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The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The consequences of Blogger's shutdown.

Blogger shutdown for "maintenance" this week. Basically, the site had crashed owing to some problems in the new "upgrades". During this period about 30 hours of posts were lost, no new comments could be received and no new posts could be made. Now, Blogger is back, however, there are some after effects.

You might have noticed that the comments on Writing in a Vacuum, disappeared. That is due to Blogger's failure and not my doing. Also gone are all the labels on the recent posts. This is not, however, what most concerns me. Blogger has clearly changed its programming. Blogger does not want writers, like me, to post links after each post - because today I was unable to activate the links. Active links, when copied, became inactive ones.This is a change in the way Blogger works which considerably reduces the utility of the facility. Is this why many bloggers eventually move on to their own platforms...? Do they tire of the lack of control and self-determination in free blogging platforms?

If anyone at Blogger/Google ever reads this, could you please change the programming back to allow the placement of links after each post? Don't you realize that, by hampering what your bloggers want to do with their sites, you are encouraging them to move on to other platforms? There should be complete freedom to write in whatever way a blogger pleases, as long as it does not harm others. That should also include freedom in how the blog is formatted, including outbound links.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 7:02 PM 

3 Comments:

Blogger Louis said...

As long as you let someone else host your site, you're vulnerable to their whims. Yes, that's why most bloggers host their own.

It's probably because free blogging platforms have issues with clearing out all the spam links. To Google, those links reflect on the hosting site as well.

You should have the option somewhere in Blogger to export all your content to Wordpress. Hosting your own content makes you look more serious about blogging.

1:35 AM  
OpenID laktosefrei said...

I received each notification for a new post twice. I thought that you'd been extremely busy writing until I saw that the notifications had been sent again. ;-)

4:51 AM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thanks for the insight Louis...you are probably right. The procedures required to post my links at the ends of posts have become more and more difficult and laborious over the past couple of months - they are always changing how it has to be done (without notification).

I shall look into Wordpress and see what that is about. Thanks. When I first started blogging, my knowledge of what was available was limited...so I went with what seemed easiest, not understanding what the embedded issues might be.

Thanks for the tip.

2:10 PM  

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