Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vanity and Vexation of Spirit:

In LM Montgomery's book, Anne of Green Gables, Anne dyed her hair green by accident because she hated her red hair and was promised by a travelling salesman that the hair dye she purchased from him would turn her hair black. Vanity? Maybe.

Last weekend, this blog looked like a mutant for a few good hours because the vain owner was bored of her white and black theme and didn't really like the idea of using any of the different combinations of templates and backgrounds provided by blogger itself. No, she just had to do it the old fashioned way by downloading third party templates and trying them on the blog one by one like one would try dresses in a shop. Vanity? Definitely. After all, shouldn't a blog be more about the content and not how it looks? 

(But then, blogs that have been black and white for way too long can be depressing)

Sadly, all of them were major failures on the blog, whereby the blog title multiplied, gadgets from the sidebar moved to some strange location, posts moved to the bottom and the sudden increase on the number of things occupying the sidebar that she thought she had deleted!

She thought everything would return to normal if she just reinstalled the template she had backed up before the experimental disaster. It didn't. She still had two titles, one on top of the other, all the weird things on the sidebar, and duplicate copies of her blog posts! She worked feverishly on the HTML (after reading up because she's not too good with HTML either), but all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put her blog together again. Finally, after some time, the title gave in and allowed itself to be removed, but the duplicate posts still remain (editing the HTML gives an error report, which someone said is a problem with the new blogger editor, so I'm just gonna wait it out)

I am done with the white and black theme, though. Instead of a whole template, I downloaded a background and a header and added those into the blog. So now, I have some colour. And duplicate blog posts! Oh well.

Edit: Solved the problem AFTER the post is up for almost an hour. How embarrassing! (In case you have a similar problem, the method IS to get back the old blogger interface)

16 comments:

  1. haha yeah I did this way back when and messed with it, nothing seemed to work but then eventually it did. There are always a few hiccups along the way.

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  2. Oh yes... there are hiccups for sure. Less than an hour after the post goes up, I solve the problem, though.

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  3. Well the new theme is looking good :) It's sucky you had to go through all that trouble though. I tried to get a third party template, never did in the end. When I went to find a third party background that didn't work so well either xD I do have a custom header at least though, and I have received a comment where someone asked me to talk about the layout because they thought it was good when really I just played around with the gadgets and lengths.

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    1. It seems as though blogger is not too cool with us looking elsewhere for templates these days (can't blame them, because they've improved on the variety by 10000 times compared to what was offered just more than over a year ago)

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  4. And the moral of this story is....if it ain't broke, don't fix it :)

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    1. Yup, that's true. I'll probably forget about it in a few months, though ;)

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  5. I've been to the Anne of Green Gables house on Prince Edward Island :-)

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    1. That's awesome, Nurse. I'd love to get to see it sometime too!

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  6. this looks good. i like it. everyone is vain in their own ways, and there is nothing wrong in that methinks.
    :)

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    1. Thanks... I do think there's nothing wrong with wanting something to be pretty, although I thought the initial result was terrible.

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  7. At least your blog background is unique and interesting. Mine is still that bland blue.

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    1. Maybe after your exams you can play around with your template... :)

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  8. I actually remember that part of green gables

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    1. Ha ha... one of the best books ever.

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  9. I like it. And I went back to the old blogger interface, too.

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    1. Thanks... it's easier to handle, that's for sure. I think they're gonna force the changes upon us pretty soon, I think.

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