After multiple attempts and another new error message, I was finally able to publish my last two blog posts.
We'll see how this one goes.
-- Jack Krupansky
Issues that Jack Krupansky has stumbled across as he journeys deeper into the blogging jungle
After multiple attempts and another new error message, I was finally able to publish my last two blog posts.
That's the message I got publishing my previous post: "There were errors." Clicking on the "Details" link gave me this enlightening message: "001 java.io.IOException: EOF while reading from control connection".
This is ridiculous. Besides that fact that email posting is now a solid no-op (they get returned many hours later with a crypric, non-user friendly "Mail Delivery System" error), Blogger has been unable to fully post a number of my posts. I was able to create the posts using Blogger's post editor, but then clicking the "Publish Post" button would simply present me with various error screens, including some advising me that "the engineers" have been notified. After restarting Blogger and navigating to the "Edit Posts" screen I can see that my new posts have in fact been captured and are in fact sitting there, but they simply have not been actually "published" so that they appear on my blog or my blog feed.
Here's an interesting post about the gaming of Google page ranking by WordPress. WordPress is a popular blogging software package, and evidently there is some default linking of a blog authored with that software to the Wordpress web site. The part about posting thousands of sponsored articles solely to boost page ranking is a bit of an eye-opener. I'm not personally much of a fan of artificial SEO (Search Engine Optimization). In any case, the post and comments are an interesting discussion.
I actually successfully posted on three of my other blogs today, but encountered a few delays and strange error messages along the way. But, I made it. After yesterday, I consider that a victory of sorts.
Today was my absolute worst day (so far) blogging. Blogger was extremely uncooperative. It's bad enough that I can't email post reliably, but it was extremely difficult even to make normal posts through the Blogger web interface. There were several points I had wanted to make throughout the day, but Blogger simply got in the way and now the thoughts are gone.
I know that Blogger is popular, but this is getting rather ridiculous. I submitted an email post to this blog over two hours ago and there's no sign of it. I submitted two posts to another blog and they also are nowhere to be seen, yet.
You might want to check out the ProBlogger blog authored by Darren Rowse. It's billed as an effort to assist bloggers in maximizing the revenue potential of their blogs, focusing on Google's AdSense program. Even if you're not focused on making money from your blogs, his tips for better blogging may help you and your readers achieve a higher level of satisfaction.
Good news... as of this morning, Bloglines is finally reporting updates for my blogs and other Blogger blogs that I subscribed to in Bloglines. It took two email exchanges with Bloglines to get here, but it looks like the problem has been fixed, at least for now.
Well, all but one of my nine attempts to email a certain post to this blog yesterday eventually did get through. The fifth post mysteriously disappeared. Finally, at 1:33 a.m. today, eight hours after I emailed it, I received a cryptic message from "Mail Delivery System" (which is really MAILER-DAEMON@blogger.com) that starts with the line "This is the Postfix program at host blogger.com." and ends with the error report from Blogger: "Command died with status 1: "IFS=' '&&exec /home/bloggermail/processmail2exit 75 #bloggermail"."
I've tried to send a new post to this blog via email seven times now and not one has gotten through yet.
For reference, here is my Bloglines public feed list is human readable form, and as an OPML URL that can be imported into another feed reader such as NewsGator or Feedster.
Although NewsGator seems a little better, particularly for showing updates for Blogger blog feeds, I'm still using Bloglines for maintaining my feed list. I can add a new feed and not have to worry about the distinction between "subscription" and "my feeds" that NewsGator annoys me with.
One nice feature of Blogger is that it has quite a library of page layout and design templates that you can choose from. Unfortunately, there are variations in how the templates are constructed, so it was a pain for me to try to figure out how to add Google ads to the various templates that my blogs used. So, I switched all of my blogs so that they all use the same template. The only difference between them now is that I have the Google ads assigned to distinct tracking "channels", which are represented as a numeric code in the script snippet that brings the ads up.
Just to be clear, so far I've limited my experimentation to online feed aggregators as opposed to those that are software that you need to download and install on your local PC.
The good news is that I've imported my entire set of feeds to NewsGator via OPML and also via clicking on "+ newsgator" buttons on my blogs, but they end up in different folders. The OPML [is that pronounced oapmeal??] feeds ended up in a folder titled "Subscriptions" but the other blogs ended up in the "My Feeds" folder. Sure, I can go in and move them around, but it's a bit confusing and unclear which origanization is "best".
I'm seen some preliminary evidence that NewsGator is detecting updates to my blogs.
If I click on "+ Today's Posts" on the MyFeedster page, It puts up a spearate page with the red error message "Error: You Do Not Have Any Feeds. Please subscribe to some feeds and then try again.", which makes no sense since I clearly have a lot of feeds that Feedster does allow me to view via the "+ All Feeds" button.
I'm at least partially running on Feedster now. I say partially because the user interface is so bad that I'm unable to tell what some operations are really doing.
