SELF-DESTRUCTING BLOG

Blog.Co.UK (BCUK), whose registered offices are in Germany, is completely removing its blogging platform during the day of the 15th December, 2015. It is a very final act. I have never before seen a blogging platform self-destruct out of all existence.  BCUK will be history.      smile emoticon kolobok

Blog UK was an intuitive site to use, a vibrant and supportive social site in its heyday, it was easy to make blog friends who actively shared comments. Its demise, though slow, was really inevitable after it was sold on. The new proprietors gave access to avalanches of spammers.   Inappropriate mails stopped being dealt with.  Lots of genuine bloggers voted with their feet. Many, like me, occasionally posted and kept in contact with favourite BCUK bloggers. Groups of friends kept going.  smile emoticon kolobok

Users of BCUK were given lots of warning of the proposed end, as were sister platforms in other parts of the world. At the same time we were given detailed instructions in English on how to export our posts to WordPress (WP) and how to save them.  The instructions would not work for the likes of Blogspot, where I was regularly posting.

The French bloggers also received their instructions in English!   smile emoticon kolobokI spent some time translating the instructions into French with the assistance of Google Translate. My translation was posted on the French site, with lots of grateful thanks.

Exporting blogs to WP was not difficult, though perfect, it was not. I will have to edit through ten years worth of posts. I have given it a rest while I’ve been learning to use WP.  By default WP has become my primary site.  It is a bit complicated and there is a lot of clunky programming.   Bloggers from other countries have found sites elsewhere and find it easier to stay in touch with me on Blogspot. smile emoticon kolobok

A few blog UK friends decided it was time to say goodbye to blogging.  Some have have connected up here on WP. It’s nice because linking up on WP with other people who want to genuinely inter-communicate in words about this and that, and not sell you something, is not easily facilitated with the WP set up. smile emoticon kolobok

 

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18 thoughts on “SELF-DESTRUCTING BLOG

  1. Witnessing to the slow demise of a Super Blog Community….Enjoyed my time there…and grateful to my many ‘friends and acquaintances garnered there over the past several years.
    Be seeing you all at sometime…I hope. Hugs! 🙂

  2. It was interesting meeting people on BCUK, but there was always the feeling that the management didn’t really know what they wanted. Now a few highly professional companies have taken over most of the field, and it’s probably quite difficult for small independents to compete with the majors.

    • I am sure you are right Shimon. It was noticeable as new waves of people arrived on BCUK, that a lot them were using it much as you might comment (or not) on Facebook. I had the impression sometimes that coping with words, rather than clicking a ‘like’ button was a strange phenomenon.

      In fairness to *a few* of the young bloggers who appeared, they did have an interesting and dynamic way of using the blog platform, whether it be for dealing with angst, or writing up thoughts for a school assignment or, for just practicing the English language.

      Styles of e-communication have been evolving and changing in the wider population. This would have been a major challenge to ‘old fashioned’ blogging platforms.

      An American blog platform which I used a long time ago and which, was fairly dynamic, is still accessible to people like me who may want to see their blog site, but it is inactive now. There has never been any sign of it disappearing. It was quite well run, however, when it was sold on the management became ultra controlling . Subscribers melted away.

      Many existing bloggers view their oeuvres for one way comment traffic. They don’t take the time to return the courtesy of interest. That too is a frustration.

      I have switched off my ‘like’ button here. I find it a totally impersonal and lazy feature to ongoing communication.

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. It is a shame that Blog is to close but not surprising. Having been spammed once too many times, and being ignored by the management on numerous occasions, I did decide to desert them and move elsewhere. However the community feel is now lost, sadly, though I hope that one day it can and will resurrect itself someday. I haven’t got time to blog nowadays, though hopefully that will change in the new year. Hoping to keep in touch! Hugs x

    • Hi there Ffaffajane!

      Almost a blast from the past! It’s great to hear from you and thanks for visiting me here.

      I fully agree with your feelings about the poor management of BCUK, latterly. The levels of mis-use of the sites, which they allowed, in the UK and other countries really was unacceptable. It became clear that management gave up on the business and stopped making provision to care for it. Like you, I also walked.

      As a number of us ex-BCUK bloggers are interlinked here, a different community feel could well develop. Look forward to seeing you pop up. 🙂

  4. Shame that it’s going completely. I was only there for a while, using it as a second blog.
    Another one that went was Vox which was popular for a few years. I’m also surprised that my first blog platform, 20six.co.uk which is a German owned, is still around as most people stopped blogging there years ago after it changed for the worst and has been moribund ever since.
    I think that the original community type blogging has dissipated over the years with people tending to use Facebook and Twitter rather than blog. That said I still enjoy blogging as much as I ever did. xx

    • The blog sites you mention are new names to me Mr F.

      So long as evolution will and can accommodate what is already in tow, there is no reason why we should not be able to e-socialise successfully in a variety of styles. You never know, we may be trail-blazers for a new generation of people who decide they like communicating with more than a boundary of a few digital characters. 🙂 xxx

  5. As you know, I share your opinions about the demise of bcuk. It is a shame because of the sense of community it engendered. However, before we started running into problems with it I noticed that various bloggers were deserting their blogs and moving to Facebook. I’m grateful I can stay in touch with longterm blog-buddies like yourself and your interesting posts.

  6. I see one ex-BCUK blogger on FB. She moved over fairly early on, before the management sell off, which ties in with what you say. Communities are tidal, though some are slower to change than others.

    Gilly your perceptive posts are always read by me with pleasure and interest. It is good to keep in touch. Apropos this, I heard from Ffaffajane yesterday, it was a lovely surprise. You’ll see her comment further up. I hadn’t taken it on board she was here on WP. A following invitation has winged its way to her.

    I am not sure how they show up on the invitee’s side, however, did you accept the ‘following’ thing I did for you? I have a few waiting for an acceptance and one looks like it’s yours. I can’t think of anyone who would be GGandHB, or something similar.

  7. It is sad to see what was once such a marvelous site fall apart the way it did. It’s good that many have moved blogs and that many are still in touch. It would have been such a pity to lose contact with people after all these years.xxx

  8. I do not think I would have blogged so much or joined in as much if it were not for the style of BCUK …. sad to see it so ill treated by its owners and left to lead us like the act of a dying swan.

    I try here but it is not the same and I need all the motivational assistance I can get to bloody doc day on here

    • Hi AnneMarie,

      The style of the programming for BCUK was neat, much like one of the American sites I once used. It was easy to connect up with people and SHARE communication. This site is very different, like you say and does take a bit of getting used to. WP provides the base of platforms for commerce from where they derive a good income on which we piggy-back. I wonder if, the complexities we find here are part of that structure.

      Blogspot is easier to use, however, the same issues arise with inter-communications and creating blog friends. In some ways on that front, it is much as such as WP. I have found it hard work to obtain responses and create ongoing connections from bloggers on both sites. The culture of sitting on ones hands on ones own platform, staying there and waiting for people to bow down to you, is prevalent. Ne’er the twain shall meet in a real sense. I am glad of connections with the ex-BCUK people.

      Perhaps in 2016 I’ll have another go at making more connections. I tell you what though, the one thing I definitely will not do, is neglect the blog friends I already have. They are precious. I prefer to have a few people who want to communicate to zillions who don’t. There’s always gaps in posting, the creative juices sometimes require recharging, also, life sometimes gets in the way.

      Do keep blog chatting AnneMarie, you’d be missed if you didn’t. xxx

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