Blog Updates

It’s amazing how time flies. It seems like I don’t blog anymore, even though I think about doing it a lot.

WordPress has finally been updated to the latest version. I was leary at first to do it, I have so many goofy plugins installed, that I was afraid they were not going to work. They all seem to, so that was a waste of a perfectly good worry.

My tweets finally work correctly. I use the Automatic Category Excluder plugin, which I had set up incorrectly, so it was squashing my tweets posts. I had to turn ALL my plugins off, and turn them back on one by one until I figured out what plugin was doing it. Than it was just a few seconds to see what was wrong. The posts are hidden on the home page and RSS feed, I figure if people are coming to my blog, they don’t want to see my twitter chitter unless they followed me on twitter. But, being that it’s the bulk of my content these days, it is visible on all other sections of the site.

Conundrum

I have a problem.
Blogger is halting publishing over FTP soon.

I publish this blogger blog over FTP so I have access to PHP in my template. This allows me to do a few things, like have my own static content, but most importantly, my interleaved twitter feed into the blog content on the main page.

I use a lot of google tools, such as picassa, google reader, etc. and they all have tight blogger integration. It makes things easy.

I tweet more then I blog now days, so having the unified tweet/blog timeline is the coolest feature of my blog right now. The little ‘widget’ on the side bar just doesn’t cut it for me.

If I switch to hosted blogger, I will lose the ability to tweet to my blog. I suppose I could have the RSS feed of my tweets posted to my blog, but I am not sure I like that idea. I like being able to format my tweets they way I like to. I don’t want them to appear as just another blog post.

I could switch to something like WordPress, and write my own module that does the twitter tweets on the home page like how I want, but then I loose the easy of publishing using google tools.

I suppose I could possibly have a blogger blog set up and have the wordpress blog consume and publish off of the RSS feed. I would need to have a ‘blank’ template with a redirect to the wordpress blog then. I’d have to be careful not to get dinged by google for doing ‘blackhat SEO’ type stuff though.

So, I am stuck. I have a clock that’s ticking, no time to actually DO anything about it, and no clue which path to take!

Any ideas, suggestions?