Sunday, October 5, 2008

Topic Talk #5: Pimp My Blog Continued....


DISCLAIMER: Ok, so before I share today's tips, I will first mention that in know way is "pimp" in my normal, everyday vocabulary. I am an elementary school teacher for heavens sake. I thought it would be a funny title (a play off of "Pimp My Ride" on MTV... if that show has even survived this long...). This comment referred back to one person who previously made a comment about how they will not use my advice since I put "Pimp" in the title.... come on... seriously?! :)

Alright, now back to those of us who would like helpful tips today :).


So, I must share with you some an awesome blogging site that allows you to have a fun background like you currently see on my blog as you are reading this. There are no sign-ups, no password, no catches.

I was in the Etsy Forums posting my blog links and updates when I clicked on the blog of Etsian poshpretties, (who by the way, has a really fun shop as well). As I was looking at their latest post, I noticed that they had such a nice background (and yet, was still using blogger/blogspot). I saw a small box in the upper, left hand corner, which led me to one of the best sites I have recently found for bloggers.


Now just because the site has a cute name, do not think that it is automatically for females and those who like cutesy things. There are some great links, tips, and best of all, GREAT BACKGROUNDS! They even have banners that match your background!

For those 2-column bloggers, there are a TON of options. I started looking and trying them out, but then noticed.... OH NO! This does not fit the 3-column layout that I have secretly encoded into my HTML (which BTW, I know very little about HTML, which means YOU can do this too! CLICK HERE FOR THE 3-COLUMN LAYOUT). 

I then looked at the right hand side. At the very top, it had a button for 3-column layouts. We are now in business...

All you have to do is choose which one you want, copy/paste the HTML, then click "add a new gadget-HTML" on your blogger layout page. I assume this works for other blogs as well. In under 5 minutes, I was able to harmlessly try about 5 different backgrounds until I found one that fit in with my blog style and look. No mistakes, no accidentally deleting something important from your HTML code- ZIP problems.

So cool.... please try it yourself and see how easy it is!


For those of you just joining in on my blog, I have several blog links that are very useful to both new and experienced bloggers on the left-hand side of my blog. Also check out my previous "Topic Talks" here!

***Like what you see? Check out the new Blogger gadget, "Followers," which lets others become a follower of your blog and catch up on your latest postings. Become a follower of Art2theextreme on the left side of my blog!

10 comments:

Amy said...

Thanks for the info. I'll definitely be checking this site out!

UniqueNurseGranny said...

Nice blog and helpful hints.

MaryMarsh said...

Love your blog! Such great tips too! Thanks so much!

Lona said...

I've been seeing some wonderful blog backgrounds around town, too. Thanks for the link. Might be time to rearrange the furniture!

I am enjoying the "following" option on blogspot, too. I like being able to see all the new posts from my favorite bloggers right in my dashboard.

Nice blog. Off to read some more... Found you through the etsy forums.

Beth said...

Looks great!

Leah said...

great info for a new blogger like me! Thanks

Cathe Holden said...

Yummy blog! Keep up the nice work!

Miranda said...

Looks great, thanks for mentioning me!

w said...

wow. your blog is adorable!

"pimp" is not in my normal, everyday vocab, either. "dude", on the other hand, is.

Phyllis said...

I like your tips and will be back for more.

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