Friday, October 13, 2006

Switching to Blogger beta

Becky and the Bookworm both assured me that my comments would make it through the transition from plain, old Blogger to enhanced Super Blogger. So, as I began to play around with it, thinking that I could transfer only my little experimental blog over (I have a blog I don't post publicly on ... I just use it to learn html and to tinker ... then, I don't have to worry about ruining my main template) Blogger suddenly took over and told me it was transferring everything.

Before I'd backed up my template.

I can hear some of you gasping. I gasped, too.

But, it appears that all is well. The transfer is complete, and if this works as I think it will, then I'll have ... drum roll, please ... real categories. Categories were the only reason that I sometimes considering straying from my beloved blogspot. And now, finally, they're here.

I'm a happy woman. It really doesn't take much, does it?


Alice said...

Thank goodness no data was lost. This blog is a treasure!

Amy said...

Categories would have kept me at blogger too! So glad you made the transfer without a problem!

Margaret in Minnesota said...

That's funny. Earlier tonight I was thinking about e-mailing you & asking if you planned on making the switch. I've toyed with the idea, myself--double-edged sword though it is. Bigger, better options: very tempting. Losing my old blog and/or scaling a steep new learning curve when there's not a lot of free time: not so very tempting.

Keep us "posted," okay?

Karen E. said...

Thanks, all.

Margaret -- there's really no learning curve after the switch. It's pretty straightforward. Anyone who can handle Martha Stewart, Kurt Vonnegut and Jill Krementz will not be intimidated by BetaBlogger. ;-)

If you haven't tweaked your current template extensively, then the new layouts will make future tweaking easier. The thing is, if you switch over to one of their new easy-to-tweak layouts, you lose all of your old customizing. I've customized a lot, so am not sure I want to start over. But, the beta version is very easy to use. What I love the most is categories. Just add the labels you want at the bottom of the post and you're done categorizing.

My switchover was fast and complete, and I didn't lose anything. For now, I'm sticking with my old template and am just enjoying the new feature of categories.

Hope this helps!

Jennie C. said...

It's kind of nice, isn't it? For a while, cross-blog commenting didn't work, but they fixed that about a month ago.