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Clean up…..

Oh my goodness….I spent FAR too much time tinkering with my blog today – and I am sure that it is barely noticeable.

I felt that my blog sidebar was getting too crowded – so nearly two hours was spent learning how to adapt the html code to include a right and left sidebar. After doing that – I felt that the blog still looked crowded…..so I decided to investigate the possibility of adding tabs to the header. After another two hours I decided that it was impossible (or at least for me), but I also decided that there is more than one way to skin a cat. SO….I learned how to add a widget function to the header – and decided to use links to separate pages for challenges, blog awards, and blogs that I follow. It is not perfect, but I do think it creates a “less cluttered” luck on the home page.

The header has bothered me since I set it up with the picture of books. I did not like having the writing on top of the picture, but I couldn’t figure out how to place the lettering into the empty colored space. Finally, after another 90 minutes or so, I learned html well enough to modify right and left margins for header descriptions. Again, it is not perfect, but I do think it looks nicer than it did before.

Was it worth the more than 5 hours I spent on it? Absolutely not …. but I do feel that I learned more about blog templates, which will probably come in handy again.

I need to properly acknowledge the following websites that provided me with invaluable directions to help me achieve my meager results today:

3 column website

Header: picture to left and title to right

9 Comments

  • Kaye

    Golly, Miss Molly, I am so impressed with you. I tried getting rounders template to go to three columns and could not get it right for the life of me. I had to go with the minima and then get the three columns. I wish I knew how to get the boxes under the header for links to things like contests, awards, challenges and such but I have to be the most technologically challenged granny out in cyberspace. You did a wonderful job and it all looks terrific. Thanks for your input about the book covers, I found a few more and posted them also. Good discussion.

  • farmlanebooks

    It is amazing how much time you can spend doing tiny things – I spent two hours learning how to put a box round some text!

    I agree it is an improvement and everything will be quicker next time you want to change things !

  • Red lady-Bonnie

    Your new look is very nice! Thanks for sharing the links. I want to get a 3 column for my scribe blog design and can’t find anything to work. I’ll have to check your links. How did you add the links at the top go seperate pages?

  • Jenners

    I did this too! I recently redid both my blogs. I found a great cheater site that allows you to get the basic blogger templates but in the three column format. I used the Rounders one. Of course, you have to do a lot of tinkering to get the look you want in the end but it is kind of fun and kind of annoying at the same time. And I must confess, I missed your links the first few times I was here!

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