Monday 9 November 2009

Don't Call Me Dave Does Dallas!

Fans of TV soap Dallas will recall that one of the leading characters, Bobby Ewing, was killed off in a car crash, only to return to the show a year later. The explanation turned out to be simple: there was no car crash. Bobby’s wife Pam Ewing, played by the gorgeous Victoria Principal, had simply had a bad dream!

Readers of Not The Barnet Times may have had a similar nightmare recently. They may have dreamt that this blog had changed into The Citizens Chronicle only to wake up and find that, in fact, nothing had changed.

For those who prefer a more realistic explanation of the events of the last few days, it appears that Blogger does not allow for two separate blogs to merge into one. Whilst it was possible to copy all of the old blog posts into the new one, it wasn’t possible to copy over the code that allows readers to search the old blog’s archive.

Don’t Call Me Dave is aware that many readers regularly read older postings, and he did not want to loose that facility. The choice available to him was to either run two separate blogs, or simply wind the clock back a week. The latter was the simpler option!

DCMD would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to his readers / fellow bloggers who changed their RSS subscriptions / blog links. He will now go and lie down in a darkened room.


Duncan Macdonald said...

You could change blogging platform and import everything into say wordpress.

Don't Call Me Dave said...

I did look at Wordpress and I think their templates are more interesting than the basic Blogger templates, but I find Blogger easier to use. At the end of the day, the name of the blog is less important to me than the content. A number of readers e-mailed me to say that the name “Citizens Chronicle” gave rise to images of the old BBC sitcom Citizen Smith about a Trotskyist urban revolutionary! Not quite the image I was looking for!