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Friday, September 15, 2006

making the switch

I'm going to be switching over to Blogger Beta within the next week or so. I was invited to switch over almost immediately after they rolled this upgrade out, but I've been waiting until they resolved some of the issues that concerned me most. According to their issues blog, they've fixed most of the things I was most worried about and several other things I might have worried about if I'd known about them. So it seems like it's time.

I'm really looking forward to the new tag support -- I plan to go through all of my older posts and tag them with relevant content tags, and then set up a sidebar sorter so people can just look for certain types of content. Tags are one of my favorite blogging features, particularly in a themed blog like this one. I'm really glad Blogger is going to support them.

I'll also be selecting a new layout -- hopefully one with three columns, to give me a little more room for content. I don't know yet if I'll be putting ads up; I'd like to, as it would be awfully nice to make something off of this thing I put so much time into, but if I can't integrate them in nicely, I won't. We'll see.

So, this is just a heads-up that you're going to see a few changes here. Please let me know if any problems come up with the switchover -- hopefully they've fixed all of the bugs we might encounter, but I am still a little worried about the potential for communications slowdown.

I don't have an exact date for the switch, since I'm pretty busy with both work and school right now (not to mention tired and nauseous due to the damn steroids), but I will make every effort to get things up and running in the next week. And hopefully I'll have some real, actually house-related content soon, too.


Greg said...

How do you know the new Blogger is available to you? Everything still looks the same for me and I haven’t gotten an email or anything.

As for the ads, I wouldn’t rush in to it. I’m thinking about getting rid of them. After 30,000 page views I’ve earned about $20. I hear they don’t cut a check until $100, so who knows if I’ll ever see any money. I’m curious how other do with the ads.

Jamaila said...

There's a little blue box on the righthand side of my 'dashboard' page that says, essentially, 'come switch over to beta!'. I know they're rolling it out in stages -- some people are getting the invites, some aren't. Eventually, apparently, everyone will be switching, because beta will just become blogger itself.

As for the ads, I dunno. I'll look into a couple of ad networks and I'll look at Google's ads, and I'll do some research to see what the most effective way of placing your ads is, and then I'll see if I can do it.

johnny dollar said...

ooo yer a bloghamster! keep us posted on the bugs, glitches etc :D