Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
So found a way to add rounded corners and played around with them until they looked close to right. There are still a few places where the spacing is less than ideal, but I do not know CSS and adjustments were mostly trial and lots of error. I kept the black text on a white background, but then I framed everything in BYU-blue. I made a nice (and correctly sized) banner and drastically limited my clutter with widgets. I still hand-changed the template to have the sidebars on the right like I wanted them. You may not believe it, but I did exercise much restraint. In the end I had something that looked decent.
Apparently I did this two months too soon. On March 11, Blogger announced the Template Designer in Blogger draft. You can read about it in the Blogger in Draft blog or the Blogger Buzz blog. Basically, all the blind bumbling I did in CSS can be eliminated by using one of these templates.
My favorite right now is the Picture Window by Josh Peterson, although there are several templates available that look really sharp. I thought about and even tried moving my blog over to one of these templates, but there were some things that didn't look like I wanted and I liked being the master of my own template. If you are starting from scratch, I would completely recommend using one of the new templates.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Please sign up! Go to the ESPN tournament challenge website, log in, create an entry, and join the Yankee Hacker group. I always think it is interesting to see who shows up. Feel free to advertise the group, invite whoever, and see what will happen!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
However, there was a lingering fear. Nomar isn't the first player to be synonymous with the Red Sox. The Rocket (Roger Clemens) himself used to call Fenway home. Then he went to the Yankees and we disowned him. He finished with the Yankees, which is probably fitting. Don't even get me started about Johnny Damon. The Yankees were not going to get Nomar (Derek Jeter is pretty good), but the manner of his leaving made me wonder if he might have hard feelings and/or not relish in the association.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Having gone through this experience, I can now offer some suggestions and tips to those in a similar situation. Google offers a number of tools to help. First, there is the site diagnostic. For my old blog, it is http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=ncooprider.blogspot.com. Simply replace ncooprider.blogspot.com with the site you want to check out. As of right now, you can still see the remnants of the error on the site's diagnostic page.
Google also directs webmasters to http://stopbadware.org/home/security. I found the site informative, but not helpful for my particular problem. I went on the forums and posted a couple of times, but I think my posts were too newbie-ish and/or hopeless. You can see one here and the other here. The one response I did get was right on, but it was still a little vague for me.
The most informative site was the Google Webmaster tools site. I went to the dashboard for my old blog and saw a warning which explained where Google was seeing the error. It did not completely narrow down the problem, but it provided more direction than any of the previous utilities.