Saturday, October 21, 2006

Blogger-Beta - Is It Better

How many bloggers reading this have actually changed over to the "new" blogger-beta ? Do you think it is "better". The word is that there is a lot more to come, because "beta" is just another word for trial. Once we (those that have made the change) have got used to the changes, whats to say, Goggle won't change it again. As for those that haven't changed over as yet, your time will come.

Feel free to leave any comments about Blogger-Beta - good or bad. It is thru reading what other bloggers have to say, that we will all get over the bumps.

Comments On Beta - This is proving to be a pain in the bum (there are no other words to describe it) to a few people. When you want to leave a comment have a look first at the comment sign in. Because I have found that once I have typed up a comment and go to sign in, you lose your comment. So it pays to sign in first if you haven't already sign in to the comment section.
The "Old" seems to be functioning as normal.
Anyone got anything to add, leave a comment.

Photos - If you find that you have "a white box with a red X", still publish as per normal. You will find that when you "view blog", after you have published the photo will be there 9 times out of 10. As for the 10th time.........well, who knows ???

Posts - You can "date" the post for time to come, but you cannot go backwards.
Example - Today, I am doing this post - I can put tomorrow's date on it and publish it and it will publish okay. If I put yesterday's date, it would publish it okay, but the date would automaticly reverted to todays date. So, once a day has gone, it's gone - you can't go backwards !!!

Blogspot/Blogger-Beta blog

I don't know what is happening out there, but every now & again, when I click on to next blog, naturally you blog, but it isn't happening. What's happening is that "Google's" search the web page is popping up. Also depending on whether the blog is old or new, the "next blog" button can be to the far right or in the middle of the screen. With the old, I have got so used to just sitting with the mouse arrow on the next button at the top right while looking at the screen and then.........clicking. Most of the time it moves on to the next blog, but sometimes the blog is "new" which has the "sign in" button in that top right corner position. It kind of slows me down, when all I want to do is move on..........especially when a "porn" blog has popped up. If you don't search the blog world very much you may not have encountered "porn blogs", but with me searching sometimes for 2 - 3 hours at a time, believe me there are blogs out there that.

One day, this asian lady got up from the computer she was using and stood not far from where I was sitting at my computer, while she waited for her friend to finish. I happened to glance up at her, while I was clicking the next blog button and she glanced in my direction & smiled but when I glanced back at my screen, there for all the world to see, was what could only be described as "PORN" !!! I couldn't hit the next button fast enough and the photos seemed to linger there until they faded away and the next blog popped up.
If you have ever been into an internet cafe, you will know how much space each & every computer has got - "not much" !!! There are the exception of a couple of cafes, where you get table space to spread out all your bits, rather than just "cube" space.

I'll be back...............

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Blogger Beta........

Don't Try & Change Over Yourself

What-ever you do, don't start a new blog on the Blogger-Beta and then try and move all your old blog over to the new one by yourself, because it doesn't work that way. Google/Blogger will let you know in time when they are ready for your blog to be moved over. As I said earlier, a "blue box" will appear on the right hand side of your dashboard, under where it says "edit your profile". It's just a matter of following instructions at the end of which, they will say that they will email you, when the change over has been made.

A Friends 3 Blogs

I still thinking if I should bring a friend's 3 blogs into the fold or leave them out in the big blog world to fend for themselves. They started in March ' 06 and show only about 135 profile views in that time. Their blogs are still under the old Blogspot/Blogger banner, but the opportunity for them to change over to the new Blogger-Beta is there on their dashboard. I can bring them into the fold with all my krazy blogs while they are still under the old, but I don't think I can do it, once they have changed over to the new. Bringing them into the fold as fully fledged family, would allow them to access all my blogs, if they wanted to do posts on them, as well as access their own blogs.

Totally Different

It is totally diferent from where you invite another blogger, to become a member of your blog.
As a member of a blog, a blogger can only edit his own posts that he puts on the blog that you have sent him/her an email to join. He can not change any of the posts that are already on there, nor can he change any of the settings, etc or change the password.

