Click on sign up here.
This takes you to another web page where you need to type in your email address (an existing one you use generally, such as hotmail, yahoo, tiscali account).
You then need to type this in again, for verification purposes.
The next box you need to choose a password, try using a combination of letters and numbers, or capitals and lower case letters. This will give a better password “strength”.
Then you need to type the same password in again. Remember this password – you will need it every time you sign in to blogger and want to post comments under your own name.
You are then asked “display name”. This is the name you would like your comments to be attributed to – mine is Alison, Tony is Tony, etc. Choose whatever you want. It doesn't have to be your actual name - we have "brooneyes", "sir findo gask" and many others (and I don't think for one minute these are their real names!)
Word verification – you then see a set of green letters which you have to type in to the word verification box. This is to ensure your PC/laptop compatibility.
You then need to click in the box to accept the terms, and click the continue button. This takes you back to the blog article you want to post on, and tells you who you are signed in as.
When you leave the blog, it is always a good idea to sign out at the top right hand side of the home page.
So if you follow these instructions, when you start posting comments, they show in blue and underlined (like mine and Tony's and Nita's), and everyone knows it's definitely your comment, and not someone else posing as you.
We urge every genuine poster to get a blogger account, because, whilst we don't wish to remove legitimate posts, we may have to start removing posts that are totally irrelevant to the topic under discussion, particularly when it isn't attributed to an actual blogger account.
We were hoping that we would not have to resort to this, but it's really not fair for people to make comments in another's name, whether that name is a councillor, a party member/candidate, or just your average Joe Bloggs like me (no pun intended - Blogg!!)
So, it's time for action if you want to stay blogging with us and ensure your posts stay on the site. Get yourself a blogger account using the instructions above, and happy blogging...