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June 17, 2003

Some Call Me....Myrrh

Thanks to the RedSugar Muse, the Movable type version of Silflay Hraka is up and running. Yes, I asked her to make it look exactly the same, which is probably akin to giving Kandinsky a pot of white paint and asking him to do the bedroom, but I liked how the old site looked. Perhaps I'll skin the site so readers can change the color of the title bar. Won't that be exciting?

No archives yet, for the same reason there hasn't been any new content seen at the site. Blogger updated their publishing tool last week, which worked for me until late Friday night, when I switched the timezone for the blog back to Eastern Standard, it having defaulted back to Pacific when the new tool went live.

After that, nothing new would appear on the web page, though the RSS feed updated correctly. I tried the standard blogger trick of republishing the archives, but that made Blogger hork up a giant hairball every time it was attempted. The three entries below this one are what should have appeared.

So, I can't get the archives imported here until I can publish over there, and I can't publish over there until the bug gets fixed. God only knows when that will be. Soon after the trouble started Friday night I entered a ticket into Blogger Control, the brand new and obviously overly hyped help system, one for paying customers only, screw the riff-raff, and it's still there, unreviewed and unremarked upon, four days after it was filed.

I could understand that while the weekend was still upon me, barely. People do need vacations, though one would think that even if Ev and his merry band of idiots don't realize that a tool used 24/7 requires 24/7 support, that the folks at Google would know this. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until Monday, but after that I said "the hell with them" and laid a curse upon their house and all within it.

So now we're here. I made a little button in honor of the occasion. My photoshop skills are rudimentary, so it's not what it should be, but it gets the point across. Feel free to improve it, just send me a copy, por favor.

Update: We've been added to Wizbang's handy dandy list of blogspot defectors. Thanks, Kevin.

Posted by Bigwig at June 17, 2003 10:39 PM | TrackBack
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Hey congrats Bigwig! Site looks great. I'm considering making a move myself, especially with Blogger giving me http 500 errors right now, but then again, I've hardly been blogging the past few days anyway.

Anyway, re getting new Blogger to publish so you can get your archives, I did this when I migrated a few weeks ago and couldn't publish:

1)Added a new blog
2)set old blog to publish to another address
3)set new blog to publish to old address
4)Pushed something to both. Worked.
5)Switched settings back.
6)Drank beer to celebrate.

Might be worth a shot....

Posted by: bert at June 17, 2003 11:40 PM

If you were using pro, look to see if they still let you get at pro version 1 - if they don't look in the URL - and change pro2 to pro1. They'd started implementation when I tried to extract the Israpundit archives, and pro2 just flat refused to work. I tried switching back to 1, and it spit some of it out, but there were gaps, and it only went back about 5 months (out of about 18 that should have been there).

Hope this helps.

Posted by: Wind Rider at June 18, 2003 12:29 AM

Looks great! Glad you're off blogger. I made the switch a month or so ago myself.

Posted by: kelley at June 18, 2003 01:17 AM

Congrats on the move, Bigwig! I'm sure you'll be way happier here.

Posted by: roscoe at June 18, 2003 01:57 AM

Sorry to hear about Blogger bein bitchy, but at least your new site is beautiful! Happy bloggin with MT and congrats on the successful move! :D

Posted by: Ravenwolf at June 18, 2003 03:31 AM

Welcome to the other side. Better, isn't it?

I don't know if it would work for you, but in our case, after a similar debacle to yours, the archives were still visible if we manually entered the correct archive URL in our browser's address window.

Posted by: Jonathan Gewirtz at June 18, 2003 08:34 AM

Fantastic! It looks fine. Some bloggers go all fancy when they switch to MT and their blogs take 5 minutes to load with my primative dial-up connection. I'm glad you kept it simple.

Posted by: Lynn S at June 18, 2003 03:20 PM


And a thousand agonizing deaths to Blogger (or at least its evil permalinks).

Good show, props to Tanya, etc.

Posted by: ben at June 18, 2003 04:43 PM

Why do you want to retrieve your archives anyway? Pyra have a policy of deleting nothing so all your old archives will stay where they always were.

Anyway, saving them off the old site to your hard disk is just a 3 mouseclick operation for anyone.

Iain Murray was having problems so I retrieved his latest archive and posted it here:


Posted by: John Ray at June 18, 2003 06:59 PM

If every one would just stick to GMT (or as I prefer Coordinated UNiversal Time)we could get past these time problems.

GMT is planetary time. Isn't it time those living on the planet wized up?

Posted by: M. Simon at June 19, 2003 09:51 AM
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