Friday, April 8, 2022

Subscribe-by-email may really
have ended

OR MAYBE NOT
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The subscribe-by-email feature that had been integrated into Blogger since 2011 may finally be ending, nine months after Google told us it would a year ago.

There were still some instances of subscriber emails going out last week, however.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Names restored to Blogger images

SOME GOOD NEWS, FOR ONCE

A baby, dressed for a christening
Your image gets a name

Blogger has added filenames to the urls for images that are uploaded into the blog or imported from Google Photos.

This should resolve a number of problems that bloggers have reported about how these images are (and aren't) showing up in blogs.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Blogger images: problems mount

A cracked pane of glass
Jef Poskanzer, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A recent back-end change for hosting Blogger images was supposed to be nearly invisible to us bloggers, and not any sort of big deal.

Instead, six months into the transition, there are clear issues that Google has not addressed.

Some may never be fixed.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Photos in Blogger changing under the hood

Hands soldering on a circuit board
Photo: Justinite

Place an image in Blogger and, lately, it is not always clear what will happen.

There have been a lot of issues recently in the help community about images. That's often a sign that the Blogger developers are tinkering.

This week we are seeing evidence of a change in the wiring.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Grownups only

Hello, young bloggers, go back up your blogs.

Like smoking, drinking, and electing leaders who are warming the planet to the boiling point, blogging is about to become an adults-only activity.

Three young people in red polo shirts at a table with microphones

That is to say,

After September 1, students designated as under 18 in K-12 Edu domains will lose access to the Blogger service.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Plug the holes in Blogger's widgets

USE THE POST EDITOR FOR FORMATTING

Formatting tools formerly found in widgets
Former formatting tools

Inexplicably, Google has rolled out new widget dialogs lacking basic functionality.

These dialogs are the versions you get when you create or edit a widget from the Layout page of the Blogger dashboard.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Another shoe drops, crippling widgets and disrupting flow

Shoes falling through the air

This week Google is removing the quick-edit tools from sidebar widgets in a way that cannot be reversed.

The removal is rolling out as I publish this report.

The only remaining option to edit these widgets uses the dumbed-down versions that are available from the Layout page of the Blogger dashboard.

The move suggests that the days of some other Blogger features that remain may be numbered.