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Most Frequent Blogger Questions


This blog outgrew the original intended 20 Questions & Answers and is now approximately 210 Q&A. I never did figure out which were the 20 most important ones.

I don't know more than I know--sometimes I know even less!
Click to see the incredible list,

All The Things I Don't Know!

If some portion of this blog is unreadable in Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatever, tell it to go to hell then try another browser!!!


BLOGGER PROBLEM REPORT FORM http://help.blogger.com/?page=troubleshooter.cs&problem=&contact_type=bug_with_blogger_beta&Submit=Submit

The Blogger Wishlist feature no longer exists.

Blogger hasn't said why or if it'll ever return.

Tell BLOGGER WISHLIST about a feature you'd like to see in Blogger!


Kick-starting The Blog
1. Refresh (F5) or Ctrl-F5
2. Clear cache (delete temporary Internet files) and cookies in Tools-Internet Options.
3. Add a question mark to the end of your blog's internet address in the address box and see if it will show the latest update. (Can also be done with other people's url's in the address window.)
4. Republish (if in classic Blogger)
5. Reboot
6. Log out and log back in again (may change to an untroubled server)
7. Change or reload the browser (IE, Firefox, others)
8. Try a different computer, or see if you can duplicate the problem or avoid it in a post in another blog (make a test blog, whether in the same account or a second account, that's not public so nobody will see you screwing around!)

---Not necessary to do all of these at once!---

Blogger may make problems for some computers about accepting cookies, especially when you are using the new versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. Difficulties with accepting scripts may be caused by security systems, antivirus programs, firewalls, and some add-ons. Check all your settings.

You may need to change your browser settings, or to list www.blogger.com and blogger.com as "trusted sites" in your Internet Options-Security so that scripting can occur.



[For Newbies or anyone else who gets lost in the rain in Juarez.]

Monday, January 29, 2007

Missing Archive In New Blogger

Arrived At New Blogger With Missing Or Malfunctioning Archive?

These are some guesses since I haven't heard much feedback about it

1. See if the Archive page element is activated.
2. If it is, delete it and then re-Add it.
3. If that doesn't work, check Settings-Archiving.
4. Change the Archive frequency (temporarily) to something else just to see if that will wake up the system. Click Save Settings at the page bottom.

Let me know if it works out. I need to find out if I'm full of moonbeams to make these suggestions.


Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bx Error Codes

I am placing this info above the older information below; this may be of more help to you. It's a Blogger form to report to and maybe find out what your particular BX code may mean:

Form for BX error codes:

I've never yet understood what Blogger thinks we can do (at Blogger Help Group) with these bx error codes. They are evidently working up a more organized system, but I haven't been let in on it yet!

After hearing from Chuck the nitecruzr, I learned that if you search for instance for bX-x082n7 in the Help Group, you'll find a large # of threads concerning the same topic with the same ID--failure to post or failure to save a draft. But so far I've seen no great information on it. Though Blogger Employee keeps telling us that they're on the case, for me this is too much of having to guess my way through their new problem-solving system!

Use the search feature yourself to search for your ID, but I don't know if you can discover much. The complaints are all about the same, and most people don't provide detailed enough info about what they were doing like Blogger asked. You may not learn more than you yourself observed.

If you haven't already, send your ID and other info to Blogger Support and hope that they can sort it out.





Saturday, January 27, 2007

Mailto, Or "Email Me" Link

If still using Classic Blogger, you would have to add the mailto code in the appropriate place in the sidebar. If you're using the Layout template, you'll do the following:

Add an email link in your blog:
1. On the Navbar, click on Customize.
2. Click on Add A Page Element.
3. Click Add To Blog under your choice of page element.
4. for adding a mailto, add an html/javascript page element.
5. Put the following html code into it:
<a href="mailto:ratsouthern@gmail.com">You can email me here!</a>

Of course, put your address in it, not mine! You can change the "Email me" wording.

Save Changes when you've finished with the html in the page element.


Mailto, with a picture (or button) link:

Click to email Ron Southern

Format for above Mailto picture link:

<a href="mailto:YourEmail@what.com"><img src="http://FullUrlOfPhoto" alt="Click to email Mortimer Snerd"></a>

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Timestamp Format

How to display your time format under the post:

1. Click Settings.
2. Click Formatting.
3. Click Timestamp Format. Select a time display.
4. Save Settings at bottom of page.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

Change The Url (Web Address)

Change URL
1. Go to your Dashboard.
2. Click on Settings.
3. Click on Publishing
4. The first box down the page is where you change your portion of the Blogspot url. It is of course subject to availabilty, and they will let you know while you sit there. No long waiting.
5. Scroll down and Save Settings.

If your blog has been in existence for any length of time or if there have been very many links already made to it, you ought not to change it. You may also have to resubmit any forms you've filed with the search engines.

Don't worry about the Archive posts. All of them will be appropriately changed.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Page Elements Screen

This post was written before several of the new categories, such as the Blog List, Slideshow, or Video or Poll, so that the screenshot below will not quite match what you would currently see. Sorry, someday I'll catch up.

