Void Sticker

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Welcome!

This, my first post on my own blog, is dedicated to Lisa Renee at Liberal Common Sense, may she rue the day she nudged me into this! (Not that I'm really blaming you.)

I suppose I might as well introduce myself.

I'm an intelligent (or so I'm often told) conservative, who's not a Republican. I very much enjoy debating the issues from that all-too-unique perspective. I support an organization called Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy, a rather important fact, considering I'm not only the Secretary/Historian, but am also a Board member.

I am also the mother of three wonderful boys who are on the autistic spectrum. And through that lens my life and point of view is often colored. This blog will, amongst other things, allow me the opportunity to raise awareness of autism and individuals with disabilities.

I am also a fantasy and sci-fi writer, who might use this as a source of self-promotion. We'll see.

Now, I guess you might be wondering why I consider these to be hazardous pastimes. All I can say is, you'll have to keep coming back to find out!
;-)

24 Comments:

At 2/08/2006 1:43 AM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Then I get to write the first comment...

:-)

to put the void image in the side bar you have to go to into settings then template. scroll down to where it says (alllll the way down)
!-- Begin #sidebar-wrapper --


You'll see where you can edit your links in that area and that is also where you can add the Void image with a link by using html codes. If you need more precise directions on how to do those codes? Email me and in the morning I'll send you what you need to add. You can also go to a blog like mine and use view source as a way to see how someone does coding. You'll figure out the placement of what goes where pretty quickly. That's also where you would add the code for your blogroll.

word of advice? Always copy and paste your template and save it into notepad before you try to change it. That way if something goes wrong? You can merely repaste it back in and voila...

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

 
At 2/08/2006 2:07 AM, Blogger The Unsomnambulist said...

Welcome to the blogosphere!

 
At 2/08/2006 4:16 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you both! I'll have some more interesting posts up soon. AFTER I figure out how to get the VOID icon up. Between what you told me and what David said, I think I just might know what I'm doing.

 
At 2/08/2006 4:21 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Lisa, is a blogroll different than adding the links on your own?

 
At 2/08/2006 5:34 PM, Blogger KraZyKaT said...

Stephanie...I might be able to help you with the question you asked of Lisa.

A blogroll is different from posting your own links in that a blogroll is hosted by a 3rd party such as BlogRolling

You create your blogroll there and include any links you wish. They have a pretty simple GUI interface to help you through creating it. Once you have it the way you want it they create a simple line of java script code that you insert in your blog normally the sidebar.

Once nice option is that you can create a link in your Links tool bar of your browser. When you visit a site that you would like to have added to your blogroll you simply click on "Blogrollit" link from your browsers link toolbar and presto...that site is addded to your blogroll. No need to go into the html settings of your blog and add a bunch of links.

You might want to vist mine to see how I have it set up at Toledo Speaks Out. I have it set up so that it automatically places an UPDATE notice alongside Blogs that have been updated in the past 24 hrs.

Hope this helps!

 
At 2/08/2006 5:47 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you very much Krazykat, I'll have to check that out. I'm very much a newbie at all of this.

 
At 2/08/2006 5:53 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Is there a way to make each post open for comments automatically? Twice now I've had to go back and open it, because I forgot to do that until I saw it didn't allow comments.

 
At 2/08/2006 6:12 PM, Blogger KraZyKaT said...

Here is the Blogger.com Help site for comments. It explains it all.
How do I enable comments on my blog?

 
At 2/08/2006 6:26 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you. I missed the default pull-down, but had changed everything else. That fixed it!
:-)

 
At 2/08/2006 6:38 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

If you've seen KK's blog, you'll see all of the things possible to do with blogger.

Toledo Speaks Out is a very well done blog.

:-)

 
At 2/08/2006 8:23 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm really liking the "Amber Alerts." That seems like a very good idea! He's certainly got a lot of neat stuff going on there.

