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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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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Profile Views And "Real" Counters

At present, a portion of the Blogger users are complaining that their "profile" numbers are not increasing or that they barely are.

Blogger said that they changed it all due to problems such as hackers giving themselves all kinds of extra clicks. Anytway, the system was getting overloaded in some fashion. Evidently, it may now register numbers by larger increments, not one at a time. Whether or when Blogger may make a better "improvement" than that is unknown so far.

Get a real counter like Site Meter or Statcounter. The "hits" on your Profile are like how many people saw your business card, but a real counter would track how many people visited your actual "store" (blog)! It's the store visits that count, isn't it? Counting Profile Views is of a much lower order of importance. It's a shame that Blogger left it vague enough that some people never thought about the relative lack of meaning in the Profile numbers. It's too late to correct that damage, but I advise that people shrug it off and get one of the real counters Many are free.


Monday, April 13, 2009

NEW Undelete Button on Dashboard!

Getcher Blog Back!--Maybe
There has been an astonishing development in Blogger--it is, to me, at any rate! Until recently, there was no official feature with which to retrieve or recover a deleted blog. Now we can undelete those blogs that we accidentally deleted! Someone is always having that problem for all kinds of reasons, some of which are pathetic and some of which are our own fault, but FINALLY Blogger has a feature that will let us push a button and Undelete our mistake!

At present, I know that it worked on a very small blog that I'd deleted only a few minutes before, but that's a start. It may do just as well on larger blogs or on blogs deleted last month--it's just too new for me to know yet all of how it works! My understanding is that the "delete" has to have taken place within the last 90 days.

  1. Go to your Dashboard.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click on "Show All" if need be.
  3. You should then see the name of the blog you deleted at the bottom.
  4. In the Dashboard list, you'll see "Undelete this blog" to the right of where the deleted blog is named in a ghostly grey print.
  5. Click on "Undelete".
  6. Blogger will inform you (immediately) of the success (or lack of it?).

Below is the screenshot of the bottom of my Dashboard AFTER I clicked on "Show All". You can see that the bottom blog, "Spitting Out The Seeds Of Regret" (which I had deleted only a little earlier this same day) now shows in a ghostly print and has the "Undelete this blog" link out to the right side of it.

Screenshot of Dashboard list AFTER undeleting the bottom post shown above--of course, in my case, I had to click "Show All" yet one more time because it had reverted to the shorter list I usually keep visible:

After this stage, the blog that had been deleted HAD been successfully Undeleted and ALL of it was intact, including the four posts that had been there. This is how it's supposed to work, but I repeat that I have not yet had the experience of undeleting either a VERY LARGE blog or one that was deleted six months ago.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Where's My Questions in Blogger Help Group?

Is There A List of Questions?
How do I find ALL the questions I have asked in BHG?

Right up there where you just asked that question (when we're in one of Blogger Help Group's conversation "threads"): There's your Forum "name" and to the right of it is a link, "View profile", which will show some biographical info from your BHG Profile and it includes "Recent Activity", which will list every thread (whether 2 or 2000 of them) where you left a question or answer in the past. It is not ideal, but it is complete, and you can slowly go back through them.

This may be stating the obvious, but if you're new and feel like you don't have a starting place for this, ask a new question or make a remark and after you publish, you'll be right there to click on "View Profile"!

[More below...screenshots, etc.]

There are other ways to search, with Google or other search engines, but the method described first up above is the "official" way of locating and reviewing all your old threads.
Also see this post about Gold Stars in BHG.

Screenshot of BHG question-and-answer: