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.