Tuesday, June 08, 2004

What was I thinking?

Starting my own blog was a great idea, right? I must've forgotten that I know nothing about computers! I have read the instructions for links about a million times. It all sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher to me, "Waaaah waaaah waaaaah." I desperately want to add a link to each blog I read, but I am clueless as to how to get this done. Can someone who is computer challenged still have a successful blog?

1 comment:

Jess said...

Going to try to help you with your list of links problem... I don't know how much you know and don't know, so I'm going to be very basic. :)

I'm guessing you want to do this on the side bar, on the right-hand side of your blog. So open your blog in a new window, figure out exactly where you want the list of links to be, then poke around in Blogger itself until you find your Template (big window with lots of chickenscratch-looking code).

Then scroll through all the code until you find the bits which look vaguely like they might represent the stuff in your right-hand column. (Probably near the bottom.) When you find what you think is the right place, make some space (press enter a couple of times; this doesn't hurt anything) so you have some room to work, then fill this in to make a link:

(put this first line between < >)
a href="http://blogaddress" target=new

Then give the blog name

then close the link with /a (again, between < >)

(That should all be one line, no spaces except for the ones I already put in.)

That code makes the link open in a new window, so that your blog still stays open on the reader's desktop. If you'd prefer that it open in the same window, i.e. that the person leaves your blog and moves to the one they click, then simply delete the 'target=new' code.

To skip lines between links, use the letters br (again, between < > ... I have to leave those out when posting the code to you so that it will show up as visible writing, rather than think that it's supposed to code for what I'm writing now). Every br is like pressing Enter one time.

Hope that's a bit clear. E-mail me if it's not. Don't be afraid to mess around - if it doesn't work, just go back to your template and erase what you did.

This is Jess by the way, I'm not sure why my settings say Stormy (my nickname). Gotta remember to change that.