Blogger Beta workaround
Update Oct 3 2006: New version released (build 145), Blogger Beta “just works” without any of the shenanigans below. Thanks for your patience, everyone.
As a number of users have pointed out, Blogger Beta support is currently broken, even in the new Writer build. Apparently the Blogger guys revved their site after we completed testing. Ah well, they are in beta after all, these kinds of things are going to happen. There are two problems, as it stands. For Blogger Beta blogs, autoconfiguration fails and you’re asked for Remote Posting URL, which you almost certainly don’t know. Even if you guess at the Remote Posting URL, you will probably get yourself into a state where you can post new entries, but not edit entries that weren’t written with Writer. The workaround is to (when prompted) select “Blogger (Atom)” as the weblog type, and then enter a Remote Posting URL of the following form:
http://beta.blogger.com/feeds/<BLOG-ID>/posts/full Replace <BLOG-ID> with your blog’s ID. It’s a very long number that can be determined by the following steps (Update: actually, Shingo points out an easier way ).
Navigate your favorite browser to your Blogger Beta blog.
Do a Find on the source for the string “blogId=” (excluding the double quotes).
The long number immediately following blogId is… your blog ID. Here’s my complete Remote Posting URL, for example:
As long as your blog is a Blogger Beta blog, and you’ve correctly copied your blog ID, you should be good to go–posting and editing should both work fine. In the meantime, we’ll work on fixing Writer (again) to obsolete this workaround and get back to automagic detection. Thanks for your continued patience.
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