Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bloggy Changes

So, it has been a long time since I've fussed with my blog. A really long time. But some folks out there have been asking for a while what I can do to get rid of all those book titles in the left hand side bar.

Good news! Blogger just added a new widget. I LOVE widgets. It means I can do beautiful bloggy things without knowing any html whatsoever. I like that.

The new widget is....TABS! So, you'll notice (among other things) that I have tabs at the top of my blog now. I know not how to make them look fancy and use javascript for a drop down list rather than a static page of links, but no matter. It makes it easier for people to find what they are looking for and reportedly it will cut down on page load time.

You'll notice I've cleaned up my sidebars, moved some things around and I even checked my links (and some were indeed bad).

The most notable thing is likely to be the black page background has been made white! I've always wanted to do that. I chose Rounders 3 because of the other column colors since I didn't know I could change them myself back then. Then I could change all my colors and I even gave my blog a third column (surely by some miracle), but still did not know how to change that black page.

However, in my 3 years of blogging I've learned a thing or two about html and I knew that background color had to be embedded in that code. Somewhere. I set out to find it today and didn't (I couldn't recognize which label the background had) so I did what I should have done like- I don't know... years ago and I posted a question in the help forum at blogger. 15 minutes later I had my answer...a simple change in the code and where I could find it! Eureka!!

So, I feel like I've opened the curtains on my blog and the bright, warm sunshine is pouring in. I hope you like it as much as I do....(on the chance that you don't well I think it's here to stay since my labels didn't show up well on the black).

Thanks for reading!

*And if any of you readers out there want to pass any other tips my way, please leave a comment. You know does a girl like me get a professional-looking blog with no financing available and little knowledge of how to tweak things myself. Suggestions welcome, but they have to come with directions!*


Michelle said...

Looks good, Heather!

I didn't know you used FIAR! We are just starting B4FIAR and plan to do FIAR too! =) I can't wait to get started!

Lori said...

I have always loved your blog- sidebars included, but this is great too! And, the white does makes it feel clean and open. Very nice! :)

Heather said...

Oh yes Michelle! We are hardcore FIAR users! Enjoy it!

Thank you Lori. I hope everyone can find what they are looking for this way too.


Berry Patch said...

Cool! I saw you mention "tabs" & "blogger" and hurriedly headed over to my own blog. Sweet! Of course, this does mean my grand plans for this afternoon will most likely be pushed aside. After all - I have a blog to make "pretty!" LOL

KatieGA said...

I really like the tabs. I liked it before, but it really is helpful to click & see the menu. Kuddos for such a wonderful blog & all the effort you put in it to make it great!

Heather said...

Thank you Katie! I appreciate the feedback.

Berry Patch- how'd those tabs turn out? Guess I'd better visit. ; )

rainydaymichele said...

Looks great, Heather!