September 18, 2010

Blogger Alert!, the widget which has allowed you to maintain your blogroll without getting into your main blog template, is going away, perhaps as soon as this weekend. See this thread at their support service site.

Because we're now finally in the process of shutting down Blogrolling we won't be working on a fix for this. If you still have the widget code on your site, you should remove it now.

Best of luck and sorry for the hassle.

I asked
What's the time frame for closure? I'm signed into it right now, opening links and copying them one-by-one to a text file. Not fun.
and was told:
We're talking about it now. It might be this weekend, probably not tonight.

My hope is that we'll be able to turn off "RPC" (the thing that publishes the blogrolls) but keep live so you can get in and get your data.

So if you use the service, get in while you still can and copy your links! What I did was open each link in a new tab and copy the URL to a text file. I still don't know whether I'm going to copy the links into my main blog index template or create a separate "Links" page I can keep open in a separate tab, but one way or another I wanted to get my links while I still could. I suggest you do the same.

Posted by Linkmeister at September 18, 2010 04:03 PM | TrackBack

Boy, first Bloglines and now Blogrolling. It's like the end of an era.

WordPress has a built-in Blogrolling-like feature, which I use now. You ought to check to see if there's some kind of plug-in for Movable Type that would substitute for Blogrolling. If there is, you may be able to export your blogroll to an OPML file and import it into that plug-in.

As for Bloglines, I'm moving subscriptions I had there to Google Reader. I was using the two of them in tandem and it worked pretty well for me. So much for that. Good luck getting your blogroll sorted out.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner at September 18, 2010 06:33 PM

That would be nice, but I'm still back on MT 3.15, about 10 versions behind where it is now. None of the new bells and whistles are accessible to me unless I go through the pain of upgrading. I've been operating under the "ain't broke, don't fix it" rule for years.

I have thought about switching to WP, but see the rule above.

Posted by: Linkmeister at September 18, 2010 08:40 PM

Thanks for the info.

Posted by: cassie-b at September 19, 2010 06:12 AM

Thanks for noticing this issue, Linky. I hadn't been paying attention to the problems in my blogroll, but now that know about it I've already redone my sidebar.

Posted by: N in Seattle at September 20, 2010 08:22 AM