Friday, January 05, 2007
Every since Blogger started offering "Blogger Beta" last summer, I've dreaded the transition. I've always been sure Blogger would make all its users "upgrade" eventually. I know just enough about new applications and operating systems to fear "upgrades." My Blogger template is a bit of a hack; much of the code I routinely use is borrowed and of uncertain orthodoxy; and I don't really know enough to fix any problems. So I figured the move would take painful hours.
I set aside a day in December, the 19th, to make the switch. Damned if the new Blogger didn't come out of beta that day and the option to switch wasn't offered.
Yesterday I finally found another long block of time in which to face the project. I backed up this whole site with Blue Crab, a process that took two hours and 35 minutes for 697 posts. I backed up the hacked template. I googled "moving to New Blogger" and found nothing very informative.
And so, at 4:22 pm yesterday, I clicked through and told Blogger to make the switch. By 4:31 the move was done -- and everything apparently works!
Over the next few days, because I am compulsive and because I learn a lot about my own blogging from this, I'll be adding "labels" to all the past posts. Hopefully this won't cause a lot of false new RSS feeds -- since I don't understand RSS feeds, I don't know the answer to that one. Blogger offers a process for adding labels, but it is very clunky. Of course doing it at all is slightly mad, so I won't fault Blogger over much on that.
But, over all, my experience of moving this blog to New Blogger was a breeze.