 
At 2/08/2006 8:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Then again, so do you, Lisa. I'm going to have to get a little more comfortable with what I've got before I venture out in how to add the "Causes I support" and similiar stuff, though. To me it's just kind of thrilling to post my own stuff!

 
At 2/08/2006 9:47 PM, Anonymous Daniel Summars said...

Hurray Stephanie ! Congratulations !

I like the Amber Alert and think it is a valuable service with the help of the power of the media.

It has definitely saved many lives. One life saved makes it worthwhile.
Did you know several congress persons voted against the Amber Alert ?

Check out their voting records.
_______________________
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/03/27/politics/main546405.shtml

Amber alerts are named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl abducted in Arlington, Texas, and later found murdered. Bulletins are distributed quickly through radio and television broadcasts and electronic highway signs about kidnapped children and their abductors. The alerts are credited with the rescues of at least 34 children since 1996, the Justice Department has reported.
__________________________

Yet, Representatives Robert Scott of Virginia and Melvin Watt of North Carolina voted against the bill. Many others did too.
Robert Scott said the bill "makes good sound bites, not good policy".

The more you study how congress votes, the more you wonder what they hell they're doing? There's some serious problems in the federal government. Just look at what our congress does daily.

 
At 2/08/2006 9:49 PM, Anonymous Daniel Summars said...

. . . what our congress does daily.

 
At 2/08/2006 10:41 PM, Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Just remember to copy and paste what you have before you start playing with it and? You'll never have a problem. I learned that the hard way.

:-)

I knew you'd love it, I need to make some type of a marker board for the people I've gotten to blog, like they used to do for hits scored on airplanes....(lol)

 
At 2/08/2006 11:35 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hey Dan! Thanks for stopping by! I was hoping to figure out how to separate blogs and non-blogs to put up one-simple-idea, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I'm really rather reluctant to start messing with the code enough to make two different sections (despite Lisa's assurance that it's easy), so I'm just going to put it up as it is.

 
At 2/08/2006 11:38 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

As for Amber Alert, the program is definitely a good idea. My comment was geared to the fact that Krazykat has an Amber Alert link on his blog that is activitated in some fashion when there is an Amber Alert. If Amber Alert is activated it flashes and scrolls the relavent information (I think) so people looking at the blog will be on the look-out and be better able to help.

And, once I get a little more used to the whole code thing, I'll put one on my blog.

 
At 2/08/2006 11:39 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Yes, Lisa, you need a marker board. Perhaps you put some sort of tally up on your blog with pretty gold stars!

 
At 2/09/2006 11:40 AM, Anonymous Daniel Summars said...

Thanks Stephanie for the blog-roll link.

I'm not sure if you have a hit-counter (visitors and pages viewed), but here's one I like and use on One-Simple-Idea that counts visitors, the total pages viewed, and total unique visitors.

http://my.statcounter.com

 
At 2/09/2006 1:29 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thank you, Dan. I'm sure the stat counter will prove useful. I'm not sure how I'll use the data it collect, but the site mentioned some of the same stuff Lisa mentioned.

 
At 2/09/2006 4:05 PM, Blogger KraZyKaT said...

Steph...
There are a few different amber alert tickers you can download for your site. Project Safe Kids is where I got mine. Whats nice is that they will list blog as a Business Resource and Partner from their site. MORE HITS! Another good site is Team Amber Alert. They have tickers from Canada as well. Both sites have simple code you place inside your HTML to activate. IF you would like some help with your coding please email me.

Lisa....Thanks for the compliment of my site. It means alot coming from the Premier Blogger in Toledo.

 
At 2/09/2006 5:14 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I've got a smaller Amber Alerts ticker (maybe now I'll remember what they're really called) on the side of my blog. Even if nobody else recognizes it, I'll be able to notice if it changes.

I don't think I'll get any hits from them though, I just copied the code from where it said to do so. Do they track that?

 
At 2/10/2006 5:29 PM, Blogger reverse_vampyr said...

Just discovered your new blog. Congratulations!! I look forward to reading more of your opinions.

 
At 2/10/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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