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September 21, 2018

The secret methods (or madness) of a half successful blogger

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Okay, there are no secrets and I don't have much success with blogging but I like the title. Here are some wonderings (I wanted to use 'wanderings' but it didn't make as much sense) and some queries and mostly just some thoughts on blogging.

01/ When I first started blogging, I kept changing my template, kept trying to make it look nice and I guess it became a habit and I've been perfecting every little corner with each new blog, just little things like colors, alignments, text sizes etc. You have probably noticed my blog changes looks almost weekly. And yet, I see no change in other people's blogs. So my curious mind wants to know – do you care how your blog looks?

02/ I often see blog headers that sometimes hangs at the end like there is no room to contain it and this seems to happen only to Blogger blogs.  I just have to wonder maybe those bloggers don't know how to fix it?  When you upload your header, there is the 'Shrink to fit' option which strangely only appears when you upload a new header. Do you know that option?
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03/ Do you write your post directly in the compose post space? I usually write my post using the app iText Express (I don't use Word), save the file and when I'm ready to post, I just copy the text into the post and style the text, add links and images and if I have to make any text edits, I would do it in the file I have saved and then copy the text back to the post. And if it's a long complicated post, I would click on the html option and copy and save the html text into a separate text document and in that way, the format stays and if I happen to lose that post or make some horrible mistake then I would simply copy the html right back over whatever mess I have made.
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04/ I see mistakes a lot in blogs and that's normal and it doesn't bother me. But when I see mistakes in my blog, it kind of bothers me and so I would go and fix it. Most of the time it's spelling errors. Although I do use spellcheck, it doesn't always catch the errors. So in a way, I may have spent more time fixing posts than actually writing them (and I may have edited this post about a million times). Do you fix the errors in your posts even after they are posted?

05/ Do you know you can increase/decrease the text/image size of your web browser? So if a blogger uses small text that are too small for your liking, you can increase the browser to something like 110% or more. If you're on a mac like me and use Firefox, you can press Command and the plus or minus key together and increase or decrease the browser or you can go under View --> Zoom --> Zoom in or Zoom out and there's also the option of Zoom Text Only. I think most browsers have these options but you'll have to check.
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06/ If you're on Blogger, your posts photos are here - https://get.google.com/albumarchive and then click on the album 'Photos from Blogger' but you have to sign into google to see it.  It used to be that you can delete a lot of images all at once but now, you have to do it one by one, which isn't very handy if you want to remove a lot of images. Since images takes up a lot of memory, I usually delete them if they aren't being used. So my previous blogs' images have been deleted or else I would have to pay for more memory. I have tried using a photos service once but I just find it a hassle to upload the image and find the url to place the image into the post which seems like I have to take extra steps when I don't have to. Also I just see no reason to use a different service when Blogger is perfectly fine at handling images.
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If you use google, you know you are given a certain amount of memory and if you exceed that, you have to pay to add more memory or start deleting images or emails. If you're logged into your google email, you can see how much memory you have at the lower left corner below your emails and if you click on 'Manage' you can check out the details. (There are other ways to find out but I find this is the easiest way.)
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07/ Why does Wordpress have those awful advertisements? Sometimes I see a leg or a foot and they freak me out and I have to leave that blog right away. What's up with that? I have no idea what they are advertising but I'm not sticking around to find out. Does anyone else see those awful ads?

08/ I sometimes wonder if I'm repeating myself. I have been blogging for a long while now and I usually blog about the same things — art, fiction, books, movies, tv shows, blogging and occasionally something that doesn't fit into those categories. Do you find you don't have many 'new' content as you used to? New as in content that you've never blog about before.

09/ Why do people use those manipulated puppy/dog photos on their sidebars? I forgot what they are called but these photos are headshots with (fake) puppy features, ie, ears, nose, over their own features. Some people may find these manipulated puppy photos cute but they just freaks me out and I'm not even sure why. I think they are just...weird. If you have a photo of yourself on your sidebar, you should know readers see it every time they visit so that photo should not weird people out.

10/ Is it rude to tell a blogger that their blog design makes it hard for me to visit their blog? It's not just how badly it is designed but more about how readable the text is. Sometimes the text size is too large or too small which can be amended (see #5). Sometimes the text is too colorful or the contrast between background and text is not enough. But what bothers me the most is white or color text on dark or black background. My eyes just can't take the strong contrast for long. I used to highlight the text to read it but that method doesn't work well as sometimes the text just blended into the highlight and there's no contrast. My post content text is a slightly darker than gray hue but lighter than black which I think it's the most comfortable shade to read by. If your blog is set with black or dark background with white or color text, I might not visit you as often and now you know why.

11/ I have not been consistent in my blogging schedule but I have been consistent in ruining any schedule that I sometimes made which is why I really should stop making them. But I do try to post at least once a week or sometimes if it feels like I haven't blogged in a long while, I would post something and sometimes I just don't care if I post or not. So how often do you post? How often do you think is enough?

12/ I'm a one-column blogger, well, occasionally, I'm a two-column blogger but mostly one-column. Once, someone said they don't know how to navigate my blog which looks pretty much the same as right now (with the one-column). So I'm wondering do you have problems with navigating my blog? If so, here's a map, which is really just a visual list of things to know. Click on the image below for a larger view.
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What are some blog features or blog-related things that you just keep wondering about?


