Thursday, December 07, 2006


Blogger is now offering me the opportunity to move to the Beta version (no longer being called Beta, I don't think). I know a lot of people have been doing Blogger problems and that the Beta version has been difficult. It's got some features that I'm interested in but I don't want to make blogging any harder on a day to day basis.

I know we've got some votes out there for a move to Wordpress.

The description of the Blogger "upgrade" sounds a lot like the appealing features of Wordpress:

"The new version of Blogger now has all the original features you're used to, plus new post labels, drag-and-drop template editing, and privacy controls. And, it's a lot more reliable.

After you switch you'll need to sign in with your Google Account, but your blogs will stay the same. Their content and layout will not change."

Anyone have advice? Recommendations? Points to ponder?


  1. Anonymous7:52 AM

    I moved to WordPress for a couple of reasons. I was being solicited to move to Beta, so I asked Vanx what he thought of it (having already switched, himself). I wish I still had the email he sent me that described the trouble he was having since switching. Suffice to say that it was significant enough to encourage him to pick up stakes and move altogether...

    Really, though, my impetus for switching hosts was because Blogger managed to zorch a bunch of my writing during the posting process. They were lost due to "errors" after I hit "publish."

    At least two lost entries still sting. One of them took me half of FOREVER to compose because it was very photo-rich, and I was pissed off about losing that one because it meant another hour or so recreating it (it was recreatable). The other one wasn't recreatable - it was one of those inspired moments that come so infrequently, and though I tried to rewrite the entry, it just didn't have the same magic as the original.

    So, I switched. I did it before even trying to switch to Beta, though, so I guess, after all this rambling, I didn't even answer your question.

    Some friend *I* am....

  2. Anonymous3:18 PM

    The one thing that remained the same was the iffy-ness. Photos were more reliably uploaded, and it saved posts faster. But I had to log on separately for google and blogger whenever I did anything--it didn't store the log-in. Every comment I made required two log-ins! Also, if I posted a U-Tube video, I could not add text or store the html and move it. I assume this had to do with Google owning both Blogger and U-Tube.
    I also got tired of the looks of things, like the comment page at Blogger. I never saw any added features with the Beta version, but I didn't explore. Help desk remained in another dimension.

  3. Anonymous10:47 AM


    I noticed on a WordPress blog that people are complaining that the switch to Beta bumped their Site Meter (which I was finally able to install on my new joint).

    Jus a thought.

  4. Now Chili said that the sitemeter doesn't measure certain things when you put it on a Wordpress blog. Can you see where people have clicked through from to get to you?

  5. Anonymous9:54 PM

    can someone please tell me how to use a siteometer? hint hint please please.

  6. Yeah, I am with Steph, How do you use a site meter?

    I swited to Beta because I thought I had too. I did the google account and at first I used my old sign in and it redirected me.....suddenly it automated itself .......I think because I bookmarked my blog and it just takes me right in.... I don't know how to do anything really fancy and so I think it's fine for a basic blog.

  7. Here is my sitemeter info:
    Go to
    Hit the sign up link
    follow the steps
    It should appear on the bottom of your page

    I've seen people who have it show up in other places or with other looks from the way it looks on my site but I don't know how to do that. I just did all the steps from the sign up link and sitemeter installed it down there.

    There are some features that don't work the same on Beta, I'm told, I'll be interested to hear how it works for you.