Okies, folks… Blogspot is interesting. You can do a lot with it but it’s pretty HTML-y. I’m having to break out ye olde hand-coding skillz and I’m trying to remember it all. ArcaneTinkerTank (husband) is like “hur hur what’s the big deal about typing ‘h2′ for headers.” Yeah, I know, I can type “h2.” (Yeah, hotshot, you try putting in page jumps…)
Needless to say, though, there are some features that are a definite improvement.
First: The Resources and Guides – they are back! At first I was less than thrilled about this one because Blogspot limits me to 10 pages so I can’t just have a page for every category (fail). However, I did a menu dealie that in my opinion makes the one-page format awesomer than the multi-pages ever were. SURE AWESOMER IS A WORD!
Of course blogspot appears to be afraid of my awesomeness and insisted on mucking up my HTML page jumps in an unspeakable manner every time I did an edit, forcing me to spend hours un-coding what I had just spent hours coding. There will be vengeance. OK, not really, I figured it out, but the unfortunate solution is to do every post, page, and edit in hand-code HTML, since the WYSIWYG editor is NOT NICE to perfectly valid HTML. I’m gonna be so tech-y.
I know husband is an “equal partner” in this but if he dares touch my static pages and fucks up the HTML, he’ll be on the couch for a month.
Second: The new complete blogroll. Now this blows away anything I had before because it imports from my feed reader in real time. If I want to add a new druid healer blog to the site, for example, I add it to my feed reader and then add it to the druid-healer folder and – VOILA! The contents of that folder are automatically updated on the site. This means that all blogroll-related functions – such as switching categories, adding blogs, removing blogs, switching the domain name when a blog moves, will be easy as cake. Pie. Or Beer. (Instructions for how to do this upon request. Minimal HTML and swearing.)
I muscled a MENU dealie onto the blogroll too, like I did with the resources and guides section. Smexy!
Third: The sidebar blogroll – standard Blogspot stuff and the whole reason why I wanted to switch platforms. Sorts by last updated, blah blah, and gives the title of latest post. But the best part is that I can import it from my feed reader, yeah yeah I know, nothing new. I have this little folder called “featured” and just move blogs in and out of it, and then import when I’m done changing things up.
(A side note – you CAN config the sidebar blogroll like the google feed complete blogroll, so that it auto-updates but (1) it doesn’t show the name of the most recent post, and (2) it is incredibly ugly and looks ridonkulous on the front page. I REFUSE! nonetheless, I will show you how to do it if that’s what you REALLY want.)
Fourth: There are a gazillion free templates, and I got the one I really like. You don’t want to know how much swearing went into getting a custom header since I had to input it into the FREAKIN HTML source (which is a NO TOUCHIE ZONE), but I did it, yay me. The background photo was a bit of a challenge but super-worth-it. I think I’d have to pay money to do that in wordpress and I’m cheap. (I’m happy to give instructions on this too, minus the swearing.)
Fifth: Integration. The feed reader, picasa, analytics, blah blah everything. Super kickass awesomesauce.
Sixth: The ability to change domain names if you’re indecisive. It does kinda screw up my imported old posts, and I had to reimport after doing the domain name change, but we went through at least 3 before we decided on a domain name and title for the blog that we liked. (While “Delicious Amberseeds” is funny for about 5 minutes, you realize that having a title that’s a “shit joke” may not be so amusing down the road.)
I fully admit that blogspot is more “bare bones” than wordpress, but I feel far freer to go nutty with my HTML stuff for customization, and it doesn’t constantly try to sell me blog upgrades. Overall, I like.
So have a look around!