Friday, 18 September 2020

"We Interrupt This Transmission..."

"...For an important announcement."
Sadly, Blogger has decided to withdraw the Legacy Button on its platform and as a result I don't plan on using it to produce many more posts for the foreseeable future. I simply cannot stand the new version as it takes me at least four times as long to do anything, and then it still seemingly corrupts fonts and re-formats my postings for no obvious reason.

Indeed, having looked at a few of my older posts, the new Blogger seems to have altered them too, and the thought of going through my backlog of over a thousand posts to see what its altered isn't something I'm willing to do.

I will try and persevere with the new format but certainly won't be posting three times a week anymore - unless the Legacy Button makes a most welcome return. I'll also be exploring other platforms like Wordpress and Facebook as an alternative.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to still comment on people's blogs. But frankly this has really sucked the enthusiasm out of the hobby for me... 

UPDATE: I'm uploading/re-editing my 2020 posts on "Wix" to see how well it works. Please drop by to see how its going at: https://blaxkleric.wixsite.com/website

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  1. What the hell is going on! first loads of the Wordpress Blogs I follow are full of people complaining about changes there, and now you are saying it's happening on Blogger too! Don't these companies want people to use their procucts! This sucks mate it really does, your blog has been one of the "fixed points" of the net for me for the last five/six (forever!) years, I am so sorry to hear you are having trouble with it.

    As someone who knows what it like to "have the enthusiasm sucked out of the hobby" I can only wish you the best and hope you come back to us either here of elsewhere. I hope you have a good experience with Wordpress my template seems to be working OK for me at present (though you can't get it anymore) but if it changed I think I would be screwed.

    Again so sorry to read this, and hope you come back stronger!

    Cheers Roger

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    1. Thanks Roger. I was trying to persevere but this morning I went to post on my comic review blog to find Blogger had corrupted the six or so reviews I already had in draft form, so ended up spending an eternity redoing just one article so I could post.

      It's just awful to use, and the thought of doing a painting post, let alone a BatRep, sends shivers down my spine. I have since heard people complaining about Wordpress too, so maybe I'll fork out and get a proper website platform. I won't be taking anything down and do aim to try do a couple of test posts here for HOTT'ember. But I'm not fighting three-four times a week with a platform when I could be spending that precious time wargaming or painting.

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    2. (((( ...... and the thought of doing a painting post, let alone a BatRep, sends shivers down my spine ))))

      I couldn't have put that better. That`s JUST how I feel.

      I DO hope you manage to tackle the issues and have more success than I am having with it. I would be very sad to see you forced give up. It looks like you are on the same line of thought as me.... websites may be the only answer.

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    3. Cheers Steve. I can't even see how you add a title to a picture anymore. The whole system seems tremendously unintuitive. Fortunately "Wix" is an absolute delight to use, and in the time it takes me to post a BatRep on the old Blogger, I've pasted across, re-edited and posted five months worth of past articles already. Its a joy to use and the pic quality is a lot better, imho. I'll still post up some updates here. But they'll be very basic and probably just be repeated sign-posts to my "Wix" site.

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    4. I like Weebly, I used it for years before I was seduced into blogging (Brian got me into blogging in the first place and loved it so much I stopped doing my website altogether). What I like about websites is that you don't lose your current post the second you put a new one up... you just keep adding to your pages (like each page is an ongoing book).

      Maybe we`ll see a mass exodus and all the hardcore bloggers will begin anew, on cool unique looking websites You just never know.

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    5. I think I looked at Weebly when I was looking for a site to host the sales of my books, Steve. The thing which has captured my imagination about Wix though is that it has a library of easy-to-use templates, one of which is a blog. So that's all I'm currently using and it positions pics, aligns text etc all automatically. There is an editor outside the template which has a load of functions too, such as popular posts etc. But I plan to have a look at that once I've ported over the basics. Wix definitely looks like its got growing room for me - which I really like.

      I've seen a few people on FB Groups saying the Blogger changes are bad but they'll persevere so I don't know about a mass exodus to new websites. I do think plenty may well just shut up shop though or at least post less as Blogger seems to be a lot harder to use. Time will certainly tell...

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  2. Sorry to read your having so many problems Simon, like many others have, and hope you find a way round this problem. As this is only one part of your hobby try not to let it effect the rest of it, yes it's annoying but shouldn't stop you enjoying the rest of your hobby.
    I've found that typing the whole post with the new blogger and leaving gaps for the pictures, then adding the pictures at the end and then resizing is working okay on the new version, just proof read everything as soon as you have a comment you can't edit your post

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    1. Cheers Dave. I find the blog is a massive motivator for my hobby, so without it I just don't enjoy it the same way. You describe exactly the method I already use. But when I go back to my articles something somewhere has always changed - either a space suddenly appears or a font has changed. Ruddy odd. The fact you can't edit your post after a comment is particularly infuriating, as I'm always updating my posts in response to feedback or improvements etc. This version is a massive step backwards imho, and I'm simply not prepared to put even more time into a substandard product just because Blogger have been lazy with their programming. What particularly irks is that all I have seen is negative feedback regarding it and yet Blogger keeps saying what a great success its been. Head in the sand attitude or what.!?!

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  3. I find blogging to be a great motivator to play games. Too bad it soured for you. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks BaldingNinja. I'm planning on spending the weekend looking at "Wix" as an alternative, as it looks rather promising.

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    1. Indeed Phil. "Wix" definitely looks good imho. Interestingly, it seems to be the sort of platform these stupid Blogger changes seem to have been copying too, only Blogger have done it in a half-baked manner.

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  5. I empathise with everything you've said, as you know I've been having problems with blogger too and today, just after thinking I had a hold on it, the photo placing thing was beyond me and even typing single sentences took blogger an age.
    I'll have a look at your link and await advice from others before deciding my next avenue.
    I don't really want to give up blogging, but neither do I want it to be a chore.

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    1. Thanks Joe. The biggest issue I've had pasting my posts across to Wix has been having to use the new Blogger platform as its horrendous. For example, who thought putting the see post and delete post icons side by side was a good idea!?! Nightmare. I'll be doing some updates about Wix on this site for the foreseeable so hopefully it'll give you an idea as to how things are going for me.

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