Saturday, 30 May 2015
The Helpers in the Blogger Help Forum are a varied lot of bloggers - just like you ! That's right ! Just like you.
I've written about the Help Forum before, and I'll write about it, again. I've tried to explain what the Helpers try to do, and, no doubt, will again. How do I know this? I used to Help on the Forum, as a Blog*Star/TC, and when my knowledge of blogging, and all it's issues, is refreshed, will again, I hope. It's also nice to know that Blogger hasn't completely forgotten my efforts ! Top Contributor Alumni ! I must have been voted in, secretly, as I wasn't blogging in 2014.
The term, Blog*Star, isn't used anymore, on Blogger, like it was some years ago, and is widely utilised in different areas on the 'net. Helpers who do a lot of work, are referred to as Top Contributors, or TCs. The best in my opinion, has always been the Nitecruzr - my old mate, Chuck, and he has many years of experience in blogging, and Blogger. It's his advice that I seek. I'm sure there may be other TCs with similar knowledge levels, but it's Chuck, all the way, for me.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Another way to 'save the day', is to Export your blog and keep the Blogger Atom Format, which gives you an .xml file, you store in a folder somewhere on your computer. It's another way to protect your blog, in the same way as backing-up your Template, or using software, such as HTTrack Website copier.
It's done in the Settings - Other screen ...
What does this mean?
Basically, you can keep a copy of your blog, in a safe folder, in case there's a problem. If you have a copy saved, you can then either set your blog up on another Blogging Platform (Service), or restore it to Blogger, by Importing that file.
Easy as, and your Blog is SAFE. Blogger says; "Don't worry, your blog will still remain on Blogger until you delete it" .
If you are like me, you keep a back-up copy of your template (mandatory, if working on your template) , and nearly as important, a copy of your Blog. To do the latter effectively, cheaply and easily, I have always recommended HTTrack. The latest version of this software, is HTTrack 3.48-21.
It's nice to know all your hard work is safe !
see also: HTTrack - Website Copier - 1, and... HTTrack - Website Copier - 2.
Friday, 22 May 2015
Having written my last post in April, last year, I took an hour, or so, today, to look over my sadly neglected blogs, and it showed me what I was missing - AND - how much Blogger and Google have changed. My last post is, like me, now out-of-date ! The hundreds of links that don't go anywhere, the sites that have closed, and the new ways of doing things, represent a lot of upcoming candle-burning.
I used to love blogging, and I had a few friends, none left, however, and I was getting familiar with the ins and outs of the HTML language of writing blogs. I also visited some of my old posts 'Edit Posts' screens, only to be dismayed by the mass of technical lingo that greeted me. It'll take a few weeks of solid posting to start remembering some of it. Then, again, I wonder if it'll be worthwhile, or if I still have the standard of interest required.
I need to find subjects to write about, I thought, so I visited Blogger Help Forum. It's funny, but the questions from bloggers aren't that much different from 12 months ago, and having once been a Top Contributor on the Forum, I wonder how some of the present TC's have continued to offer their 'wise counsel'. Same problems being reported. Ugh !
The New Blogger Help Center appears to have most of the answers, but I'll have to look at it, in detail.