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New Blogger is a load of rubbish; and how to stop switching 

The new Blogger is a load of rubbish, and another sign that when some of these companies improve things, they make it worse for the very people that matter: the users. The other services that people have kindly suggested are paid ones (I just checked the Typepad page, for example).
   I am an amateur blogger, so I would rather not pay for my right to self-expression. I host these pages, not . Meanwhile, I will be removing the Blogger tags from last week’s posts as I have no layout control over them, and they are disrupting the look and feel too much. They also make republication take an age. God only knows how long tag removal will take.
   Other little things do not work, and even when I make the slightest change applicable to just the home page, the new Blogger insists on republishing the entire site.
   I wanted to blog less this year, anyway, and Google has just helped me on my way. I am sure there will be many people who will blog less as a result of the changes. Let the and big corporations take over again. With ’s monitoring of Blogger users who fail to log out, it is not hard to see the company’s motives. ‘Do no evil’ my ass.

Tip: for those who do not want to change to the new Blogger yet, set yourself up as a second user on your blog. Then, from now on, blog as that second user. Blogger only bugs blog owners to change, not contributing authors.

PS.: Of course, as I was removing tags:

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Jack, it would be a mighty shame if you blogged less. If you like, drop me a line and I'll happily lend a hand setting you up with a Wordpress blog and migrating what we can to there. ben at pujji dot co dot nz  
Ben, you are very, very kind. I’ll give it a shot first, probably when I get some spare time around March 13, and then if I get stuck, I’ll give you a shout.  
I've just been working on a new layout for a client done in the New Blogger, I have to say I found it really very fidgety. For ease of layout I love 20six, but it doesn't have an import feature or some of the other advanced features people might want in WP. Still, it's simple and east enough to use, which is neat, and it takes straight forward XHTML and CSS as opposed to making silly changes to tags like the new blogger does.  
The tags are a pain in the neck. Can’t wait till I get some time off to do the transition.  
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