Surprisingly, I discovered people do not seem to be having this problem - at least not asking the question. For instance:
- When I contacted my friendly neighborhood blogger support staff, they pointed me to the google Reader and proved to me that the feed was actually fully there (which, when I looked, it was!). So, obviously, there was nothing wrong - even if I and other feedreaders could not see past the 25th most recently modified post.
- When I contacted my engineering friends at google, I was told that "Feeds are not supposed to have all of the episodes/posts on a single feed. Usually atom feeds only have 10 posts/episodes. You are lucky to have 25!" And then when I pointed to the episodes I saw in the google Reader, I was told that, more than likely, there is a cache that exists and it is already indexed.
Wordpress.com or my own?
This was a question, since the hosted version of Wordpress is managed by others - but I noticed that modification of templates and other aspects would be a bit of a problem (not sure how much it would cost). So, I downloaded a version of Wordpress 2.1.2 and tried the install.
In following the famous "5 Minute Install Instructions", I learned the the zipped version of the file seemed to be missing the special pages (like wp-config-special.php and install.php), so I then downloaded the .tar.gz version (fortunately, I was on a Linux server). And, true to the word, once all was in place - it was much less than 5 minutes.
Migrating from blogger to Wordpress
Now, to migrate off of the blogger platform and onto the new Wordpress install. But, how to do it? That took a little bit of detective work, and I found Ady's plugin which I tried to follow the instructions, but could not figure out - after I installed and activated it, what to do next?
Well, being an old hacker, I accidentally found the "Plugin Editor" and started reading the code - and discovered the Management options that were now added to my Wordpress installation. So, I went to it and, after reading Ady's post with greater understanding, I brought down the old blog. But, what surprised me was that the script found all 30 posts, not just the 25 that I could see on the atom.xml feed. This was puzzling.
So, again, I went back into the code and discovered an interesting snippet that Ady had recovered from somewhere - and it did not look at all like what I expected from google. The link now says:
where Ady's code manually figured out the maximum number of posts by paging through the XML feed itself with a loop. Interestingly, I had seen a similar feed link when I looked at my google Reader subscription, I just thought it was a translator for the atom.xml request.
Where was this? I spent over three weeks going through this. And, scouring the blogspot help pages, there was nothing listed - including this new feed format as shown above.
Well, to give credit where credit is due, I must point to Sumesh of Digital Dreams for his post on Hacking Blogger which was the first post I saw that explained the new format.
Note to Blogger Team - can you please publish these APIs (name/value pairs) in a way that is easier to find and reference? Especially since I would rather not have to manually change the number of posts on my feed request when I submit to feedburner for Goodnight Burbank.
Conclusion - sticking with blogger...for now
So, when all was said and done, it was easier to stick with blogger than to set up the Wordpress site - and make sure that the feed I am feeding to feedburner is correctly modified. Will I change over some other time? Maybe. But not tonight. I have more work to do.