Ever since I started blogging here, I didn't completely like the templates and background. So, I started tweaking the codes gradually. Mind you, I'm not saying I'm an expert techie because I don't know squat about HTML codes. For any question burning in my mind, I Google it. Yes, use Google or any tool you like in the web to research a topic: it's that simple. Just make sure you acknowledge the person who wrote it.
Thus, I'm sharing my favorite finds to anyone who might be interested. I hope you'll have fun as much as I did.
1. I prefer three columns in my template. For those who feel the same way and might want to change theirs, here are the links which can help you:
Of course, there are sites that allow you to use their themes/ templates free of charge. They just require a hyperlink of such theme to their website.
2. If you want to encourage people to read old posts, you can download a widget that links related stories from your archive every time you publish a new post. It will appear at the bottom of your daily blog/ post. Just click on the link below if you're interested.
3. Create your own recent comments widget:
4. If you're tired of the comment form being on a separate page, embed it at the bottom of your post. Here's the link on "how to":
5. Add zest to your comment form by adding Yahoo smiley emoticons. But make sure your comment form is embedded first.
Refer to #4 if you haven't done it yet.
6. If you want these smileys in your blog post, the following sites can help you:
The downside: it only works with Firefox. I always use this browser, so it's not a problem for me. When installed, click "compose" on your blogger post and it will look like this:
7. You may want to make the COMMENTS link more attractive and visible. This site will teach you how:
8. If you want to get an idea of how many users visit your website, get a free hit counter or join HiStats.com.
9. Last but not the least, get badges from your favorite sites like Facebook, Flickr and Friendster. Just log into your account and do a search for it.
There you go! These are my favorite bells and whistles for Blogger. You might want to give it a try. Just make sure that you save or have a backup of your template so you can revert to it anytime.