Thursday, February 08, 2007

Whew! The dread is over

From the first day I heard about “new blogger” I have been in a cold sweat dreading the day I would be forced to move. I read the horror tales about what other bloggers were going through when they switched over. I shuttered and I shook. Oh no, please don’t let this happen to me.

I feared losing my little martinis at the top of the page. I feared everything happening to me that had happened to others. And if it did, I would be clueless about what to do to fix any problems that might arise.

Earlier this week I read at the blogger help group that everyone would be forced to change in the coming couple of weeks. That made my knees weak.

Yesterday morning when I went in to post I was faced with a message that informed me Morning Martini had to change over now. Oh boy, it was time to face the dreaded music. I clicked on the designated buttons and followed along with what I was told to do. I created the Google account and clicked with shaky hands. In less than five minutes it was done. I received an email from blogger telling me to click on the linked site to activate my account. I did it and so far, so good.

Seems in my life the things I have dreaded the most turned out to be the easiest. Wonder why its worked that way?

So, to those of you who haven’t switched over yet, now you’ve heard a story about switching and it wasn’t a nightmare and it was told by a person who is pitifully clueless when it comes to most things in computer world. Hopefully your own changing to new blogger will be as seamless as mine was.


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I've been on the beta version of out of beta now for some time, without too much trouble, other than I can't get a pic in my profile to save my dying ass.

Which it is. I saw the first truck. It blocked out the other five. And I don't even have a squeak back yet. And I think I'm gonna have to kill my wife if she says "I love this!" one more time!:)

Sorry to whimper all over your blog, but at least I was quiet about it.:)

February 08, 2007 1:36 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The only problem I have with the new blogger is when I sign in to make a comment somewhere. Then it becomes a pain in the arse.

February 08, 2007 2:40 AM  
Blogger Spadoman said...

Looks fine PoP, you did good.

February 08, 2007 2:44 AM  
Blogger FreakyNick said...


February 08, 2007 5:25 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

Goddess help us all if the martinis at the top of the page ever disappear!!! anything but that...

Glad the experience was not a nightmare for you!

February 08, 2007 5:31 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Uneventful for me, but you are more savvy than me, I still haven't figured out how to put a pic in my header.

February 08, 2007 5:38 AM  
Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

I had a similar experience, but I don't see what all the hoopla about better features came from. I did perfectly fine dealing with my template long before the new Blogger was a gleam in Google's eye.

Oh well.

February 08, 2007 6:21 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

It gets easier than it was, I had a few problems when I switched but got them resolved.

Like all programs, I don't use many of the features though. Programing is just computer geeks playing with their minds when all I want is something simple that works.

I'm beginning to think that computers are just putting more insanity in us anyway.

February 08, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Do don’t believe the hype huh ?!? lol I switched over and no problems other than it occasionally being a pain to post a comment. Welcome to the new Blogger :O)

February 08, 2007 7:42 AM  
Blogger Me said...

I had it easy. I had a very tech-savvy person walk me through it step by step.
Now, I love the ease of it.

February 08, 2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Welcome to the dark side...

Other than losing some comment names to "Anonymous", and the aforementioned BS when trying to post comments, the switch for my Spot was equally smooth.

February 08, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Oh, and for TUA?

I have my profile picture hosted on photobucket. They even give you the URL all typed up for you already (don't use their link thingy, though, it points you back to Photobucket if you click it).

Once you have the picture hosted, you add the photo on your User Profile (which you can edit from the "Dashboard" thingy)

I'm figuring this is probably making no sense, so I will STFU now...

February 08, 2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I got a message weeks ago, but have not yet had the time and energy to sit down and do it. I'm allergic to betas since Microsoft ruined a computer on me, so I'm waiting until all the kinks are ironed out.

February 08, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

I don't maintain a blog,and it all looks the same to me as it did yesterday, except for the secure/nonsecure items notice, soitmust have worked. And thanks for the Tampa dinner recommendations. Everyone mentions Berns, and I love Cuban food, so I'm off to the races.

February 08, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Jim Yeager said...

I'm in the process of switching over. This might take a while longer for me than it did for you -- my blog holds around 1,800 posts. Twenty minutes, still no e-mail confirmation.

Wait and see...

February 08, 2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger R.Powers said...

The biggest minus to me is photo posting. Since shortly after the switch, Picasa will only do one pic at a time where it would do 4.
Maybe it's a dialup thing.
It's tough out here in the boonies.

February 08, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Seems in my life the things I have dreaded the most turned out to be the easiest.

Too bad Bush and Cheney can't say the same. We would have been out of Iraq years ago. ;-)

Glad the switch went well.

February 08, 2007 11:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I too, am clueless about computers. I'm having a printer problem now. I'm sure it has a simple solution, but I can't find it. Oh well, good excuse to get the new printer I've always wanted.

I wasn't going to switch. I was finally used to the system; now they wanted me to change, not me.

Last Wed. I logged in, and was told I HAD to change. It would not let me log in, without changing over. I dreaded the process.

I was happy to find out it was simple, short, and painless. In five minutes, I had my new blog all set up.

After hearing all the horror stories from others, I was relieved to find the switch so easy.

February 08, 2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger Karen McL said...

I did mine weeks and weeks ago! But I think it caused some issues for folks to use the new commenting when/if they didn't have a Google acct...and it was botched up for a while.

But I love the new features and the edit page that shows how many comments are on a post!

This will make Bloggie Life so much better!

February 08, 2007 3:01 PM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

I too found it pretty painless. I see no problems and now you don't have worry about this hanging over your head.

February 08, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger Pax Romano said...

welcome to the other side!

February 08, 2007 7:11 PM  
Blogger Lloyd Irving Bradbury said...

being of little sight i must memorize each strp from my reader.
the chasnges on blogs,programs and coffee machines drive ne nuts thanks for the posite reassurences that the change is not destructive

February 08, 2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

...welcome to group...

POP has joined us and we welcome her here today. We KNOW it's difficult, but with the help of this support group, you'll get through it!

How many days have you been Old-Blogger dry?

February 08, 2007 10:10 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Glad you had an easy time with it!

Personally I am glad I dumped bucking flogger over the summer altogether.

But free is free so can't complain much.

Looks like maybe they're getting the bugs worked out.

February 08, 2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger JM said...

Oh no...I'm going to be required to change? This can't be good, although I'm glad it was a painless change for you!

February 09, 2007 6:15 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I changed mine when in beta, and didn't have any problems except for having to rebuild some thigns that I forgot to copy and save. I saw the mandate coming!

Glad yours was painless, and I think inthe weeks to come you will be very happy. It is user friednly and provdes many options that the old one did not.

Blog on!

February 09, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Worried American and I both waited until Blogger forced us into it. A friend did mine for me and so far, so good.

I'm gun shy, please excuse the expression. The last time I tried to do something innovative, I zapped my entire blog. The same friend resurrected it somehow but I wasn't about to try that again.

February 11, 2007 2:20 PM  

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