On January 24, 2004 @ 15:30 I created Blog Ian to chronicle my son’s journey through this world. At the time, he was four months old. I happily ran it on Blogger software running on one of my own Web servers. Then, in 2010 Google—which had bought Blogger in 2003—decreed that all Blogger blogs must run on blogspot.com.
I didn’t like entrusting control of my data to Google/Blogger, but I complied and moved Blog Ian and a couple other blogs over there. There were a few bumps in the transition, but I was basically satisfied with Blogger even as I began to use WordPress for more and more of my blogging and basic Website design needs. It’s gotten to the point now that whenever I need a quick-n-dirty Website, I slap together a WordPress installation in, like, 20 minutes.
Until the day (and I don’t even know exactly when) when Blogger decided to delete all of the images I’d uploaded between 2010 (when I moved to blogspot.com) and 2014. Dozens of images were suddenly missing. I still don’t know exactly why beyond some sort of weird cluster-crap among Blogger, Google+, and Picasa (and PicasaWeb). You see, Blogger, unbeknownst to me, was storing my new, uploaded images in PicasaWeb. Best I can guess, there was some shift in my Google account—perhaps when I activated Google plus—that disconnected Blog Ian from its PicasaWeb album.
I spent an hour or so yesterday trying to figure out exactly how it happened—following leads suggested here—but I was not able to track down Blogger’s crap move.
So, Good-Bye Blogger
And so that motivates me to bid adieu to Blogger. WordPress is a superior blogging platform. Why stick with Blogger when it’s going to do crappy stuff like this?
Many of my images are permanently lost, best I can tell. I still had all my pre-2010 images, from back when Blogger was good software. In fact, they were all waiting for me back on the Web server I’d originally used for the self-hosted Blogger! It’s taken me the better part of the day to move everything, but I think I’m going to be happier with WordPress as Blog Ian‘s new home.
Of course, there hasn’t been much activity on Blog Ian since Facebook took over social media, but still…