Friday, July 31, 2015

Jump Break Is Visible Only In An Index Page

Some blog owners are unsure what a Jump Break looks like, when applied to their blogs.

Occasionally, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, we see the confusion.
Where's the Jump Break?
or
I added a Jump Break to several posts, but it never shows up!
When asked for a screen print of what they're seeing, they may provide a image of the post, in the Post Editor Preview window - or possibly, the published post, but in post page view.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Account Recovery Is No Good With Legacy Accounts

Supported legacy account migration ended in 2012 - after many years of repeated warnings.

Blogger Engineering ended support based on unresolvable technical issues - and not without considerable deliberation.
For a number of technical and operational reasons, we’ve decided to finally end our support for migrating legacy accounts and blogs after December 5, 2011.
There were many technical details involved with "legacy" account migration, which prevented a more aggressive migration strategy.

Blogger Engineering having gone with a more permissive migration (migrate when you feel the need), this leaves a few Blogger "legacy" account owners unable to migrate.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

All Blogs With Readers May Not Get Comments

Not every blog, that gets readers - or pageview counts - is going to get comments.

We see the disappointment, periodically, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I have received over 2,000 page views, but only close friends comment. Is there a setting or something that makes sense as to why I'm not receiving comments?
And yes, there are various settings, which may restrict your readers abilities to comment - but that may not be the only possible problem.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Stats "Don't track ..." Option Is Still Unreliable

The Stats "Don't track ..." option continues to draw complaints.

Various blog owners have recently complained, anew, that the previously reported low level problem is now affecting their blogs. The two problems, though having a common primary symptom, appear to have different victim populations.
  • The previous problem seemed to primarily affect custom domain published blogs, this problem may be BlogSpot only.
  • This problem, according to a majority of the blog owners reporting, appears to have started during the last two to three weeks.
It may be wise, therefore, to treat this as a new problem.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Add A Custom Redirect, If You Change A Post URL

When you rename a blog, the most that you can do, to keep the old URL useful, is to setup a stub post, with a clickable link to the new URL.
Yo! The blog is now at xxxxxxx.blogspot.com!!
Blogger forbids gateway blogs, and similar blog to blog redirections.

When you rename a post, you can setup a custom redirect - and automatically redirect your readers to the post, under its new URL. You should take advantage of this option, if you change a post URL.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Review / Restore Cycle Is A Learning Process

As Blogger continues to detect and remove more abusive blogs proactively, we're seeing a gradual shift from blatantly abusive blogs, to blogs that, 5 years ago, would not have been considered to be a problem.

The decrease in abusiveness has several results.
  • It's harder and harder to casually decide if a given blog needs to be reviewed - and if it's likely to be restored.
  • Blogs which are marginally - instead of blatantly - abusive are more likely to be subject to repeated classification and review.
  • The owners become less patient with reviews, as they endure each successive review.

Which ever the possibilities for a given blog, when review is requested, this will require changes in the final review process.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wrapping Text Around A Photo

One of the neatest ways to combine photos (images, pictures) and text is to display a photo in the middle of the text.

It takes very little work to make text "flow" around a photo, or to wrap the text around the photo.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Photo Quality Is Sometimes Degraded By Hosting

We see occasional signs of concern, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, about photo quality in Blogger.
I take high quality pictures with my camera - and when I edit them, using various platforms, they still have the same quality. But the second I upload them to my Blogger post, the quality gets really bad.
This is a very civilised comment, not all are so objective.

Photo quality has been a concern, for years. There are so many ways photos can be degraded, once they hit the Internet.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Owners Can't Always Re Publish Deleted Posts

Even after being able to find a deleted post in cache, and retrieve the BlogID / PostID, some blog owners may find themselves unable to restore a deleted post.

Until Blogger gives us an actual recycle bin / trash can for deleted pages and posts, some deleted pages and posts just may not be re publishable. It appears that all deleted content is not retained consistently, similar to the legendary "90 days" for deleted blogs.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Account / Blog Recovery Standards Should Be Tighter

As account / blog hijack activity remains non zero, Blogger Engineers should continue to tighten down the account / blog recovery process.

Some unhappy ex blog owners (or would be blog thieves?) insist that Blogger recovery standards are too strict, and need to be eased back, a bit. My suspicion is that, as long as thieves are able to steal blogs, with impunity, Blogger recovery standards are too lenient - not overly strict.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Be Safe - Save Posts As Draft, Before You Delete!

One of the easiest disasters, that you can make with a Blogger blog, is to delete a post.

Every week, we see the anguish, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I deleted my post, by mistake. How do I get it back?
It's so easy to just hit "Yes", instinctively, after you hit "Delete" - and once it's done, you're done.

Unlike many computer processes, Blogger has no recycle bin / trash can, for deleted pages or posts. Hit delete, then "Yes" - and it's gone, Jim. But maybe, not.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Blogger Magic - Adding A Pages Index

One of the most versatile ways to organise a blog is by using a Pages index.

Long ago, the only possibility, for indexing a blog attractively, was a horizontal table, with manually added links. We called it a horizontal menu bar. Alternately, a vertical linklist might be used.

Then Blogger added static pages - and later, the Pages index gadget.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Popular Posts Gadget Is Broken

This month, we have numerous reports of problems with the Popular Posts gadget, and its size being out of control.

Some blog owners cannot get their gadgets to display as many as entries are selected - while others have more entries displayed, then are selected. And some report differing success with displaying "Last 7 days", or "Last 30 days", as opposed to "All time".

One forum helper has suggested a CSS tweak, which may help in some cases - but not consistently.

Possible Resolution For The bX-w7tr63 Error

One of the more irritating Blogger problem codes is seen a lot by people who use some versions of Internet Explorer (and oddly, by some users of Chrome and Firefox).
I keep getting this, any ideas??
Whoops, that's an error! (bX-w7tr63)
Recently, we see the suggestion, that there is an end in sight.