friday this past week though, I noticed a significant amount of bloggers still have captcha enabled. I was hoping you could do a post about captcha, and some of the benefits of removing it from your blog? My eyes are starting to burn from all this squinting!

Captcha is enabled as a default. You literally used to have to go to OLD blogger’s interface to turn it off, under the comments section in your settings. Most people don’t know this. (Luckily now Blogger has updated to include it in the New Interface, but this a recent update) Blissful ignorance and then on top of it, when they comment themselves they don’t see it. So, how would they know?

The benefits of Captcha:

  1. Catch those evil spammers before they comment.
  2. That’s about it.

The Pitfalls of Using Captcha:

  1. Potential commentators will get sidetracked as they try to figure out if that is an h or an n. Bye-bye comment.
  2. Did you know Blogger & WordPress has a Spam filter? Captcha is a redundant filter
  3. Google seems to be making the captcha text harder and harder to discern
  4. People will view your blog as “uninformed” and give it an air of unprofessionalism. Most “seasoned” blogs do not have captcha because they know there isn’t a benefit

Most bloggers agree with you, Kelly — get rid of Captcha.


How do you create rounded corners in Blogger and how do you format your blockquote? – Anon

You’ll need to edit your CSS to even begin doing this. You would do this by going into your Template Designer and copying something like this, but of course make it your own:


.post img {
border-radius: 15px;
}

blockquote {
background: #333;
color: #FFF;
padding: 25px;
border-radius: 15px;
margin-left: 55px;
}

XO – Happy Thursday, Talk Less, Read More.

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