I can only assume that any regular reader has noticed problems with the blog displaying. At all.
I’ve been trying to use blog.com’s free service. Emphasis on trying. It’s crap, and if you are planning to start blogging, or moving to another platform, I can highly recommend never, ever even considering blog.com. Why?
First, and what you probably noticed, 502 Gateway Timeout and 504 Bad Gateway errors. All. The. Frickin’. Time. And it’s worse than you think. You just couldn’t read anything. I’ve gone days without even being able to login into my dashboard.
What you probably don’t know about are the formatting issues. Blog.com does very, very strange things to text formatting. Even if I use the raw HTML editor, it effing changes the code I entered. Italicization disappears. Wrong stuff gets italicized. Blockquotes are wrong. Parapgraph spacing goes to hell. Graphic placement dito.
And speaking of graphics: Blog.com doesn’t just screw up the placement, it won’t display images. This wasn’t the case originally, but for the past week, if I upload an image for a post, blog.com claims it uploaded, but it inserts a breoken link placeholder into the actual post. I can’t find my images. The only indication that an image uploaded at all is that it counts against my storage allowance. The only way to get images to display is to upload them to web elsewhere, then create a hyperlink to it. But then blog.com won’t allow me even the limited and error-prone placement options of an upload.
So I’m experimenting with another platform: WordPress. The free blogging options are pretty limited. More so than blog.com (which is why I foolishly chose that one to start), but given blog.com’s problems with actual execution, I don’t think I’ll lose much if anything. While I’m experimenting with WP, expect to see some layout changes.
Supposedly blog.com allows me to export old posts, and WP allows me to import them, which would let me keep the old stuff. Guess what: I can’t get into blog.com to download the export file. 502 Gateway Timeout and 504 Bad Gateway errors. Go figure.