Thursday, January 17, 2008

Growing Pains


So I got brave enough to mess with the HTML in Blogger so I could change the appearance of my blog. I've been working with it for several weeks now in another non-published blog and I had things all figured out. Today was the roll-out for the new look. Except for a few glitches (such as that white bar above the title), things went pretty well. Just before I decided to call it a day and go to bed, I took one last look and what the ????

Of course, when I tried to fix it, Blogger decided to give me those cute little error messages. So please bear with me for the next day or so, as I try to get this all straightened out...

14 comments:

guild-rez said...

Kylee,
thank you for your comment on my blog Guildwoodgardens..
Do you have time to visit the Guildwood Village Blog?
http://guildwood.blogspot.com
Have a nice weekend,
problems with your Blog??
I use the Blogger templates, chamging the html code can result in trouble.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

OOOOoooo very nice. I love the new background color. It is unique. I don't remember seeing it any place else. I admire that you can do such things. I can't even figure out how to put a picture on my sidebar. Ha.. Maybe I will persevere and try adding some things. It took me forever to figure out how to just put peoples blog sites on the side bar. It is slow and tedious. I hope you know how to do it faster than I can do it. Nice job!

Shady Gardener said...

You have my admiration if you can work with html. However, I guess I'm going to stick with the Blogger choices. You are doing a great job, however! Your site looks great!

Sarah said...

I love your new look. I'm still trying to get brave enough to play with my html. I know just enough html to be dangerous. :)
~Sarah

Nancy J. Bond said...

I like this new look very much.

If you're interested, this link will explain how to remove the nav bar at the top of the page: http://tinyurl.com/7xa9d

Great job!

Kylee said...

Thank you everyone! I think I've finally got it! WHEW! There are a couple of things I want to tweak, but right now, I want to leave things as they are, because I'm not in the mood to redo things again right away.

Sarah, obviously I'm the same way - just enough to be dangerous. LOL.

Nancy, thanks, but I didn't want to get rid of the navigation bar, just that ecru colored dead space. I'm not sure why it wasn't working for me the first time I changed the background, but when I had to do it over again, it worked just fine. I don't think I did anything differently!

jodi said...

I love the new look too, Kylee, congrats! How is it you can make your blog wider, with two columns for other stuff? I hate all the 'wasted' space on bloomingwriter, but I don't speak HTML, and daren't do anything other than fiddle with colours and fonts (though I DID manage to get the photo into my title bar, which surprised me.) And I'm always worried about getting some of Blogger's cute little error messages, as you call them. You're a better woman than me. I call them something really much ruder. ;-)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I like the new look, Kylee. I just used Blogger choices for my changes, no HTML for me, except for pictures.

Katie said...

Hey Kylee,

It's so much work and frustration, but once you gt it just the way you want it, it's sheer magic!

Best of luck. There's lots of great blogger how to websites out there if you need help! (Trust me, I've visited them all recently with my changeout!)

Katie at GardenPunks

kate said...

I love your new blogging look. The pages load faster too. The colours are great too! Good for you for taking the plunge and playing around with your blog! I'm terrified of deleting mine if I do anything to it.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Ha, we had the same idea at about the same time Kylee. Both our blogs are now wearing a new outfit and we both chose the same bluish green colour too.

Your new and improved blog looks great and I'm glad that you've solved the problems you had, well done!

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Looks good. The only issue I have is that it's difficult for me to read the text of the main body because the background color is dark green instead of white. There's just not enough contrast. The ads stand out more than the content because they have white background. But I'm glad you didn't choose black background with white text. I just skip over those blogs these days or read them in my rss reader.

Kylee said...

I love this feedback. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time and had actually tried it a couple of times, but it got all messed up. (Thank goodness Blogger has a Preview feature!) I'm going to make a post about how I did it, so maybe it will help others. It wasn't all that hard.

I did make the solid background lighter. Is that easier to read now?

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Yes, the lighter green is better than the old green...and the shade coordinates with the outer border much better as well.

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