Blogger/Blogspot - Underbelly of the internet
01.10.16 - Mark
Dave Slusher is the latest person to get inline about the evil of Blogger and Blogspot and how they've become a haven for splogs. (There were similar posts by Chris Pirillo and Mark Cuban last October)
When I moved off blogger/blogspot a few months ago, the splog thing was certainly a consideration. Who wants to be at a domain that is becoming well known for splogs and other online annoyances? (On that note how long before Google Page Creator is used for link farms?)
I ended up moving more for the lack of functionality, and the erratic server behaviour, but I wouldn't doubt it if I was told that both of those problems was because the Google Geeks still working on Blogger are spending all their time on putting out server fires than they are on improved functionality or solving the comment spam/splog problem.
In a way it's a shame, blogger is great for beginners and other low demand sites, as well as a small project communication tool (due to it user base size). However the things that make it great for new users also make it great for splogs, and considering that Google makes it extremely hard for users to move away from Blogger or otherwise keep control of their content that becomes a big problem, as noted by the number of good bloggers who are still using the service.
Flipping the Switch
19.55.24 - Mark
When I started writing my own blogging engine a few months ago, I had three very clear goals.
Get off Blogger.
Keep my Content.
Keep the links working.
I met the first and second goals back in December when I flipped the switch here. The last goal has been sitting on the bench waiting to see if anything failed horribly here. Fortunately it hasn't, even if things need occasional fixing, so I just switched on my Blogger Redirect Engine.
Because I coded everything, it was really easy to set up a redirect engine by putting a HTML Refresh in my blogger template that points to the look up script. With the refering URL, it can instantly figure out where the user needs, no matter if it's my index page, an archive file, or a post and it moves them there. Nice and simple with no demand on the visitor.
It might have been possible with wordpress, but it would have been a lot more work, and I liked the challenge of coding my own blog engine. Control is good.
So long Blogger. You're great for beginners, but you gotta do something for your serious users.
Welcome to Blog 2.0
14.05.54 - Mark
After many hours of programming, many, many more hours fiddling around with the database, and a few seconds of changing some settings, I'm considering myself moved off of blogger.
I'd be yelling and screaming with delight (because I was extremely tired of blogger) but for as much work as I've put into this its actually very anti-climatic change over. The last couple of hours were spent fighting with a little navigation script and the blogger redirection tool (which I'll be waiting a couple of days to activate)
Let me know if anything fails horribly. I'm going to step away from the code for a day or two (I haven't opened up my RSS reader in a week)
And sorry for breaking the feedburner feed. Unfortunately it might happen again a few times as I work out kinks in the RSS script.