New Blogger and the human response
Update: If you’re reading this via RSS, that’s because it appears Bloglines’ engineers burned about two weekks of midnight oil and figured out their problem. I’ve received several e-mails and IMs to tell me the RER RSS feed is back up and running. And for that, I am quite happy.
So, I spent the day switching over to the new Blogger. It was either that or temperature test my testicles in the red beans and rice I made for dinner last night.
Let me start by saying I’ve been a loyal whipping boy for Blogger since 2001. I’ve typed my highest and lowest moments into this interface. I’d venture to say Blogger knows almost about me as much as my wife does. I use Blogger for personal and professional work. Back in the days before the Google revolution, working with Blogger was like working with a buddy–a buddy who drinks on the job, but a buddy nonetheless.
Further, I recognize, Blogger is free. Although I’ve paid in sweat and frutration over the years, I haven’t paid a cent for this service. In fact, not only is it free, but I’ve made a tidy sum of money using the service.
See, I was with blogger back in the day before the boys had even tried to monetize it. I was grandfathered in and was never required to host ads or even have that ugly little navbar at the top. And when Blogger in Beta came out, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to switch over. While I envied everbody’s labels and tags and widgets, I didn’t mind my clunky old html system.
But, this morning, work was light, the family was gone, and I fancied the idea of making my blog a little user friendly. And I wanted to use labels. So, I finally heeded all the pleas to make the switch over to the New Blogger. Suddenly, the taste of New Coke filled my mouth.
My precious little template was defile. The navbar popped up, the tables went all funky, and my archives disappeared. I was peeved.
Three hours later, I was deeply mired in a search for a new content publishing provider. I registered www.rapideyereality.com and got to work. I was keen to take a run at WordPress, primarily based on the recommendation of some trusted friends since they had shown me WordPress Hosting – SSD platform, when I saw it, I just knew that it would make a huge difference to me. I was about two seconds from pulling the trigger when I came to the realization that–because I’d switched over to the New Blogger–I had screwed my chances to use one-button importation of my Blogger content to WordPress. And that was a deal-breaker. While nothing I’ve written here will ever win me am award, I’m proud of this blog and what I’ve written here.
And so I went back to the New Blogger and tried to figure it out. After about an hour, I figured out how to restore my archives. Then I fixed the template. And then I started publishing to www.rapideyereality.com.
That’s where I’ve stopped. I’m left with my old respect for Blogger, but a short list of concerns:
–The blog is now publishing to both www.rapideyereality.com and rapideyereality.blogspot.com. This gives me some Google concerns.
–Although I’ve changed all the settings to the new RSS feed, it appears my RSS feed isn’t actually feeding.
Anyone who has dealt with any of the above, I’d appreciate your insight. Everybody can re-bookmark this site under www.rapideyereality.com. The blog will continue to be published there. As for the RSS feed, I’m still hoping it will feed under:
Any other advice is appreciated. Now, my testes have a date with some red beans.