Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Insanity of Constantly Changing Formats

Why does every single thing on the Internet have to be changed constantly? Blogger used to work perfectly (well, maybe not perfectly, let's just say "in the reliably same way"), but now they have done some inane change to it so that my most recent entry has absolutely no paragraph breaks, and for the life of me, I can find absolutely no way to open it up for editing. (It's hard enough for me as it is to have readers, let alone me presenting to them an endless barrage of unparagraphed words.)

And, a problem that Blogger has long had that they OUGHT to fix (but have not), is that one split second after you post an entry, it gets sent to whomever subscribes to it. But if I discover unacceptable errors (which always slip through no matter how many times I read the entries beforehand) and go back in to edit, they don't send out the revised versions. So, I have to say to anybody who receives my entries (all of "one" person, I think), it is always best to read these on the site instead of on the original e-mail, because only on the site will the most recent version be shown. That is to say, if the thing can even be corrected at all, which, based on my just-previous-to-this entry, may not even be possible. Which, if it is genuinely NOT possible, will be the end of my relationship with Blogger.


Longboardjeff said...

Ahhhhhh, sweet! It asks me to choose an identy. Now that's change I can live with -- not change that I ever voted for.

I haven't got much to do tonight, other than sit in this far-too-warm-and-muggy computer room to sweat and smell bad. God bless fans.

I enjoyed this post, as I have enjoyed all of your posts. It's the changes, lack of changes and even attempts at improving our Blogger experience (or any online experience, for that matter) that has kept me from commenting. I think I pointed out more than once, in my typically subtle way, that my comments weren't working well. I kept having to login to my account, even though I was already logged in. It was a loop that seemed to have no end as I logged in, typed an identity, and then logged in again. Ah, change. You have to love it, right?

You answered on question I've had for a long time. I didn't know that people got the notice that I wrote a blog only once. I would read your blog entries in the email, and then yes, I did notice some differences in the version online.

I, too, have experienced the new unformatted paragraphs. I didn't use HTML tags, as suggested below this text box, but I will insert the line breaks just in case right here.

I can't say that I blame you one bit for considering ending your relationship with Blogger, but I haven't found any easy blogging venue other than MySpace. And gee, that was probably the only thing about MS that I really liked.

One more comment about formatting -- I put 2 spaces after a period. This, as well as many other online data entry or blogging systems, only puts one of the spaces in. I guess it's considered a duplicate, or they're saving space.

Pitbullshark said...

Jeff, your comment, has given Blogger a new lease on life! Oh, and I did manage to figure out how to get back in and edit the entry. I don't really know how it did it...lets just say that maybe a hundred moneys pounding around on a typewriter really COULD have written Hamlet, as I was just about to have written Coriolanus before I finally opened up a way in to make an edit!

Sometimes it really is quite difficult to leave comments on some blogs, what with the "capchas" that I honestly can hardly ever manage to read anymore (the letters often run together too much and what's the point if the blog owner moderates the entry anyway, isn't that protection enough?), and the character limits that sometimes makes me have to split my comment into two or more sections, some of which invariably get lost (did you know that some blogs have a "spam" file for comments?). And Tumblrs, I don't even know if THEY even accept comments; it seems all they ever get are so and so "liked it". All of those seem to have the same format, such as every single one of them has "Ask me anything" which always makes me think, "Really?". There is a Tumblr I look at from time to time where the guys posts all, or a lot, of those "ask me anythings", and they all start with a beginning like "dickdrool asks" and the "ask" will be something like "Why do u think you are so hot, I think you are ugly" and the blog owner will respond "go kill urself". But sometimes he is nice, and I, for the first time ever, actually clicked on his "Ask me anything" and left a complimentary comment, but as I didn't actually ask him a question, he didn't post it, or respond to it. So it's all kind of a waste.

Your formatting issue concerning the two spaces after the periods...I learned that the "proper" thing to do was those two spaces, and I learned it in a high school advanced typing class (I don't even want you think of what kind of equipment it was that we were learning on), which I realized was actually kind of a "secretarial" class, in that everybody in there already knew how to type, so we were being taught about different business-letter-writing formats and how to prepare beautiful reports and type up ledgers and the like (imagine that...TYPING up LEDGERS! "So why don't they just use Excel?"). Every time the subject of the two spaces after a period comes up, I automatically think that it was something a person had to learn in a secretarial class in which they pounded their sore, flat fingers on the three-inches-of-travel keys on full-size black Royal office typewriters that were about two feet tall and had return plattens that were about a yard wide. So my idea is that websites are designed by guys who are about 14 years old and to whom the concept of "a properly formatted business letter" is about as ancient of a concept as monks illuminating pages of the Bible in the year AD 1002. Surely it CAN'T be based on space limitations, can it? I mean, not in the day when people have 2 terrabyte hard drives in their laptops, that is, if they even store anything on the thing they carry around at all (it all just floats up to the cloud).

Longboardjeff said...

