The new version of Blogger has been driving me batty since it launched a few weeks ago. I do my writing for my blog in a Word document, often taking time to edit the slop I plan to share with the Internet (hard to believe, I know). When I'm ready to put stuff on-line, I transfer the text from the document over to Blogger.
For more than three years, this has been a most satisfactory method. Then some smarty-pants techie at Blogger did some updates and it all went to hell. Or so I thought. Turns out there had also been an update to Microsoft Word such that when I did my cut-and-paste routine, it transferred some html coding information that messed with Blogger's mojo. The upshot was that my blog font was screwy, spacing was a disaster, Blogger would often suggest that I had made a fatal! error!. And I was cranky.
Then I discovered that other places where I do the cut-and-paste dance (e-mail; a teaching program called Moodle; who knew what else?) were also screwed up.
In passing yesterday, I mentioned my troubles to the tech guy at my school. And it was literally in passing...we were both busy and I mentioned it when P walked past me. Within 20 minutes, he had diagnosed and fixed the problem. The solution, for now, is to do my writing in TextEdit, a program that is already on my computer (an Apple MacBook). It's a solution worth sharing, and so I am doing so.
I have to confess that I already had great fondness for P, the tech guy at my school. He's funny and quick-witted, two traits I always enjoy in a person. He always takes my problems seriously, even when they are lame, self-induced wounds (and it's none of your business how much that happens) And he always fixes stuff for me.
And now I have yet another reason to be nice to him. Thanks, P.