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 Monday, January 22, 2007

BloggerBeta Bloggers

Nearly six months ago, Blogger announced a new improved 'beta' upgrade. They were very excited about it. People who didn't understand HTML could tweak and customise their templates. Shy people could make their blog private. People could change the format of their RSS feeds, a bit. And people could categorise posts by adding tags at the bottom of each one. All throroughly exciting, apparently. But I wasn't desperately interested, and they weren't going to force me to switch over, so I didn't.

Last month they brought the new system out of beta. Please, they said, please switch over. It'll be great, and we promise not to lose your blog while we're migrating it over, honest. But I heard nothing positive from those who'd made the switch - just bugs and glitches, awkward interfaces and unnecessary tweaks. And all unnecessarily integrated into blogs which had worked perfectly well in the first place. So I left mine alone.

But I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out. It's been a month now, and there can't be many of us left who've not switched. Once Blogger have the "old guard" down to manageable numbers, they're going to force us all to upgrade no matter what. I don't want to be wrenched from safety at a time of their choosing, and then have to wait for hours while they reformat thousands of my posts. I want to stay in control of my own blogging destiny.

So I'm taking the plunge and pressing the Blogger upgrade button. Scary stuff. I may be some time. Keep your fingers crossed for me and my archives. I hope there won't be any strange side effects...

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