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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Creating a Banner

I would like to create a banner for my Blogger blog site. Does anyone have the proper pixel dimensions for doig this in PhotoShop? I am no expert, but can probably fiddle around with it.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Break – Break

Where to split a post? Well first of all, do you have to? Or perhaps the better question is why do you feel that you have to?

Years ago Stephen King was one of the first people to look to the Internet to publish a work, online and in several instalments. That must have been over a decade ago now. I heard about the idea at the time and thought it interesting, but never heard what became of the project. My personal view of Stephen King is that while many of his stories are classics and deservedly popular because of it, his works can be over long and because of that sometimes unfulfilling.
The state of the author’s bank balance however would tend to indicate that hundreds of thousands, no millions of people disagree. LOL. I think the most obvious answer about where to split a post is the simplest, wherever you feel it is necessary to do so.

In the case of blogs that are primarily journals then a day is a day, or maybe a catch-up after a few days absence. OK if you’ve been away for a while and the events of the intervening period are a little too much for your readers to take in at one sitting then perhaps you could split the post or defer the rest until later. But on the whole I think blogs work well as diaries, recording thoughts and events while they’re fresh and clear in ones mind.

When it comes to fictional pieces the question is a little less clear-cut but personally I feel that the worst mistake you can make is to try and stick to a formula. Ideas have a natural span, a lifetime on the page that you as the author will recognise. If you want to leave ‘em wanting more so to speak then create a cliff-hanger by all means, though not at the expense of a story’s flow.

If a piece is too long for someone to read, be that because they are busy, find the subject matter heavy going or for any other reason, that shouldn’t make you consider making the next piece shorter. In chasing the readers you can easily edit a story until it has lost its original power and meaning. At that point you have ceased to write for yourself and your readers …so who are you writing for?

Thursday, March 29, 2007


You know the time, you've written a post, but you think it may be too long.

Now of course if there's a natural break in the middle, you can split it, but what other things make you split a post, how many words is too many? Maybe you don't even think about it.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The New Blogger- Little Stuff

Have you noticed the little changes about the New Blogger?
- I used to have word verification turned on. It's not on anymore. Perhaps this has contributed to the sudden upswing in Spam.
- The recent posts archive will only list the last 10 posts. Has anyone found a hack to make it continue to go backwards?
- It's more difficult to get individual URL's for older posts although not impossible.
- The search engine is differently designed and (IMO) more difficult to find exactly what you are looking for without looking at the entire blog post.

What else have people noticed?

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What To Do About Spammers

I have noticed a sudden upswing in SPAM from people with false Blogger IDs. They leave a comment that starts out nice ("great blog, I will come back often"), then launch into some bullshit about marketing shit to Eskimos. Other than comment moderation, is there any answer to this? I reported one site to Blogger, but zippo back from them.