I’m in a bad mood anyway because it was bloody humid last night and I didn’t get to sleep until 3.30am and my countenance is not improving when trying to blog.

I have had enough poxing about trying to figure out how now to do bloody hyperlinks and placing images, it is a fecking mess. The help thing on this wiki stuff would have you believe that putting square brackets around a URL will create a hyperlink or around a pic URL will embed the pic, this seems patently untrue unless it simply doesn’t show up in the preview. In addition to this irritation trying to re-figure out how to do basic blog things again I am now swamped daily by bloody trackback spam notifications. Ok I could turn notifications off but then that seems to go against the whole point of having that facility for genuine comments and other people’s postings.

Another thing I don’t like is that when publishing an entry or leaving a comment for someone it doesn’t default to a done page so to speak it stays there as if it hasn’t registered, that’s quite confusing, I know there is a little line of text telling you that it’s done but it’s easy to miss that, or is it just me being senile?!

And what the fuck has happened to my blog board?

Suddenly I know what it must have been like to be a PC user having just upgraded to Windows ME.

I want to downgrade to version 3.3 please, I know it wasn’t perfect, I know I’ll have to stomach going back to the ruddy Java but at least I knew how to fucking publish the shit I wanted to in it. Now all I’m doing is staring at this wiki syntax which just seems to be a competition of who can put the most apostrophes in a line and it makes me feel stupid that I can’t figure it out. It’s like trying to understand teenage txt language. I mean I’ve got to grips with 1337 in my time and all that but this bollocks seems not to compute for whatever reason. And I’m paying for this privilege…

If things were going to be changed so drastically could we not have had some warning about the syntax thing and given a translation chart for the basic html functions? If anyone has one of these or knows where to find one I’d be much obliged, I have already looked at the BC one that you can access from the comments page and the wiki url it takes you to.

Sorry, you know I would prefer to have a rant about the state of world politics or my impending trip to the G8, or to publish my pics and review of the U2 gig on Sat. but I can’t because I can’t figure out how to do it properly and that is making me rather angry. I am very seriously thinking of decamping full-time to blogspot or some such because at least then it won’t feel like continually banging one’s head against a brick wall! I might have calmed down by tomorrow, don’t count on it.

Song Of The Day ~ Led Zeppelin – Dazed And Confused

Original Comments:

Mark Ellott made this comment,
For day-to-day blogging, I use w.bloggar (link on my blog). It is less fussy than Blog-City’s native system. I can use it for everything except reviews and photo albums. It also has an inbuilt spell – checker which is useful.
Redbaron responds – It would be useful Mark if it were not for the fact that I am on a Mac, however it does give me the idea of seeing if there are any free/shareware Mac equivalents that may work on the Mac. Cheers.

comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-20 14:50:25’} GMT+01 :: http://longrider.blog-city.com

john made this comment,
My IT skills are based on ‘monkey see, monkey do’and my old brain has problems with anything new. I know that I’ve said it before but someone should tell ‘blog-city’…’If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and I much prefer my ‘wiki’ with soda.
comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-20 15:02:18’} GMT+01 :: http://bigjohn.blog-city.com/

Mark Ellott made this comment,
iBlog Might be the thing, then.
comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-20 15:16:42’} GMT+01 :: http://longrider.blog-city.com

MrDan made this comment,
The wiki square bracket thing works for me. It is only for comments though, the actual entries still use html. I tried playing with the the other things on that wiki help page. Some of it works and some of it doesn’t. I found out that four dashes give you a horizonal rule!

Doesn’t that make it all better? 🙂


comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-20 17:54:37’} GMT+01 :: http:/alien.blog-city.com

moog made this comment,
arg!!! its all gone horribly worng mate!!!!
comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-20 21:31:05′} GMT+01

Bob Red made this comment,
Yeah i agree, i prefer v3.3 too! Everythings changed so drastically and WHY??? Why change something that works perfectly well? how about just upgrade all the extras and leave the user interface the same. There is also a danger of publishing your secure entries as public ones as he setting is on a different page to your blog text. Then all it needs is for google to cache it and…
Anyhow spare a thought for ol’ red here, height of the UK summer and im suffering from a bastard of a cold in this humidity!

comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-21 12:12:08’} GMT+01 :: http://bobred.blog-city.com

rocky made this comment,
i started to use blogsome recently, which is better than blogger (more options), still free, and quite simple (probably not as functional as YOU would want, but then you’re fussy!). i think it’s a good idea to split up blogs and start one with a service that doesn’t send your blood pressure soaring!
comment added :: {ts ‘2005-06-23 14:08:32’} GMT+01