For those who are subscribed to this blog’s feeds, please note that new Blogger sucks. That means among my “latest entries” in the Atom feed are posts dating anywhere between one and thirteen months old. Blogger does not seem to be able to ﬁgure out how old posts are, so it thinks it will just chuck a whole bunch together, regardless of age.
I object strongly to this new Blogger and being forced to switch to it, since it is inferior in every aspect.
Just now, I had to blog at Vox the following review. I am even surprised that there is a Blogger feed these days!
New Blogger’s site feeds do not work, if an email from my friend Johnnie Moore is any indication. He is right: I just put my mouse over the old Atom feed button, which used to be correctly linked at old Blogger, and it gives the wrong URL—regardless of whether I have this set right in my new Blogger settings. I have just hard-coded the URL into the template code, rather than rely on the string that Blogger’s template uses (as it seems that old templates and new templates do not appear to be compatible).
In the old days, I could choose for only the home page to be updated. I no longer have that choice, and I am going through the process of waiting for the entire blog to be republished in another IE7 tab right now. Only thing is, as I typed this post, the following came up at Blogger:
That never used to happen. And, when I click on the link, nothing happens. It doesn’t work. I had to go and republish from scratch.
Either Blogger’s beta users never had to use Blogger to publish any posts, because I can’t see why these weren’t reported as a bug or annoyance, or all beta feedback was ignored.
This reminds me of when Chrysler launched the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volaré without fully testing them, using the customer as their quality control department.
Evidently, new Blogger should remain on beta, or we should retain the choice of sticking with the old version, which was vastly superior in every respect if you were an everyday, average Joe user like me. I didn’t ask for these changes, and I am willing to bet that the majority of Blogger users did not, either.
I did not ask for Blogger being made less ﬂexible, less friendly, slower, more impractical and a means through which Google can spy on me.
Remember, using new Blogger means that your Google searches will be associated with your user name, which I regard as a violation of my privacy. You need to log out of Blogger or Google to return to the status quo. Which means, the option to keep yourself logged in is fully impractical. You need to type in your username and password each time you reuse Blogger.
As with so many “improvements” in the computing industry, I am ﬁnding more and more reasons to hate a program or service. Well done, Google. You have just turned me off even more.
I am still waiting for this speedier, new Blogger to ﬁnish republishing. It might never get there. That message just came up again. And the ‘click here’ still does not work.
I am a total technophobe when it comes to installing software, but Randy Thomas and others’ suggestions I move to a customized blogging program are making me wonder whether I should overcome my fears.
Despite not logging out, Blogger’s cookie forgot who I was anyway. Posted by Jack Yan, 12:51
I hate to sound like an ad for typepad, but with all the small issues over it, I've been online two years and much prefer it over blogger or any of the others I've used. And I've used most of them MT, typepad, blogger and wordpress
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sorry to hear about the trouble. i remember it being a hassle when i changed over too.Post a Comment
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