Saturday, June 19, 2021

Neverending changes

Those busy beavers at Blogger never rest! And, one is tempted to add, unfortunately.

Icons for batch operations in Blogger

This week's change involves the batch controls, with special implications for managing labels.

So, first of all, the batch controls have been hidden behind a "manage" link (not shown) at right above the list of posts on your dashboard.

Operating on multiple posts

What are batch controls? They allow you to perform operations on multiple posts: select, post, revert to draft, apply labels, and delete.

Previously these appeared in an orange bar across the top. They were activated by selecting multiple posts. 

Now, though, the post-selection check box is behind the "manage" link.

This is another extra click, but not such a big deal. However, the control to filter posts by labels is now also removed. 

Filtering is useful in managing labels and can also help to locate posts.

Managing labels

Good news: you can still filter by label. 

Bad news: You have to type "label:labelname" into the search field at the top of your posts page. More typing!

Note to the hand surgeons of the world: You can afford that yacht now.

Not sure how to reconcile the more-typing part with the blog-from-your phone part. Maybe a fix is in the works for that.

As before, "apply labels" also removes labels, if all the posts you have selected already have the label applied.

Mine is not to reason why. I hope this helps someone.

Update: This change originally made its debut in Blogger in Draft last February. It seems to have gone live in regular Blogger this week, so I have changed the publication date of this report accordingly and made minor revisions to reflect the current status.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Flow: blogging in the creative zone

A painter is focused as his hands flick the brush over the canvas

If you blog regularly enough that your tools become an extension of your mind, you may experience flow

the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. (Wikipedia)

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who invented the term, says flow is characterized by a sense of timeless absorption. 

So, what happens when the tools break?

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Three Ways to Follow Your Blog

Three balls of twine
Photo: Frantisek Krejci/Pixabay
By default, your blog has three different ways to tell readers when you publish a new blog post.

Only one of them is called "following."

These methods are not the same, though they accomplish similar things.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

In search of subscribe-by-email

Mail pieces on a clothes line

The impending demise of Feedburner's subscribe-by-email service (July 2021) has many of us weighing our options.

The service is a valuable way to connect with regular readers. Its loss will further erode what is left of Blogger's frayed social layer.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Which Blogger service shall I kill next?

Hooded, axe-carrying executioner
Image: Pixabay
The pixels were barely dry last spring on my seven-part tutorial about inserting images into blogs when Google flipped the board and scattered the pieces to the wind.

All that work, all those screenshots and animations, became obsolete.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Subscribe-by-email will end in July


Image: Pixabay         
The automated subscribe by email service, which is part of Feedburner, will shut down in July, Google announced on Wednesday.

The move leaves users of Blogger with no clear choice for how to continue to offer a subscribe option to readers, though many third-party solutions exist.

The "subscribe by email" gadget will also stop working that time.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Don't drop photos into your blog


classical nude man falling helplessly through space

At the moment, though I hope things will change, do not add images into your posts by dragging them from your device or from another web page.

This method kind of works and looks okay, but there are side effects that are not immediately obvious.

Insert images from the edit toolbar instead.