Saturday, April 17, 2010

This Blog Has Moved

Due to continued issues with Google Blogger The Extraordinary Pencil has a new address. I am now exclusively using the blog feature integrated into my website. Hope to see you there.

To all of you who have so faithfully followed me over the years I look forward to your visit. As usual 'my door' is always open...I look forward to your comments.

If this blog is listed in your blog roll. it would be great if you could change the address to reflect the change. The Extraordinary Pencils new address is

Want to know more about my reasons for leaving Blogger?
...please read the next article below.
Job 23:11
My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.
Job 23:10-12 (in Context)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Done With Google Blogger

OK..I'll get it off my chest right up front. Last year, my blog was shut down for over a week during their purging process against spam blogs. I was one of many innocent bloggers caught up in this mess.

The only tech support is a blog where you mainly depend on each other for assistance. There is no contact info what so ever where you can ask why or find a solution.

The past three weeks it has been one issue after another. First I was unable to upload images for 3 days, then I could not 'save' my blog post in draft.

Last week...when viewing my blog only about half the images show up on the computer screen and it is still this way. Apparently for viewers the images are there sometimes and others they are not.

Currently... when I go to 'edit' a previously posted article or a blog draft...the screen has only the HTML text and no way to get to the regular text screen.

If I want to create a new post, like now...there is no way to add links, edit text, or add photos...NO WAY TO EDIT at all.  (this miraculously corrected it's self this evening)

Am I angry? Actually I'm just over it. I'm fed up and I'm done. I guess you just can't expect to get help or resolution of issues from a 'free' service.

I have had two blogs for the last few years. My Google Blog and My FASO Studio Blog...that is integrated into my website.

My FASO Studio Blog has always been the most important as it is a category on the Navigation Bar of my website. It isn't just added to the Navigation is integrated into the website itself. (the two are a unit) Every time I make a new blog post I am updating my website with pages of searchable text....this is pure SEO juice.

I'm not going to remove my Google Blog but will gradually be transferring information to the Studio Blog on my website and I will no longer be updating my Google Blog.


Keeping up two blogs has been a in some ways this is a blessing.

I know many of you follow this blog...and faithfully leave your comments. I hope you will make note of My Studio Blog address and continue with me there.

For future reference...My Studio Blog address is

Thank you for understanding...hope to see you at my new address. I'll keep my eye out for you.

God Bless
Matthew 18:3
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2-4 (in Context)

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