Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blogger Bells & Whistles

I've always been a curious person and couldn't resist fixing things if I knew it can be fixed or improved. For example, I can never leave a furniture alone without cutting it somehow to an appropriate height or changing its cover. This compulsion extends to my blog page.

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


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.



  1. it is amazing how many options are available! i am still learning, for sure.

  2. I know! It's confusing :-/ sometimes but fun to do. :D

  3. Holy smokes! You did your homework. No wonder you were so focused on this lately.

    You seem to know your HTML better than you think you do. Great job, Pangga!

  4. ;;) Aww, thanks! I had those bookmarked a long time ago and just got to work on it. Just felt like sharing them in one pool.

    You helped me too. Thanks for teaching me but I didn't include that trick you taught me this time. I'll use it on another post. :-*

  5. Wow, you have a lot of helpful info here! Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's nice to meet you. And I adore the back photo of your blog.

  6. Thank you! I took the photo myself in a flower garden near here. They will be beautiful come spring.

  7. I love your background. Colorful and springlike. Thanks for all of the good blogging tips. It's overwhelming how much data is out there!

  8. :) Thanks for reading!

    I'm in awe of the beauty of flowers.

  9. Wow Thanks for all the info! I am still really new to all this, and I feel good if I can get a picture on my post!

    Have a great day!

  10. You're welcome Tanielle. :D I know the feeling. Glad I could help in a small way.

  11. I definitely need to try embedding the comment box. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for becoming a follower! (Yours looks great, by the way!)


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