And I'm back at Blogger...

Confused? Please don't be. I'm trying to keep it together as well.

WHY I'M BACK AFTER DECAMPING TO WORDPRESS

To put it succinctly, Wordpress.COM does not allow Google Analytics or the embedding of Revver videos. I could go with Wordpress.ORG, but it's too technically complicated for me.

HOW AM I MAKING IT WORK WITH GOOGLE/BLOGGER?

Instead of external FTP publishing, which Blogger is still incapable of doing with large blogs, I added a CNAME record to my domain so that my blogspot-hosted blog can be found at blog.sunnyinla.com

A NEW URL?

Well, I uploaded a meta-refresh index file for SunnyInLA.com/blog so you can still type in that URL and in a split-second you'll be redirected to blog.sunnyinla.com

GOODBYE TO THE SUN

You'll no longer see my sun favicon in the address bar next to my url. Instead, if you're using Internet Explorer, you'll see Blogger's icon of a small white e on an orange background.

Also, if you have a sharp eye, you'll notice some empty space at the top of the page. That's my secret; please don't report me.

RSS AND ATOM FEEDS

The feeds are different. They're now:
http://blog.sunnyinla.com/feeds/posts/default
http://blog.sunnyinla.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

My feed subscribers haven't gotten any updates since middle of last week, so they're totally in the dark as to what's been happening. I plan to manually update the old feeds for them tonight.

PERMALINKS

Permalinks being generated by Blogger are no longer based on sunnyinla.com/blog but blog.sunnyinla.com

http://www.sunnyinla.com/blog/2007/04/...
is now

http://blog.sunnyinla.com/2007/04/...

This won't matter to you that much, but I will have to change the urls in my sidebar to reflect updated content. The old files that were externally published by Blogger before its meltdown do still exist on my server, preserved in time.

EATING CROW?

What can I say? Google has a grip on me and won't let go. It's like when I heard about Google Checkout and proclaimed there was no way Google would ever get my credit-card number. They then offered me $10 for it, and there went my credit-card number into their database. Google offers enticements you can't turn down.

I enjoyed my fling with Wordpress and I still recommend it to those who are starting a new blog. They have awesome features and the community is clean and healthy for the most part. But it just doesn't fulfill my particular needs.

WHAT'S NEXT?

I may discover yet more problems with Google Blogger and end up going back to Wordpress yet again. Who knows???

It'll take some time to undo all the changes I made this weekend, but things will settle down, as they always do.