I opened a NewsGator account and imported my list of Bloglines feeds using OPML. The only real annoyance was that there was no "mark all feeds as read" button in NewsGator as there is in Bloglines. As a result, I had to manually click the feed folder about 20 times to incrementally mark each batch of 50 posts as read.
I still haven't seen any updates in Bloglines for by own blogs that I subscribed to. I sent a query to Bloglines, but got no response, not even a "thank you for your interest" blow-off. As a result, I'm going to start looking at some other blog aggegators, starting with NewsGator.
I just tried viewing my blogs in Firefox and it really screws up the page layout, probably due to the Google ads, but they look fine in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
I noted a bug in a prior post. This post demonstrates a workaround, by shifting a word off the second line of the quote text. You won't see the "fixed" bug unless you click on the permalink for this post to see it on a page without the post that triggers the bug.
With the internet, the web, blogging, and grassroots activist citizen-journalists, what possible ... value do Barron's and WSJ have anymore?
I kid you not! The second line of the quote causes Microsoft Internet explorer to draw that stupid looking white bar to the right of the box surrounding these posts. Evidently, IE has trouble with the hyphenated word "citizen-journalists".
With the internet, the web, blogging, and grassroots activist citizen-journalists, what possible value do Barron's and WSJ have anymore?
I finally got up the nerve to slog through the HTML template swamp to put Google AdSense ads on my Blogger blog -- and I'm sure that you readers are thrilled about it, too. I've been using AdSense adds on my main web sites for quite some time and Blogger has advertised that they're available on Blogger blogs, but gave no instructions for how to add them to the HTML template. Sure, it's easy to use Google's web tools to get the ad script snippet that you need to insert, but figuring out how to insert it in the Blogger HTML template is not so easy. I know a fair amount about HTML, but not enough about style sheets to be very confident.
After much searching around for where to get the "right" button graphic for the XML "feed" button for this blog, I stumbled across some interesting HTML code to do a feed button without needing a graphic image at all. It looks as good as the typical .GIF image, but also give you the flexibility of editing the button label and monkeying with the size and other attributes any time you want. That's really cool, especially for the graphically-challenged such as yours truly.
I just ran across PubSub, which is an online service that notifies you of new information as it becomes available on a zillion different feeds that PubSub monitors. As their web site says:
PubSub is a matching service that instantly notifies you when new content is created that matches your subscription. Using a proprietary Matching Engine, PubSub is able to read millions of data sources on your behalf and notify you instantly whenever a match is made.
The heart of the PubSub service is a powerful, proprietary Matching Engine that makes it possible, for the first time, to match millions of search queries against thousands of new pieces of information every second.
Traditional search stores data and then allows you to find documents within that store of data. PubSub operates by first storing your subscription query, and then watching for new information that matches it. Your query will be checked against every piece of new information passing through our Matching Engine.
If there's one thing that really annoys me as a business blog reader it's "off topic" posts, even if (or especially if) the post is labeled as being "off topic". I simply see it as unprofessional and it gives business blogging a bad name. My advice if you're doing a serious, business-oriented blog and feel the urge to go "off topic": don't do it. Everybody should have their own personal blog and web site where they can let off steam and explore their personal "off topic" interests (which are then by definition not "off topic") to their heart's content, but a business blog is the wrong place to do it.
This post was submitted via email using Microsoft Outlook Express.
Although a lot of the excitement about Google Gmail has died down, there are still lots of people itching to get a Gmail account, and I was one of them. Unfortunately, Google had only allowed a limited number of people to sign up initially, and told the rest of us that we'd have to wait for the test period to be over.
So far, Bloglines has been rather slow to update for changed blogs. In fact, it hasn't yet detected any changes for my five blogs even though I've made numerous posts. Maybe there is some extra delay for new blogs that aren't yet in its database and may need to get approved before they are included in the regular update cycle. We'll see.
Now that I'm monitoring several dozen blog feeds, it's out of the question to manually go visit even the "important" ones. The solution is to use an "aggregator". There are many available, but to start out easy I chose Bloglines which lets you enter and organize any number of blog feeds.
One minor but annoying issue that I've run into with email posting to Blogger blogs is that I haven't been able to figure out what to set the font to in Outlook Express so that Blogger will treat it is the "default" font so that the blog post will take on the default font for the selected blog template.
One of the main problems that I've had with Blogger is that blog posts that are submitted via email are frequently not posted in a timely manner. Usually they appear within a few minutes, but I seen them take over a day or in some cases over a week to post. I would say that about 1 in 3 times a significant delay occurs.
I'm presently using Google's Blogger for my five blogs. Mostly I like the fact that it's free, and that helps me turn a blind eye to its current deficiencies.
I'm relatively new to blogging, having started my first blog only a few weeks ago. I now have four blogs with quite a few posts. I've actually been doing web sites since around 1996. This blog is dedicated to a discussion of my interests in blogging itself.