Magic Numbers Considered Harmful

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The folks at Blogger recently announced that they would be deprecating their publish via FTP service, because less than one percent of active blogs were using it, but it was consuming far more than that fraction of their engineering resources. I was using that service, so I was mildly disappointed, but I understood their position.

In seemingly unrelated news, Blogger stopped displaying in its editor any posts beyond the most recent 5000 as of sometime last year. This is a known issue, and a bit of a hassle — the kind of thing you’d like to get away from by migrating away from Blogger to, say, WordPress.

But it turns out that Blogger doesn’t simply refuse to display older posts in its editor; it won’t export them either. So here I am with a shiny new WordPress blog that’s missing half of my collective œuvre.

Addendum: For those who would like to explore the old archives before I find I clever hack to get them out of Blogger and into WordPress, voilà:


  1. Zack M. Davis says:

    But you allow comments now! I’m shocked.

  2. Becky says:

    Boy, I miss your archives. I just found your site not long ago, and hadn’t looked through the old files yet. Bummer for me.

  3. Isegoria says:

    Zack, we’ll see how long the comments can run with minimal adult supervision. They may not last forever.

    Becky, I posted links to all my old archives. Enjoy!

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