June 14, 2010

well, i'm still here...

blogger didn't eat me yesterday. i didn't go poof. up in smoke. like i always think can actually happen. instead blogger was actually very kind and patient with me. which made me raise an eyebrow. and then eventually i said thank you.
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if any of you are wanting to change your blog, blogger has gotten all crafty and artsy on us. instead of customize, that used to be up in the right hand corner of your blog page, you now have the option of going straight to "design" which a week ago, was found only in "blogger in draft." once you play around with a new designer template, you have complete control in the layout of your design, all your coloring options, like you did before, but now you can size everything you want without playing with html codes.
yippee
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there's no longer "layout" on your normal setting, where you used to change your banner and add gadgets. that's "design" too, but it gets you where you want to be.
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then there's pages. they can be a bit confusing and i'm not even sure i love them, but i'm trying them out for a few days. i kind of miss my right hand column, wondering if my new layout has my photos coming across as too large, but the good thing is that i can add that column back in with two little clicks. because blogger is being nice and patient.
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so for all the ugly things i used to call blogger
well today
i'm eating those words
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let me know if you change your look
i'd love to come see what you've done with your space


41 comments:

  1. I love it! I can't believe this is a blogger page. :o) If only I had any idea how to do what you've done, I'd change my own blog. It's beautiful!

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  2. hey girlie
    wow, were we on the same 'page' this weekend....
    but i didnt' 'bite' the bullet...in fact i wasn't overly thrilled with the design concept..... but you have made me feel better about it.

    i love this layout.... it's LOVELY....
    really crisp....

    i've been pondering wordpress... a lot lately..but the thought of the big switch makes my tummy flippity, flip... lol.....

    you did awesome....course everything you do is AWESOME... and i love today's pic....

    here's to monday, and all things good....

    xxo, kim

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  3. I'm afraid to!

    Mine is very simple, and for now I think I'll stay there. You've done a great job with yours, however.

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  4. I had fun playing around with my layout a few months back and was quite pleased with how simple it had become. Easier still with not needing to hunt for how to go into draft mode. Nicely done

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  5. Nicely done... I've played around a bit but ended up leaving it as the beautiful banner you did for me doesn't always fit well with some of the designs...

    But I know how to solve that... one day I'll come with fresh images and a knock on your design door and we'll see how we can change it up :)

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  6. love your choice of layout. glad you didn't have any trouble fixing it up the way you wanted. have a great day.

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  7. I've been using the Blogger Designer for over a month now and for the most part love it. I have still not found the perfect template though.

    I like your layout, it's great for photography. I think I would miss having a sidebar though... may have to play around with it yet and see.

    Di

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  8. it looks very nice Beth... i think you did a great job!

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  9. you've probably noticed that I, too, have played around with the new blogger templates lately, and it's like rearranging furniture (but much easier!) I tried to go for no sidebar, but I missed it toooo much!
    it does show off photos really well, though! great one btw!

    and i agree with you about pages. boring really. why can't they be real pages where people can comment and have all the functions of the home page??

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  10. Love your header pic!!! And I don't think I like the pages. I miss the sidebars too!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  11. I like your new look!
    Blogger can be a scary thing to play with--glad it worked out well for you!

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  12. Nice changes for a Monday am...love the space to rest. Need to do that for my blog too but this week is hectic with good and busy stuff so I think I will wait until next week when I have time to play and get things how I would like them. Still need a new header too...;)
    Bravo to Blogger ! Bigger Brava to you, Talented One !

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  13. Very interesting........I will have to cogitate on this for a few days. Thanks for all of the information!

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  14. Gorgeous blog you have.
    Your photgraphy is really lovely.


    Thank you for your kind words this a.m.

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  15. i love the simplicity you have here. nice. and i changed mine too. mmmm, i wonder if i want to do this...but i do want to keep the license stuff right at the top. more toys

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  16. Glad your changes came through okay. I am hearing different comments about having lost items in the changing process.

