Tiny Blogger Cheats

Hey there! I'm back with week #2 of my summer blogging series.  This week is all about tiny Blogger cheats to make your blogging life better and easier.  
I swear there is someone, somewhere at Google headquarters that comes up with ways to make my blogging life more difficult.  This first cheat is evidence of that.
One random day, I was installing a blog and adding an image to the sidebar.  Like I've done a million times.  Except that day (and everyday since then), Blogger refused to let me add an image without giving it a title.  Except the image was the title of the sidebar.  For example:
This graphic would look pretty stupid with the title Archive above it.  After searching on the Internet foreverrrrrrrrrrr, I found a little piece of code:
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Put this nonsense in as your title, and it tells Blogger you don't want a title.  Because, you know, leaving it blank would be too obvious.  
Then one day, Blogger decided it would make your pictures look nicer.  Except they make your pictures look like dingy laundry.  I first found out about this when a blogger emailed me because her whites were not so white.  
After much digging and googling and researching, I found out that Google decided it would auto enhance your pictures.  You have to go into Google+ to tell it to stop.  I think that was a tricky way to get everyone to go onto Google+.  Here's how you can tell Blogger to cut it out:
Need to center something on your sidebar or in a post?  Just add
<center>
at the beginning of the code and
</center>
to the end of it.  This comes in handy for us type A folks.  When you have 7 buttons on your sidebar, and 6 of them are centered, but one is not . . . .
The dreaded black background.  If that #4 was the first image in my post, it would show up as my thumbnail.  Except it would look like this as the thumbnail in a reader's Bloglovin feed:
Because this is a round image is a png file, it has a transparent background.  That empty background gets filled in as black most places because the Internet that sees images as rectangles.  You can easily open a png file in Pixlr, Picasa, Pic Monkey, whatever your favorite editing site is and give it a white background.  My blog button is round, but I have one saved with a white background to use for linkies, etc.  Here's a super quick video tutorial on how to do this using Pixlr's website.
p.s.  I used the center code to get my YouTube video centered.  ; )

Is there anything driving you crazy on Blogger?  Leave a comment!



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26 comments

  1. WOW, Megan, that was like speed learning! I can believe how much I learned from one post.
    Ahhhhhhh.... "center" makes my heart happy!

    Funny! I tried to type it the "normal" way in the comment box--and I got this response: Your HTML cannot be accepted: Tag is not allowed: CENTER
    So: Thanks for the learning AND the chuckle!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  2. Thank you so much for the 'center' trick! I have been wondering how to center my sidebar items! Also, I am wanting to make some icons for my sidebar titles, so with your little trick I hope I can figure out how to make them work! Thanks!

    Jamie
    Life As I Know It

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  3. Ah hah! Lightbulb moment over here! Thanks Megan!

    -Maria

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  4. Thanks so much for the tips! I've already turned off the crazy photo enhancing! I can't wait to read more tips as the summer goes on!
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  5. I'm working on my blog this summer and I know these tips will come in handy. Thank you.

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  6. #1 and #2 just made my OCD very happy!!! Thanks!!

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  7. These tips are great! Thank you for this post!

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  8. Def in love with the cheat for the pictures. I cannot stand it when I upload a picture and you can see the outline because it now does not match the white of the background. Going to fix this now!!

    Thank you!!

    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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  9. Thanks for the great tips!!! Much appreciated!!

    Melissa
    Wild About Fifth

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  10. I had been struggling with #1 and #2 that I am over the moon with your tips. Thank you!
    2 Smart Wenches

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  11. #2 is definitely my favorite tip!! Thank you!
    This is probably completely basic and simple, but how do I turn off the security setting for when others comment on my blog? You know, the-I'm not a robot because I can read and type numbers-photos? Thanks so much for all the info! :)

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  12. Thanks for the tips I didn't know about #2. I'm all set up now- Thanks

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  13. Thank you so much for the tips! I'm just starting this whole blogging thing, and you make it so simple to make my blog a little more cute!

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  14. This is very exciting! So much easier than having to teach myself on adobe photoshop! How do you make the cartoon clipart of teachers? Did you design those or did you buy them from a clipart site?

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  15. Thank you for helping me remove the title over the picture. You made my day. =)

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  16. Thanks for the tips! #2 has been fixed on my blog. Thanks again.
    Alyce

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  17. Awesome tips Megan! I needed to know how to fix the auto enhance and you helped a lot!!
    Elyse :)

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  18. Wow! Some neat tricks there. I have to take notes until I can remember these automatically from using them enough!!! I am enjoying what I am learning from your blog. Can't wait to come back.

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  19. Thanks for your tricks! I hated the gray behind my photos! I just fixed it! Thank you soooo much!

    Jamie
    Drop By...
    Life As I Know It

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  20. Thank you! I love the centering tip! It was really bothering me!

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  21. Thanks for the great tips! I can finally make my photos white without the gray. It is so nice of you to share your tips. It is greatly appreciated.

    Shelly
    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  22. These are all the exact question I had but didn't know who to ask!! Thank you!!!

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  23. Thank you...I just did all these things after reading your post.
    Sarah
    Kovescence of the Mind

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  24. THANK YOU for all of your tips and tricks!!!! I've spent a lot of time reading through and updating my own blog today! I couldn't have done it without you!!!

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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