Blogger used to offer a service where it stored posts in its own database, transferring them to the user’s server incrementally via FTP. I used this service. In March 2006 montreal.com had a disk crash. I had hoped the FTP service could rebuild my local archive from scratch, 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, 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 earlier posts to create continuity, but nothing in the archive list before March 2010 is complete.
For the record, the first Blogger era from 2001 to 2006 had 5,974 posts in it, and the second from 2006 to 2009 had 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. This means that most of my old posts are no longer linked to live stories or pages anyway.
I can go look at the old archive on Blogger but nobody else can see it. Now and then I’ll check something in there, and while I’ve pondered trying to re-host the old posts on blogspot, I’m 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.