OWN it!

Blogger sucks, bad… their url set up is crap, the way they leave out “the” “a” and other words, while sometimes having two words joined, meaning the – is missing has made me scratch my head a few times, it’s a stupid set up with no consistency other than being consistently crap!

Due to that I have had several hours, in several batches, (got annoyed, stopped) of having to sort out the redirects that don’t work, a couple of post I couldn’t even get to work at all, meaning I will lose them completely, thanks blogger for your crap!

The deadline for the FTP being switched off is 1st May, a couple of days left, hence me being a little quiet here the last couple of days.

I am wondering what will happen, I know that this blog is ok, up and running so if the old blog itself in blogger dashboard vanishes it won’t matter, but what of the redirects, why don’t blogger automatically send the google spiders out to index all new pages on a blog move, the same time it moves?

They don’t care…

I do have the redirect plug in here, and Andy Beard helped sort things out by advising me but it still hasn’t worked completely. 🙁

Stupid damn blogger, I lost alot of the respect I had for them and I probably ain’t the only one!

I recently helped a friend set his blogger blog up but made sure he got a domain first… at least he owns that then.

You may ask, “why if blogger is crap, did I help him set it up on blogger?”

The simple reason is I know for a fact they would struggle with Wpress and blogger is ideally suited to a complete beginner, not only that I also know he won’t have security issues, worrying about hacks who more often than not target WPress.

Wpress is great but I didn’t start with it due to this and the fact it is more os a technical learning curve… at least it was a lot more back then than now but then again, I also know more now than then. 🙂

At least now I have seen that crap with my own eyes, I can say to blogger, you really should sort your crappy url structure out, WP makes every url fit the structure you set it for… blogger mixes it up which is lame.

Sort it out blogger!

Talking of crappy blogger… they are being a bit two faced lately by deleting certain blogs which they passed as ok just a couple of years ago even if them blogs are still being used and updated with similar content now as back then.

That sucks… it’s the main reason why you must OWN the domain it sits on whether it’s hosted with you on WPress or used on blogger…

Blogger sucks, if you must use it…
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    • April 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      Hi jerry,

      Welcome to the blog, I had to edit your name and keyword here, I would like to see people use it as I have set yours, rather than a keyword.

      Not gonna start having anyone address you as Hi “helping ordinary people… ” if you get my drift. 😉

      It’s ok having a site hosted on blogger as long as it’s your own domain, but yeah, if you can you would be better off hosting it too.
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Commentluv, more than links, comments, traffic, and why you should use it =-.

  • April 29, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Yeah the rules change all the time – one of the free sites I used to use appears to have entirely disapeared – taking my backlinks with them – damme! Aren’t you glad you left blogger before the rush though?

    BTW what plugin are you using for the comment form – I like the ability to customise the fields
    .-= Lis@Passive Income´s last blog ..Passive Income: End of the Quarter Review! =-.

    • April 29, 2010 at 2:07 am

      Hey Lis,

      Yeah, although I had always hosted this blog from day one, with the recent FTP ditching I would have had to host the blog with them, no thanks.

      I have that set up on Portland Bill and that I am seriously thinking of moving to WPress now.

      Edit to add… no plug in, just went to the editor and added a few words in the comment php file 🙂 Go me!

      Still what’s happened recently stinks of hypocrisy.
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..The Portland Bill site and what’s next =-.

  • April 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Rob, everyday I’m learning how important this lesson of having your own domain is. Thanks for sharing the story, because I hadn’t thought of it this way before. I’m always hearing about WordPress when it comes to self-hosting and never considered self-hosting on Blogger.

    Thank you!
    .-= Ileane @ The Podcast Blog´s last blog ..HootSuite’s Ow.ly Shortener Just Got Better =-.

    • April 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

      Hi lleane,

      Yeah this blog here was hosted by me on blogger before the switch, I had never let this blog be hosted by blogger, the fact they was forcing me to make this change was a kick in the teeth, so I dumped the selfish backstabbing bastards.

      I’ll never ever build up a blog on free like blogspot, wordpress.com again, seriously.

      My Portland bill blog is hosted on blogger, using my own domain and I am seriously debating whether that’s worth doing… a wp move is likely.

      Not worth losing all your work for.
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Blogging is endless improvement =-.

  • April 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

    For starters, when I received the email with this title, I was shocked that you were the author and not my friend John Sullivan. So, instead of reading the article in my email … I clicked right on over to see what your beef was.

    It took a minute for me to realize you weren’t speaking of a specific blogger but a platform. HILARIOUS!I’m not ashamed to admit it didn’t register but it is funny.

    I’m glad you pointed out that Blogger is primarily for beginners, I’ve had this debate with @ileane for a while because Blogger has been quite favorable to me. When I would hear of the issues most complained about, I wasn’t that far into the design or application to even care.

    My cousin recently started a blog and I was honest when I told her that I found Blogger much easier to use but all of the “experienced” bloggers recommend starting with WordPress.com. If you guys hadn’t told me REPEATEDLY that it sucks, I wouldn’t have known. I have issues with WordPress too and most of my issues are due to my ignorance.

    Thanks for allowing me to add my two cents (for what it’s worth). 😛
    .-= @justkissie´s last blog ..Reprieve One Day and Someday =-.

    • April 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Kissie,

      Yeah it sucks! 😛

      If I had no hosting, had to pick one or the other to use with own domain I’d pick blogger over wordpress.com everytime… 😉

      But they suck, because they shit on us long time users without a thought.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I agree Blogger sux. You try to edit any of their templates and it just reverts back. Thank for allowing me to vent.

    – Fragonzal

  • September 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    You know I think it’s ridiculous and selfish that Google and Blogger would leave us out here like this. I have had a Blogger account for almost 2 years now and WordPress.com and WordPress.org for about a year. I am so glad that I got a domain last year and set up a WordPress.org blog. The themes on Blogger now are so limited that it’s infuriating. Now I know it’s free and I understand that. But, how could Blogger offer such a wide variety of themes and a powerhouse like Google come in offering a minimal amount of generic looking themes. They didn’t even attempt to make sure that Blogger bloggers undergo a smooth transitition. And, some of the newest line of Blogger themes just butt ugly. But, that’s the least of problems. I have been having log-on problems for at least 3-4 months now. In addition, sometimes my screen goes into a flicker, after entering my password and email address into Blogger’s sign-in page. Often I have to close the browser and come back in. I’ve changed my password at least 4 times and even changed my email address and I’m still plagued with access issues. However, it seems that you can’t change your primary email address with Blogger. I think that this may be part of the problem. I’m not a veteran blogger, but I blog often and I am very frustrated with Blogger. In fact, today I have decided to stop using Blogger. It’s not worth the trouble. The time you loose trying to get in to a Blogger blog is stupid! I was just in my Blogger blog, (cancerheart2heart24 @ blogspot.com), three days ago and today I can’t get in at all. No problem getting to any of my other blogs, just Google/Blogger… lol is all you can do!

  • September 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Denise,

    Sounds like you had a bit of a nightmare there. 🙁

    I think goggle could have utilised blogger alot better and made massive improvements in a much better time frame than what they did. They let Wpress fly past them, in regards to always improving things, the sheer community driven extras, themes, etc, makes it far more appealing.

    Had google created more of a bridge between the community of bloggers and the blogger set up, IE allowed more of us to create themes for the dashboard, widgets, etc.. then I think it could have got bigger and maybe stopped so many leaving for wordpress… they just sat on their laurels… shame.
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  • February 2, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I am so over blogger! I am using wordpress as of now.Blogger must really improve their services or else.


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