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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Moved to beta Blogger

Moved to beta Blogger last night after setting up a trial account and making sure the FTP to my Web site worked. It did.

Then I had to wait until I got another "how'd you like to move to beta Blogger" note. Eric Case, in that video linked to in a prior post, explained that Blogger was offering the switchover to just a percentage of classic Blogger users at a time soze not to overwhelm the systems. Each time I logged on, it was a tossup whether I'd get the offer or not. Once I decided to move over, it took something like three or four log-ons before I got the offer again.

I moved yesterday after much shall-I shan't-I because Blogger was overwhelmed and my posts they would not post. (Oh, my. That dreaded tick-round-and-round-and-round at 0% completion.) We are told upfront that once you transition, you can't go back.

Another Yo! Blogger folk! You know that blog you maintain that's supposed to give heads-up about troubles with Blogger and posting issues and downtime and all? You really should use it.

In amongst the cautionary "make sure that your FTP will work if you don't host with Blogspot before you make the transition" messages, Blogger forgot to mention that Blog This! doesn't work with the beta system and they've been "working on it" since September. Excuse me? How hard can this be? Until they get it fixed I'm back to the old save-a-link-write-a-post method.

Turns out the post to Blogger from Picasa won't work either. They're working on it.

More whines to follow, I'm sure. I'm an old-fashioned girl and change is so difficult, isn't it?

Update: whine: I added a "label" when I was writing this post. Nothing showed on the post except the label, the title, and the whodunnit information. I re-edited and took the label off. Nothing showed for the post except the title and the whodunnit information. I went in again and took out some code I'd had in my classic Blogger that related to "fullpost" and voila!

You know? I'm a teeny bit more geared to all this stuff than someone who hasn't been playing with code since the 70s and it took me a bit to figure out the problem. How is all this affecting Aunt Eunice?

Update 2: Eric's right. They've got rid of that annoying 0%. Unfortunately, contrary to promise, they can still have the annoying round-and-round-and-we're-working-on-it-round.

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