Blogger used to offer a service where it stored posts in its own database then transferred them to the user’s server via FTP. In March 2006 montreal.com had a disk crash. I had hoped the FTP service could rebuild my local archive from its database, but the nearly 6000 posts that had accumulated since 2001 were too much for it. So I restarted the blog, looking just like the old blog but without an archive accessible to the public, and continued posting.
In 2009 Blogger announced the FTP option was to be discontinued. I decided to change over to WordPress and attempted to convert at least the 2006-2009 archive to WordPress format. A few posts made it, but again I think I was overwhelming the scripts with the mass quantity of postings.
In March 2010 I launched the WordPress version of the blog which you are reading now. I brought over a few posts to create continuity, but nothing in the archive list before March 2010 is complete.
For the record, the first era from 2001 to 2006 has 5,974 posts in it, and the second from 2006 to 2009 has 7,594 posts. Since this blog has mostly short posts and I tend to post four to eight times a day, it adds up.
The loss of the public archive is a pity, but it’s not as bad as it might be. Most news media allow links to lapse or change, in some cases archiving stories to paid databases. This means that most of my old posts are no longer linked to live stories or pages anyway.
Now and then I look something up for my own reference but nobody else can access my old Blogger archive. I’ve pondered trying to re-host the old posts on blogspot, but am deterred by the risk of losing them to script failure.
If for any reason you’d like me to look something up for you in the archive, drop me a line.