Some people still complain they can't see this item. Sometimes it helps to use Refresh (F5 or Ctrl-F5) or to clear your cache and cookies (in Internet Options-Tools). At times, you might even have to do it twice.

Here is a partial screen shot of the Page Elements list. Others listed below my screen shot are "Logo, Profile, Blog Archive, and Page Header". It is easy to select one and add it.

Click on page-element in the Label box below for other posts on this topic.

Click to enlarge

See also: Text and Html/javascript page elements


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Clickable "Button" Link To A Web Site

Making a clickable "Button" (or picture link) that links to a web site:

Below is an example:

Click me once!

<a href="http://rodentia.blogspot.com/"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AVxLoZ0mR_0/RbLNQ_0SCMI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/NT9m1Apkark/

The "<a href=" part is the link and the "<img src=" is the photo-image-button readers will click on.

Below is the general format:

<a href="yourLink.com"><img src="yourImage.jpg"></a>

See also Links As Code

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Create A New Post?

I need to create a new post, but how?

In your Navbar, click on New Post.


On your Dashboard, click New Post under the relevant blog.


1. When logged in to your blog, click on Customize in the Navbar.
2. Then click on Posting
3. and then click on Edit Posts


If those icons aren't showing, check to see if the pencil icon under each post is
visible? If so,

1. Click on the pencil
2. you should be able to see Create and Edit Posts up above
3. Click on Create.


If these icons aren't showing and you've done all that you can about Refreshing (Ctrl-F5), clearing the cache and cookies, trying another browser, and so forth (see my EMERGENCY STEPS at the top of this blog), you may only be able to get help from a direct appeal to Blogger Support. Though that process is often slow, they're at:




[Be sure you're logged in to your blog, of course, when you try any of the methods above.]

Monday, January 15, 2007

Language Settings

Start at your Dashboard
1. click on Settings
2. click on Formatting
3. go down the page 6 boxes to find Language
4. to the right of Language click the box and you'll see a long list of languages on the drop-down menu.
5. Don't forget to Save Settings at page bottom.

[More below...screenshots, etc.]

Screenshot of Settings and Formatting Screenshot of language list in Formatting. [Language list above is just the first few; the real menu continues to scroll.

At the very bottom of the Settings menu, there's a box to Enable/disable transliteration. If you're seeing Hindi and you're from Nevada, you need to disable it!]

More thorough details can be read at Make Your Blog Speak Your Language, by nitecruzr.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Page Elements--Html/Javascript & Text

The Html/Javascript Page Element Is Better!

At first I chose some Text Page Elements for my information at the top of the blog, but I have since changed it to an HTML/JAVASCRIPT Page Element. For some reason, both require line breaks in order to separate the text into paragraphs. Fair enough, I can do that. But the Text element loses those line breaks every time you return to do some editing, and that's crappy.

So if you had paragraphs or any kind of one-line-at-a-time "grocery list", you'd have to revamp the post to restore it to what you started with! Not hard, just time-consuming!

Text page elements are only good for a straightforward paragraph of information or for some other kind of information that you don't have to edit often.

In the HTML page element, nothing changes or is lost, and you can just edit what you meant to without a lot of special revamping. This is important to a ceaseless reviser like me--I often re-edit!

It is misleading to all users that we are able to put HTML into a Text page element when it's so problematic to do so! And there should have been a warning about this difficulty with making paragraphs. Anyway, fair warning from me!

Change Your "About Me" Title

Trips Into Space?!

I'm not certain if you can change it in Classic Blogger, but in New Blogger you can easily change your About Me to read something else. Mine reads "Lies About Me". Yours could say "My Trips Into Space", or whatever you like.

You cannot however change the "See My Complete Profile" because that is one of the things that belongs to Blogger and isn't accessible to you or me, not that I have been able to discover. Sad, but true.

In New (beta) Blogger:

1. Unless you have been an idiot and deleted the "crossed tools" editing icon (wrench and screwdriver), go to the crossed tools under your "About Me" section.
2. Click on the editing icon.
3. A popup window will open with various information fields that you've probably already filled in when you created your blog.
4. The title "About Me" appears at the top and you can delete and/or replace it.
5. Click on Save Changes before you're through.

The change will usually be instantly visible when the popup window closes. If not, try Refresh (F5). You can go back to this editng box as many times as you need to.

See also: Have 2 or More Profiles On One Account"

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Change Time-stamp Format of Comments

[This works for Old or New Blogger]

Next to your Template button, on the left, are your Settings. You can choose a time-stamp format (time, date, or time-date variations) for the comments from a list.

1. Click on Settings.
2. Click on Comments.
3. A little down the page you'll see Comments Timestamp Format.
4. Click the arrow out to the right and it'll show you a list to choose from.
5. Go to page bottom and Save Settings before you exit.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Turn Off Comments In One Post

Disallow Further Comments

1. Go to Manage Posts.
2. Locate the right post.
3. Click on Edit.
4. Below the Post Editor box, click on Post and Comment options.
5. Click "No" on Allow New Comments on this post.
6. Publish.