After a few days of burning the proverbial midnight oil, trying to figure out what I did wrong when I moved this blog from the old blogger format to the new one, I finally, after literally hours and hours and hours of experimentation, am able to publish posts again.
I have to say, NO THANKS TO BLOGGER and GOOGLE. True, the third party software they offer is generally user-friendly and it is free, but I would have paid right up front to have five minutes (that is all I needed) to have someone walk me through my settings so I could fix the small problem that stopped me absolutely cold.
Blogger and Google: if anyone on your staff ever finds this blog and this post, please be assured that I think your programs are awesome, but if you are going to put software out there for the general public to use, wouldn’t it be reasonable to stand by it, with a help desk? FAQ’s are great unless you get stuck and just don’t understand it. To refuse even an email address to write to is so, well, irresponsible!
Ok, I know: you would be inudated with people if you just put yourself out there for free and 24/7 for assistance, but I’d have been happy to pay, by the minute, if necessary. I knew I’d only need a few minutes to fix what should have been obvious, but wasn’t.
To my readers: What I have learned from this entirely frustrating, time-wasting, unproductive and unpleasant process is that either you have to figure it out yourself (which ain’t easy, folks) or give up entirely, or throw yourself on the mercy of user groups (great bunch, but they can’t be spending all of their workdays helping people with the same, relentless problems either, and sometimes they do not give accurate direction because they are not profesionals, just folks who know a bit more than the average).
Note that while I was making changes I didn’t want, I made one I did want: instead of the old title: askalisonsadvicesistersblog it’s now Advice Sister Alison’s Guide to Life, Love and Happiness.
I hope you like the change, and I hope this is the last test post I need to make