Sunday, August 06, 2006

Blogger Lesson #45

A Technologically Challenged Blogger Really Shouldn't Go Messing Around in Her Template

After reading Mothergoosemouse's great recap of the technical workshops at the BlogHer Conference, I thought I would enhance my site a little with some of the new stuff I learned. So this evening, I tried to add code to my template so that I could add categories to my blog (see down on my sidebar? Lame, I know.)

Anyway, now for some unknown reason, all of my text is centered in all of my posts. Yikes! What do I do? Anybody? Anybody?

What was I thinking trying to get all fancy schmanzy? This'll teach me.

P.S. I suck. *sigh*

Edited to add: this post was originally published on Aug 8th but I'm moving it down a post because I've solved the problem and cuz, well, I'd rather have you reading about my homeless boyfriend. :-)

14 Comments:

Blogger Happy0303 said...

It looks fine to me (firefox) except that your catergories are a little off the the left. Maybe you need to beg Nello for help?

Good luck!

12:17 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

It looks okay to me too. (Firefox).

12:29 AM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

I don't have a clue but I do love the Blogging for Dummies cover!

3:26 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

Did you fix it? It looks good to me.

5:49 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Before I edit my template, I copy the code and paste it into notpad.

The other thing I did was set up a test blog for messin' around.

Good luck!

5:51 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

Ditto metro mama - definitely best practices to have a dev blog and save a copy of your template as-is before you mess with it.

I understand that it's pretty hard to add categories to a Blogger blog. Way to jump right in and take on the challenge!

6:20 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

I have IE so maybe that's why it looked weird on my browser.

But OK, I feel even stupider now. I just took out the code and it looks normal again. When I tried removing the code last night, it was still centered.

Anyhow, I'm off to bury this post now...no need to humiliate myself further.

Thanks to all who commented!!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Oh geez. i TOTALLY need that blogging for dummies book, asap. Do they sell it on Amazon? :)

6:51 AM  
Blogger Oblivious Maven said...

I love that Dummies Book. Snicker!

8:13 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I've coveted categories since I saw people in Typepad and Movable Type have them. I've seen other Blogger people put them in but didn't know how to do so myself. Maybe I'll be poking around your sidebar to find out.

In the meantime, when in doubt, sponge off a friend who knows HTML.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

Ha ha! Love that fake cover.

Metro mama has a good suggestion about first copying and pasting a copy of your template into Notepad so if you make a big mess while working on it, you can go back to the old version.

I feel I know enough about html and css only to be dangerous.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Tasha said...

I would like to sign up for the blogging for dummies book. Please place my order...thanks!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I HATE html template code crap. HATE! Congratulations on fixing it. :)

9:10 PM  
Blogger Nut's mom said...

I love that dummies book

3:37 PM  

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