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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Organize 2012

Hi Ya'll and Happy New Year's Eve!
Like almost every blogger...I want to be more organized in 2012!  I figured I would start with my blog! It has taken a while to gather tips and tricks for my blog...searching high and low on the web, asking everyone I could think of , and still I am LOST most of the time! BUT...I have found a few tips that were great! Based on my blog surfing, I would say that a lot of you could use these tricks too....or maybe decide. 
Here are my Top 3 Blogger Tips....How to:

1. Post pics side by side on you blog

2. Get the "mouse over" before and after pics

Blue is best!
3. Get small uniform "party" buttons and sidebar buttons


The first tip is for posting pics side by side on your post.... I found this at  Etsy Blog Team. You can follow the link above or here is the HTML code you will need:

<table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
    <td><a href="http://FIRSTIMAGELINK"><img src="http://FIRSTIMAGEURL" border="0" /></a></td>
    <td><a href="http://SECONDIMAGELINK"><img src="http://SECONDIMAGEURL" border="0" /></a></td></tr>

In the "Edit HTML" tab, copy and paste this code where you want your pics. Next, copy and paste your first pic link twice, where it says "FirstImageURL"...Do the same for your second pic, where it says SecondImageURL. If  you keep pics in photobucket it is really easy....each pic has a direct link button that copies automatically when you click on it.
I linked this on my favorites so I can copy and paste easily each time I need it...You may be smart enough to remember  HTML code, but NOT me!

The 2nd tip I found at Addicted 2 Decorating. Kristi, shared this on her blog, but for some reason it took me forever to find it, so maybe you have been looking too!  You can visit her link above, or here is the code you will need...

<center><img onmouseout=”this.src=Put AFTER pic link here’” onmouseover=”this.src=’Put BEFORE pic link here’” src=”Put AFTER pic link here” /></center>

Just copy and paste this HTML code where you want your "rollover" pics. You will need to do this under the edit HTML tab. Copy and paste your after pic link, twice as indicated. Copy and paste your before  pic link where indicated. Easy Peasy...Thanks Kristi!

Last, but my fav is making all those buttons nice and neat! This took me the longest to discover, so let's give a big shout out to Homework. I emailed Carolyn after seeing her organized buttons and she was kind enough to respond!  Here is what you need to do....
In edit HTML, place the button code on your page and then add: width="75" after the src code and end so....

<br /> <center><a href=""><img src="" width="75" /></a></center><br /> 

In addition, I also got a response from Too Much Time on my Hands. Kim had an additional suggestion for those pesky buttons that will not move from center....
In the example above (my button...sorry it is one of the pesky ones!), there are break codes and center codes...these need to be removed, like so....

<br /> <center><a href=""><img src="" width="75" /></a></center><br /> 

The final code should look like this....

<a href=""><img src="" width="75" /></a>

Be sure and  enter each code next to the previous code....if you paste the code on the next empty line, your buttons will not be side by side.  

I hope that ya'll find these hints helpful....Be sure and visit all the featured blogs, since they are the reason I can share these hints with you! 

I love all your comments...let me know if you can use this, or if you were already "up to date" on the latest blog stuff. Let me know of any other hints you have that would help out all us new bloggers....Ya'll are the greatest followers on the blog, OXOXOX 

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Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Hey Lori, Happy New Year! Great tips you've got here! I'm gonna follow you on my way out! Thanks for visiting my place and for the membership (however, you're not on my followers...oops!). Hope to see you again soon!
Love, Olga

Carolyn said...

I'm so glad I could help you out. It took me a long time to find the answer to the uniform button problem too. I'm always happy to share blogging tips. This is a great post and will be helpful to other starting out. Thanks so much for giving me a shout out on your beautiful blog!
Happy New Year.

Renee' said...

Your blog is beautiful!! I found you through The Southern Product Queen's Link party... I'm following you now :) Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Great tips. I'd love for yout o share:

Terry said...

This is definitely helpful - so glad you posted it!!

SJB AKA SUE J-B. said...

Following you via Freestyle Friday

Kadie said...

What great tips!! I am going to have to try the last one for sure! Thank you so much for link to our Link it up Thursday Party. I featured you on my facebook page.:)

Amy said...

Great tips! I loved it when I figured out how to make sidebar buttons small and uniform; makes everything so much neater! Thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to share at my party:

Sabrina said...

Awesome tips! I always wondered how bloggers did the before and after trick! I'm definitely going to try it!

I am your newest follower. I would love it if you popped by my blog for a visit. :)

Amy said...

I stumbled upon your blog today and saw this post. I'm not a blogger but I did notice that at the end of your post you asked if anyone had any comments. I hate to even write this, as I hate when people do this to me in my life, but I wanted to let you know that in your blog header there is a spelling mistake. It's the first thing my eyes went to when I came to your blog. I could be wrong but you might want to check "tutorials". P.S. I love the blue lamps.