diamond geezer

 Thursday, March 04, 2010

Thanks for all your helpful advice following Monday's news that half of my blog had disappeared. As yet, alas, Blogger hasn't got round to reversing its Auto-Pagination feature which caused 50% of my monthly archives to vanish. There is evidence that they're considering tweaking it, having spotted it makes a complete mess of certain blogs, but there's no certainty that any of the changes will help my particular situation.

A lot of you suggested transferring to Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org, although there were also various hints that this might be time-consuming, costly and/or frustrating. Some of you advised me to try labels or conditional tags, but I'm not doing that for 4000+ posts. One of you suggested hosting my photos away from Blogger, but I've checked and that doesn't make any difference. One of you's been busy tweaking a Blogger layout template to mirror my classic template, thanks, and this might be a possible solution eventually maybe. But a lot of you just told me to get my act together and host my own website, you bloody cheapskate. Nah, I'm making no moves yet, not while there's still hope of staying put.

In the meantime, here are my two favourite stop-gap workarounds:
• Thanks to Audrey (yes, Audrey) for spotting a cunning way to view old posts by starting the month in a different place. If you want to want to view any of my "missing" mid-month posts, simply add an appropriate date to this URL: http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=yyyy-mm-ddT22:59:00Z. Impractical, but damned clever.
For example, at the moment my main February 2010 archive stops on February 14th. To view the rest, go to http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-02-13T22:59:00Z
• Thanks also to SELondoner for reminding me that an archive of my blog exists in a rather special place. "This site was selected for preservation by the British Library." Go into their latest copy of my blog and all the monthly archives in the sidebar work perfectly. Damned glad they asked, and damned glad I signed up.

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