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Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. Today's lesson? FOOTNOTES! When I first started blogging a few years ago, one of the top 10 things that I was always wishing Blogger would add was footnotes. Maybe it was because they were something that Blogger did not naturally support. Or maybe because I always want to have the ability make extra comments about something without having to go into a long drawn out explanation that really had nothing to do with anything, or you know, a place just to put […]

Posted February 7, 2012
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  It's back! I am so excited to be bring Design It Up! back. Hope you guys are as excited as I am. Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. To bring us back into the designing mood, we will start small today. Actually, you may not have to do anything to your blog to actually make this feature work. For the past few years, I have been dying to get Blogger to do something with its comments. I have tried numbering comments… other comment programs… you name it, I have probably tried it without much success. While […]

Posted January 17, 2012
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Design It Up! : Author Comm..

Design It Up! : Author Comments

Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. It has been quite a while since I did one of these posts, so you may have to bear with me while I get my bearings again. I love being able to have mini-conversations within my post's comments. But often times, they seem to get lost in the shuffle. This is where our design tweak comes in. Today, we are going to tackle author comments. Well, more specifically highlighting them so that readers will be able to tell your comments apart. As you can see in […]

Posted July 18, 2011
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Design It Up! : Progress Ba..

Design It Up! : Progress Bars

Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. This week's question comes from Amber: I've been trying to figure out how to get a status/progress bar on my blog for each of the new 2011 reading challenges I'm participating in. I really want a bar showing how many books out of the total I've read, and for the life of me, I can't figure it out. I'd really appreciate it if that could be featured on Design It Up some time. I'm sure I'm not the only one who needs […]

Posted January 20, 2011
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Design It Up! : Google Aler..

Design It Up! : Google Alerts

Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. We are going to mix it up a little bit and talk about external influences on the blog. One of the biggest being Google. Over the next few weeks, we are going to dive into the hidden jems of Google and how it can help your blog. Google can really be bloggers best friend.. if you know how to use its resources. To get started you are going to need a Google account. Once that is complete you will see an area […]

Posted January 13, 2011
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Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. Today's question comes from Helen of Helen's Book Blog.   Her question is: How can I put a color border around certain photos? Do I have to do it in photoshop, image chef or some other site then import?   ___________   To answer Helen's second question, the answer is not necessarily. Putting a color border around photos is a relatively simple tweak that just involves a little time, some code, and creativity.   Before we get started with the code, it might be important to […]

Posted December 9, 2010
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Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. I have recently received a few emails asking about my "Connect with Me" icons which are located on my sidebar, so I thought today we could tackle this easy tweak. The hardest part of the "Connect with Me" icons is locating the icons in the first place. To be honest, I did not make any of them aside from the Amazon icon. There are so many icon sets available that you are basically going to want to decide on a theme before […]

Posted June 3, 2010
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Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. Today’s question comes from Mavie of The Bookologist. Her question is: “if you could tell us how you put that little icon on top of your sidebar titles.” Putting a picture in your sidebar is a relatively tweak. The hardest issue you should encounter is finding your image. The image used on The Neverending Shelf’s sidebars was created using GIMP, a free alternative to Photoshop, and a free decorative brush set. If there is enough interest, I will be more than happy […]

Posted April 24, 2010
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