Blogger Options: "Send Pings" Now Labeled to Reflect True Result

As you might remember, I had a with Blogger a little while back, when disabling the pinging option in the Blogger control panel disallowed all crawlers from accessing the site. Google changed the option recently to reflect its true effect. Instead of asking simply, “Send Pings?” the new option asks, “Let search engines find your blog?” It even says what turning the option on or off will do. I think this is a much better UI choice; blocking crawlers just because I didn’t want to duplicate pings from FeedBurner did seem a bit odd. Google once again changes things for…

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Blogger Apostrophe Workaround

I think I’ve found a workaround for the . I tried using an apostrophe character at the place I wanted the apostrophe, and it turned into a quote after save, but I got an idea from one of Blogger’s comment notification emails to replace the apostrophe character position with '. That appears to display an apostrophe instead of getting converted to a quote. I’ll see if it holds.

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Solved robots.txt Problem

I finally fixed the I was having with robots.txt here on this blog. After several days of troubleshooting, discussion, and (once) getting mad at Google, another Blogger user pointed out that disabling pings in the publishing settings also changes robots.txt so no Robots Exclusion Standard-obeying crawlers will access the site. I disabled Blogger’s pings to as not to incur double-pings with FeedBurner’s PingShot, but it looks like I’ll have to risk it; I just have to have Google crawling this site. I get half my traffic from them. Interestingly enough, Blogger support never responded to my inquiry; nay, they didn’t…

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Like-Minded Geeks (Short)

Looks like I made friends with a like-minded geek. My friend i80and uses the same template for his blog as I do. We both hate Microsoft, love Firefox, and use Google to the exclusion of all other service providers. It’s rather interesting. Of course, we don’t have everything in common. I write a whole bunch more than he does…

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Beta Support Spotty

OK, so support for the Blogger beta is not very widespread. Signing up for the “old” version would have been better. Most of the web-based and browser-based tools I have encountered don’t support the Blogger beta, and give an error message when I try to log in. Google: Update your Blogger Web Comments extension for Firefox! Other developers: Update your apps/websites to support the new Blogger beta! It will become the norm eventually, and you don’t want to be left behind in the dust.

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