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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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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Text Indenting in Paragraphs

See the post after this about Blogs Disappear to see more results of using the text-indent.

Step One Occurs In The Template
Every once in a while, someone asks how to indent a paragraph and overcome the habit HTML has of not recognizing more than one space in a row!

In your template's CSS, place this line:

.p2 p {text-indent: 25px;}

Don't ignore the "." in front of p2 above; it's only needed that once. The "p2" is an arbitrary name. You could name yours "piddle" or "Ralph". That instruction is telling the p2 style that an opening paragraph tag should have that much of an indentation. You could increase or decrease the number.

Save your template so that it'll have this new instruction at hand.

Only this paragraph of this post is indented. When you next write a post, every "paragraph" should have the paragraph start tag! As far as I know, it's the only way for the system to know that it's supposed to be a paragraph. Once it knows that fact, it knows to follow the style instruction and make a text indentation of that specified (25px) width.

Step Two Occurs In Every Post
The instruction that tells your blog to apply that rule is when you surround your post with an open and close "div" tag like so:

<div class=p2>

Monday, March 30, 2009

Blogs Disappear

Like Socks In The Dryer?

Come Back, Black Sheep!

One of the silliest and yet one of the most efficient ways of "losing track of a blog post" happens when one is not quite paying attention. It has happened to me three or four times now and even now that I know to suspect it, it still mostly catches me by surprise.

What It Is, Is Butterfingers, Bubba!

Sometimes as I “publish” and exit the program, my fingers slip and seem to stumble and slide over an extra key. I’m never sure what I did! But when I “view” my blog, today's post isn’t there. Whatever happened, I have since learned the end result; today's post date has changed! I’ve learned to use the Search feature and hunt the title down. Sure enough, it turns up easily enough, except that instead of being at the top of the blog, the date has changed and now it’s on the page for some previous month, possibly even for some previous year. The post that doesn’t exist! That post is pretty thoroughly hidden, if you don’t know to look there for it!

The Simple Fix

So I edit the post again and correct the date. When I Publish this time, I’m more careful with my butterfingers. There’s today's post at the top of the blog, right where it’s supposed to be. You don’t have to be a genius to solve the Disappearing Blog Act, you just have to remember that the trick exists and how it works!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Where To Find 3 or 4 Column Templates

If You Want More Than 1 Sidebar!
This is just a place-holder for me for now in case I someday have something to say about the damn three and four column templates. At present, I haven't even read all of the posts that our friend Peter has written about it, listed below in these template posts by Peter.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Screenshot of Settings

This is the screen you see after you click "Settings" from the Dashboard.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Speaking To A Newbie About Blogger Support

Don't take it seriously. I took that tone (in Blogger Help Group) because so many who have done it in the past (written multiple copies of a single post, filling every category) turned out to be monsters of ego who always felt personally slighted by the lack of help. There are still some, I imagine. Others, like me, have grown weary of the Newbies who have great outrage at Blogger's lack of support. I've watched Blogger be outrageous and blog owners be furious (about being left dangling) for over five years and both are tiring. Maybe I should go be a farmer. If you're sorry about anything, you would sound like a human, not a monster of Ego, and that's a good thing. Sorry I can't give you pertinent info this time; not everything about Blogger is known to all. If it were, you'd know it already!

If there were any way to write the book that I can't write, I could unquestionably fill a book with all the Blogger topics that I don't know much about!