At Susan's behest I thought it would be a good idea to to post about my monumental move to Beta Blogger... it was monumental for me, okay?
What is it?
Upgraded Blogger apparently - it will come to all eventually. Count me as one of the many guinea pigs! You know me, new buttons an' all.
Who can have it?
I thought it was open for all, but maybe not yet. There has been a little sign on me dashboard for a couple of weeks - maybe longer - I'm not that observant.
Do I need a degree in blogology to do it?
No definitely not, you're talking to me - Princess Airhead (although I do have a diploma in toilet cleaning, must have because no one else in our house can do it!). The only thing that you have to do is open a googlemail account if you haven't already got one - I did. Easy anyway and googlemail is dead handy for blogging because you can nip between the two in a flash! Passwords to googlemail and beta blogger are one and the same - less headaches!
Not a lot. The format is exactly the same, posting, template etc. The whole look is a bit neater, dashboard, posts etc, and you can publish at the speed of light. No waiting for the interminable clock - bonus!
You can fiddle with your template, change your colours, layout, font. Expect changes when I've got me head around the whole shebang and managed not to delete the whole thing in the process. There are other mysterious things that I haven't had a look at yet because I had to go shopping, but it all looks fairly simple.
As far as I understand (so don't quote me on this) if you change your template (background etc) you can't take your links with you, they have to be added later. Blogger will kindly make a copy for you though, so not much problem just a bit of time.
I found commenting on other blogs a little different - Blogger now sees me as a separate entity and refuses to let me post until I have told them who I am - well really!!
I also thought that I had a) cocked up the site metre and b) cocked up the whole world's site metre. Turned out to be just bad timing. Thanks to Skint for letting me know that I wasn't responsible for destruction on a global scale! Btw I now have two site metres and one is telling me that I am possibly the most popular person I know - guess which one I'm keeping?