Sunday, June 26, 2011

How to change your blogger background.

A Blog is a personal reflection of who you are and what your blog is about. A blog background can assist you in conveying that message. And it is fun! Here is how you can personalize your blog:

1. Find a color you would like to use. When you find that color....get the hex code.
You can find a list of hex codes and the colors here. Think of it as the digital paint chip. If you have the RGB color codes you can use this easy generatior to find the hex code

2. Log in to your blog, and Click the DESIGN button in the top left corner of the page.

3. Then in the top left corner click on TEMPLATE DESIGNER.

4. Next you will click on ADVANCED and BACKGROUNDS. Then once you place the color code you desire in OUTER BACKGROUND box. Click on APPLY TO BLOG to save changes. Now that this is done lets add some personallity to our color.

5. Click on BACKGROUND. Then click on patterns or transparant. This will give fun options for your blog and your color choice find what works best for you. With millons of colors in the world your blog background is sure to be unique. Here is the one I choose with my favorite color red...or Dark Red. click on each one to see how it looks in your blog.. Click on DONE when you have found the one you want.
If you follow this HOW to let me know...I want to see your results....How did you like it? Share you blog link in a comment so others can see as well...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Going Green

I have a confession. I am a rebel. I tend to avoid or do the opisite of what is expected or requested of me from society. I don't want to do something that is considered popular just for the sake of the popularly. I want to do something becasue in my heart I believe it is the right thing to do.

The approach of "Going Green" seems to me to be a huge media propaganda project for the greater good, and the future blah blah.... I really don't like the emotional blackmail guilt trip to going green as a reason for my participation. (If you don't go green you must not want to give your kids a great future, or you don't like polar bears) This is the point where the rebel in me comes out.....I can't be the only one? Am I? The green movement has been widely commercialized, there is a green alternative to almost everything. Manufactures are putting lables on thier products saying that they are green, but are they really. GRRR

People love celebrities. It seems to be the fad to for celebrities like Lenordo DiCaprio to urge his fans and others to "go green". How can one refuse? He is so cute, he must be right. (I am being so sarcastic) How can someone (Leo) with a larger carbon foot print than mine tell me I need to go green. (he wastes more electricity lighting his tennis courts, then my entire house uses) It seems really funny to me. I think folks would go green and stay green if it was something they really believed in, and not a fad....or the popular thing to do...

I consider my self a very green person but I bet there are some ways I can do a much better job.

I am going to discover ways to reduce my waste without increasing my budget. I hope you sit back and relax and enjoy my journey, and don't be afraid to let me know what you think. I am not wanting to debate to a grown up.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to add Etsy Mini to Blogger

Adding your an Etsy Mini to your blog will definitely increase traffic to your Etsy shop. It is alot more effective than just a plain ole' link. There are alot of steps. You can add a mini to the side of your bar or to one of the pages on your blog.   OR FILL AN ENTIRE page buy adding it to one of your tabs on your blog.  Just increase your number of rows and columns.  

Here is how TO:
1. Log in to your Etsy Shop
2. Click on the YOUR ACCOUNT at the top of the Etsy Page. Look on
the left hand side of your page you will see PROMOTE. Choose Etsy Mini.

3. Then choose how many columns and rows....Your choice....It will show you a preview. Then copy the code. (Java script for your personal website and blog.) If you are putting the Mini on the side columns I recommend 2 columns. It doesn't matter how many rows your choice. On a page. Fill that baby up.

Then log on your blog click on Design, then ADD A GADGET.
Choose to add a HTML and paste your code in the box. Add a title of your choice before saving. You can always go back and adjusting collumns and rows to fit your blog.....Or adjust you column width in blogger.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How to Add a Signature to your Blog

UPDATED 2/1/2013
One of my most asked questions is how to add a signature to the bottom of your blog. It is super simple. I have seen some REALLY complicated tutorials out there so beware.

1st thing you must do is create your signature and save as a PNG file with a transparent background or use a background that will match your blog. 
-You can use picnick OR image Monkey or any software you have. You can use Publisher and PowerPoint and right click on the image and save it as a png file.
-If you can't figure out how to make one you can always request that I create you one from my etsy store. 
-There are lots of scams out there about Signature creators. Please avoid them. If I find some safe ones I will post them. If you know of any please post below in the comments. I don't like the ones that require you to sign in, or give your email address. That usually means they want to send you lots of spam, and who likes spam. The best thing to do it just find a font you like and type what you want as your signature.

Save that image in an online album. The same album you use for your avatars would be perfect. I have gmail and I use Picassa.

1. Go to the top of you blog and click on SETTINGS
2. You will now scroll down to the title POST TEMPLATE (it has a blue word that says add...when you click it you will get the box) in this box you will post this code 
(img src="http://theURLlocationofyourimage.png") Replace the ( )'s with < >. If you don't this will not work...
Then Save your changes. Now each time you compose a blog posting your signature will be located at the bottom. When you start a new post you will find the signature is already there. SO DON'T DELETE IT.