Saturday, September 09, 2006

Switched to Blogger-beta

I'm writing this entry at exactly 3:00 am, Saturday. I just had a bath to wake my senses up, so I could drive properly. I'll be driving my brother to school and he needs to be there by 5:30 am. They'll be watching/cheering a basketball game at some school, last time it was Xavier vs. Zobel, as part of the DLSZ Pep squad. My "makulet" niece is staying with us for the night and shes' currently occupying my bed with my dogs cuddling all over her. They look cute.

I recently switched to blogger-beta. At first, I was hesitant to switch in fear of loosing my entries/blog or I might mix up things but I eventually have to do this so I just went for it. The switch to beta was surprisingly convenient though it requires you to have a gmail account. I was guided thru the whole process, good thing I already have a google account, and in a matter of minutes I received a notice sent in my gmail that my blog was successfully migrated to Blogger beta . At the moment, I'm in the process of labeling my entries so that I could use the new "category/label" feature. I'm having a hard time sorting since I have entries with different topics per entry. I haven't figured out if bloggers' labeling feature also includes subcategories, it would make sorting entries more flexible. Another new feature is the "control who can view my blog" you can choose your readers and or guests can request an invite so that they could view your blog. It's kinda neat to have a little privacy but It would be much better if you could just single-out entries that you preferred not to be read publicly rather than the entire blog not being accessed publicly. Those who use blogger ready made templates won't have to be too concerned with their layout/old template. Upgraded templates are readily available. They added a simple edit blogger template, with its' new click-drag-drop feature. You could also easily add/organize page elements such as pictures, text, lists, labels, feeds, HTML/JavaScript and blogger logo on the side bar.

A main concern for those who still like to use their old template (your own non-blogger templates) is how can you use some of the new features, ex. Labels, and still use you own template. I did a few search and found a good article explaining how to add-categories-to-your-sidebar. There is also a problem with "comments". Users who have not switched to Blogger in beta will not be able to login to comment on blogs that have been switched. Commenting using the “anonymous" or “other” options will still work. After switching you can’t post comments on an unswitched blog. Blogger beta still has glitches which can be viewed here, Known Issues.


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