I try not to say anything nasty about Google. I like Google. I proudly own seven shares of Google (it’s all I could afford). But Google owns Blogger, and Blogger has seriously effed me over.

Blogger stopped supporting FTP, which is how I published to my blog.  They claim only .05% of users used the FTP option. But the truth is that only serious people who knew what they were doing used the FTP option, and had spent a long time setting up their custom domain to have maximum control. The other 99.95% of users are twelve year old girls and spam artists. Or maybe I should leave them out of this. This snafu is Blogger’s fault and frankly I’m taking it out on the wrong people.

Basically, none of the blog transferring tools or “post import” features offered by WordPress worked on my blog. And all of the online tutorials failed as well. And one of the tutorials steered me in such a wrong direction that Blogger ended up deleting all the User Comments on my site. Luckily, I had a static backup of the pages with all the User Comments in tact. But Blogger won’t allow me to reimport them because I can’t reinstate FTP publishing. It’s a big round circle of pain that I’ve been buried in all weekend.

SO, all the old posts and comments still exist and can be accessed from the archives menu on the right. You just won’t be able to add new comments to any of them. All new posts will be in this new system.

Oh well, onward and upward.

Anyone want to buy seven shares of Google?


  1. #1 by Daphne on March 7, 2010 - 7:16 pm

    Welcome back Dan!

  2. #2 by RLB on March 8, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    Thanks for going through all that and still coming back to serve us undeserving masses.

  3. #3 by Anonymous on March 9, 2010 - 8:14 am

    I’m really, really, really glad you’re back :D

  4. #4 by The girl in the oubliette on March 9, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    yay! you are back!
    i hope animated fridays will continue with this new system :D

  5. #5 by John on March 11, 2010 - 12:41 am

    Dan I live in San Francisco & work in Palo Alto on my morning commute I usually pass 3 Google buses, tomorrow I’ll honk & flip them off for you.

  6. #6 by Nick on March 11, 2010 - 10:30 am

    What is whole love Dan? As in “A site for those whole love Dan.”

  7. #7 by Emily on March 11, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    I had a big sigh of relief so see a March entry. :) I have been reading for at least 4 years now and I’m not sure what I’d do without this blog. It is one of my favorites of my favorite list.

  8. #8 by Rachel on March 11, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    youre back! thank god.

  9. #9 by Scott on March 13, 2010 - 12:44 am

    Know what you mean by losing FTP. Consider moving your domain to a hosting site that supports FTP? Hard leaving tried and true pastures, eh?

  10. #10 by Nifty on March 13, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    “A site for those whole love Dan”???

    What if we only partial love Dan?

  11. #11 by admin on March 14, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Well I just figured everyone loved dan wholely, but I guess not. I’ll have to change it. :(

  12. #12 by admin on March 14, 2010 - 10:39 am

    How do I get this stupid thing to stop call me admin? I’m dan, dammit.

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