And just like that, the old Blogger interface (aka Legacy Blogger) is gone, probably never to be seen again.
I'd like to think there'd be a massive backlash from my fellow bloggers, angry petitions, online campaigns etc calling for the reinstatement of the previous Blogger interface, but this is 2020 and I guess people have other things to worry about.
And, of course, given the fact that this has always been free software, I'm not sure how much right we have to gripe.
Yet, while the old interface - which worked perfectly fine - has been unceremoniously shelved, the new one remains slow, ugly, overly fiddly, and clunky, unable to replicate the quality of design I prided myself on for HeroPress.
I'll admit it's kind of heartbreaking. I've invested almost 14 years of my life (way longer than I've dedicated to any paid employment) to reshaping, editing, and crafting the content and look of HeroPress so that it was finally something I could be proud of.
And now, with the flick of a switch by our corporate overlords at Blogger, it feels like I've gone back, if not to square one, at least a decade in my design know-how.
Some of these behind-the-scenes changes will only be meaningful to me, but I had a "style sheet" for HeroPress in my head (carried over from my days as a newspaper editor) that - for me - helped give the blog a distinct and consistent look in recent years.
I liked to keep everything disciplined (such as the set posting times during the day), which could sometimes be a rod for my own back, but it also helped give the blog a sense of order and purpose.
For instance, there'll still be picture posts etc popping up, but the chances are they will have been put together before this dark day, when I still had access to the "legacy" interface and could design these features how I wanted.
I'm going to give myself the next month to really experiment with this new interface, see if I can bend it to my will, see what compromises can be reached.
I don't want HeroPress to die - except by my own hand. And, as depressed as I am right now, I'm not ready to shutter this project just yet.
I know I'm doing all this primarily for my own sanity, but I like to think somewhere somebody else is reading my drivel.
And it's for that person that I want to keep HeroPress posts looking the best I can make them (as well as for myself, obviously).
Please bear with me.