Been A Member

Been a member of someone else's blog is an honour that is not to be take lightly. I have been a member of other people's blogs before as well as had other bloggers as members of a couple of my blogs. I cut ties, only because Google can't change over the old to the new, if there is more than one name/email address linked to a blog.

Your Feedback Please !!!

I would welcome anything you have to say - good, bad or ugly about Blogger-Beta. I know there are a few bloggers out there in the blog world who are very unhappy and "wished" that they could turn the clock back and have their old blog/s back, but..........!!! So far with the change over of all my blogs (15 in total) from the old to the new, I have not struck any problems - touch wood !!!

Feedback So Far

OK, let me take the first question here:I switched my blog in beta these days, but I can't see my blog now.its reallyyyy made me sad....I just want my old blog you know how to do ?
Monday, October 09, 2006

Carrie, Once you change that is it - you can't go back. How long is it, since you changed over ?(I changed all my blogs over - lost nothing)You have 4 blogs - is the problem with just one or all 4. ?Is the problem/s in "posts" / "settings" / or "layout/template" ?I had a quick look at the 4. I can see them all okay. Even went back to the old - saw 2 childen / one on bike & "Dad" ? It has to be something simple so don't panic. We can do this via email, if it's easier / Kelvin

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I'll be back..........

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Blue Blogger-Beta Box !!!

Kia Ora (Hello) Have you changed over to Blogger-Beta yet ?
When the time comes to change a "blue box" containing the following words............

New Blogger in beta
Better blogging with new features!
"Learn more"

will show up on the right hand side of your dashboard, just under "Edit your profile".
Everything that I have shown in "red" shows up as links, when you change (I have cut the links for this post) Clicking on to "learn more" will take you to the next stage, which reads as follows.........

Check out the new version of Blogger (in beta)
New ways to customize your template
Drag and drop page elements and easily change your template's font and color scheme.
Private blogs
Create a blog visible to just your friends and family, not the whole world.
Give your posts a category label so that you and your readers can easily sort by topic.
"Take the tour"
Want to switch?
Three things you need to know:
You’ll need a Google Account
After you sign in with your Blogger account, you can create a Google Account or link to your existing one.

"More about Google Accounts"
We’re still adding features
Some features aren’t part of the beta yet, but will be in an upcoming release.

"See what’s missing"
Third-party applications need to update
External websites and applications that post to Blogger may need to update to post to the beta.

Check with the developer of any third-party app that you rely on before switching.
You can’t “undo”
Your blogs and profile will stay the same — but you can’t go back to the old Blogger application.
For more information, check out our FAQ

Switch in two steps.

Start here:
Sign in with your Blogger account

"Forgot your password?"

I accept the "Terms of Service" Changed: 8/2/2006

"I don’t want to switch right now"

"FAQ" (Frequently Asked Questions)

The "blue box" to change over to the new Blogger-Beta, has finally appeared on
"Muggins - Ray & Jay Monkey's" blog but they haven't changed over as yet.
They can either go it alone with their 3 blogs, or I can combine their blogs into my blogs. It would mean a lot of "trust" as they would have access to not only their 3 blogs, but also all my blogs.

Before I changed over to Blogger-Beta, I belonged to their blog as a member / contributor and vice versa, but had to cut links as it seems that Blogger-Beta only allows one person per blog - no members or contributors..
Links to websites, etc on your sidebar or in your banner at the top are okay.
Within 5 minutes of me cutting links, to their blogs as well as links to other bloggers who were contributors to my blogs, I checked back on my blog's dashboard and saw the "blue box". I followed their directions - in 2 minutes, I was done. A message said that they would email me, when the change over was completed. When I got the email and had a look at my new "beta" blogs, it was just a matter of clicking on to the "template" and following directions, to change the old template to the new template, with all the new features, etc. The links, etc on the sidebar were still there.

If you have any questions - no matter how stupid they may seem - leave a comment. I'll try my best to answer your questions, but if I can't I'll pass it over to Ray & Jay, or another blogger out there in the blogging world may have the answer.

I'll be back...................