I have had a dozen emails that say people are trying to sign up to "follow" so they can comment but they cannot. First you must have an account on either Yahoo, Google, WordPress, AIM, or some other online account. You must register for one if you don't already have one before trying to log in as a follower. These accounts are free, easy to get, and you don't have to mess with them but once; just the time you create it. It will ask all you sorts of things- do you want this, or that; just say "No." You just need an account. They will give you another email address for this account but you don't have to use it. I have never even checked my Google email. I use a Google account name and password for everything. Once you have one of these online accounts, you can sign up on just about any site, using the same name and password. If you upload a photo with the sign-up profile, it will even show every time (and place) you sign in next to the screen name you choose.
I began to question the difficulty of this when I offered that the first 50 "followers" my free Lesson 1 of my Creative Yarnspinning course. I had plenty of email saying people just couldn't sign in so I tried it and ended up making myself my own friend!
I get so many responses at my other blog on Alexandra that I really question the sign-up process here. Please try again, and let me know how it goes by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is not working correctly, I will have it fixed.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year! Here's to great writing!