Five days ago, Blogger began having world-wide problems with their images. They just started disappearing and were replaced with a white box with a weird line through it. I first noticed it on my buddy Michael’s site, then this site, then my horror site. I gave it a couple days, figuring the problem with fix itself, but when it didn’t so I fixed a couple of posts and then went online for an answer.
I found no posts on reddit, no major articles on any tech sites, and was only able to find people complaining on the Blogger Community Help Forum after Googling “Blogger images” and then searching by date posted. As of today, the issue has been going on five days and the only response anyone has given is through elected community helpers, who say, “Blogger is aware of the issue and there is no ETA available on a fix.”
To say I’m frustrated would be an understatement.
Last month, I moved my horror site over to WordPress for a week, but I wasn’t happy with the themes I had at my disposal nor was I thrilled about some of the smaller intricacies (mainly spacing issues) that occur in WordPress. So, I gave it a good shot and once I realized I’d have to download and reupload all of my images again, I decided to just move it back to Blogger, where I was more comfortable and was extremely happy.
I like Blogger because it’s not super modern. It’s very much still a Web 1.0 type program and I love that about it. I’ m not a huge fan of how most modern blogs and websites work, and just prefer to have all my information at my fingertips in lieu of fancy designs that highlight single posts.
Despite all my frustration with Google, I still stomached it to use the program because of its ease of use and how much I enjoyed it, but I still have some fears that I believe are coming true. Google is known to axe products quickly. They’ve own Blogger for around 15 years and honestly, blogging isn’t what it used to be. Google has neglected Blogger (which is why it’s like a Web 1.0 program) for years and I’ve been waiting around for them to announce its closure. But then a few months ago, the Android App got a huge upgrade and I figured someone at Google must still care. So, I rested a little easier knowing that Blogger has a bit more life in it before it goes the way to Geocities, Friendster, Google Plus, MySpace, etc.
But now, I’m wondering if this is what does it in. Not having a fix or official announcement in five days is not good. Maybe it takes too much to fix this issue. Maybe Google doesn’t want to spend the time or man power in fixing something that doesn’t make them much money nor provide them a ton of statistics. I don’t know for sure, but I’m just saying, this doesn’t make me sleep easier at night knowing how much love and effort I’ve put into my blogs to know they could be wiped away in some cost saving measure.
So what is the solution? Well, I can wait this out and hope for the best or I can work on taking control of my site and moving it back over to WordPress. Of course, moving to WordPress has its problems too. Mainly, I’m not as happy with some of the way its set up and WordPress could always stop being developed (although I don’t see that for a very long time since a large percentage of the internet runs on WordPress). The only true way to preserve your websites and data is to go old school HTML/CSS, but that is just too much work. Maybe for a blog like this, but definitely not my horror site.
I don’t know. It’s taken the wind out of my wings a bit and I just don’t know how to proceed. I really hope Google gets it fixed, but I’m definitely a little gunshy about investing a ton of time into another blogger site.