Did Blogger Just Get More Annoying?

Sorry, brief rant about Blogger. I hate Blogger. I love Google. How is it that one of my favorite web companies owns the blogging software that gives me the most grief? (That’s probably partially because EVERYONE USES IT, but that’s a different thing.) I used to be able to choose to post comments with my name and a link to my blog instead of to my defunct Blogger account. Now I go to post a comment and I can still do the Google account, of course, but I can no longer use another name/URL. Well, I take that back. I can put in a name, but there’s no place to put in a link back to my blog, unless I put it in the body of the comment, which is just tacky. That’s how you get new traffic, people! You comment, people like your comment, want to know what else you’ve written, so they click the link back to your blog. (At least it’s one way…I do that all the time.) Blogger accounts barely manage this even if you do have your blog on Blogger because of the silly way they have it link to your profile instead of to your blog, and if your blog is somewhere else you’re apparently now screwed. I realize Google wants to own the world, but seriously? Seriously.

Is this true of everyone’s Blogger blog, or is the one I’m trying to comment on set up strangely?

More importantly, would someone please explain to me the attraction of Blogger over WordPress.com?

edit: I hope this post doesn’t sound too narcissistic. Not that the blogosphere in general isn’t narcissistic. But comments, links and trackbacks are how it all works.