Always Title Your Posts, Unless You Want Duplicates in Google’s Services

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I learned a lesson last night. I published my game show idea post without a title by accident. Then in the chaos of trying to correct the mistake (and the permalink), I cut-and-pasted the post into a new one with an actual title and deleted the old one. It took three hours, but Google Reader finally picked up the new post, albeit with the old one still in the list as a duplicate (it did pick up my change of that one’s title, though). Google Blog Search still doesn’t have the new version, even now. The version it does have does not have a cached version and leads to a 404 page, so needless to say I want it out of the index.

It is my hope that the removal request I submitted last night, along with bumping the feed with a new item (Feedburner could be sending a 304), will finally correct all this trouble.

The lesson for you is, always title your post before publishing it. Unless you use a blogging platform that uses URLs like /archives/?id=123, that is.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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