I have been having some issues with blogger.
Last month I lost a draft post that I had been working on for a year (yes, I nearly cried!)
Ever since last year's AusReading Month I had been wanting to do something that catalogued Australian books by the State or region they were set in (much like what Melissa had done with her US Reading the States).
I couldn't work out the design or format that suited me, so I kept adding notes on each state, until inspiration struck.
Instead of inspiration - disaster!
The entire state of Victoria - gone!
Blogger help forum sadly informed me that lost draft posts are irretrievable - forever.
The only solution - write all future draft posts in a word document. Then copy & paste only when ready to publish.
If that's what I have to do; I'll do it!
But then...on Monday morning...
I wanted to update some info on my 'Nobel' page when suddenly - pooof!
Everything gone & replaced by an exact replica copy of the post I had just published.
Autosave kicked in straight away (which has been a godsend the couple of times my computer crashed mid-post!) but this time....well, Nancy heard my scream in the Netherlands!
Blogger help forum indicated that there is a way to find a lost published post or page...but so far no-one has responded to my plea for help.
However, while I was there, I decided to check out some of the other forums.
Maybe everything really does happen for a reason, because I discovered the answer to the page problem that has been annoying me ever since I started blogging.
Blogger pages are static, one page entities that can only be changed by update editing (like what I tried to do with my Nobel page).....or so I thought!
One comment, a bit more research and suddenly I had the knowledge to make my pages dynamic 'blogs within a blog'!
The Nobel page is now it's own little blog (I'll wait while you check it out.)
The change has meant losing all the comments on the old Nobel page - sorry Nancy, most of them were yours :-(
Whether I change all the pages above is another matter.
For instance the CBCA page is such a big list with multiple links it would require a lot of tweeking to change to dynamic. And the genre pages are designed to just be lists.
But State by State will definitely be one of the new & improved dynamic blogs within a blog. It was the design formatting idea I was waiting to have!
(Although Victoria will have to wait to make an appearance, since I still have to rewrite it from scratch!)
The other thing I learnt on the forum, was how to add your google+ comments onto my blog posts, so now all my comments appear in one place!
Yes, I am a blogging genius!