Last month and most of this month (until last Thursday) this is what appeared on my Blogger dashboard -- something that looked like a suggestion, or an option:
"Blogger is getting a new look in April. Upgrade Now."
On Friday, Blogger upgraded my blog. It was a sad surprise. And then Julie of Angler's Rest told me how to switch back to the old Blogger. I breathed a sigh of relief....
Until today, when this -- an ultimatum? -- appeared on my blogger dashboard:
"The old Blogger interface will be removed in the coming month. Upgrade Now."
I guessed the Blogger I used on Friday was the new, (un)improved Blogger interface but I decided to see if I could find any more information about Blogger's upcoming changes on the internet. I found What's New with Blogger on the Google Blogspot blog. I scrolled down past the video at the top to the post. It shows images of old and new Blogger interfaces. I got to the new one and I thought, "Gee, that looks a lot like what I'm using now. Maybe it won't be so bad." I was fooling myself. On first view I missed the post's date: March 14, 2011. (Which tells you something about how often Blogger likes to make changes.)
If I were at least a little tech savvy I might not feel so disheartened. If I liked even one of the changes I saw on Blogger's new interface I might not feel so discouraged. It's like having your favorite anything you use on a near-daily basis that's still in good working order (car, couch, computer) ripped away and exchanged for a new, less comfortable version.
I knew old Blogger wouldn't be here forever but I hoped it wouldn't go away so soon. Even more I hoped it would be more similar to the Blogger I use now. And I especially hoped it would incorporated the best of old Blogger. I hope it's not so but my blogging days may be coming to an end.