Thursday, 18 May 2017
Having returned to blogging recently, there was a lot to try and catch-up on. Several Blogger changes came to light, too. One, in particular, was the change to HTTPS, which is basically a secure communication Protocol, for Blogspot.com blogs. Custom domain published blogs do not support HTTPS access - even from the Blogger dashboard. 1
So, I went looking for an answer. The first place I always check, is Chuck's place - The Real Blogger Status blog, to generally find my answer. Sure enough, he'd covered this very subject, and more, about 15 months ago, in a post called "Stats And "Don't track", And Custom Domains".
Here it is in picture form...
I selected 'Manage the tracking of your own pageviews', and got a surprise - "This site can't be reached".
So, as directed by Chuck, I had to change the HTTPS, to HTTP, in the URL, so I could get the "Would you like to have your pageviews counted when you visit this blog?" wizard.
Then I only had to select "Don't Track My Views For This Blog", with a tick, and I was set.
Note: If you are using two, or more Browsers, you'll have to do all this for each one.
Reference: The Real Blogger Status blog 1
Monday, 15 May 2017
Writing my blog posts in the HTML Editor often requires a little, of what I call, code. It's not the secretive kind of code, because it's readily available to all bloggers, at any time, through the HTML Goodies website. They're called HTML commands. Here are some examples, and what they can do for your post page, using the Ampersand - '&' symbol...
Say, for instance, I want to make a 'Copyright' symbol, but there isn't one on the keyboard ... I would need to issue this command to the HTML Editor:
Ampersand (&), type the word 'copy', then a semi-colon; (&copy;) - which gives the desired ... ©
The Yen symbol, would be: &yen; ... ¥ - and another, the British Pound symbol is &pound; ... £
There are as many commands using the 'Ampersand', as you could want. All you have to do is apply the code.
Here are some more:
Fractions are a pest, but with the right command - &frac12; you get ½ ... &frac14; ...¼ ... &frac34; ...¾ and so on.
If I wanted to make some brackets < and > , it's just as easy. I would use &lt; and &gt; which was &lt; for left and &gt; for right...< and >.
It's fun. Try it.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Do you know what gets under my skin, to make me itch with anger? It's something like this ...
Have you ever wondered why Google does not recognise your 'stay at home computer', and why it often asks; "Is that really you?" Well I'm getting tired of it on my home Laptop - which NEVER leaves my desk, and NEVER even goes shopping with me, and, most of all, NEVER gets used by anyone else - EVER.
So, Mr. Google, instead of having a miriad of employees, who are brighter than the sun, and 'smarter than the average bear' (I know this because they work at Google - and must do nothing except come up with new designs, or something, to change/mend/fix something which wasn't broken), how about getting them to make things work?
I appreciate the fact that Security is one thing that Google thinks about, and that I have to sign-in to my account.
Simply, at the selection of one of two accounts, Google and I have gone on to first name terms ...
I enter my Password, for the account, but that's not good enough for Google. They already know that I'm 'Bob'...
Now, Google is getting nasty. They want to know if it REALLY IS me. Really truly me. They give me a choice of verification means. Wow!
I choose one, do this business with the code, which is a good thing for security (They call it the 2-step verification)
This step is what REALLY ticks me off - You see the little part highlighted by the red arrow? It says; 'Don't ask again on this computer', - again, and again.
It doesn't work! Google! The only way to avoid this situation, is not to logoff and power down!
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Getting away from the main theme of this blog, for a while, today, I am reporting my 'great find', (although it may not be new to some) of a talented young man from Victoria, Australia, named Nathan Patterson, and his wonderfully creative design, and art work. I have enjoyed waiting for the next paintings, for about 12 months, and being almost sated by his offering, since I first came across his Instagram site - at the recommendation of my lady, Karen.
From his website:
"Nathan Patterson is a proud Wagiman Man living who is now residing in Torquay on the south coast of Victoria. His people are from Pine Creek, near the Daly River Region in the Northern Territory, where the Wagiman clan are the traditional landowners. Nathan was born 1981, in Preston Victoria and adopted to white parents. He met his biological mother for the first time when he was 15 years of age. His passion for painting first emerged during his teenage years which led to engaging in the study of Fine Arts in 2002 at RMIT, Melbourne. Nathan art career has now flourished and he now works as a full time artist".
With his permission (I hope), I give you an example of his work, called, 'Sisters', to help me promote him ...
I do hope you'll visit his site, and gain as much enjoyment as I have.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Alright, alright, alright. I stuffed up. I deleted the Photos on Google Photos, without any problems, but got caught with Google Archives - why? The reason is simple, like me. I hate someone else having any control of, access to, or SHARING capabilities with, any of my personal photos - in any way, shape or form - or any fancy name, like SHARING. Nearly ALL the personal Family photos from my computer's FILE MANAGER - Pictures folders, as well as others, were displayed in Google Photos and, therefore, Google Archives, with the SHARING stipulation that ONLY YOU, can see them. Well I don't swallow that - even with a beer, because, as far as I knew, NO-ONE else was getting a share!.
Who, or what gives Google the right to collect, and archive my photos? Probably me, I suppose. You see, I am a Blogger - and publish photos on BLOGGER ! That's where they get you - and you can't delete a photo from Google Archives, without it leaving the infamous, and downright ugly, white circle of death, on a black background. Something you NEVER want to see, after all your hard work.
They told me in Google, that if I delete a photo, it may not necessarily be removed from Blogger ...
