Saturday, June 30, 2012

Singing the Updated Blogger Interface Blues

Got into the admin area of TheBest50Years this morning and what an unpleasant surprise awaited me there - I'd been reverted to the 'updated' Blogger interface - again. Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again - I HATE the new Blogger interface! Fortunately, this time I knew to look for the little gear thingy over on the right and switch back. Unfortunately, I've had a message for months alerting me that the old interface is on the way out. They don't say when, just that it "will be removed in the coming months" - well, crap! This really sucks.

As I've also said before, I do so appreciate Google for all they do at no cost to all of us here on the other side. To date, I've found Blogger to be the easiest blogging platform to use. For the most part, I can upload photos, move things around and figure out how to do what I want done as far as changes go. I find the old interface very friendly looking and intuitive to use. The new one? NOT! It's UGLY in addition to being unfriendly looking and I can't find what I need or where I want to go.

Is it just me?

Nope. When I posted on this before, I actually got the most comments of any post on the blog. Not saying much, I admit but none were from previous commenters or anyone I personally know. So if my infinitesimal readership feels strongly enough to take the time to agree with me on this, I know I am not alone and that many folks feel the same way. Kind of like a self-selected not quite random sample in a study.

Anyway, I guess soon there will be nothing I can do but go forward with the horrible new interface. The problem is that I can't even find where I want to go every time (three or four now) that I've come here to post and it's been changed. In fact, last summer when I didn't yet know I could switch back, my posting slowed way down because it was so cumbersome and frustrating just to try to get it done.

Accepting what I cannot change...

Oh well, I guess it's free and the only game in town for me and TheBest50Years so I'll keep on keeping on. But it sure is frustrating that Google won't leave well enough alone. Change for the sake of change alone is usually a bad idea and I just wish whoever out there is in charge would get a clue.


  1. I agree. I don't have a blog anymore but I hated the new interface when I did. I'm not one to resist change when it is for the BEST. But when it makes things more difficult I see no reason for it. I used to work for an insurance company and every six months or so they would bring in a "consultant" that did not work with us to change the way we did things. It caused backlog every time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or at least give bloggers a choice.
    Take care,

    1. Thanks for chiming in, Joni - it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I'm afraid, however, that we won't have the choice much longer. They've been trying to move us all along toward the new interface for quite a while and it looks like they're going to force those of us who have thus far been resistant to play their way or take our marbles elsewhere. I guess I can look at it as a growth opportunity - but I don't have to like it!:)