Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dashboard

Q: I have 4 blogs only 3 show up on my dashboard. Why?
A: It also took me a while to figure out my dashboard.













3 buttons: hide, always show and show all. 
Hide You click on this button next to your blog name in order to hide it temporarily on your dashboard. This is very useful when you have a large number of blogs like me (71 blogs) and do not have time to work on all of them.
show all You click on this button to see all your blogs on screen, including deleted ones, so that you can click on [always show].
Always show You click [always show] to select those blogs you want to see on your dashboard every day.

Now let's go back to your problem. The solution is simple.
On your dashboard:
1. click on show all
2. click always show next to the blog name that did not come up before.
Now all your 4 blogs should always appear on your dashboard.

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=07b3e94fb3506716&hl=en

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Move post area slightly left

Q: How do I move my posts slightly left?
A: Please try this:

design>template designer>adjust widths

Scroll down to preview. If you are happy with the results, click [apply to blog] to save changes. If not, you can abort at any time by clicking [view blog]. Do not save changes you are not happy with. You can only go forward with more changes and not reverse.

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Extra info

design>template designer>templates,background, adjust widths,layout, advanced
The permutations are unlimited under the template designer tab. No one has been to every corner of the template designer yet. You will have to do the research yourself by using a test blog. Also, not every template has exactly the same features offered. Some times you may need to change the whole template in order to get a special feature that you want:

On Blogger, we have 27 different templates under design>>template designer
Simple              7
Picture window  3
Awesome inc    6
Watermark        4
Ethereal            3
Travel                4

You can change the background, layout, adjust widths, advanced, etc to give you a unique template, different from everyone else. To save all your changes, click "apply to blog". 
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Use a test blog
I would suggest starting a test blog and use that for finding your way around your own blog:
On your dashboard, click [create a blog]. One Google account is good for 100 blogs
Here are my own test blogs: 

Blogging is really a personal journey of discovery. If we only have the help forum, the learning process will become too slow. We will be spending too much time asking questions and waiting for answers on the help forum. This is a slow way of learning. A quicker method is by using a test blog to try out ideas for ourselves. This is especially useful when we go into the the design tab to change the template in 1001 ways and we do not wish to screw up our main blog permanently. A test blog is very expendable. Please try using one or two test blogs. I know what I know today because I use test blogs, several of them.

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=65babd4c057bff48&hl=en

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Photos gone!








This week many bloggers complained that their photos were not showing up on their blog. They see a back triangle like a no-entry sign or a square as shown here. It is still a puzzle why this is happening. Some bloggers point the finger at Google+ because soon after they signed up for it, their photos disappeared from their blogs. We are still investigating whether this is related to Google+.

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=25f919f486c86356&hl=en

Friday, August 12, 2011

Video codes

<iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rj9JVXzoOYQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Q: I have been trying to post a video on my blog entry. Instead of showing the video, it shows the embeded codes. Why?
A: On your post editor use the [edit HTML] tab; not the [compose] tab. Publish post. Then the video will show:

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=4c7f080cb28a4327&hl=en&fid=4c7f080cb28a43270004aa4572fe73bc

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Trolls

Q: What is a troll?


A: A troll is a person who joins a forum simply because he feels bored. He does not follow proper etiquette or normal behaviour. His presence is disruptive and unwelcome in most cases.

Wikipedia: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[4]

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

attaching an image

Q: How do I add an image to my post on the help forum?

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To add an image, click the down arrow as shown in the picture above.
You will see the following choices:
help articles
help forum
web
images
blogs
URL

Select [images]
type the word [images] inside the box
Click [search]
select [add]
This image will become an attachment to your posting.

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=19e18d6b81c78cc1&hl=en

Monday, August 8, 2011

Helpers are not mind readers!

Q: How do you deal with questions that don't offer details? It's difficult to guess what some of people are actually asking when they don't give details nor fill out the questions required of them.

A: This is exactly what helpers have to be prepared to deal with, on this help forum. A majority of the questions here are post by first time visitors. It is our job, as helpers, to try to educate all the new comers, in the best way that we know. I find [silent treatment] is a good strategy. It makes them think, why is there no response from any one. I find this method is very effective when used against thread hijackers, just ignore them when they are rude or trying to jump queue by using swear words, all capital letters (make noise), duplicate questions or some other tricks. I have seen them all.

