Thursday, September 03, 2020

Blogging and Magazines

As all bloggers know, Google has revamped their Blogger platform and it has been a struggle for us old timers. I found a well written article that beautifully details the difficulties here at Making a Mark (updated last week here). Rumour was that the wonderful legacy system was going to be gone by August, and then by September, but here I am on September 3rd still able to access it!

I have sent lots of feedback and questions to Mr. Blogger over the summer, with zero responses.  I even offered to pay user fees to have the privilege of using the old system that has worked so well for me for 15 years.
I'm waiting to see what will happen, but as of today, they are still allowing me to use the old system, and I am able to blog today in the stress free manner I always have. 


A bit of sunshine in my week has been getting the new Quilt Sampler magazine. I rarely get magazines anymore (still greatly miss the 100 Block magazines) but I enjoyed reading about 10 unique quilt shops, seeing what they are doing in their part of the world, and seeing the new projects. Even if I don't want to make the patterns, there are great ideas for layouts and borders. Reading about a quilt store is not nearly as fun as being in a real quilt store, but it's the next best thing for now.


And also the latest Canadian Quilter magazine had an article about my local quilt guild and how we have moved our meetings online until the pandemic is over. A big shout out to Lindsay, the guild executive, and all the talented guild members who have facilitated this transition to meeting with our quilting friends on zoom.
I hope you are finding ways to stay in touch with your quilting community throughout the pandemic!

15 comments:

Julierose said...

I went to New Blogger last week and am still finding the same old problems..I think I will revert back to legacy and stay there for as long as I can...As it is I lost my original blog background which I loved during switching over..as my hubby says "Somebody had a 'Better idea' " right!!;000
Anyhow, "Old Timer moi" is not a fan of zooming, instagram or facebook...just want to blog easily and for fun...

hugs julierose

Design Originals by KC said...

Kathy,

I am glad you are able to stay in legacy mode.. I loved Blogger but am excited to try WordPress full on once I can pay a bit to get everything transferred from Blogger and have room for new materials too... that is the downside to WordPress for frequent bloggers is having the space for photos and linkys etc... I miss having a mag in my mail box.. I may have to rectify that for my Christmas this winter... wonder which I should choose??
I hope legacy stays working for you... Looking forward to Sunday if I can figure out wordpress in time for this weeks post on Sunday :)
Kathi

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Oh, I wish our guild would come into this century and do zoom. Great that you can at least have regular contact with your friends.

Nann said...

If only Blogger would provide tutorials! Then we wouldn’t have to go through all this trial and error. At least I am not relying on my blog for revenue.....I bought the new Quilt Sampler, too. Did you see that a couple of projects appear in different write ups? It’s always interesting to see how the shop owners got into the business.

Barbara said...

I have been using the new platform for several months, and now that I’m used to it, it’s working out for me. I would have preferred they not make the change, but I’m not having any problems. Maybe I can answer your questions.

JustGail said...

After waiting for weeks this spring for new quilting magazines to show up at our little much closer WM, I finally subscribed to BH&G American Patchwork and Quilting and to Love of Quilting. It's a good thing I did, as they now carry even fewer magazines, other than food, gaming, guns and car magazines now.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I'm still using the old format of Blogger as well - my addage to all this "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Denise :) said...

I've been using blogger since 2003; I'm pretty sure this isn't the first change I've experienced. I think once we get used to the changes *and* they fix the glitches, we'll be good! (Fingers crossed!) I love quilting magazines, but I just don't have the space to keep them, and I struggle to justify spending money I'm going to have to get rid of. This month's Quilt Sampler looks fun! I'm also really tempted by all the pretty autumn covers that are hitting the magazine stands right now!! :)

Lyndsey said...

I've been using the new blogger for several months now and it's working out OK for me but it took a while to get used to. They have made some changes on the new blogger that has made certain things easier based on feedback. I love quilt magazines but don't have the space to store them

Deanna W said...

I have been playing with the new blogger and there have been changes to it in the few weeks I have been messing with it. The only issue I have is placing photos where I want them without screwing up the writing I have done. I have two subscriptions...quiltmaker and American patchwork and quilting and love them both although I do pick up a few others from time to time...my treat after grocery shopping!!

tubakk said...

I have used new blogger for some weeks now. I feel that every time I use it I find changes. Sometimes it's more back to the old blogger. So I guess that if you wait another month, new blogger is just like old blogger.

Cathy said...

I've been using the new almost since they introduced it. I figured I should get used to it sooner rather than later. Seems like they must be listening to some of the complaints because I see changes going on all the time. Change with a lot of things is inevitable so I always try to go with the flow and make the best of things. I remember my first computer before WINDOWS when there was DOS! I remember land line rotary dial phones before there were cell phones. I remember typing up term papers on a typewriter and doing the research at the library and not via google. I remember...

kdduncan said...

I also keep reverting back to Legacy. They did not make any improvements with the new version. It has the same old issues, but is clunky and hard to figure out. I had to revert back to Legacy today. Sigh.

Marie said...

The Quilt Sampler is my fave magazine - thanks for the heads up, I'll need to take a look for it.

And kudos to you and your guild for embracing Zoom. We're never too old to learn and your guild proved it. Great article!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

My last blog post I did by reverting to the old form. I have to remember how to revert back each time (I've only done it twice so far). When something works, why do techy's think that it needs to be changed?