THANK YOU, DAMSELFLY!!!
Damselfly took the time to design my fabulously festive fall banner and sent it to me for a preview. Then she said, "You seem to be proficient in at least some CSS code because you can change the colors on your blog. If you can add the header yourself, you can plug in the location where I've uploaded your image, and it will stay there..."
Oh, how I laughed.
Me? Proficient with codes?
Actually the only codes I know are for italics, bold, underline, and
Nonetheless, I DO know how to change my colors. That's really easy, even for me.
Here's my detailed Groovy tutorial:
Click Customize on the top right hand corner of my blog.
Click Fonts and Colors
Once you're there it's only a matter of selecting portions of your blog - Click , picking a color - Click and then refreshing your screen to critique the changes.
Groovy can Click . Yes, she can!
What about adding active links? Again, easy-peasy!
1. Copy the url of the page/site/lens then come back to your New Post page. I usually open separate windows to save confusion.
2. Highlight the word or words you want to show up as "clickable". Don't DO anything to it/them, just highlight it/them.
3. At the top of your new post - just above where you are typing is an icon that looks like 2 chain links. It just dawned on me that it also looks like a turtle with glasses...Either way, Click it.
4. Paste the URL you copied there.
5. Click OK
See how simple? Why even a middle aged, mediocre computer dork like Groovy can do it!
How 'bout photos?
I usually drag 'em to my desktop, Click that pretty photo hooey at the top of my New Post page and follow the instructions. The only catch is that the code for the pics always ends up at the beginning of my post, so I have to cut and paste them where I actually want them.
However, that works fine for me!
What Groovy cannot do: change font size, change font color, change font type - at least not on portions of a post. I can only do those changes on a wide scale basis. Groovy cannot highlight words or figure out where to find "skins", let alone USE them.
BUT, and this is huge, Groovy can now add pretty headers to her blog (provided someone else designs them!). How did Groovy achieve this level of accomplishment? It was a long, hard road and entailed so much brain-crushing study that she is now assured at least 4 extra years without Alzheimers.
First Groovy Clicks Layout, Then she Clicks "Edit HTML". She kinda figures this is necessary because Damselfly used big scary words like "CSS code" which Groovy assumes are similar to HTML codes because, well, that's what the voices tell her.
There is a warning at the top of the page that says: Before editing your template, you may want to save a copy of it. Groovy has heard terrifying stories of folks who have lost all their settings whilst making changes, so Groovy quickly downloads her template onto her desktop.
5 times. Just to be safe.
Now she delves into her blog's inner soul. She sees many cryptic words and little symbols and dashes and strange iconic combos that mean absolutely nothing to her. She knows it's just a matter of copying the URL for the image that Damselfly has made somewhere into the midst of all this gibberish - probably replacing the code that means "plain, boring, ugly header", but after 3 attempts (all separated by strong coffee), she has made no progress. The gibberish all seems to be saying, "Go eat some chocolate!"
Groovy always obeys the gibberish.
Munch, munch, munch...(that's even easier than Click, Click, Click !)
Obviously Groovy needed help, but she didn't want to bother Damselfly; she'd already put enough time into this project. Instead, Groovy tapped into the vast resources of the internetherworld. ie. She googled "Put an image on my blogger header". Many, many entries appeared for her to choose from.
She tried this one and then this one and THEN this one, which told Groovy how to make a header, but NOT how to put one on her blog. The first two also feature microscopic screenshots of what Groovy was supposed to be copying, pasting, replacing, and understanding, but Groovy could not make out the teeny-weeny letters!
All of them had similar advice: Copy something, but not ALL of whatever-it-is (Groovy wasn't clear WHAT to copy), find these exact codish sorta thingies on your Blog Layout whosit, find these exact letters and symbols (Groovy never could locate them) and paste the something there.
**FLASH** <--and here would be a lovely spot for some color/font changes!
We interrupt this blog post for a strange telephone moment:
I took a break from this post to eat lunch and make a couple of phone calls. One call was to the fellow who is drumming for our worship team for the a women's conference next Saturday.
Groovy: Hi this is Groovy. May I speak to Mark, please?
Mary (Mark's wife - whom I've met exactly once...VERY briefly): I'm sorry. Mark isn't home right now. Can I take a message?
Groovy: Is this Mary?
Mary: Yes it is and you know what?
Mary: I have athlete's foot. I've never had that before...Do you know any natural treatments for that?
Mary: It itches and burns like CRAZY.
Groovy: You could try tea tree oil three times a day. That's a natural anti-fungal.
Mary: (overjoyed) TEA TREE OIL???? I HAVE tea tree oil! OH THANK YOU! Now...what did you want me to tell Mark?
Now, back to our blogging technical wizardry discussion:
Finally, Groovy tries a YouTube tutorial on changing your header.
Guess what? Heh-heh-heh.
YOU DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' CODES TO CHANGE YOUR HEADER!!!!!!
All you need to do is... Click .
Groovy can DO that!
Next project? Figuring out how to make the image actually fit my blog. He had to shrink his, but I'm hoping Damselfly can s-t-r-e-t-c-h mine.