2/28/10

Follow Me (and other people)*

I got asked the other day how you can follow this blog besides using the RSS feed. I answered my friend in the comment section but then I decided to write about it here for everyone to see (I assume that most people don't jump around reading comments on older posts).

Since I have added pages to my blogs (yes, all of them :) they are all at the top of my sidebars on each of my blogs) my follow me widget is no longer on the front page. It is now on the page that says "Follow Me"....click here* to bypass everything and go straight to it if you want....I'll wait...

Back? Great! Besides following me by finding my page and clicking on the widget, you can follow me (or any other blog) from your dashboard. This is what you do:


1. On your dashboard at the bottom of the page is a section called "Reading List". One of the tabs is "Blogs I'm Following". Underneath the list are two blue buttons. One says "ADD" and the other says "MANAGE". Click "ADD".


2. A box pops up that says "Step 1: Add Blogs to Follow". "Add from URL" or "Import from Google Reader". Copy the URL of the blog you want to follow and put it in the box by "Add from URL".



3. Now it should say "Step 2: Following Options". You can choose whether to follow publicly or anonymously. I always choose publicly but that's up to you. 



4. It will take you to a screen that says you are now following that blog. Click "Done".


That's it :) You're now following that blog and the updates will show up on your dashboard! I obviously do this often because I follow close to 100 blogs (98 as of today LOL). Have a great Sunday everyone!






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*UPDATE: My follow me widget is no longer on another page. It's back on my home page. You can still follow people through your dashboard via the instructions above. 4/10/10

2/27/10

Using a signature

If you've spent any time at any of my blogs (except my cookbook), I'm sure you've noticed that I use a signature on all my posts. When I first started blogging I tried to make my own signature. It was ok. It wasn't spectacular or anything but it wasn't horrible either :)

I finally found a site that I could make my signatures and not even have to sign up for anything. It's called My Live Signature. It allows you to use up to 25 characters in your signature, customize the font and the color and even decide what kind of slope it is going to have (you'll notice on this blog it's tilted a little...that's the slope.). I just love it. And it's simple. Here's what you do:
  1. Go here and create your signature. Just select "click here to start" and follow the instructions. It's pretty straightforward.
  2. When your signature is created it will have a place at the bottom of the page that says "use this signature". Click that. Copy the HTML code that they give you.
  3. Go to your Blogger dashboard.
  4. Click on "Settings" for the blog you want to add the signature to and then go to "Formatting".
  5. At the bottom of that page is a place that says "Post Template". Paste the code into that section.
  6. If you want the signature to be centered then add the (<)center> code before the section you just pasted into "Post Template" and the (<)/center> code after it. Remember, don't put the red parenthesis as part of your code :)
  7. Go to the bottom of that page and select "Save Settings"
That's it! Your signature will now appear in all your posts!

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2/26/10

These snowflakes will last all year

Around Christmastime, my friend Doris from Crocheting in Georgia had some pictures up of her lovely Christmas tree. It was decorated with white snowflakes that I thought were just beautiful. Come to find out, she made them out of coffee filters! For real!

Then Doris sent out some crocheted snowflakes to people on her blog and I was one of them! I received mine yesterday and I have to tell you, they are absolutely beautiful!! Doris is very talented that's for sure! Here they are:



They are perfect little snowflakes with silver sparkling throughout them! I am so happy that Doris chose to send them to me! Included with the snowflakes was a wonderful handwritten note (I miss handwritten letters don't you?) and one of her cards that says that she donates 10% of her Etsy sales to Honeybee Research. I think that's awesome too! 

If you get the chance please click here to visit this lovely lady. You may know that yesterday I wrote about her cutie pie dog on my Crazy Life site. You can learn more about him while you're visiting her :)

If you'd like to visit her Etsy shop, click here.

Thank you so much Doris! I love them! I hope you and everyone reading this has a terrific day!

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2/25/10

More new blogs

Yes, I'm insane :) I've added more blogs to my blogroll. Like I wasn't following enough already LOL Here they are....check em out....I think you'll like them:

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2/24/10

LinkWithin

If you follow my Happy At Home blog, then you've seen LinkWithin, the widget that I want to tell you about today. 

I'd like to say here that I don't get anything for telling you about the products I use. I've just found some things that I like a lot and think y'all might like too so I pass the information on. Now back to my post :)

LinkWithin is a "related posts" widget. It uses the content of your post to find other posts on your blog that contain similar content and then posts the three related posts underneath the post you've just written.

It takes a little time of using it to really start working well but I like it a lot. Just for an example, when I first put it on one of my Hooray for Saturday! posts it gave me 3 completely unrelated posts underneath it. Now that I've had it on my blog for awhile it puts 3 Hooray for Saturday! posts underneath it. Like I said, it just takes it a little bit to start working correctly. 

The reason I told you that is because I don't want you to put it on your blog and then decide it doesn't work just because at first it doesn't. It will. I promise!

A few good things about LinkWithin:
  • It's free
  • It doesn't contain any ads
  • It blends into your blogs design
  • It reminds people of your older posts
  • It keeps readers reading
Still not convinced? Click here to see how it looks on my Happy At Home blog.


Ready to get your own? Click here to get your LinkWithin widget.


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2/23/10

A little more about Pages

I've been getting emails about Blogger Pages. They all say pretty much the same thing:

I don't get it. I don't know how to make them. Help!

No problem :)

I told you basically how to set your pages up in my last post about them. Click here if you missed that post. Today I'll go into some details.

1. Decide what you want your pages to be. You can have 10 of them and if you've noticed my pages on my sidebar, then you'll see that I have 10 of them on each of my blogs.

2. You create your pages just like you create a post. I'm going to tell you how I created my About Me page, my Memes page and my Blog Tips page.
  • About Me: First I found a picture on Photobucket that said About Me and I saved it to my album there. I copied the HTML code and pasted that onto my page (if you don't know how to do that then click here for instructions). Then I added my picture. I wrote some stuff about myself and added that under the picture. Then I got the link to my Blogger profile page (go to your Dashboard and by your picture it says "View Profile", click that and you are on your profile. Copy the address at the top of the page:
Write whatever you want. I wrote "Click here to view my full profile". Link your profile page address to the words you chose. When you are happy with the page select "Publish Page". One note, I discovered that all you get is errors when you tell it to "Allow Comments" under "Page Options" so I chose not to allow comments on my pages.
  • Memes: For my memes page I again used Photobucket to add the pictures. I uploaded the pictures to my account, copied the HTML code and pasted them into the page. I added links to the original blogs that host the memes (click here to learn how to do that) and published.
  • Blog Tips: This page is almost all links. From my dashboard I went to Edit Posts. On the left hand side of that page is a list of all my labels. I selected the one that says Blog Tips and that brought up all my posts that have the label blog tips. Next to each post it says Edit and View. I viewed each post. On my page I wrote the name of each post, copied the address of each post I viewed and linked them to the appropriate titles that I had written. As I write new tips I add them to that page by going to Edit Pages (that's here) and adding the new title and link to the page. Publish when you're done.
I hope this explains Pages a little better for you. If you still need help just let me know. I'll be happy to walk you through it :)

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2/21/10

It's YOUR blog*

Remember when I was telling you about music and how some people feel like you're imposing something on them that they don't like? Well, that's basically what I want to tell you about today.

Your blog is just that, YOUR blog. Do what you want with it and don't worry about what other people think of it. If they hate your blog they don't have to visit it. End of story. 

There is a website called READ ME: A Blogger's Disclaimer (just click on the words to visit it) and they talk a lot of sense there to me. I have the READ ME disclaimer on my Happy At Home blog and I also wrote my own disclaimer. You can find both of those by clicking here if you're interested in reading them. 

My favorite line from the READ ME site is this:  It's their weblog, they can do with it as they please. I agree wholeheartedly. It's your space. Do what you want.

Ok, I'm done ranting for today. I promise I don't rant often but every now and then I just have to do it or my head will explode :)

Have a great Sunday everyone ♥ I'll see you tomorrow.



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*This post was written because a person that has known me for over 10 years decided to bash me for what I put on my blogs. Again, they are MY blogs and I'll do what I want. You don't have to visit them. Thanks.

2/20/10

MckLinky

Good morning everyone! I hope you're having a nice Saturday so far! I thought today I'd tell you about MckLinky. I'm just about positive that you've seen posts where people allow you to add your own links to their posts. If you haven't then click here to see my post today on my Happy At Home blog (and feel free to link in something funny :D I would love that!).

I used to use Mr. Linky for my link-up-with-me-posts but I was very disappointed with it. First of all I had to pay for it and most of you know that I hate having to pay for stuff. I just don't have extra money for things like that. And even though I paid for it, it didn't work right. Then they wanted me to upgrade and pay more money. No thank you.

That's when I found MckLinky. This is a free linking service. So far the only problem I've had with it was getting it to go to my time zone. I did get that fixed though. It just took 48 hours to refresh in their system and now it works perfectly. 


It's very simple to set up and use. If you have anything that you want people to link to you, this is the site I recommend using. And just to show how much I like them, here's a little advertising for them:


Just click on it to visit them and set up your account. I hope y'all have a great Saturday! See you tomorrow!


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2/19/10

Blogger has pages!

As I told you yesterday, Blogger added pages! It was in Blogger In Draft up until just recently so to a few of you that were using In Draft, they may not be new to you but for the rest of us that just use regular Blogger, they are definitely new and most welcome!

Today I'm going to tell you where your pages are and how to set them up.

1. Go to your dashboard

2. Click on "New Post" for the blog that you want to add pages to...This is what it will look like:



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3. Do you see where it says "Edit Pages"? Click on that. It will take you to a page that looks like this (except my pages are already set up in this picture so ignore those lol):



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4. Click on "Add a page" and follow the instructions on adding the widget. "Tabs" lists your pages across the top of your page and "Lists of links" places it on your sidebar. You set your pages up just like you would any post you are writing but you can be really creative. Just look at any of my pages if you want an example. I have mine as "Lists of links" and this is what it looks like on my sidebar:


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5. When you are happy with your page, click on "Page Options". You can decide whether or not to allow comments on that page. That's really the only part you need to mess with.

6. Select "Publish Page". Now you have a page added to your blog :)

Isn't that awesome?!! I love it! If you have a moment, check out all my pages. I have them set up on all my blogs. That's what I did all day yesterday! And have fun with it! I sure did :)

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2/18/10

Wouldn't you know...

Yesterday....or actually late, late, late last night.... while I was writing my last post here, I happened to look up at the top of this page and noticed something quite interesting.

Wait, I need to interject something else here: Thank you for your suggestion on my last post William, but I had experience with that comment form on one of my friends blogs and really didn't like it. I think I'm just going to stick with Blogger's comment form for now. I've found something else to distract me. Which brings me back to my original thought...

Blogger has pages!

Doesn't that just figure.

Some of you may know that the reason I moved my cookbook to Wordpress was because I wanted to be able to have multiple pages. Now that I've got it set up good over there, Blogger adds the ability to have separate pages. Imagine that :)

So....

I'm crazy. I know I'm crazy. I know how many things I'm going to have to change and rearrange and resubmit and how many sleepless nights this is going to give me BUT. I'm moving my cookbook back to Blogger. I'm probably not going to have it completely moved back until close to the end of the month and I'm going to leave my blog on Wordpress because I do have the Foodista contest all set up to those URLs and while I am crazy... I'm. Not. THAT. Crazy.

The main reason I want to move it back is because I really prefer Blogger and I can't have pretty templates on Wordpress unless I want to pay some money, which I don't want to do. And it's really much more convenient for me to have all my blogs in one place. So, that's what I'm going to do. I don't think I had actually completely decided that until just this very minute.

Today I will be working on all my blogs appearances. Getting the things off my sidebars and into tabs at the tops of my pages. You'll notice I already started working on this blog last night. I had to see how it worked before I decided to mess with all my blogs. I decided I really like it. Which means I decided to make myself even crazier. LOL

Hopefully tomorrow I will be back with my normal posts on all my blogs. On this blog I plan to tell you about Pages and what they can do for you. Have a great day everyone....and wish me luck!

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2/17/10

Failed

Ok, the comment form I tried on my last post failed miserably in my eyes. Half the time it said I had NO comments at all even though it sent me emails saying I had comments. The other half the time it only showed SOME of the comments and not all that I had received. Plus one of my friends said it wouldn't even let her leave comments. SCRATCH! I'm still looking around though :) Let you know what I find ASAP!

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An experiment -- PLEASE comment!

I'm trying out this new comment form. If I like it (and if YOU like it), then I'm going to add it to my other blogs as well. Try it out and tell me what you think please.

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Photobucket is a great tool

I told you yesterday how to link Photobucket pictures to different sites and then last night I had a new Blogland friend of mine ask me how she could put a picture in her post that was animated. That's what I'm going to tell you about today. First though, let me tell you about the new friend :)

Her blog is here: Canadian Blogger

And she gave me this lovely thank you for helping her:

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You are quite welcome Terry! And thank you for giving it to me!!

I've told you several times now about Photobucket and encouraged you to make an account there. If you need more reasons then here are a few:

1. It's free

2. You can upload tons of pictures (I have almost 2000 and have only used 44% of my storage space and only 7% of my bandwidth) which makes them safe from loss in the event that your computer crashes...which mine has done twice.

3. You can upload videos and make slideshows

4. You can save your Blogger/Wordpress space by adding pictures using HTML

5. You can choose from tons (probably millions) of pictures that other people share including animated pictures like the one Terry gave me

Convinced? Cool :) Oh, and I don't get anything for telling you this stuff....I just really like Photobucket and it's been a lot of help to me and I like to share stuff that works.

The reason above that I'd like to talk to you a little bit more about today is #4. When you upload a picture to your blog post, it uses space. You are only allowed so much space and after that you won't be able to upload pictures anymore. Granted it's quite a lot of space but I like saving things and this is something I can actually not use up thanks to Photobucket.

When you save a picture to your Photobucket album it gives you three different codes:

1. Direct Link: This works for uploading pictures to your blog or giving someone a link to a picture. It still uses your space on Blogger/Wordpress but if you want to use it you can. When you select "Add Image" there is a place that says "Or add an image from the web". That's where you put that code. If you just wanted someone to be able to visit your picture (I sometimes send these links on Yahoo Messenger) then just give them the Direct Link: http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj57/mommacow39/blog%20stuff/thankyou-1.gif

2. HTML Code: This is the code that you will use to add pictures without using your space. When you put it into your post, go to the tab that says "Edit Html". Your code will look something like this:

(<)a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank">(<)img src="http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj57/mommacow39/blog%20stuff/thankyou-1.gif" border="0" alt="Photobucket">(<)/a>

(Don't forget that I only put the red parenthesis to show you the code and they will not be a part of your code) You either want to delete the parts that I made purple so that all there is is the image code or link it to something else like I told you about yesterday. If you leave the purple section of code then when someone clicks on the picture it will take them to your Photobucket album.

3. HTML Thumb: This is just a smaller version of your picture...a thumbnail. It will look like this if you use it:

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When you click on the thumbnail it will take you to a full size picture of your picture.

I hope these tips have helped you today. You are always free to contact me either by leaving comments here or emailing me. I don't mind at all :) Have a wonderful day everyone!

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2/16/10

New awards and sites

I was so excited to find out that I had received two new awards! You can click on the awards to visit the blogs that gave them to me.

The first one is from my new and dear friend William. William writes beautiful poetry and awesome short stories. Here is my award from him:

Isn't it beautiful?! William says:

"Hello friends, as there has been so many kind people giving me awards I thought I should return the compliment and give one back, this was created by me and it is called the

"BLOGTASTIC SPECIAL FRIENDS AWARD".

Thank you so much William! I am so proud of it!!

The second award came from my friend Susan. Susan has a wonderful blog and hosts Outdoor Wednesday. She made this award to bring Georgia bloggers together. Here is my award from her:

Thank you so much Susan! I'm going to check out all the other Georgia bloggers on your list!

I promised you some new sites to visit and I always try to keep my promises :) Here they are:

One Perfect Bite

The Red Clay Diaries

And now you can become a fan of my cookbook on Facebook! Here's that page:

The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

I hope y'all have a great day! See you soon!

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2/15/10

Using your photobucket pictures to add links

If you've spent any time looking at my sidebar, I'm sure you've seen this:

Stalk me here....lol
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Today I'm going to tell you how I made it.

By now I'm sure you've realized that my favorite widget is the HTML/JavaScript widget. I use it often. Very often. And that's the widget I used to put these social network links on my sidebar. This is what I did:

1. First I needed the pictures. I used Photobucket (of course). If you don't have an account there yet, click here to get one. If you do have one, log into your account.

2. At the top of the page there is a place to search. It looks like this:

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3. Put in what you want to find an image of....for example, when I found the picture I used for my Twitter link, I just put in "Twitter". It will give you the resulting pictures. When you find the one you want, click on it and then choose "copy to my album". You have to place your mouse over the picture to bring up the copy option. It looks like this when you do:

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4. After you save it to your album, click on the picture to get the codes. This is what that looks like:

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5. See where it says "HTML Code"? That's what you need. Copy it.

6. Go to your Blogger dashboard/Layout/Page Elements.

7. Add a Gadget/HTML/JavaScript.

8. Paste the code into the widget. It will look something like this (remember, the red symbols won't be there; I have to show them to show you the code):

(<)a href="http://photobucket.com" target="_blank">(<)img src="http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj57/mommacow39/twitter-1.png" border="0" alt="blog twitter">(<)/a>

9. Notice the section I have in purple. That's the part you're going to change (except for also taking out the red parenthesis). You are going to change it to the site you want to link to. So if I wanted to link that picture to my twitter account I would change the http://photobucket.com to http://twitter.com/katbrak and my code would now look like this:

(<)a href="http://twitter.com/katbrak" target="_blank">(<)img src="http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj57/mommacow39/twitter-1.png" border="0" alt="blog twitter">(<)/a>

10. When you have all the pictures/links you want on the widget, save it. Place it where you want it on your sidebar. Preview your blog and make sure it looks the way you want it to and then save it too.

That's it! You now have learned how to link Photobucket pictures to your sites. (By the way, you can click on any of the pictures in this post to visit me on my other sites...) Don't forget about the center code to make it look just the way you want it to...click here to learn how to do that if you missed it.

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2/14/10

Adding music to your page*

First, let me say Happy Valentine's Day everyone ♥ This day is all about love and one thing that I love is music. I can't imagine one day of my life going by without music being a part of it. Because of that, I have music on all of my Blogger pages (as well as my Facebook and MySpace pages!).

While I can't imagine a world without music, many people hate it and actually feel like you are imposing something on them by having it on your page. There are a couple things you can do that will keep those people happy and still let you have your music... But I'm getting ahead of myself...

1. You need to get your music. Project Playlist is what I use for all my music players. They have a great selection of songs and you can customize your player. Plus it's free....of course! Click on the link above (where it says "Project Playlist") and set up your account. I'll wait.
2. OK. Have an account? Great! Now, at the top of the page it says "Create a Playlist". Click it.
3. Name your playlist (where it says "Title"). That's required. If you want, you can add a description. I've named each of mine for whichever blog/page it's on and put the description. For example, this blog's playlist is named "Blog Love" and the description is "My Blog Love blog's playlist". Now click the orange button that says "Create Playlist".
4. It will take you to a page that's gray (it should say "This playlist is empty.") and has this towards the top:
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5. See where it says "Search for a song or artist"? Put in any song or artist you want and hit the orange search area (where the magnifying glass is..). You can even put in stuff like "love" or "Christmas" and find songs that fit into those themes.

6. When you search for songs/artists, you'll get a page that looks like this:
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I ♥ Willie :)
7. In the square next to the song name, there is an arrow and a plus. The arrow lets you listen to the song to make sure it's the one you want (which I suggest doing because sometimes it's just a snippet of the song and not the whole thing) and the plus adds it to your playlist.
8. When you have all the songs you want on your playlist, go to the top of the page and click on "My Playlists". There are other ways to do this but this is the easiest. Click on the name of the playlist you just created and it will take you back to the gray page that I told you about in #4.
9. Rearrange the songs if you want to.
10. At the bottom of that page it says "Share This Playlist". Click that.
11. It will take you to a page that looks like this:
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Here's where you make the non-music lovers happy :)

"Autostart?": Yes means it starts automatically when someone gets to your page. No means it doesn't. Choose which one you'd like. (Another way to make non-music lovers happy is to put the player at the top of your page so that it's convenient for them to stop it from playing.)
"Random/Shuffle?": Yes means that your music will play in a random order. No means that it will play in the order you put the songs on your playlist.
"Custom Skin?": You can add your own skin to personalize your player if you'd like.
"Choose color of your player": You can choose between black, gray, blue, purple, pink, red or green.
12. When you have your player the way you want it, click on the orange button that says "Get Code". It will take you to a page that looks like this:
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Copy the code where it says "Embed code".
13. Go to your Blogger dashboard.
14. Go to "Layout" and then "Page elements".
15. "Add a Gadget" and then "HTML/JavaScript".
16. Paste the code into the widget. Select "save" on the widget.
17. Place the widget where you want it on your layout. At the top of your layout page, choose "Preview" to make sure it looks right and then "Save".
That's it! You have music on your page now :)




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*UPDATE: Since Blogger has added pages to our blogs, my music is now on a separate page. This is a good option to keep other people happy because it won't automatically start playing when they are on my homepage. Just thought I'd give you a different option to consider :) 4/10/10

2/13/10

Your blogs appearance

Over the next few days I thought I'd tell you some ways to change the appearance of your blog. I'm not talking about your actual layout (I told you a while back some places to get great layouts if that's what you're wanting to change. Just look under tips on my sidebar.) but about the widgets and gadgets. And about your sidebar. But today, I'm going to talk about how your posts look.

If you never change any of your post options, you'll have "posted by...(your username)", "(how ever many) comments", an email option and "labels:" underneath your post. To me that's boring. No offense to anyone that has it that way on their blogs. If you like it that way, by all means leave it that way. But I got to thinking that maybe you just don't know how to change it. If that's the case then today's post is for you!

Here's what you do:

1. Go to your dashboard

2. Go to Layout and then Page Elements

3. Find the section that says "Blog Posts". In the bottom corner it will say "Edit". Click it.

Here's what mine looks like when I click edit:

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Under "Post Page Options" you can change the items in the squares to say anything you want. For example, instead of saying "Posted by...", mine says "Love,". Add or remove the check marks next to the items you want to show on your post. I don't like the email option so I don't have it checked. I also decided a while back to not show ads on my blogs so I don't have that checked either.

You can also change what reactions people have if you choose that option. You can have those buttons say anything you want.

And finally, you can arrange them anyway you want at the very bottom of that page.

4. When you have everything the way you want it, select "save" on the widget.

5. Select "save" at the top of your layout.

That's it! Now your blog post is personalized! Have fun with it. Be creative :)

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2/12/10

Lots of love: I'm back, some prizes, a few new blogs and a tip

Well, since the last thing I said here was "See you tomorrow if all goes well" and I didn't see you then, I'm sure you figured out that the internet DID get turned off. As they say in France, C'est la vie...Such is life. It's ok though. It's all over now and I'm back :D

On with the post...

I received a couple of ummm not really prizes but sort of prizes just the same while I was gone. I was so happy to get them! The first was an apron from Foodista. Here it is:

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They are having a contest right now that I have entered several of my recipes from my cookbook into and because I submitted so many, they sent me the apron. Isn't it nifty?! I love it!

The second thing I received was a cookbook from all*you . Here it is:

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I do a review for Cooking Light magazine and this cookbook is published by the same company (Time, Inc.) so I imagine that's why I received it. I think it's an awesome cookbook!

As I eluded to in my title, I've found some new blogs to follow. A couple of them are people I already know (one is a family member) and all of them are worth the time to visit...


And finally, I promised you a tip. I thought today I would tell you about Site Meter. Site Meter is a cool way to keep track of who visits your blog. As a matter of fact, you can see who visits you, where they are from, how they got to you, your page ranking and even your visitors IP address (which is good if you have a stalker....yes, even Blogland contains stalkers!). If you've looked at any of my sidebars you've seen this:

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That's my Site Meter.

First, sign up. (Just click on the link above...where it says Site Meter the first time...) As you know, I only use free stuff and Site Meter is free. You can pay for it and get a few more perks, but I'm completely happy with the things they offer without paying.

When you first get there, it looks like this:

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See where it says Site Meter Basic? Click "Sign up" and follow the instructions from there. It's all pretty simple but I'll tell you just a couple of the tweaks I use...

At the top of the page (after you have your account set up...) it says "statistics", "manager" and "logout". Go under "manager".

Almost to the bottom of that page it says "Customizing your account". You want to ignore your own visits (unless you just want to bump your numbers up by visiting your own page 5000 times LOL....of course, if you DO want to have a higher number there is a place to start your counter at a higher number. It will still tell you how many REAL visits you've had even though it tells everyone else the FAKE amount. I'd rather stick with the real even if it's a low number...).

You also want to set the privacy level of your meter. I keep all of mine set to "medium". If you have it on "normal" then anyone can view your statistics. If you have it on "high" then no one can see your statistics but you also won't be listed on any public lists which most people want to be listed on. So "medium" works out well. One note about "medium", if you are logged into your Site Meter account and someone clicks on your Site Meter then they can see everything so be sure to log out as soon as you're done checking out your stats!

Well, that's all I have for you today :) I WILL see you tomorrow!

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