Meagan Musing: Updating the Blog

Meagan Musing

3/25/2012

Updating the Blog

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I've been working on a few small tweaks to the blog the last few days. I didn't make any major changes, but I'd been using a very old template, and I couldn't get a few of the features that Blogger is finally offering (like the ability to reply to comments) to work.

So I decided to update my template, but then I had to customize it.

I love designing things in Photoshop, but honestly it's all trial and error for me. I'm completely self taught so I feel like I often do things the loooong way.

But I also like designing my site on my own because then it's just what I want it to be. And if I want to change something I can do it very quickly and easily.

I've used a lot of the tutorials at Pugly Pixel and The Coffee Shop Blog.

But then I actually have to make the changes to the CSS and the HTML in the template and then it's really trial and error.

I know next to nothing about it and so I end up making a change - preview - nope, didn't work - try it someplace else.

See? I'm slooooow.

I recently looked into a few books on CSS, but didn't ever decide on anything. Any recommendations? Do you have any favorite web design blogs to share with me? :)

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7 Comments:

  • I know what you mean! I did/do the same thing. Lots of trial and error and Google searches. Check out these websites:
    1. http://makincuteblogs.com/ has some great tutorials.
    2. If you need help figuring out anything (CSS, HTML, etc) you can submit a question to this website and they will email back with an answer/fix! http://www.southernspeakers.net/p/ask-question.html. Super helpful
    3. Also you can always submit your questions to the Google Blogger help forum. Sometimes you can find your questions already asked and answered too! http://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!forum/blogger
    Hope this helps,
    XOXO Ginny

    By Blogger Ginny @ Chasing Sunshine, At March 25, 2012 at 11:15:00 AM CDT  

  • Well it looks lovely! I love to do design from time to time! I am the same way, though... self-taught and trial and error! Moving to wordpress made my head want to explode, but I use an affordable and easy template so once I got the hang of it I actually started to like it ;)

    By Blogger Branson, At March 25, 2012 at 2:16:00 PM CDT  

  • Your design looks awesome! I don't know much about it either, but it is nice to be able to do things on your own. It's a little overwhelming sometimes.

    By Blogger Wendy, At March 25, 2012 at 4:13:00 PM CDT  

  • I think it looks great too so whatever you are doing keep it up : )

    By Blogger Colleen, At March 25, 2012 at 5:39:00 PM CDT  

  • I have a designer do all my blog stuff since I can only do a little of that stuff! It's much better that way. But good for you for doing it on your own!

    And the look on Caroline's face is TOO perfect! HA!

    By Blogger Elaine A., At March 25, 2012 at 8:41:00 PM CDT  

  • I use CSS: The Missing Manual as a reference for a lot of my stuff. It's very basic, easy to understand and it builds on everything so you aren't diving in headfirst. :) LOVE the little tweaks and changes! I'm still itching for you to make the big move to WP. :)

    By Blogger Courtney K., At March 26, 2012 at 2:03:00 PM CDT  

  • i like that! thanks for shearing!

    By Anonymous Mark Baret, At April 18, 2012 at 7:07:00 AM CDT  

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