Soon people will realize that helpers are not mind readers. They need to have specific data: URL, browser, location. A longer description of the problem never hurts. Many askers do not realize that helpers are unpaid volunteers. We are just bloggers who are trying to help a fellow blogger because Google does not operate a help desk; no email address and no telephone number available any where. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stay signed in

Q: I have had a blog for 6 years. Why do I regularly have to sign in again?
Fix it!
A: 




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There is nothing for us to fix. The fixing is done by you!
On your computer, when you log in, your browser will show a small box for you to check [stay signed in] or [remember me on this computer]. You need to tick that box, otherwise your computer will assume that you are some hacker trying to break into your documents:

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=481f8bb0d81a9c05&hl=en

Blog for money

Q: How do I make money from my blog?
A: Here is a video:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/static.py?page=ts.cs&ts=1233381

Template designer

Q:  I can't seem to find a place where I can easily change the font style of my blog description. How?
A: To change font under Advanced tab in template designer, you have to specify exactly which text you wish the font to change. It is not possible to change the font for every text all at once. Select one of these: Page, blog title, blog description, tabs text, date header, post title, gadget tile, gadget text, etc

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The answer to your question

design>template designer>advanced>blog description>font
Pick a font style
Click [apply to blog] to save changes

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design>template designer>templates
The permutations are unlimited under the template designer. No one has been to every corner of the template designer yet. Also, not every choice of template has the same features offered. Some times you may need to change the whole template, just to get a special feature you want:

On Blogger, we have 27 different templates under design>>template designer
Simple              7
Picture window  3
Awesome inc    6
Watermark        4
Ethereal            3
Travel                4

You can change the background, layout, adjust widths, advanced, etc to give you a unique template, different from everyone else. To save all your changes, click "apply to blog". 
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Use a test blog
I would suggest starting a test blog and use that for finding your way around your blog:
On your dashboard, click [create a blog]. One Google account is good for 100 blogs
Here are my own test blogs: 

Blogging is really a personal journey of discovery. If we only have the help forum, the learning process will become too slow. We will be spending too much time asking questions and waiting for answers on the help forum. This is a slow way of learning. A quicker method is by using a test blog to try out ideas for ourselves. This is especially useful when we go into the the design tab to change the template in 1001 ways and we do not wish to screw up our main blog permanently. A test blog is very expendable. Please try using one or two test blogs. I know what I know now because I use test blogs, several of them.

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=306e5795ccec1201&hl=en&fid=306e5795ccec12010004a9dd23d18f2c

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Water mark

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To add a water mark to your photos uploaded to the web:

On Picasa:
tools>options>web albums
Insert your name or your URL inside the box.
Click [ok]

From now onwards, all photos that you upload to your blog will carry this water mark.

Google help forums

Q: How many help forums are there?
A: Here is a full list: http://www.google.com/support/forum?hl=en

Friday, August 5, 2011

Stub blog

Q: i've changed the name of my blog and i want to know if is possible to redirect the old name to the new, how can i??
A: You cannot redirect a blog; but you can redirect all your followers.
Do not change the URL.
1. Create a new blog with the preferred address.
2. Export your blog to the new address (settings>basic>blog tools>export blog).
3. Convert the original blog into a stub blog:
Write a post with a message for your followers.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Legacy claims

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All legacy claims expired on 1st August 2011

Blog removed as spam

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If you see this screen, it means that the Google robots have got your blog. There is no need to get emotional, just use the link provided for getting back your blog. Click on:  'I can't find my blog on the web, where is it?' It will take you to this screen:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=87065

There should be a link in your dashboard to request for restoration.

For more detailed information regarding spam blogs:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=2bd8ad2932edafa2&hl=en

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=34d02b654390d03a&hl=en

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Terms Of Service

Q: What are Blogger's terms of service (TOS)?
A: http://www.blogger.com/terms.g

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=4192a8e4292f8cfd&hl=en&fid=4192a8e4292f8cfd0004a996c2968191

Formatting, Tx


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Edit your post
Select all the text (highlight)
Click on Tx (second last icon on the tool bar)
All default formatting will be removed.
Reformat your post, using [backspace] and [delete] keys
Publish post

reference: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?fid=433426282d63f36f0004a8dcf734bf20&hl=en

53,000 followers

dog
Allie









This blog has over 53,000 followers! http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/
I do not understand why there are so many followers. I will try to find out the real reason for the popularity of this blog. I came across this blog on the help forum: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?fid=760ba80bbbadaee80004a98b1761e0a1&hl=en

Update:
Here are some useful tips given by Allie the author:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

[Blog this] button

There are various ways to upload a photo to your blog:
1. Blog this on Picasa
I used the [blog this] button to add this photo here.

photo 1
Posted by Picasa
On Picasa there is a [blog this] button. First I select a photo and put that in the tray. Then I press [blog this]. A new window opens, allowing me to select the blog where I want to upload this photo.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Template background colour

Q: How do I add a solid background to the blog title and description?
A: Remove your header image and choose a light colour background:
design>template designer>backgrounds

The permutations are unlimited. No one has been to every corner of the template designer yet. Also, not every choice of template has the same features offered.

You can even decide to change the whole template, just to get some special feature:
design>template designer>templates 

I would suggest starting a test blog and use that for finding your way around your blog:
On your dashboard, click [create a blog]. One Google account is good for 100 blogs
Here are my own test blogs: 

Blogging is really a personal journey of discovery. If we only have the help forum, the learning process will become too slow. We will be spending too much time asking questions and waiting for answers on the help forum. This is a slow way of learning. A quicker method is by using a test blog to try out ideas for ourselves. This is especially useful when we go into the the design tab to change the template in 1001 ways and we do not wish to screw up our main blog permanently. A test blog is very expendable. Please try using one or two test blogs.

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