Blogger To Abandon Dave

I’ve been dumped by girlfriends, had friends no longer hang with me, and horror of horrors; I have even had people “unfriend” me on Facebook and “unfollow” me on Twitter. But today, I think I have suffered the greatest indignity of all–Blogger.com has decided not to support me.

Today I read an email from the blogging service that as of March 26, it would no longer support FTP publishing. For those not hip to the jargon, it means I’ll no longer be able to use the simple Blogger software to write my blog entries and then have them seamlessly upload to my www.ontheroadwithdave.com domain hosted elsewhere.

When I first started my blog, “On The Road With Dave”; its design was a Blogger template and written at Blogger and hosted by Blogger with Blogger’s BlogSpot address, daveontheroad.blogspot.com.. Most Blogger-hosted blogs have the “blogspot” as part of the URL address. I was extremely proud when I purchased my own domain and was able to still write “On The Road With Dave” with the easy to use Blogger format, but have it hosted at my very own domain with no “blogspot” address. Moving the blog had it’s problems, but it was worth it, to call it “My own”.

So today, I read that Blogger wants to make me move my blog BACK to their site and their hosting and have me re-direct my readers via a Custom Domain hosting procedure and drop my current subscription with my hosting site, all because I’m one of the few(thousands)of their blogger population that publish to another host.

I’m faced with a host (get it? Host..web hosting…forget it) of problems. One problem for me is that they will not support a directory extension like .com/example. I created my DAVEWEAR page like that. Blogger will insist on subdomains like example(dot)mydomain.com. I hate subdomains.

Another problem is I kinda like having my files at a hosting site that I have some control over. And, if I go elsewhere I want to keep my current website look. Some of the borders and style are taken from adjusted rewritten original Blogger styles. I have no expertise on designing a new style sheet or template. Also, there’d be massive linkage breaks and images to reload. I already did that once. Most of my readers know, I’m limited in my “techy-ness”. It takes me hours of looking at my template and figuring out where I insert some HTML piece that I copied from somewhere and inserting it into my design. Once it took me two hours to figure out how to change a background color.

Anyway I have until March 26 to decide what to do and complete the changes. I may go back to Blogger and use their solution, or migrate to another service such as WordPress. (Geez, another learning curve) Either way, I fear change and the probable pain and expense that will ensue.

Blogger may abandon me, but I’m not abandoning blogging or writing. Stick around and enjoy my suffering. You know you like it.

Please follow and like us:
20

About Dave Robison

Now Appearing in an Extended Engagement! Join Dave Robison as he takes you into his world and his daily life of reviving a stand-up comedy career. Prepare for side trips exploring Public Relations, marketing and business ethics. Enjoy some frequent detours describing his observations on life. Read the exploits of this self-proclaimed Renaissance-man and blooming blogger as you go On The Road With Dave. From Mobile, Alabama comes Dave Robison, a confessed Internet-aholic, middle-aged-married-man, who's generally a nice guy--he just has one or two issues. Stand-Up Comedy by Dave Robison is available for corporate events, college campuses, and nightclubs.
This entry was posted in Blogs, Social Media, Writing. Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Blogger To Abandon Dave

  1. Sean says:

    Hi Dave,

    With hosted domains, you can keep your entire domain name the same as it is now. And since you chose to host your blog in the same path format used by blogspot (/{year}/{month}/{title}.html) all links to your posts will still work without you having to do anything else.

    As for /davewear/ – Normally blogger would just return an error page if you requested that URL. BUT if you set up a Missing Files Host you can have blogger send all requests that it doesn’t recognize to another server where those files do exist. You could just create subdomain called “store” and point it to current hosting provider (which you still keep and control). Then whenever someone requests http://www.ontheroadwithdave.com/davewear blogger would automatically redirect them to http://store.ontheroadwithdave.com/davewear

    Again, you do NOT have to abandon your current hosting provider when you switch to a hosted domain. In fact you should keep it so your non-blogger files are still accessible from http://www.ontheroadwithdave.com

    Read about Missing Files Host here. And here, for even more explanation.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Aneesh says:

    hi Dave,
    actually moving to custom domain would be a very simple thing. Moving http://www.ontheroadwithdave.com from FTP to Custom domain would be fairly simple. You can continue hosting your images at your current host.The template wont change a bit too 🙂 So everything would go perfect with it.

    But your second blog http://www.ontheroadwithdave.com/davewear/ would be a little pain in the ass. mainly because you will have to move this blog to a somedomain like davewear.ontheroadwithdave.com and you wont be able to redirect the old one to the new one 🙂 but moving to custom domain is fairly simple and you wont loose the template 🙂

  3. webraw says:

    I’m moving everything over to SquareSpace.com. I’ve already moved my ericjanssen.com site over and am in the process of moving QuixtarBLOG over as well.

    I can help you if you want. You’ll lose some of this design out of the box but SquareSpace is pretty cheap, you can customize it all you want and easy to use.

  4. Tex says:

    Good job Dave, you got the geeks to come out of their closets. At least we know they are able to do SOMETHING, because they sure don’t understand the ATS (Amway Tool Scam). LOL

    By the way, Amway is a scam, and here’s why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

    As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products.

    Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don’t get scammed.

  5. Dave Robison says:

    Hey Webraw,

    I just looked at your ericjanssen.com site. Once you move the Quixtar Blog, let me know, I wanna take a look at how you migrate the design or change it. Still think you need at least a new static homepage for that site with some links to some top historical entries…so the blog doesn’t look dead.

    I’m still deciding what to do.

    Dave

  6. alternate open source solution for blogger ftp: http://bit.ly/cknGez … you get to keep your rank/scripts/ftp service. don’t use their migration tool… it kills your blog… read the horror stories on their help forums.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *