Thursday, June 11, 2020

Try the new Blogger, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

And besides, the old (or legacy) Blogger is going away in late June and definitely will not be able to be reverted to after some indeterminate date in late July.

So I did.

The whole world may not have gone cuckoo, although it seems that way of late, but Blogger definitely has. I have lost my header and my sidebar photographs and I don't know what all (as Andy Griffith said way back when on the vinyl recording "What It Was Was Football").

Most to be lamented is the loss in the sidebar of Neil Theasby's poem, "Song For Lost Youth" or "Song of a Yorkshire Lad" or whatever its title was. I am so upset right now I cannot think straight.

Do not say what you are thinking, which I know as well as I know my own name is, "He must have been upset for the past several years."

I am not a totally happy camper, but I suppose I will get there eventually.

I do not like a sans-serif type font. I prefer fonts with serifs as they are actually easier for the brain to comprehend.

What I would really like is a font with seraphs.

That would be not only nifty, but just about perfect.

But I am not in a mood to experiment further at this time. I am an old dog trying to learn new tricks. Perhaps you could start a GoFundMe page in my behalf.

In the meantime, toodle-oo or cheerio or whatever floats your boat. Ta-ta is also available for a limited time.

Until next time, I remain
Your bewildered correspondent

P.S. - I have found the photographs and the poem way down at the bottom of the long list of labels. Now if I can just figure out how to move them back to where they were before this fiasco, I mean conversion, took place.

Brethren and cistern, pray for me.

23 comments:

  1. No way am I going to try the NEW blogger. Cheers.

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    1. Helen, from what I read, you will have no choice. The current version of Blogger, which will be dubbed "Legacy" Blogger, will be available for only a couple of months and then it will go away, fade into oblivion, be kaput. Prepare yourself now for the brave new world....

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  2. I tried the new thing and reverted to the old one almost straight away (there's a option bottom left on the menu page). It's all to make it easier for users with tiny smartphone screens. My bank did the same so instead of having a statement-like appearance there were only 6 transactions per screen making it very difficult to understand or find things. You'd think they could offer alternatives for phone and computer users.

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    1. Tasker, the option to "revert" to the "legacy blogger" at the bottom left on the menu page WILL GO AWAY IN LATE JULY. Legacy Blogger will no longer be an option. You MUST convert to the New before your current stuff becomes unreachable. Excuse me for shouting.

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  3. Oops, just read the last line of your post. Looks like I will have no choice.

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    1. Helen, you are beginning to get the picture. Go towards the light.

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  4. I just woke up one morning to find the new interface and the only irritation I have found so far is that I can't place photos other than in the centre of the page. I use to wrap the text around them sometimes. Otherwise nothing appear to have changed externally only behind the scenes so to speak.

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    1. I agree Graham. You can justify photos but whether you can write to one side I don't know. I'll have a look. The interface is different but no worse than before. They will get it properly sorted. It isn't good to release an Alpha version with so many minor glitches but that is Google.

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    2. Graham, I try to follow Alexander Pope's advice: "Be not the first by which the new is tried / Nor yet the last to lay the old aside" -- I must have been ignoring earlier hints from Blogger, because I was oblivious to the change until Adrian's recent post opened my eyes, so to speak. As an old popular song says, it's now or never.

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  5. It's very little different, easier if anything. Just change the font to one you like In Compose mode it is the 'A' in a circle in the toolbar.
    see your background is now doing it's job......Body and sidebar likewise.

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    1. Adrian, thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

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  6. Just change the font to one you like, If you are talking the post font it's the 'A' in a square box.

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    1. This is getting a waste of time. One should not have threads enabled with comment moderation. It's annoying and illogical.

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    2. Adrian, so there's an A in a circle for one thing and an A in a square box for something else? I'll have to learn the ropes "by guess and by God"....

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    3. Adrian, I use comment moderation to keep out trolls, spam, advertisements in both Chinese and Arabic, and pests in general, and I'm sorry if it causes you consternation. I think of myself as the person in charge of a newspaper's editorial page and all the commenters as people who send letters to the editor. You have every right to submit your letter, but you do not have a right to be selected for publication. That is up to the editor. The Times has worked well after this fashion for years and years and years.

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  7. I have been resisting the change I know is coming. I wanted to see how others felt about it. So far the reactions have been negative.

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    1. Emma, some people are early adopters, and then there's you and me. I suppose we will be forced into it. See my response to Graham Edwards above for a couplet from Alexander Pope that fits the situation.

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  8. I have tried it, and reverted quickly. It is the sizing photo issues I most disliked.
    I will grit my teeth and dive in again later.

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    1. Sue, the gritting of the teeth is not entirely necessary, but it helps. Good luck!

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  9. I'm sorry for the headache this has given you! I tried the new blogger a couple of weeks ago for about five minutes and that was enough for me. When I tried to go into a blog I followed I got a "redirect" notice and although I could get there it took at least twice as many moves. I thought they were going to keep the "legacy" version. If they don't I guess we will all have to study up on this one. I think the purpose of computers and internet is to see how fast things can be changed, especially things that people like.

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    1. Bonnie, nope, the "legacy" version will be retained only temporarily if I have read the fine print correctly. There'll be no more reverting to it. Blogger is a hard taskmaster, but we'll get through this.

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  10. To reorganise your side bar:
    log in
    open your blog to view it as a reader would
    click on "design" which is in the top right corner
    click on "layout" which is on the left
    drag and drop your items into the places you want them

    voila

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    1. kylie, thanks for the info. Voila, indeed! (I'll get around to doing it eventually.)

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