Blogger snafu: emergency migration to WordPress09 Mar 2006
One of the reasons why I have been posting less the last couple of days, is because I was working on a migration from Blogger to WordPress. I was still working out some DNS stuff (don’t let me get into that, it’s complicated stuff , to do with how Bluehost‘s -my hosting provider- DNS management works).
So I was just writing a piece on how Google bought Writely with my w.bloggar local client, and when I publish I get an error: “Post was saved as draft, please log in to http://www.blogger.com/ to publish it“. Weird, never have that normally. Anyway, I log in, get the Blogger CAPTCHA ‘word verification’ box and I publish. But I see no changes on blog.forret.com. I publish again. Nothing. Then I click the ‘View Blog’ tab in my Blogger interface. This is what I see:
- my blog is now published to some new awkward blogspot location.
- my template is gone
- the new template advises me to discover wordpress.org
Somewhat startled I dive into my Blogger interface again and the damage is as follows:
- my blog has been marked as a spam blog – YOU %**@!?! (after all I’ve written on spam, I’m not too happy with that)
- I need to do word verification for each post I do
- my FTP publishing settings are gone and replaced by the meaningless blogspot location
- my template is gone and replaced by the “Discover WordPress” placeholder
Instead of putting effort into restoring my Blogger set-up, I’ve decided to switch as of now to my new WordPress set-up. Unfortunately this means I have to change my URL to peter.forret.com . This totally sucks, I know. The blog.forret.com URLs should be redirected to their new locations, and I might switch back to the old URL once I figure it all out. For now, here I am, bigger, better and quite pissed at Google/Blogger.