Thursday, July 15, 2010

I Changed My Look

It's Carrie's blog here, and I decided it was time for a little makeover. So, I've been up late being tweaked and reorganized, and I have to say, I feel pretty good. Kind of like a weight has been lifted off my HTML, if you know what I mean. It was also good to see some of Blogger's new features, which are:

*Ability to add pages (up to 12), so I can feel like a real web site, cool!

*Some interesting new templates, of which this is one. I like the blue background and think it works well with the butterfly logo. I also think the type is easier to read.

*Handy plug-ins, like a Share widget that's more updated then previous ones, and also the ability in the Design template to move around the different elements of the post, like the date and time, links, etc.

*Finally, a retweet button, although I know Carrie had to dig around a little for this as it was nowhere to be found in the Blogger features...hope you are listening, Google. (Note: I'll be posted next on how to set up a retweet widget in Blogger for those who haven't done it yet, you have to go into the template code, but don't freak out, it's all good...)

*Carrie streamlined my sidebar, which was getting a little out of hand, even I admit it. Maybe it was all those late-night Oreos.

*Carrie just realized (ok, she admits it) that she didn't see until she went into her Settings mode, that she could choose between the traditional Blogger toolbox, and the new and improved. So of course, she went with the newly updated one, which has an improved Preview function -- you actually get a whole new window -- and more choices on the placement and sizing of photos.  Just for the record, I'm all for that.

*Carrie decided to highlight some of her cool awards she's gotten lately, like her 2009  Contact E-Marketer Allstar, right in the sidebar...she should have thought of this sooner. I'm so proud.

*I'm liking the Amazon Association widget that automatically appears when she's writing a new post, another new feature. This allows her to automatically insert an image and link, just by typing in her item in the search bar. Cool.

*I think I hear something...Carrie must be back from her adventures in Advanced Template land... but before I go, please post a comment here on how you feel about my new look. I love feedback, really, I do, just be gentle, it's my first makeover in a while.

It's Carrie here, sorry to break things up, but it's 4:00 am and we all really need to go to bed!

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