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Monday, December 11, 2006

Blog Update

I just "upgraded" this blog (which will soon be mandatory) to the new version of Blogger. Supposedly I can do "labels" (like Dreams, Politics, Vacations, etc.), but haven't figured out how to put them off in the navbar yet.

Still working on it.

Also, due to some comment spam, have now made registering with Blogger mandatory before commenting.

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Edited to add:

OK, you know what? Screw it. After spending more time than I should've poking around Blogger's Un-Help pages, and not finding a gdam thing to aid me in figuring out how to add a simple list of labels to my template, I decided to Google something like "adding label widgets to blog". I came upon two pages with examples--supposedly they had examples, I really didn't know because each fking page crashed my gdam browser. Screw it, however it's done must involve some whacky hack that is Safari-incompatible. So if you don't like that I don't have neat neat neat little categories in my sidebar, too bad. This just isn't worth the headache. I'm not even sure how I was able to switch in the first place since I FTP and I'll be damned if I go on the proprietary blogspot.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Erik said...

I haven't bothered to change it, didn't know one would have to after awhile. So, must one have a google account when one switch to the socalled "new" blogger? Cause it wouldn't surprise me since I just deleted all mine. And if my blog gets screwed up when I upgrade, will you be kind enough to help me?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I'd be glad to help, but I don't know how much help I can be! This stuff makes me go bald from all the hair pulling.

What really sucks is that (and I just discovered this a few minutes ago) is that you really have to be published at blogspot (which I refuse to do for this blog) in order to get these "Page Elements", which includes Labels, over in your sidebar area. Those of us who use custom designs are really screwed.

See, they make these things so that your average Joe with no html or design experience can easily "customize" their blog just by dragging and dropping a few things, but the template that is built on is so complex to someone like me who is HTML competent but not geekwise.

Basically, their new system sort of forces you to go on blogspot in order to get the most out of it too.

And yes, you do need a google account to "migrate." Too bad you got rid of yours...bad timing! But you don't have to use a gmail account, you can just register for a google account. BTW, if you ever want a gmail addy again, I have some invites left.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Lavender said...

The new templates suck. They are customizable, but just colors! I tried and tried to put up one of my own creations on their format and it did not work! I don't think it will go over too well.

I can't switch yet, but I opened a new account to fart around with. It let me put up a header and a background, but I had to keep their layout... and now I don't remember how on earth I did it!

and it wont let me comment with my regular acct, either! so I am logging in with my beta acct

9:40 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

The new templates do suck...but they're just rewrites of their original ones adapted to the new setup. And their old ones were always (IMHO) extremely unexthetic...blue, green and red dots...WTF? ugly ugly color combos. Hell, eBay has better looking templates!

I miss the days when blogger was just a matter of adding a few simple tags to your own html designed the way you like.

Yeah, I farted around with a blogspot template @ a test account I set up, but there was no way I could figure out how to even add a top header graphic across the top. Ridiculous.

And the color options they give you to choose from is laughable. I mean if it is designed for the average joe without any html experience, at least give him a 216 websafe chart. They give about 40 color options.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I mean "unaesthetic." Unexthetic? Huh?

Also, Dawn, why doesn't it allow you to comment with your other account?

1:34 PM  
Blogger Lavender said...

It usually does, but it was being pissy yesterday and today, I guess! It still won't let me.

I picked a template with a header already, and then I substituted my own. you have to expand the widgets to see, I think.

Yeah, the color options could be better!

11:42 AM  

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