Friday, July 20, 2007
Check Mate Crown Me King
Ivan has awarded me the Schmoozer Award. I'm not exactly sure what it's for, but it has something to do with this:
Schmooze: etymology: Yiddish shmuesn, intransitive verb : to converse informally : CHAT; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner... transitive verb : to engage in schmoozing.
Strangely, the award itself has a Mr. Clean-like bycep and a ribbon saying 'community involvement.' Now I'm supposed to pass this award to five other bloggers. I'm a bit sick of the tagging thing, but since it's an award and a chance to recognize some good blogs, I'll do it.
Specifically, I'm choosing blogs of people who seem to have good and strong hearts, based on the nature of their writing. These are people who seem likely to be involved, in positive ways, with their respective communities:
1. Red Jenny: Not even sure if she's ever come by here but I enjoy her blog; she's got some righteous anger that I'm guessing leads to positive action, and her writing is nicely accessible.
2. Trevor Record: For being a vegetarian, and also for writing (very well) about the underdog.
3. Eric1313: Also for writing (very well) about the underdog.
4. Enemy of the Republic: She's a righteous and spiritual mother who has a definite political perspective, but also makes it personal, and community-based, and seems very honest and genuine in her writing.
5. Andy Kaufman: Staying on the parental theme, the rumour's of AK's demise are slightly exaggerated. He's a new dad and I admire that his priorities are straight. He also writes with twisted elegance.
I might be able to help with that - where on your sidebar would you like it to appear?
I too am a bit on the amish side of tech, and need a lesson in html. Especially from those distinguished writers who I share the same template with. I can't even put on a counter! Or add a last ten posts list! Or alter the xcomment thingy. Or post an award. Or the cool blip map...
Aye aye aye
Surely there are ones who are far more worthy than I for this. Thanks.
How do I even "pick it up?"
eric: yeah, sounds like you and i are at about the same proficiency. to 'pick it up' i just right clicked it, saved it to my desktop, and posted the picture. as for tagging 5 others, that's optional as far as i'm concerned. i did it because i figured it was a nice way to highlight a few good blogs and give them a compliment...
You know, I don't ever re-post these chain things or put up a banner but I appreciate the though all the same.
On your template, you will see the following code as you make your way about two-thirds of the way down:
"Add things to your sidebar here.
Use the format:"
There's nothing you could throw away we couldn't love
Place your cursor on a new line below the “ul”.
This may work if you type it as one full line into your template in the location you would like: (I couldn't type it out in full as a comment because blogger would not accept it)
(*do ensure that there are no spaces)
If it doesn't work, then we can keep playing around with it until you achieve the desired effect – or admit that it is a really good thing that I’m not in information technology for a living.
I hope that helps.
Okami: no dice. I tried it with absolutely no spaces and got nothing. Then I tried it with a space after img and got a little red x, but no link or anything. Any other suggestions?
Hmmm... I may have to mull this over a bit more...
You young whippersnapper.
You put up your schmoozer award
or I'll sic the late Marquis on you
As luck would have it, my computer can't pick up attachments right now.
As soon as Josie finds a way to get to me, I will be forwarding a pdf to you on how to put your award up on a permanent post.
Very kind of okami to offer to help out.
Oh we word freaks--so glib; we can talk about doing something for ever and ever; but when it comes to actually doing it, well.
I envy people like Josie who do three four, five things with equal dexterity.
These tags are tedious, I guess, but then you know what, they also express something to you about your thoughts and personality on line and that is a compliment.
There is no law that says you have to continue the chain just be humbly joyful at the affection someone has expressed for you is all you need do really.
Click on the icon on your desk or in a folder to open it. Then right click the picture that comes up again. This will allow you to save it as a paintfile program, or photshop, or whathaveyou. Do it and go to costomize page elements, new picture and upload the image of the html file. It worked for me.
Now for the rest of my blog issues. I mean, how hard is it to make a last ten posts list? About impossible, seems to me.
Thank you again. This was soem excellent schmoozing.
Ivan, I look forward to that pdf. I'm useless with technology.
Thanks Tomcat, I'm movin' on up.
TWM: I agree, and I take it as a compliment, especially in the form of an award ;-)
Eric: you lost me at customize page elements - where do I find this magic button? I appreciate the help, and I feel I'm close.
I'm using the classic template so I guess I need the code.
Wonder what that could be? If so...
UTMG seems to know how to tweek everything on his site. Maybe he would be of better assistance than I.
Thanks once again. I was honestly flattered and surprised. See you around, friend.
I have had a devil of a time putting up my own award because my son has taken a few shortcuts in getting all my novels up on my site, but here's Josie showing us how to do it:
Here are Josie's instructions on how to put up your award:
Okay, this is what you do:
1. Save the schmoozer award as a picture.
2. Sign In to Blogger.
3. Click on "Layout".
4. Scroll down a wee bit and click on "Add a Page Element"
5. On the "Picture" section, where it says "Add a picture frm your computer or somewhere else on the web" click on the blue box that says ADD TO BLOG.
6. From there you can upload your picture.
7. Click on "SAVE CHANGES".
8. You're done.
Give it a try.
Do I knick the Thoughtful or Creative image?
Was going to drop you an email but you don't have one published. I'm firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to drop me a line.
PS The demise is still at arms' length. It'll take more than an eight-month-old child and two class loads of temporary immigrants to steal turnips from my veggie garden.*
Kaufman: You deserve it. Watch out for garden gnomes.