New Blogger Really Is New Coke
Aside from taking an hour, the transition went smoothly enough. But here's the thing: Google will never be able to retire 'Blogger Classic'--at least not without pissing off users who've made substantial mods to their templates--maybe 25% of us. They didn't even try to convert mine--just put me into what I'm going to call Blogger Compatibility Mode. Like a Win98 user who can't upgrade, I'm stuck with the old functionality for my luddite template. And you know what, I'll never switch unless they force me. I don't have the time to learn their new template language and won't risk their transition process. So...hierarchical archives? Not on Blognonymous. Drag & drop template editing? Nope. About all I'm getting out of this is post labels, and I'm not even sure how to format them yet.
And what about self-hosting? Well now...seems Google is really interested in getting you to point your domain at one of their servers. Drag-and-drop template editing doesn't work without it, but again consider what you lose. The ability to back up your blog? Shell access to your host so that you can make custom changes, add complex functionality, or prevent Google from deleting...whatever they want? You betcha!
Yes, there are some definite advantages to New Blogger--I'll probably explore post feeds in a day or two--but like New Coke one wonders, "What's the point?" and I just can't shake that faintly bad taste in my mouth.
Oh! Almost forgot...New Blogger eats comments.
I can't code, but I'm learning to understand and fiddle with what I have, at least enough to modify it when I want. If you had seen the template I started with, the hideous colors and rounded corners and boxes everywhere...
Check out the new blogger hacks, there might be widgets that do what you want. It will be okay.
And I hated the New Coke.
BTW, what I would give to see you in costume at Texas RenFair. :-)
What worries me is the impact on privacy of having nearly everything I do go through this google account. Never mind the commercial datamining that one must concede is the reason that all these 'free' services are offered without cost. I'm thinking of whatever future (or current and clandestine) NSA programs may wish to aggregate all the bloggers' activities together into one convenient spot for harassment or even quasilegal sanctions.
Deb... I can't even get access to the new template formatter. Doesn't even show up and probably won't until I agree to go their 'conversion' process.
SadButTrue...there is only one solution to the Google/NSA/Blooger-on-crappy-equipment thing: Self-host. It's the only way to go. Course you'll need your own domain, but hey, you're blog name is original enough. Shouldn't be a problem.
I may yet convert, but so far it won't let me. Not sure why. Not sure I care, as long as I can still access it as is.
Good luck finding fun-stuff to play with on the New B, Frog!
Sorry they forced you to switch. Though I have to say that, for the moment, I'm pretty glad I've got access to the old template.
I also haven't switched yet and yes I'll probably be forced too at some point in time.
Just what is involved in hosting or having your own domain? What would it require as far as equiptment and the like? Or could you have someone else hosting the site and still retain the template your currently using or would you have too create your own template?
Any suggestions or ideas?
I do write on some blogs that haven't switched over yet, as do some my co-authors. THAT is still an issue. . .
I have the option to switch my template available, but have no intentions of touching it!
I'm fine with how things are right now (although you know I love me some 3C), so whatevs. You get what you pay for, I guess.
John...yeah me too. About 20 comments when "anonymous" when I switched. Frustrating.
Jim, welcome to Blognonymous. Are you saying you like the 2-column layout?
Not sure how blogger would take to using one of their store-bought templates on another server but, what the hey... None of my pages are stock templates anyway...
Google :: HTTrack
It will take you to their site for the program...
Hope this helps...
I generally use either Netscape 7.2 or Netscape 8 and your site views with no problems.
Haven't tried to sign in yet the last couple days into my dashboard so don't know if they'll let me.
I am able though to leave comments using my blogger name and pswd so I will just have to wait and see.
I'll watch for that post though, thanks.
I have authorization to buy my own .com/net from the war department, but I've been hedging. Glad I did. Your comments were revealing.
It's free, as long as you.....
Sigh....and what else is new, right?
AnonP...the post is coming. Tonight or tomorrow morning.
TFWY, didn't understand that second comment, but regarding Google, I just don't like having things on servers that they control. Also, when Blogspot goes down, Blognonymous stays up because I self-host.
I don't care - one thing Blogger has been since way back in the the pre 2003 Pyra Labs says is "in transition" and often busted.
I'm with you on learning the new language of "New and Improved" Blogger. It's too much effort.
Besides, you don't have a whole lot of choice. :)
I'm normally a Pollyanna.
Deb... Hey that's a great find. Thanks so much. I probably won't attempt the switch to the new template language anytime soon, but this will be a great help for the future.