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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Square One

Update: Things are pretty close to normal now, and I actually like the changes Blogger made to help us manage and change our sites better.

Looks like I broke my blog while trying to upgrade its appearance -- Blogger rejected my old saved template. Anyway, I'm not sure when things will get back up or what this will look like when they do.


  1. What a bummer! I always wondered how you got your template to do what it did. I'm terrified at messing with mine more than a bit.

    Not sure if you know this, but some prefab templates underline their clickthroughs, while others don't. If you have one that doesn't and want it to, you can enclose your clickthrough with underscore HTML tags before adding the hyperlink (be sure to include the HTML tags in the hyperlink highlight). It will appear underlined.

  2. I recently came back to your blog, through a Google cache (resulting from a web search). I thought that your "Calling Attention" entry was so good, that I was going to bookmark it, and perhaps feature it, at the top of my secondary blog.

    However, when I followed that link, from the Google cache page, I was surprised (and disappointed!) to see that the template had changed... This top entry makes me relieved to see that it was not deliberate - as I've mentioned before - change is something that I find disturbing; and that includes in the Blogosphere.

    Here is the link to that Google cache page.
    And here it is, without any search terms highlighted.

    Maybe you can use that, to retrieve your prior template.

    If that doesn't work, the Wayback Machine may be of some use:


    I love that tool (it helps alleviate some of the problem that I described above)... I think that it is one of the best little-known tools on the WWW. Unfortunately, more and more people are finding out about it, and are adding the "robots" to their sites, to prevent their archived versions from being accessed.

    Anyway, I hope that helps... Good luck with recovering your prior source code. You have an excellent weblog - please keep up the great work!

  3. Thanks, Steve, for the tip. And thanks, Aaskash, for the kind words. I did save a copy of my source code, but have had trouble having Blogger accepting it again. I'm glad someone seemed to like the appearance of the blog: I'm colorblind, without much artistic sense or visiion, and lacking in web design training, so I just got it to look the way I wanted it to look for my own satisfaction.

  4. James, I'm glad you understood my tip and put it into action, because upon reading my comment again I can't say it makes as much sense now. I noticed the lack of underscored hyperlinks in your "interim" layout and couldn't for the life of me remember if you had them before.