This is a blogger rant because, once again, a useful feature for many users has been removed. This is yet another casualty in Google's assault on blogger usability. Pardon my frustration but I am really missing this feature, and maybe you are too.
The sidebar widget quick edit tools, a crossed screwdriver and wrench, are totally GONE. The icons linked directly from a post or widget to an editing window. These once familiar cons are not just missing, bu have been removed and are no longer available, no thanks to the Google team.
So, if you have a sidebar widget that's used to list items such as favorite posts, blogs read, books read, etc., you can no longer edit those lists. The only option I could find was to delete the widget entirely, which, of course, would delete all the listed items as well
This means that I can longer add or delete blogs, which could be done for various reasons — a blog was deleted, a blogger stopped posting, or just to update the listing for other reasons. Apologies in advance for not being able to remove non-functioning blogs or to add new ones — it's Blogger's fault.
This isn't just a minor inconvenience for many, like myself, but it really is a big deal, despite what the Blogger team may think, if they even do (sorry, but this really has me annoyed).
When did it happen?
A couple of weeks ago it was apparent that the icons were missing. At the time, I thought it might be just another blogger quirk (there's been others). But, last week when I wanted to edit my blog reading list and found the tools were still not available, my online search started.
In July 2021, Google completely stripped this functionality from widgets. While numerous online solutions and fixes have been identified and proposed, according to several experts, none of these will currently work. Apparently, this isn't the first time these icons have gone AWOL. Google removed the quick-edits from all blogs in January, then reversed that move.
Some online articles said this icon had gone missing in the past, but then was put back. Others have predicted that eventually this quick edit tool will disappear too. Yikes!
Checking the Blogger online community showed that many bloggers have complained about the deleted toolbox icons.
The edit toolbar has disappeared on my sidebar, it's the same on all six blogs I'm admin for as well as my own so figure others may have the same issue. Whilst it's possible to go in and edit from the layout section on the dashboard, html is the only option and does not work effectively in the same way as using the tool direct from the blog page. Can anyone advise if this is going to be fixed any time soon.
This is most disappointing as I use the function to change dates and other info on my sidebar widgets almost daily and would image many other users do.
I'm also experiencing the same issue, can I fix it? The quick edit tool is a really helpful tool, blogger should keep it or update, using the blog viewer/dashboard/posts, is not quick or easy.
Some Blogger Expert comments:
The Team had to remove this feature due to upcoming web browser security - moving forward, as the quick edit feature/method used will not be forward compatible. If you feel the feature would be useful, you can send your feedback using the Send Feedback link at the top right of your dashboard, to let the team know . . . For the quick-edit tools, we don't know exactly what is going on. May be related to another big change at Google, this time related to 3rd-party cookies.
Blogger Product Experts are described in Google Communities Support as users passionate about Google products who enjoy helping other users. While that may be how Google regards most experts. There were some whose comments seemed to downplay bloggers concerns. Many experts used the term deprecated when referring to a feature no longer available. This confused some bloggers who asked if it meant deleted or removed—it does in simplest terms.
Here's an explanation of deprecation — it's the discouragement of the use of some terminology, feature, design or practice usually as it has been superseded or is no longer considered efficient. In programming, deprecation is the process of taking older code and marking it as no longer useful within the codebase, as it has been replaced by newer code.
This isn't the first time that a favorite feature has been deprecated. That happened in mid-May 2018 when it was announced that some features would soon be retired from Blogger due to low usage and to allow the Blogger team to focus on developing new features.
The Next Blog feature that allowed users to visit a blog similar to the current one was one such removal, much to the chagrin of bloggers who complained that it was the only way they could find and read new-to-them blogs. And, it's still AWOL.
If you too disagree with the sidebar widget quick edit toolbar no longer being available, you can send feedback with the Send Feedback link at the top right of your dashboard. According to some Blogger experts only a large number of feedbacks from many people can change something in this matter.
The more folks who send feedback (and complaints) about this removal, the quicker it may (or may not) get restored.
To find that ? icon, go to your blogger dashboard; it's in the upper right corner. Click on it to access the Help and Feedback sections.
While there's no certainly that the widget icons will be restored in the future, a
bit lot of complaining may result in something being done. I've already posted gone to Feedback and posted my complaint about this removal. Honestly not holding any false hope that this icon will be restored, but maybe if enough bloggers complain, something will happen?
Official Blogger Blog, it's evident that this site is not really kept current. The most recent Blogger team post titled A better Blogger experience on the web was in May 2020. There was no update on future deprecation of the widget edit tools, which only happened in the past month.
OK, that's it for this
post rant and while I don't feel better about the removed widget toolbox my frustration has been shared. Future posts will be about recent travel and other things.
Here's the only options available when I tried ➡ that suggested method over the weekend and again today. 😟
Fellow blogger, Jon, suggested this workaround: Go to Design and select Reading List. At the top of Reading List select "Manage" (on the right-hand side). This is where you can manage the blogs on your reading list.
I tried that suggestion and got this message: You are not currently following any blogs. Click here to enter blogs you'd like to follow in your Reading List.
According to Blogger: You can read the latest posts on your favorite blogs by adding them to the reading list on your Blogger dashboard.To Follow a blog, Your Google profile, including your name and profile photo, will show up publicly as a follower of a blog when you use the Followers gadget. You can change your Google profile any time. To follow a blog anonymously, follow it from the Blogger dashboard or the Settings menu.
A good suggestion, but this option doesn't work for me as I have never used Follower gadget to read blogs. My choice was to just list blogs on th sidebar and then edit as necessary with the sidebar edit tools.