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  17. Beth, this is lovely. I saw there were changes and me being a big ole scared pants didn't know what to do. I've wanted to change my blog for a long time. What happens to old the old posts in the old layout?
    And no, the pics do not come across too large, geez, we're all about eye candy anyway!!
    xoxo

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  18. oh i am going to have to fiddle about with my design too. you have inspired me.

    funny how blogger can be kind sometimes, eh?

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  19. I have only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks and I love it. I do like the new header -- a little more simple than the last one -- but that one was great too. I recently switched from Wordpress to Blogger for a number of reasons, but the new templates and design features were a big part of my decision.

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  20. Oooh! Pages! YAY! I haven't checked out the new tab yet--a bit scared to. But I'm going to try, because it makes things so clean looking. Awesome.

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  21. I've been playing, too, Beth, and have had to apologize for a few things I may have muttered previously to Blogger. I like the new look but kind of miss that right hand column.

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  22. Truthfully...I'm skerred. All that clicking and changing scares me. For real. But then I come over here and see what you've done and I feel all better. Maybe I'll try it!

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  23. It looks just like a website! Love it.

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  24. I am so glad you had a good experience. I, on the other hand, well...not so pleasant! I guess I couldn't size things properly. well, I ended up rather plain. But all hope is not lost! I'll figure it out. BTW: Your blog looks lovely!

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  25. Oooh will have to play with these new toys.

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  26. I like it...the new look!

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  27. I feel your pain and always breathe a sigh of relief when things work out as it should. :) I think we al;l get frustrated with our blog hosts sometimes, no matter who we use.

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  28. Beth...I love your new look! clean, fresh and a bit sexy! Yep! Blogger is sexy....I love mine, too busy to change...but you inspire me to do so!

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  29. you throwing game at blogger??!! i love it!!! tell em to keep da attitude to itself for a while. : )
    i adore this photo.
    XO

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  30. Your new blog design is beautiful!! I like the larger photo size! It's perfect!!! And I love the larger header...Hooray! Have a beautiful week! Love, Janine XO

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  31. love it! perhaps I'll give it a look see. :)

    xoxo
    Debi

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  32. It looks beautiful! Thanks a million for the blogger advice. I'm still a little intimidated but I might eventually give it a try.
    Thanks!
    jj

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  33. Looks fabulous Beth, I changed mine, still might play around a bit more, but yes it was simple. I think it is a cleaner look. all the best.

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  34. It looks great Beth!! I bit the bullet and changed mine around yesterday (of course I tackled this while I'm on vacation and really shouldn't be doing it :) ), but can't seem to get the header to centered, any suggestions??

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  35. Well, I love that your photos are larger, and I think that whole thing looks great. I like the new format, it fits you!

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  36. I am so overdue for a change....
    this is the nudge I need.
    I love whatever you do here.

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  37. Beautiful!...I love your new look...and I have been noticing quite a few people taking advantage of Bloggers new design thingy...I'm very happy to read that you found it fairly painless...I'm always afraid to try new things...

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  38. I came here late last night, as I was working away in photoshop on a new header. I wanted to see what size you were using because I didn't want to be way off base. And your banners are so beautiful and charming...
    Then I read this post and didn't know that blogger was feeling all creative...so I made a few other changes to my layout as well!
    Thank you so much for giving me the heads up..was so badly needing a change!!
    Your blog looks so clean and perfect. I love the size of the images. I don't think I could use this layout cause I made my images too small to begin with...would have to resize every single image I have ever used on my blog..no thanks!!
    Your space here looks lovely. xo

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  39. I may be ready for a new look, but I'm a tad too petrified to mess around with blogger! This is nice, though -- great photo look.

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  40. This new look is gorgeous. Really beautiful. You have a gift, my friend. A gift.

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  41. OK. Where do I do pages? When I click on design, I don't see anything pagey. Just the usual Layout stuff but only in a different form. Could you tell me where to go? :o) Thanks!

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