-Writers note: Blogger/Google seems unable to publish this post at the moment which is ironic if not a bit of unintentional foreshadowing.
Okay, so here's the deal. Blogger/Google is doing away with its FTP (file transfer protocol) publishing. Who cares right?
Well I do, a little.
That's the way I publish this blog when I actually get around to writing something, which admittedly is a pretty rare event these days.
Blogger/Google (I'll just call it Blooggle) wants to "convert" this site to either one hosted by Blooggle or to a sub-domain...like blog.michaelmain.com. It sounds like no big deal, but it's really a pain and it doesn't make much sense to me to put the blog in a sub-domain when there's nothing on the primary domain of any consequence (please refrain from value judgments about the blog's value).
Also it pisses me off a little...I mean I went with blogger some seven years ago and now I'm of no value to them.
So anyway, I have been looking at various "conversion tools" and they don't seem to work very well, if at all. I was really thinking I'd just face facts and admit I'm not all that enamored with blogging and let this sucker die a slow death in the cloud of cyber rot, but now I'm consider another option.
What really makes changing blogging software (going to WordPress) a pain is trying to bring along all of my old posts/comments. I have attempted a couple of conversions in the past and they didn't work. Now I'm thinking maybe I'd be a lot less reluctant about this entire process if I simply set up a new site using Wordpress. Technically I suppose the archived material would still exist - nothing ever really dies on the Internet - but I'd be free not to have to try to bring it into the new set up. It would be like moving to a new house and not having to pack up all the crap from the previous home.
This sounds very appealing...in fact I'd like to do it with our actual house now that I think about it.
I really can't imagine there are gaggles of people scouring my past wisdom anyway. There's a good chance I will find some way to incorporate the archives much like the system I have set up currently, in fact I may be able to put in that exact coding...but I won't 'have' to...which seems to be key.
I know this is "inside baseball" sort of stuff, but then again I suppose this blog is too. I have some time next week to tinker with things and that's my current thinking. So either I'll do a rebirth of sorts...or I'll come up with a fabulous sign off...something original I'm sure.