I am not a great fan of Blogger as a platform.
I admit I have never used it with an account of my own, but I do know that it can be difficult commenting on Blogger site. There is one feature of it that I like however and that is the ability to display links along with the title and time of their last post. It was a feature I envied and finally I found a solution.
I had a philosophy of linking to any site that linked to Rambles and this led to a rather long list. I therefore set the list up on its own page. At the time, I could not get the damned thing to work in the way I wanted, as it insisted on displaying the links and the icon, but it left out the latest post, the author and the date. I left it and promised myself I would address it at another time but never did.
Recently it was pointed out to me that the Links Page wasn’t showing any links at all. I dived in and for the live of me couldn’t understand why it wasn’t working. I decided to install the plugin again from scratch.
Originally I just set up a normal page and included the Social Blogroll code. They did recommend that I install it from a template however. I tried that [I had never used a template page before but it was simple enough] and the links appeared, but still without title, author or date. I was back to square one again.
I scoured the Internet but could find nothing relevant. I don’t know how I found the solution, but I did. I was using the wrong API key from Google! I set up a new key, using the precise link to the Links Page and inserted it. It worked perfectly.
The problem then was that I suddenly discovered just how many sites hadn’t been updated for months or even years. The only thing is to remove all the links that haven’t been updated in [say] the last six months. That is going to be a big job.
Maybe I should have left the plugin unfixed?!