Everyone’s favorite punching bag Blogger has rolled out a new version. They’ve done a pretty good job addressing many of the deficiencies that have caused serious bloggers to abandon Blogger in droves. Based on a quick look around and some tinkering at an old BlogSpot site I have (Spigot) the new features seem to work well. If you have yet to desert Blogger, you may not have too.
Comments – Built-in comments, with a few different levels of control. The comments have e-mail notification. They have a pretty good walk-though on adding comments to your blog.
Individual Archive Pages – Individual posts can now have their own URL (i.e., individual web page). This is a huge improvement.
Titles – Your posts can have titles. The Titles can be permalinks as well.
Templates – They’ve add a bunch of new professionally designed templates, which seem to work in IE6.
Syndication – Atom (XML) feeds are now integrated. Turn these on, so that your blog can be read by Atom enabled newsreaders.
Trackbacks – There is no built-in trackback support. If you want trackbacks you’ll have to use HaloScan.
My new policy in regards to links to Blogger sites is that you must be using the Individual Archive page feature to get a link. The same goes for my blogroll – If you run a Blogger blog and have not enabled Atom feeds you will be dropped from my blogroll.