  1. First I love, love, love your graphics. They're so bright and cheerful.

    Next, to comment on your post:
    1) I think all bloggers go through a constant "redecorating" until we find what we think looks best and is an extension of who we are.
    2) I know it now...thanks for the new wrinkle in my brain.
    3) I just click on NEW POST and let it rip. What comes out, comes out!
    4) Perfectionists are in a constant state of revision. I'm constantly rereading my posts looking for errors or a better way to say what I had in mind initially.
    5) Yes, I knew that, but thanks for pointing it out for others.
    6) I've been on here since 2004 and I never knew I might have to pay for anything. I'll have to go check it out and see how close I am to my capacity. Thanks for another new wrinkle in my brain.
    7) I hate WordPress! I won't go into why here, but I think I wrote a blog post regarding my loathing for them.
    8) I'm old and I'm supposed to repeat myself :) I do sometimes get lazy and do a repost of an previous post that I liked and want people to read again. Who knows why I do the things I do? If you figure me out, please feel free to enlighten me.
    9) People are basically followers and once a trend/fad starts, that's all you'll see for awhile EVERYWHERE! I'm still trying to figure out the "sagging" fad. I think it's lasted way too long and it looks stupid...period!
    10) I don't think it's rude if it's done nicely, BUT what I've found to be true in life is that when all is said and done, people are going to do what they want to do.
    11) I post when I feel like it and have been known to take LONG vacations from blogging. Trying to keep to a schedule would only make me crazier than I already am.
    12) I didn't have a trouble because I know how to scroll. The only thing I didn't find was a option to follow your blog, but I figured you didn't have one for a reason.

    I didn't check this comment for errors, so please forgive me if I made any. I'll try harder next time! Thanks for visiting my blog and have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend!

    1. #1 - I guess I have been going through the 'redecorating' phrase a long while and will likely continue

      #2 - I know a few bloggers that doesn't so...

      #3 - I wish I could do that, I seem to want to perfect a post until I can't

      #4 - exactly

      #5 - glad to know that you do

      #6 - if you don't use post a lot of images much, you probably don't have to worry

      #7 - it's all about preferences, I also don't care much for wordpress

      #8 - I don't think I'll ever figure this out, I just realize I have posted some of these things before

      #9 - it's true, some people just follow what's popular

      #10 - yes, I agreed with you

      #11 - I haven't taken any long vacations from blogging but it sounds good to me

      #12 - the only way to follow my blog is through bloglovin (the link is at the very top) and through email (at the bottom of the blog). I honestly not sure of the other ways because I usually don't follow blogs, I just visit them directly.

      no worry about errors, I didn't see any.

      thank you for visiting, have a lovely day.

  2. Thanks for the tips, I write directly into blogger.

    1. I couldn't do that because I always fear losing a post.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  3. This is a pretty cool post and makes a person ponder. I've changed my blog a total of 2 times, and was scared to death I was going to screw something up, so that's why I mostly don't change it. I do go in periodically to delete pages or content, check for errors, etc. Even if it's 6 months later, I still will respond to a post, so i go back and look at an old post every once in awhile. I've heard that a lot of people stop visiting posts because of the color combination for reading. There was one blog that I loved so much, but there were so many ads, popups and other things that would slow down getting through the blog, and I would lose patience. You already know that I adore your blog and the colors so much. I like that you're honest and fun too! Hugs...RO

    1. I do sometimes encountered blogs with tons of ads and things I'm sure could have been made smaller but people do what they like and we accept that. of course, as readers, we have the right not to read a blog so...

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

  4. Great post! I do care what my blog looks like but I'm unsure how to fix it. It's mainly my header I have doubts about but in the beginning I just wanted to start writing and I didn't put a lot of time in creating the layout. I have changed it over the years but I do think it could be better.

    I also have difficulties reading blogs with coloured or black background. I don't visit them a lot either. I do like your layout and colours, I find it soothing.

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. when I started blogging, I have doubts to what I was posting though not what my blog's appearance mostly because I've always been into designing and blogs can be change to look anyway you like.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day

  5. Love this write up and totally agree with you on everything! Actually, I did not know about no. 6! Will have to check that out.

    Yes, I spell well but am a horrible keyboarder so am always having to go back and reread my posts, often the next day, to catch various typos.

    Totally agree about horribly designed blogs (there are def a few of them on scribble picnic too, as you will have noticed). I used to try to help people there but realised people who don't see it are not going to care. My biggest pet peeve? Massive images for the masthead!

    Aside from your art, your list blog posts are my next favourites. :) Keep them coming, even if sometimes repeating info. :)

    1. I have seen a few header with large images and it's not so terrible, it's only bad if the image is blurry or pixelated.

      I actually do not like to clutter my blog and it's why I dislike sidebars, there's always this tendency to crowd it with tons of stuff and that's what make most blogs appear unpleasant. I don't want to say ugly as I think most blogs aren't bad if only a few things are removed. but that's coming from a graphic designer. as a fellow designer, I'm sure you can understand that some clients are stuck in their ways so it's hard to convince them to change. I think it's hard to get people to make their blog better looking, there's always that fear of offending them and I really get the feeling that people simply don't see their blog as unpretty, I guess it's a matter of preference.

  6. As for number 5, you can also simply cllick on cmd-+ or cmd - to zoom in and out with magnification. I do that and also use a mac with firefox also being my preferred browser.

    Oh, and no, no problems getting around your blog at all, Lissa. I enjoy seeing your changes too.

    1. oh yes, I know all about command this and that, which I used a lot, I show it here as a menu to make it easier to see my point.

      mac and firefox - oh yes, I have tried safari and chrome and I just didn't like them. as for mac, I've been using it since I started using computers so I can't imagine switching to pc any time soon.

      thank you for stopping by and leaving your little notes. have a lovely day.


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