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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!

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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!---

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

How to Remove Labels

Labels in the sidebar can be made to not show by clicking Remove Page Element.

Multiple labels can be subtracted from posts in the Edit Posts page.

1. Click on the unwanted label in the left column.
2. All posts of that label only will then appear in the list.
3. Check those posts. You can click All.
4. Open Label Actions by clicking the down arrow.
5. Go down the list to Remove Label.
6. The label you wish to remove should be listed beneath Remove Label
7. If so, click Remove Label.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Google Blog Search

It used to be that you could click on someone else's "favorite" things in their profile or even in your own profile and you could link to those people in Blogger whose specific interest reflected some of your own. A lot of people have complained about that feature being done away with in New Blogger. You could look up everyone who was interested in masturbation, approbation, Christian Cooking, diabetes, or whatever ticked your clock or worried you.

I noticed recently Google has a new Blog Search that is similar, but dissimilar, to the above. It's better than nothing! The search is not limited to any one brand of blogs, but claims it will eventually list all brands of blogs in it's search parameters.

Check it out: Google Blog Search

Later: The "favorites" feature in your profile has now been restored to Blogger, so you now have two means of searching!

Those unhappy about losing any other Blogger feature should contact Blogger at Wishlist. State your desire. Even if they don't answer you (and they won't), you will have had your say. Blogger has now removed it's Wishlist.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Font Tags As Style Statement

W3C says: The <font> tag in HTML is deprecated. It is supposed to be removed in a future version of HTML.

Even if a lot of people are using it, you should try to avoid it, and use styles instead.

Yipes. I have always used the <font> tags, so I probably have lots of errors out there, but I don't think I'll correct any of them until they truly cease to work. Meanwhile I guess I will try to use the "styles". I'm still teaching myself and will probably step on my own whoosit! But let's plod on and look at the following that you/I might place in a post:

<p style="font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:130%;color:green">

ALL of it should precede the text to be viewed (green text below). View the Source Code for this post if that isn't clear.)

This is a sentence with some text in it. This is a dizzy sentence with some text in it. This is yet again a sentence with some text in it. This is another sentence with some text in it. This is a sentence with some silly green text in it. This is another silly sentence with some text in it. This is a damn sentence with some text in it. This is a puke-green sentence with some more damn text in it.

That would be too complicated, I suppose, if you needed it for frequent use or intended it for every post. I need to establish it as a CSS description so that it's on tap when I need it. So I'll add

#fs1 {font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:130%;color:green; }

to my template's CSS (cascading style sheets). The "fs1" is just an arbitrary code that I made up; as long as it is repeated in the code below, any word you choose instead will do.

Reference to the #fs1 is placed in the post thus:

<div style id=fs1> text </div>

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Background Color Of A Post

Classic Blogger:

In your template, just before the closing tag </style> occurs, place the couple of lines below (which you can change to your colors or fonts). This will just be an example you can start with as a test. This paragraph demonstrates what the code below causes.

#birdlist {margin:0px;padding:0px;background:navy;color:lightblue;font: 1.1em "Times New Roman","Trebuchet MS",Trebuchet,Verdana,Sans-Serif; font-weight:none; }

After that is established in the template, any time that in your post you place <p id=birdlist> at the beginning and </p> at the end of that text, you will create the font color and background color that you want. You might change navy to white and lightblue to black, depending on what you want. If you don't invoke the paragraph id in your post, it will just write in black over your current background (if any).

Don't be tripped up by the list of fonts; the computers in the world will choose the first one they come to that they possess. So if you choose a really new and esoteric font, you may be the only reader who sees it in just that font. But they will see it in the second, third, or fourth font listed.

New Blogger

The main difference here is that you don't make the addition in the same place. When you open the template, you need to search for the Style items that you know, though they are not called that! Search for "Body" and other style (CSS) listings that you might already be familiar with. You might see something like this:

body {
background:oldlace; url("http://www.blogblog.com/harbor/rocks.jpg") no-repeat right bottom;
font:x-small Georgia, Serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;

Put the additional (birdlist) lines after the above, but BEFORE the closing } bracket. There are other places that would be correct, and I'm just pointing out one.

This #ID is not limited to paragraphs; it could also be applied to a <div>, etc.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

How To Query Blogger Help Group

Five Helpful Tips On "BHG" Protocol

1. Give your URL (blog address).

2. GIVE DETAILS: State the specifics of your problem or question. Are you Classic or New (Beta) Blogger? Do not speak in a telegraphic style or assume we know all the latest abbreviated jargon--we have time here for ordinary language.

3.THREADS (Conversations)

A. Don't pile onto a long thread if your issue is not the same. "Start a new topic," as it says at the top of the Blogger Help Group page. You'll get more results.

B. However, don't start a new thread if you want to say "I have the same problem as him or her!" Place your message on the same thread so it'll stay there! Threads can change sequence because newly posted or updated ones go to the top of the group--thus causing your separate, abandoned thread to make less sense.

C. Don't repeat your message in every category of this forum; it just makes things messy. If you're not a jerk, stay on one thread until the end of the conversation. If you are a jerk, just hang on until I have time to kill you.

4. REACHING BLOGGER: It cannot be emphasized too much that you should get your plea for help (if any) filed with Blogger Support now, soon, so that when and if they send you those damn automated responses, you can start writing back to them asking for human help! Be persistent, not rude.

5. DELETE YOUR MESSAGE: If you find that you put your query in the wrong category and want to put the message in a different category, or if you just realized you've asked a jackass question, or for whatever reason, YOU CAN DELETE the first posting.

a. Click "More Options" in the upper right-hand corner above the question.
b. Click on the "Remove" option.
c. Then click on "Yes, Remove it now".
d. Then click "Confirm".


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

FTP Users Can't Use New Blogger

At present, FTP users cannot avail themselves of the new features in New Blogger. I don't know why; Blogger says so.

It may be of interest to FTP users to investigate the new Custom Domains with Blogger, where you can use all the New Blogger features. Go HERE to read about it in a Blogger help file.