Update: Google and Microsoft have fixed the issue, at least for now. Many thanks to everyone (especially Scott Hanselman at MS) who pushed for a resolution for an issue incredibly minor to these behemoths, but incredibly problematic for those of use who depend on WLW.
You may have noticed that the last few posts have had fewer screencaps than normal (or none at all), and that the formatting for images has changed. I’ve been mired in this for days and I’m sick of it, so I’ll summarize only very briefly what’s happening:
Google has changed their API in such a way that Windows Live Writer (which is the only blogging software that allows me to manipulate images the way I have been for LiA) and most other third-party editors can no longer publish to Blogger. And while WLW is a Microsoft product, it hasn’t been updated in three years and is largely orphaned at this point.
What we’re left with is two behemoths who needs to work together to fix this problem, with each of them giving it an extremely low priority. There’ve been some contradictory statements from Google about whether it will be fixed at all, but the latest word from them is that they do intend to try and restore the connection. If and when this will actually happen, however, is anyone’s guess.
Long-term, I have a few options. I can finally punt Blogger and migrate the site to WordPress, but that’s not the slam-dunk it sounds like. For one, I have many modifications I’d lose, and there’s the question of Adsense and the like. For another, the same change that killed WLW has also killed the Blogger import function in WP, which makes migrating a blog much, much harder. Alternatively, I can try and find another solution for images – hosting them somewhere and linking directly in the posts, perhaps. There appears to be no other tool that can do what WLW does (I know, as I went through this when I bought a Mac) and most offline editors are now shut out of Blogger anyway.
For now, I’m basically using a duct tape approach and drastically reducing the number of screencaps I use, as this method is much more time-consuming. I’ll keep you posted as the situation changes, and I thank you for your patience.