Tuesday, February 02, 2010

BLOGGER BLUES

Today, the folks at Blogger sent e-mails to all the owners of blogs published through FTP, like this one.

In part, it read:

Three years ago we launched Custom Domains to give users the simplicity of Blogger, the scalability of Google hosting, and the flexibility of hosting your blog at your own URL. Last year's post discussed the advantages of custom domains over FTP and addressed a number of reasons users have continued to use FTP publishing. (If you're interested in reading more about Custom Domains, our Help Center has a good overview[4] of how to use them on your blog.) In evaluating the investment needed to continue supporting FTP, we have decided that we could not justify diverting further engineering resources away from building new features for all users.

For that reason, we are announcing today that we will no longer support FTP publishing in Blogger after March 26, 2010. We realize that this will not necessarily be welcome news for some users, and we are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible.


That means FTP-publishing on Blogger ist kaput.

Then follows information on what Blogger is doing or will do to help FTP bloggers into the Google cloud. Whether this might work for DD blog remains to be seen.

And, last year, it was one of the reasons I migrated this blog temporarily to WordPress in another directory on dickdestiny.com.

When WordPress blew up one fine day it resulted in an article at el Reg on the frustrations involved with both Blogger and WP.

That piece, entitled The Prisoner of Blogger is here.

DD was suspicious the relatively smooth last few months with Blogger were a bit of calm before the final storm. Now I can see that storm on the horizon.

So begins another bout of head-scratching and an eventual wild scramble to preserve DD blog and continuity.

I'm open to suggestions.

Updated

DD has dusted off and repaired the old WordPress engine. So far, it looks the same as it ever did. And it actually works again.

However, moving the updates of this blog -- now read by many after three and a half years -- back to the subdomain (blog.dickdestiny.com) is still not an ideal solution.

The pro of it is not having to deal with Blogger, the Google cloud and its vagaries, and the migration process the former recommends. Having spent a morning reading over Blogger's recommendations and procedures, as usual it does not answer the particular questions I have.

Blogger technical support recognize this in a way, conceding that their are too many moving parts involved in the process for some people not to have trouble.

The other lesson to be had from this is that when you're depending on Google for something, the decision can be arbitrarily made to cut off your hands after a few years. In this case, Blogger explained to its FTP publishing users that Google had made the decision to withdraw the current resources and platforms Blogger uses for its FTP engine, necessitating it to rewrite the code for that particular part of its application. At which point it decided not to.

The Dick Destiny Wordpress blog, which still has a nice look, now has an updated notice here.

Stay tuned to this channel for regular updates. I depend on you and dickdestiny.com has no plans to remove itself as thorn in the sides of others.

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