I don't know about a new lease on life, but at least your words are being read. Since I lost my MySpace account, and along with it my friends, I haven't been blogging. Maybe this will give me the jump start I need.

Oh yeah, and I will need to manually insert the HTML for line breaks, unless you know a magic key that does it.

Yeah, the world today is hung up in its own half-assed security. You have to deal with captchas, your parents' birth places or middle names, last 4 of your Social Security number, phone number, etc., etc. I have to login and answer security questions to get my own mail at times, yet people are being robbed online every day -- and they know their passwords and parents' middle names, etc. But nothing is private anymore.

I had to laugh. Yeah, I've dealt with the "Just ask" kinds of people. For a while, when MySpace was in its hayday, I got a lot of friend requests. I don't know why. Many were 16 year olds attached to a 55 year old's body. You know the type. But so many expected ME to send them a note asking age, location and all of the other information that most people freely posted in their profiles. I even asked someone (mainly because I thought I knew him personally), and he responded with, "You first."

In other words, you tell me and I'll tell you. I let it drop right there.

I have used a typewriter -- even a manual one. It belonged to my grandmother. It comes with a rock, a hammer and a chisle chissle chissel....... pound and make chips thing. And typing a business letter, or being able to type one, is a must if you want to make it in the business world. I get amazed at some of the emails I see every day, written by teachers -- EDUCATORS!

Aren't you glad I didn't comment about the 100 moneys on the keyboard? I promose I won't say a word.

deejohn said...

p/b, I haven't been aware of the 'paragraph' problem. I usually run a mile when I see huge blocks of paragrahs without any breaks. My eyes cant take it and I keep losing my place.
But I do wonder which Blogger interface/picture editor you are using. I happen to still be using both. So that I can have a good picture layout (large big pictures as well as blocks of small thumbnails) I find that I have to revert back and forward in the settings for a standard picture posting simply because I haven't found a way yet of creating blocks of thumbnails (5 across & 5 down = 25 pics) using the NEW post editor.

If you check at the top of your Dashboard there's a daily reminder that Blogger will soon be removing the OLD (and very useful) Blogger interface/picture editor.
I find the old interface so useful when posting up blocks of holiday or festival pictures. It'll be sad if they really do take it away.
I'm guessing why they keep changing the warning message and delaying it's demise as many other bloggers are not too happy about it.

Pitbullshark said...

dee--After a lot of fiddling around, I managed to discover how to solve the paragraph problem. One now has to choose how paragraphs are made, either from (what I call) carriage returns (which causes great amusement among those people who are under the age of 30, who DO understand that there is a key on their computer's keyboard called "Return", but have no idea why it is called that), or else from the HTML tag ordering the paragraph breaks. The (hidden) default was the HTML tag, while I was expecting the breaks to come from the carriage returns like they had been doing before (and since I write my entries first on Word so they don't get lost midstream).

You probably never saw this problem on my blog because I would edit afterwards (sometimes several times) and with this problem, I figured out how to fix it.

I have no idea which editor I am using, though, and didn't even know that there was a choice. I can see how in your case that difficulty in posting pictures would just about blow the software for you. I read an article the other day about how very quickly and easily companies lose customers, and almost always, once lost, never ever regained. This is a concept that seems to not be understood in the on-line world; their developers think they have a multi-million-dollar idea, and suddenly, everybody has left them in droves. As quickly as they make changes is how quickly they can go out of business. My advice to them is to hang on to (or hire anew) some of those old computer (or business) "fuddy-duddies" whom they think are so "out of it" because, gasp, they are still are listening to CDs or get their movies via DVD or still utilize some other "hopelessly outmoded" format or system (that is just, oh, "so 2009!"). But not everybody they are selling to is 13 years old and the sooner they realize that, the more tightly they can hang onto their multi-million-dollar business idea.

On a totally disconnected realm, but still somewhat germane to this subject of "changes", I will be writing another blog entry later today...about what I think of might be what I call "the hip-hopping of club dance music" in that my current view is that how "hip-hop" destroyed the whole idea that blacks made awesome music (a well-justified reputation they have had ever since the roots of the jazz era), so are forces like "Deadmau5" destroying electronic dance music. Gee, but I am such a spoil sport, I guess, in that I fight the idea of "technology moving like a runaway freight train". It's not at all that I am against progress, but if everybody is left back at the station because the tres tres tres grand vitesse sped by too fast, an empty train is just so much iron crying to be put back into the ground where it came from and had resided for dozens of eons.

deejohn said...

p/b, Looking forward to that new post. Of course I do love black music and we have a lot to be thankful for their output over the years, although I cant abide rap and most of hip-hop.

Interesting that you mentioned how fast blogger e-mails your possibly not quite ready posts to your followers. On last weeks vintage 1974 Parkinson Show dedicated to Orson Welles, Welles was saying how he would never spend a liesurely evening with friends watching one of his old movies, like many other Hollywood directors used to. He said that there might be so many faults and that all the errors would be visible for ever for every movie goer to see. Where as with writing a book one can always re-correct things with re-printed new editions. But with film, whats done is done.