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It's Tricky...Tr-tr-tr-tr-tr-tricky (Tr-Tr-Tr-Tricky) Tr-tr-tr...

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:48am
Don't you hate it when people have blogs and don't update? I mean, isn't that the point of having one in the first place? I have been frustrated all week when checking in on some of my favorite blogs only to find that the author failed to update me, again.

Sadly, it was just today that I realized I hadn't updated my own blog. I mean I keep meaning to, I have all these stories saved in my head only to forget them or forget to upload the pictures. Blah, blah, blah.

You've heard it all before but this week I have been working on changes around here. For some reason I don't like the standard templates Blogger offers, I mean, sure, they are fine but I was hoping for something, I don't know, different, maybe? Something a little less Blogger-ish. I have come to the only reasonable conclusion – I will have to modify an existing template, on my own, either that or pay money. And, that folks? Is where I draw the line.

So, modify myself I must. Easy peasy, right? Um, unless you know nothing about html or css, and in that case you are me, and you will be modifying your blog for all eternity. Check in monthly it should be scintillating.

I suppose I could share what I have learned with all 4 of you, in case, I don’t know you are geeky like me but want to learn from my mistakes and skip the whole 4 days of messing with your blog and get the menu pages in a whole 30 minutes.

Or, maybe you are not geeky like me and don’t care about the look of your blog or hell, maybe you don’t even have a blog, and at this point let me direct all of you to STOP reading now. Go on, get out of here, no sense wasting time, there is nothing to see.

So, that ‘tab’ menu at the top of my page below the header, the one that says things like, ‘home’, ‘about’ (you should click that one because it is new and you thought I wasn’t writing). I’ve decided to include pictures in case you still have no idea what I am talking about. See below.

Clearly my tabs don’t look like tabs per se but you get the idea – I was going for a clean look because I am not sure where this design thing will take me – so I modified the code I will refer you in a minute.

Anyway, that thing? Let’s call the whole thing Navigation Menu, well, because all these websites keep calling them that and we all know the Internet is never wrong, is what I have been searching for my whole life.

After 4 days of searching templates, modifying them and scraping the whole idea – it hit me. What I really wanted was for my blog to look like a website I paid for but without all that money changing hands.

I narrowed it down even further and realized what I wanted, that almost every template out there was missing a Navigation Menu that takes you to someone’s “About” page, suddenly it hit me again, why not first go to Blogger help? Novel idea, one of my more brilliant moves, really. I know it’s possible since I came across some templates I disliked with the feature. After some fumbling I found this: THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS.

Pretty tricky, no?
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