I am often asked how long it takes me to write a blog post. For me, this is the often the easiest part of blogging. Today I'm offering a glimpse of some other ways large chunks of time can be spent blogging.
Have you ever gotten confident with a skill, only to be immediately humbled by it?This weekend I was playing around again with the design of my blog. I added a new title heading to the search bar to make it easier to spot, and I updated my Recipe and Fiction indexes. Things were going well, but just when I was starting to feel confident in my blog designing skills I made a huge mistake. I wasn’t
completely happy with the order in which one of the main tabs in my drop down menu appeared, so I decided to move it to a different spot. That is where the trouble began!
Oops!Confident that I knew what I was doing, I had made some changes to the html code, clicked “Save” and “View Blog.” To my horror, the titles of my menu tabs did appear - but in random order and scattered all over the place! (Had I had the presence of mind, I would of taken a screen shot of it so that I could show you now - but I was too panicked!)
A matter of prideIt took all of Sunday afternoon and many trials until I finally figured out what I had done wrong, and corrected my mistake. I debated about putting out an SOS message to Kim Six Blogger Support as she had originally helped me to set up this drop down menu, but it became a matter of pride to be able to fix it myself! If you visited this blog during that time period, you might have really wondered what was going on. It was a good lesson for me though - not to get overconfident with my coding skills, which are tenuous at best.
|This is a screen shot of the menu I was working on - finally looking like it should again.|
It is important not to be paralyzed by fear.After I got the drop down menu fixed, I found the courage to work on one more project. I wanted to update my blog button with my new blog color scheme and place it on my sidebar - but I proceeded cautiously!
By the way, if you are wondering what a “blog button” is, basically it is a hyperlinked image or "badge" which links back to a website.
I learned from my previous mistake!
- First, I backed up and downloaded my blog template and contents (as every blogger should do before making any significant changes.
- I also remembered to “Preview” my work before I clicked “Save Arrangement” so that I could cancel my changes if they did not appear to work.
It took me a while to get it right, but I was successful in creating not only a new blog button for my blog, but also one announcing "I was featured on The Most - - of Every Moment." I updated the information on my "Grab my button" page, and added it to the bottom of the right sidebar of the blog
If I have ever featured your content - grab a button for your blog!Any blogger whose content I have linked to or published on my blog is welcome to grab the code, and display this logo somewhere on their own blog. I really hope you will!
If you are a blogger, what is the biggest challenge that you face with your blog?
If your do not have a blog, did it surprise you to read that bloggers deal with these sorts of challenges?
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