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September 10, 2003

No RSS

Oh now I get it. RSS is not one of the new features they’ve given to Blogger Free. So…Blogger Pro is “going away”, but there will still be special features for those who paid?

Blogger Pro Additions

Pro features are showing up for me already. Here are some of the new features I now have with Blogger that I like.

  • Spell Check: It’s funny that “Blogger” and “Google” are both marked as misspelled.
  • Ping Weblogs.com: This is something I had a bookmarklet set up to do anyway. It puts me in a list of a thousand other recently-updated blogs, increasing the chance that someone will accidentally stumble across my site.
  • Change Date and Time: Finally! There were a lot of times that I wanted to save a draft entry to Blogger, but I didn’t, since I knew it would stamp it with a permanent time. Now I can change that. There also seems to be a “Draft” option for posts. Double Yay.
  • Daily Archives: Tempting…Individual post archives, like MT has, would be even better.

I don’t see any RSS options yet. Maybe they’re phasing in the Pro features a few at a time. I’ll keep an eye out.

Hmm Interesting

News.com: Blogger bucks premium-services trend.

Google-owned Web log-creation site Blogger is eliminating its paid version and folding premium functions into its free service, bucking a trend toward making people pay for Web site extras.

Now here is some news that actually affects me. I’ve been a Blogger Free user for a year and a half. I was never interested in Blogger Pro, mostly because of the price, but also because Blogger Free did everything I needed. I give it a chunk of text, it makes everything purdy and puts it on the web for me. Job completed. I knew that Blogger Pro had some extra features; I mean, it had to, right? People were paying for it, so surely they were getting something more than I was. RSS, probably. What else? I had no idea. Didn’t interest me. Life was good.

Now I’m getting basically a free upgrade to Blogger Pro. I still don’t know what all is included. RSS would be nice, I guess. It seems like everybody else’s site has an RSS feed, but since I never subscribe to RSS feeds or use an aggregator that was never a make-or-break for me. Now that Blogger is going to offer it to everyone, I might as well use it. Other features? I guess I’ll find out about them as they come online. I don’t do my writing in Blogger anyway. I have my own page that I built for writing these entries. I was never happy with the limited editing controls that most of the blogging software out there give you, so I made my own and called it the Blog-O-Matic 3000. I took all the special characters and tags that I find myself using when I write, like <blockquote>, “curly quotes”, and em and en dashes, and built them all into my editing controls. I do all my writing there, run it through a little script that converts line breaks to paragraph tags, and then copy the whole mess and drop it into Blogger, intact. So if there are any new editing tags in Blogger Pro I probably won’t be making use of them anyway. It’s always nice to get something that you never had before, though, and I’m sure that there will be one or two surprises in Blogger Pro that I won’t know how I ever lived without.