display only selected blogger labels (tags)

September 15, 2007

For those of you who use blogger and use labels/tags, just a heads up, if you delete posts that you have labelled or try to remove labels, it may not work properly. If you need help deleting labels, check this post.

A few ways around displaying all labels (and it would seem that this would be a feature in blogger at some point):

Use a html links list. Create a html links list to just the labels that you want to display. This approach works well if you want to display just a few labels.

Use del.icio.us ! Tag the labels you want to display using del.icio.us (ah! del.icio.us — my friend!)
http://del.icio.us/ and then use a del.icio.us link roll to a generate the script for you. Very easy.

1. Click on each of the labels you want to include in your list. Add the url for the label to your del.icio.us account. However, you’ll want to do a couple of unique things for these links:

      • Description: [blogger label name]
      • Tags: [Give your blog labels a unique tag — this should be the same for all of the blogger labels… I used blogger_labels in my experiment)
      • Save.
      • Do this for each blogger label that you want to display in your label list.

2. Go to the del.icio.us link roll creator http://del.icio.us/help/linkrolls

      • Make any choices you want but to only display the blogger labels:
      • Under Display options, check => Use only these tags (choose your unique blogger tag, in my example, blogger_labels )

3. Copy and paste the script into your blogger template or using Add page element, click on text option. Give your labels a name and copy + paste the code in.

Using method 1 or 2, you can choose labels based on any particular criteria: your favorite topics, etc.

Looking for a way to limit blogger labels in a tag cloud? Read this.

deleting unused labels in blogger

September 12, 2007

For those of you who use blogger and use labels/tags, just a heads up, if you delete posts that you have labelled or try to remove labels, it may not work properly. You’ve removed the label from all posts, yet there it is in the label list, with a post count. Clicking on the post count, shows no posts associated with it. What to do?

I kept thinking about this, until I came up with a few workarounds. After much searching around at blogger groups, basically, the answers were create a list manually (the obvious!) or just create a “fake” post so that the missing label would match something (and no worry about the post count). I didn’t like that idea AT ALL; however, I did find that you could create a blank post and then delete links that did work:

If you end up with a label which has no posts associated with it, try this:

Create a post (no title, no content) with the label
Edit post/Save it as draft

Under the batch edit, delete the post.

If your unused label has a post count of 3, you will need to do this 3 times. I know, a pain, but it does work. 😉

Somehow it seems like this might be causing something to resync? Not sure, but worth a try…

If you are looking for a way to show selected blogger labels, check out this post.
Looking for a way to limit blogger labels in a tag cloud? Read this.
and of course, the peramalink for this post is here:

5000 resources to do just about anything online

September 9, 2007

5000 resources to do just about anything online

I love mashable and I can’t possibly summarize everything in this article, but if you are looking for new things to do with your blog/website, or just to have a little fun on the ‘net, do take a look. You can find things such as 30 widgets for a wordpress blog, 70+ podcasting tools, 12+ twitter tools, etc. Lots and lots of wordpress stuff. 😉

limiting blogger labels (tags)

September 6, 2007

Using the blog clound from phydeaux3 and limit labels by post count is a handy way to control the size of your blog cloud. The code and instructions for the label cloud are here:

Tweaking the var cloudMin= 1 to var cloudMin= 2
in the script will suppress any label from display in the cloud with less than 2 posts (i.e., an unused label will display an erroneous 1 post count, but possibly more, so this may not be an option); you can change some other things here, too. A very nifty tool. 😉 The only disadvantage to this approach is that it will knock out any legitimate labels with only 1 post, too.. However, if your tag cloud is huge, you may even want to just limit to an even higher number.

from phydeaux3:
The settings in the Variables section will be where you make most of your adjustments. Here I’ll
explain what each setting does.

var cloudMin= 1;

This setting you can use to limit the number of labels shown (for example if you have a lot of labels). Leave the setting at 1 to show ALL labels. If you enter in a higher number, then only labels that have at least that number of entries will appear in the cloud.

var maxFontSize = 20;
var maxColor = [0,0,255];
var minFontSize = 10;
var minColor = [0,0,0];
var lcShowCount = false;

Check the blogger group @ google groups for more help.

If you are looking for a way to show selected blogger labels, check out this post.
Looking for a way to delete unused labels? Click here for help.

google search cheatsheet

September 5, 2007

A nifty little printable cheatsheet of advanced searching tips in google is here

migrating to a new user name in blogger.

September 1, 2007

I started blogging at blogger long before google purchased it. Once google purchased it, users were given the option of continuing to blog the old way, or move on over to the google way. To entice people to move on over to the g way, google offered enhanced blogger with lots more functionality (widgets!!!!!!!! love widgets. thank you ajax. another topic)

When I finally moved to the google way, unfortunately, my user name at blogger migrated as a new gmail/google account. So, although I had a gmail account, I now had a second gmail account just for my blog. Sigh! Initially, everything I read online said there was no way to merge the accounts… never the two shall meet. However, I am a person who if it is related to technology and seems possible… well, I’ll find a way. Just about the time I decided that maybe I would just copy & paste all my entries into a new blog and back date as needed (bleech, been there, done that, for a different blog), I discovered the easier way to migrate a user name. Okay, it’s still kind of a pain in the ……

Anyhow, I’ve migrated all of my old blog to here, contentdivergent. 😉

..and here is how I did it in case that it is remotely helpful. You must do the steps in order and you might also want to test to make sure it does work (just create a new blog…)

  • You’ll need 2 gmail/google accounts (You already have one with blogger — we’ll call this one blogger-id for clarity; and then you’ll either need your alternate gmail account or you need to create a new one. The alternate account is where you are going to migrate your blog. We’ll call this one alter-ego for clarity).
  • Login to your blogger account using your blogger-id (gmail) account
      • Go to your dashboard. Under your blog, click on settings.
      • Under settings, click on permissions.
      • Add new author. Invite your alter-ego.
  • Now, logout of blogger.
  • Go to gmail and login as your alter-ego.
      • Click on the email for your invitation.
      • Follow the links, logging into blogger under your alter-ego.
  • Logout of blogger.
  • Log back into blogger under blogger-id (gmail) account.
      • Now, the most important steps:
      • Go to your dashboard. Under the blog you want to migrate, click on settings.
      • Under settings, click on permissions.
      • Change your alter-ego to admin (clicking on guest changes it to admin).
      • When your alter-ego is admin, both users (blogger-id) and alter-ego will display with a link, admin. Now click on the blogger-id and click Remove.
      • Scary moment, eh? Okay, logout of blogger.
  • Log back into blogger under alter-ego (gmail) account. You should see your blog with only your alter-ego listed.

This worked perfectly for me. I migrated 10 blogs (long story about why so many). Some sites state that you need to remove the original user (blogger-id, in my example) under the new gmail account (alter-ego, in my example). I didn’t find that to be true, but it may be due to changes in blogger/google. So please try this on a practice blog, before you do it. ;-D

best of luck, robin

…and a link from the blogger google group:
Google groups

common fonts for all web browsers

August 4, 2007

A handy little list of the common fonts, MAC and PC equivalents, as well as how they render in various browsers.