March 23rd, 2009 | 10 Comments »

Nan asked me to explain how I got the heart icons to be my bullet images. You may have noticed in the address bar of your browser for this site, that it displays a small heart image. This is called a favicon. You can choose your own image to brand your site and make a favicon. The instructions are pretty well laid out on the following free site.

  • Go to http://www.favicongenerator.com/
  • Once you have your favicon in place, you will want to mess with your CSS. I’ve always wanted to say that. Heh.
  • Most CSS or stylesheets are documented, so that layout, sidebars, footers, headers, etc., are separated from the section we are interested in, which is main, or entries.
  • Trust me, you don’t want bullet images on your sidebar. In fact, I have set my sidebar bullets to not display. It’s tidier that way.
  • Under main, or entries, look for these tags: <ul><li>
  • Here’s the code from my site, yours will be slightly different:

#main .entryBox .entry ul,{
list-style:none;}

#main .entryBox .entry li {

list-style-image:url(images/favicon.ico);

padding: 2px;

}

  • Back up the old code in case of emergency.
  • Paste the bold code over your existing li code.
  • I suggested to Ree that she use her boot image.
  • Just upload your favicon.ico to your images folder and Bob’s your Uncle!
  • With this code in place in your stylesheet, it will display your favicon as a bullet image.
  • I’m not sure you can change the blogger favicon, but you can change the bullet styling on blogspot blogs. For blogspot bloggers, rename the image to whatever you like, with the filename .ico
  • Now show witchypoo your goodies.
Posted in bloggy things, the geek
December 1st, 2008 | 17 Comments »

I know I toot Andy’s horn a lot, but the truth is, his horn is very tootable. He develops the best plugins ever, and now he has another winner.

This one adds a field to your comment form so that commenters can enter their twitter id. Then, when the entire comment is displayed, you just click on the twitter bird that displays, and you can go right to their twitter home page. And click on the follow button, of course.

You can download it here.

And? Look at the pretty twitter birds in the comments. I loves me some twitter birds I does.

November 25th, 2008 | 7 Comments »

The fabulous commentluv contest was a winner all round. There was one winner on my site, but I earned the moniker Jammy Cow for bringing in six, count em, six prizes.

A lot of new readers came to my blog because of the contest. Some of them were generous with their stumbling as well. I hope that everyone who entered and participated in the contest found it as beneficial as I did.

I’m still working on getting Zoe’s blogspot site installed with commentluv. The problem is on the JS-Kit site. It will retrieve her comments, but fails to write them. I have been trying various things such as using the original blogger feed rather than the feedburner redirect, but so far, no joy. I’ve been waiting for JS-Kit to get back to me. It seems they were recoding the core all week.

I’ve also been playing with my site, upgrading Wordpress, upgrading my theme, and then pasting the modified CSS into the new theme so things look like my site. If you look at the original theme, you would see quite a difference.

All of this is because there is a bug in my wordpress theme code. Don’t worry, it isn’t catching. But this bug prevents me from altering my plugin settings, and I have been trying to find a workaround so I can use the fabulous new Twitter plugin from the equally fabulous Andy Bailey, who brought us the commentluv plugin and the contest.

For some reason, right now it only works for me on this post. Go over there and see if it works for you, will you? You’ll see it’s working if a little twitter bird shows up after your comment.

Thanks, Andy, for the great plugins and the great contest!

October 3rd, 2008 | 7 Comments »

My favourite go-to geek guy, Andy Bailey, has perfected his fabulous CommentLuv plugin.

Check this out. It tells you where and how to download and use it.

Blogspot bloggers? You can have your own CommentLuv working on your site if you will change your comments to Haloscan.

Now, there isn’t any reason bloggers cannot have CommentLuv! He uses his own server, and if you register at commentluv.com, it will show what blogs you’ve commented on, what ones have linked to you, all kinds of cool stuff.

He has entered his plugin in a contest, and I think he should win! Can you vote for him? I’d like to see him get the recognition he deserves.

Go get it, register at commentluv.com and then see what happens when you comment here.

Best plugin ever.

Thanks, Andy!

Posted in bloggy things, the geek
September 15th, 2008 | 12 Comments »

I confess that I’m a tad obsessive when it comes to code. I have two projects on the go right now that involve code. One is the test for the ongoing website developer position, the other is a one-time client.

I just can’t wrap my head around a blog post today.

Does that make me a bad person?

This is the last month for voting in the Blogger’s Choice awards. I wouldn’t mind having that puppy on my sidebar.

Oh! And looking outside? There’s a mighty wind a blowing. Did Ike get here that fast?