Easily influenced by my bloggy pals, that's me. Julie's posts mentioning the new version of blogger got me to switch to the new version. (I must mention that among the Amazingly Useful things Julie provides on her blog, like her Firefox extension round up, or her sidebar with nifty things like how to make expandable blogger posts or style the Library Thing widget, Julie is also the only person I know who includes the occasional recipe-with-photo in her Flickr photo stream. Julie, you rock.)
I like the new blogger, especially because it has labels. I've been wanting to have labels on my posts for ages (but not enough to move to wordpress to get them). Labels are an easy way to browse a new blog. I've tried using technorati tags on some of my posts, but I haven't been consistent enough to make that work as a labeling tool. So I'm feeling pretty happy about this new feature, especially now that I want to start writing about a little wider range of subjects.
My only complaints so far: my sidebar widgets aren't all working properly, so I can't quite get my statcounter icon to display, and my Library Thing book covers have disappeared. And the "Previous Post" list seems to have gone from the sidebar. (And I can't find a version of Tab X that's compatible with the Firefox 22.214.171.124, an unrelated computer complaint.) So I have a few things to learn. But hey, everyone needs a new hobby when they get a new job, right?
I must find a way to work blogging and reading into my literacy and technology class for the spring. All this public writing! And public tweaking with technology, and moves to graphic organizers. It's an interesting turn, and one we in English departments are a little slow to embrace.