Remember Picasa ? Well, Google Archives and Google Photos are, to my way of thinking, replacing it - and with similar pain-causing finality, if you, like me, slip up. I was thinking of SHARING as being a thing people did on Facebook, or Instagram. Little did I think that it applied to photos uploaded to Blogger, too... and to PRIVATE blogs, as well ! Sharing with nobody else! There you go - learning something new every day.
Thinking, in fact, that I wasn't sharing any photos, and that Google Photos could go to hell, or wherever, I downloaded a copy of ALL photos in Albums and those that weren't - then PULLED THE TRIGGER .
If I wanted to restore the photos, then there's a chance within 60 days, unless you Trash the Trash.
I didn't lose any photos, but I have enough work to do on my blogs, to last me until I see my 70th birthday - in 4 years! Just joking, but I could have done without it. Still, on the bright side, it gives me a chance to do some 'Spring Cleaning' - in Autumn !
Lesson learned - don't muck around with Google Archives!
Thursday, 30 March 2017
I saw a question on the Blogger Help Forum, this evening, from a blogger who has lost Administration control of his blog. Naturally, he was upset and wondering what to do.
In a situation like that, Helpers have, basically, only one question, and that is: "Do you know anyone else who is an Admin on the blog, who could re-instate you?" The answer is normally "Yes" - but, will that person?
Therein lies a situation - Only have co-Admins on a blog whom you TRUST!
Therein lies another question. "If you have more than one Admin, how did you get removed from the blog?" Answer - either you removed yourself, or the other Admin removed you!
Now, to remove yourself from the Admin role, is easy. If you are an Admin, navigate to the Settings - Basic screen, then to the 'Permissions' section at the bottom. Either change your Status, or remove yourself. Simple.
The Slow Way - gradual death by in-descision - will I, or won't I? Changing your Status from Admin to Author, is slow and tension filled. You get there in the end, but why? Just do it! I would NOT be an Author on a blog that I created, letting others make all the decisions.
Ta dah! Your gone.
The Easy Way - "a sharp knife cuts cleanest" - Simply click on the small 'X' next to where it says 'Admin' and ZONK - you're gone. Now that would be a lot easier for you - AND - a lot easier for some other Admin to take over your blog! Think about it.
REMEMBER: If you want to get out of a blog, do it, and do it PERMANENTLY.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
The first thing you should do, when adding a header image, is find out how big it needs to be, by knowing how wide your blog is! The second thing is to remember that a huge image will slow down the loading of your blog, which is annoying, to some readers. So keep it reasonably sized.
Finding out the width of your blog is easy. Just navigate to the 'Theme' screen, and click on 'Customise'. Then, click on 'Adjust Widths'.
Now you know the width, Personally, I try it all out on my Testing Blog, before adding it to my Main Blog. That's just me being over-cautious. My Testing blog happens to be the same width as the Blog to which I want to add the image.
Then, I choose an image. It is important to allow for 'Padding' when adding an image, but it is not mandatory, because your image is exactly correct, but still, padding accounts for about 10 px per border of an image, so hence I made my image 1060px wide - the blog is 1080px,
When your image is ready, you navigate to the 'Layout' screen, where you click on the Edit gadget option ...
This brings you to the 'Configure Header' option, where you upload your image ...
Then, 'Save' and your done...
Is it too big, or too small? I didn't have to use 'Shrink to fit' because my image was the correct size, however, REMEMBER, the image will be reduced in size by the 'wizard' if you select the 'Shrink to fit' option, on the 'Header Edit Gadget'. If the image is too big, and you haven't selected to 'Shrink to fit', the image will 'over-run' your blog, and will look like this:-
If you edit it and it turns out too small...
Friday, 24 March 2017
Well, I suppose everything has its day. The Language translator gadget, developed by myself, Roberto, and Nitecruzr, has, for all intents and purposes, been superceded by a newer gadget - a fancy small blog intrusion, which now sits, unobtrusively, atop my Sidebar. The Translator gadget from Google.
That's the way it goes, I s'pose. I did, however, enjoy greatly, the challenge of creating the collection of Flag icons, and tweaking Nitecruzr's script, for the Translations. We had big ideas what might happen with it, and created CUMULUS blogs, to support the 'Language Bar', as we initially called it.
This is what it (my blog) looked like, and functioned properly, last week ...
This is what it (my blog) looks like, today ...
Naturally, I have to remove the gadget with all the flags. I get 404 - not founds, everytime I click a flag ...
We had a good run with it, however.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
I have seen NOTHING, apart from a nice looking theme design, (Contempo), for my blog, which would get me to change to one of the NEW Themes. To be fair, their design is a world apart from the Simple template that I have at the moment. I don't even know if I am to refer to the 'New Themes', as templates, but Simple suits me. Don't say it!
I tried the New Themes on my Testing blog, and -
- There's no Navbar. Not even a Gadget to get one, unless I'm looking in the wrong spot!
- I couldn't Adjust widths manually. Are the Themes probably designed that way - for maximum screen size?
- Blogger Help is NO help!
My Old blog template, on the 'Theme Setting' screen. I selected a NEW Theme called CONTEMPO, and ...
I looked at the new theme, and it seemed nice, so I applied it to the blog.
I then went on to 'Customise' the template ...
After tweaking a few options, I thought about the blog width, which normally is listed on the left. Nope. Checked. Not there, although I thought I saw a screen flash of what I wanted, but it didn't load. Mmmm.
Always a 'taste it and see' sort of guy, I checked it out on Blogger, and it did look good. I went searching on the 'Layout' screen, to see if the missing options might be there. Nah, bad luck, Louie. Not even a Navbar to get back to the Dashboard!
Ditched it, and went back to my 'Simple' way. Was I/Am I wr, wr, wr/incorrect? Should I be looking somewhere else ?