Saturday, February 06, 2010

Customizing Blogger

I have been busy customizing my blog this afternoon. I wanted my posting area to be wider, and I hope my photos will turn out bigger, too. They seem to look better, but I'm not sure if they actually are or not. I found a post titled "How to change width of blogger blogs" at Beginner Blogger Basics. I created a back up of my blog and went through the steps and got a wider blog!

I've also been meaning to post about how I created a custom header several months ago. I know many of you use blogger and already know how to do this, but I hadn't even realized I COULD customize a header with blogger until recently! So, maybe there are others of you out there who could use a short tutorial.


I asked Alex at Serendipity Homeschool and she advised me to go to picnik.com. At Picnik, I downloaded a photo of Alex making a snow angel in the snow. Then, I edited it by cropping it shorter. Next, I went in to "create" and added the text, "school for us." Finally, I "save"d it and typed the width of 800 (as my header width is 820).

I went into the "Layout" on blogger and clicked on "edit header." I deleted the current image and added my new photo. I clicked on the button to use the photo "instead of title and description." And, I had my new header!

Another thing I've been wanting to do is to add a signature to the bottom of each post. I followed the tips at Moms Who Blog and came up with "my" signature! You use My Live Signature to create this signature. When you get to the end, make sure you say you want to "use this signature" and get an html generated. (Oops! I didn't realize it was in a white box, but I've done enough for one day.)

I hope you enjoy my little changes and maybe it will help if some of you were wanting to try some of these changes!

6 comments:

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Looks great! I'm always afraid to mess with mine. :)

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Alex said...

YEAH! Your blog header looks wonderful and I am so happy I could help!
The width is great too, and so is the signature.
It's nice to play around and make your blog your own, isn't it?
Enjoy!
Alex.

rachaelnz said...

Your "new" blog looks great Dana! I love the header and the blue in the background!

Rachael

Teacher of One said...

Good Job!

Robin said...

Looks great! Sometimes I think about importing my blog over to blogger, but I'm afraid of all the changes, and I'm afraid that I'll mess up the one I have if it doesn't work.
But someday you may see me do that.
I love how easy it is to navigate your blog.

Rhonda said...

Thanks so much for all of the info. It looks great in here.

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