You may have noticed that the Google Blogger Search Gadget has disappeared from my blog. I removed it because it wasn't working. I checked the Search Gadget setup, but in vain, and a little research on the Internet generally has suggested that although Google know their Gadget can go wrong, they aren't minded to give it a priority fix.
It's not a new fault - other people have reported the same thing for some time. Perhaps its search capability is strictly limited, and when the number of posts to look at - or more likely the total number of words to search - becomes too large, it times out and never gets round to producing a result. Even so, I'd expect a Google-made Gadget to cope with (in my case) only 1036 posts, and not more than 733,000 words at the last count. It's just not good enough.
One consequence is that anyone wanting to find something particular is reduced to reading all the post titles one by one, making a shortlist of the most likely posts, and then wading through all of that. What a task!
Getting at each post is easy - you simply look at the Blog Archive on the right-hand edge of this web page - but the post title won't always give away the contents because like everyone else I don't always offer a straightforward post title. Suppose you wanted to search for 'Darth Vader' but couldn't because of the removed Search Gadget. Unless I had told you plainly that 'The tale of my epic battle with Darth Vader, and how I saved the Universe, is in my post titled 'Something useful done on a rainy afternoon' dated 14 November 2010', you might be stuck.
This has its upside of course: Daily Mail reporters seeking salacious copy lifted straight from my canon would need extraordinary patience. I think they'd get tired of my endless blah, blah, blah, give up, and go away. They are busy people with vitally important jobs, after all.
So come on Google, get your finger out.
Angie has just emailed me with a fix that works! It doesn't present the search results quite like the previous Blogger Search - you get the posts in full straight off, and there is no intermediate list. It's as if the search process applies a filter that excludes every post except those containing the search word or words. You can also sort the results for date and relevance. Well done, Angie!