My name is Ardis and I am an avid reader and budding writer. I want to share my love of books with others. I work with kids and am interested in finding and creating books that will ignite the reader in everyone. Contact me at: ardis.atkins@gmail.com

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Buttons, Buttons, who's got the buttons?

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Where do I begin?  I am still a newby blogger, getting my bearings and trying to create a blog that people will see as a representation of what I like and who I am.  For weeks, I have noticed all the lovely blog buttons people have up with the heading,"Grab my button".  I was intrigued but had no idea how to incorporate the buttons into my blog without overwhelming the site with too many graphics.

So I took a long look at some other blogs I admire.  I saw a cool looking "blog roll" on The Innocent Smiley blog and took a chance.  I wrote to Val, the blogger, and asked her how she did this?  I thought maybe she found a widget and she could direct me where to find one.

Well, may I say that VAL IS A ROCKSTAR!  Not only did she answer me back, but gave me a super detailed explanation of the code, what to look out for, and sample code.  She could not have been more gracious and kind.

Making my own button has been more of a challenge.  First I needed to make a button that gave a feel for my site.  Thankfully my daughter is a wonderful artist (she designed the cat at the top right corner of my blog) and designed a great button.  Next, I needed to create a side bar post that would have the button and a grab code.  This is where things got sticky.

I am NOT a computer person!  I run, screaming, when I see code that I am supposed to manipulate into something useful.  Again, I am so glad for the help of others.  The webiste GEEKALICIOUS  was instrumental in explaining the code needed.  I also had the help of my Husband, Jeff (who just happens to be a programmer) to fine-tune everything so it would work.

The results:  two cool features on the right side of my blog!   So grab the PONDERING THE PROSE Button please!  When you are done, check out some of the other blogs I follow on my super cool Blog Roll!
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  1. I'm glad it worked out well for you! And I see that the blog roll is working very smoothly! :D :D :D

    And I'm always willing to help out! I mean it doesn't take long ahahah. And buttons are awesome, I'm going to steal yours and add it to my blog roll :)

  2. Thank you again, Val! I am really glad to come upon such a supportive group as I stumble along with my blog.

  3. Haha, Val is awesome isn't she? She's so sweet, I love her!
    Anyway, I understand your struggle over your blog button! I am really horrible with techno stuff too, but thankfully my lovely friend, Hazel, helped me out with it along with my complete design!


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