Sunday, February 18, 2018

Your photos just got more important

On February 14, Google made it slightly more difficult for viewers to bypass your blog when they find one of your images in Google Search.

To the extent that this changes the behavior of the searching public, your photo or other image has become a pathway to your blog.

Google has removed the "steal this image" button from Google search while leaving the "visit web page" option.

Google image search options for visit, not view
Look, Ma, no piracy!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where are my Blogger photos?


Google keeps your Blogger images "in the cloud," online. But where?

Blogger images did not make the switch to Google Photos when Google phased out Picasaweb, its original online photo album.

Instead Google created the Album Archive as a stripped-to-its-basics online repository for Blogger and other legacy images. View yours here.

Your blog has an album in the archive. But what you can do with that album is extremely limited.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Testing the new Blogger themes

I have been evaluating four elegant, stylish new themes (aka templates) from Blogger.

wine taster
Creative Commons attribution below
Released in March, the themes incorporate many important modern features and play especially well with the tiny screens of phones and mobile devices.

However, these themes are not for everyone. Here is the story.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The secret, 500-item Blogger feed.

Feeds are broadly useful ways to share your blog posts, and I make use of feeds in some of the tricks in this blog.

Unfortunately, Blogger keeps messing with them.

In 2011, Blogger started paginating its feeds at 500 posts The entire feed was still available, but in chunks. You had to hack the url parameters to get the whole feed, one 500-post segment at a time.

Recently, Blogger ratcheted that down to a mingy 150 posts per chunk, a real pain in the neck for some of us who have been cranking out blog posts for a while. (Don't snicker: I have been very busy on my main blog.)

However, there is an alternative feed for your blog that still goes up to 500. If you use your entire feed the larger size can be a lot easier to work with.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Urgent: Convert your Yahoo Pipes–based indexes to HTML NOW


Yahoo Pipes is going away on September 30.

If you have used Yahoo Pipes to create alphabetical or chronological lists of blog posts, you have only a few days to preserve those lists by converting them to HTML.

(If so, you know who you are. Everyone else can just ignore this message.)

The HTML solution is not as good as the Pipes-based list it replaces. but for now it is probably the best option to keep what you've already made.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A smaller "follow" button

There are 3 sidebar gadgets that allow your readers to follow your blog on their blog dashboards. (No luck if they don't have dashboards.)

They're worthwhile, but I don't use them. this blog

Sidebar real estate is precious, and the standard gadgets are too big for my taste (and there are other issues). I use a smaller button and link that I cobbled together myself.

Here's how to do that, if you like.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Search "friend" and enter

Search for "friend connect" in Blogger's list of gadgets to put a "follow this blog" button in your sidebar.